Queen Mary first at SEAL [11/Jun/12]

The following article, a review of the SEAL Outdoor Championships was written by Stephen Fawcett (Southampton), see the final SEAL 2011/12 standings.

Stephen Fawcett will take over from Brad Keogh as SEAL organiser for the 2012/13 season.

Queen Mary won their first senior competition on Sunday 10th June by beating London in a 70/60m head-to-head in the final of SEAL Outdoors, while Southampton made it an indoors/outdoors double by winning the novice competition.

The recent bad weather forced some last minute team changes with people being stranded and missing connections, but the weather forecast for the day was defied and the competition at Reading Universityís fields was dry except for the odd drop of rain. The start time ended up being somewhat flexible as the host teamís archers appeared to be the only people who hadnít been told the time that the competition was going to start.

The FITA 70/60 senior seeding round was close, with the top three teams only separated by 57 points. Tom Castle (Reading) was top scorer with 542. Another Reading archer, Siobhan Boyle, was the top scorer in the novice 60/50m competition with 456, but it was London who ended as the top senior seed and Southampton as the top novice seed.

The head-to-head competitions proved to be interesting. In teams of three, the competition was run under the Ďsetsí system. With only four teams entering, the completion went straight to the semi-finals. In the senior competition, the fourth-seeded Southampton raced into an early lead against London but was unable to sustain the pressure and eventually was defeated 6-2. Reading was whitewashed by Queen Mary in the other semi-final, a crucial miss in one end prevented Reading from registering a point.

Reading put in a consistent performance to win the third-place playoff. The introduction of timed ends for the final brought additional pressure, and London was able to handle the situation sooner. However, the second seeded Queen Mary settled down and eventually went on to dominate with some impressive scoring, winning 6-2.

Queen Mary only had one novice, and therefore didnít have a team for the head-to-head. An injury in the Reading novice team meant that they also no longer had a full team and had to walkover their semi-final to London, but finished third due to their higher seeding. In the final, London took some time to find their feet, and by the time they did, the damage had been done. While Londonís end scores improved, so had Southamptonís scores and the south coast team won 7-1.

The victorious Queen Mary team was Naveed Azam, Victoria Saduikis and Michael Gregory, while the Southampton novice team was Nimmit Prabhackar, David Williams and John Bowes.

The trophies for SEAL Outdoors and Indoors are currently in the hands of Imperial, who did not attend.

News and Editorials 2011/2012

  • 2012 and all that [27/Jul/12]
  • International outlook... mixed [09/Jul/12]
  • BUCS Outdoors 2012 Review [21/Jun/12]
  • Queen Mary first at SEAL [11/Jun/12]
  • Brummie joy at BUTTS Outdoors [01/Jun/12]
  • Sheffield take NEUAL title [24/May/12]
  • Clout and Target wins for Bath [14/May/12]
  • Another 10 for Edinburgh [03/May/12]
  • NEUAL 8, 11, 15, 19 and IC [24/Apr/12]
  • Single point decides E-League [16/Apr/12]
  • A FITA Star is born [06/Apr/12]
  • One in one out for SWWU [30/Mar/12]
  • Warwick win BUTTS, eye E-League [23/Mar/12]
  • Photo finish for SEAL silvers [19/Mar/12]
  • BUTC 2012 Review [13/Mar/12]
  • Fifty up for Edinburgh [06/Mar/12]
  • NEUAL 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 18 [02/Mar/12]
  • Soton SEAL flawless Feb [27/Feb/12]
  • BUCS Indoors 2012 Review [21/Feb/12]
  • To Telford! [17/Feb/12]
  • SEAL, SUS wins of change [10/Feb/12]
  • Snow joke for BUTTS [06/Feb/12]
  • Be the change you wish to see [01/Feb/12]
  • January Leagues Update [17/Jan/12]
  • Points of Order for 2012 [11/Jan/12]
  • DNS dictates NEUAL destiny [28/Dec/11]
  • Three way SEAL fight [19/Dec/11]
  • Warwick to host BUTC X [12/Dec/11]
  • 16 week gap looms for SWWU [06/Dec/11]
  • Increased lead for Warwick [02/Dec/11]
  • Edinburgh work for win [29/Nov/11]
  • Opening salvos from BUTTS [23/Nov/11]
  • Graft and Grift give Edinburgh wins [16/Nov/11]
  • Brunel, Leagues to re-start [02/Nov/11]
  • End of the line for Brunel [20/Oct/11]
  • E-League ups and downs [10/Oct/11]
  • A Shropshire Pad for BUCS [27/Sep/11]
  • Fresh start for freshers [12/Sep/11]
  • New faces for NEUAL [01/Sep/11]

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