Red Roses in NEUAL bloom [07/May/15]

Lancaster have won the senior NEUAL title by a point from defending champions Liverpool. This is Lancaster's second senior NEUAL title, following their first in 2008/09. The top two were the other way around in the novice table, as Liverpool mounted a successful defence. NEUAL itself won an Archery GB volunteering plaquette at the Archery GB AGM.

The fourth batch of NEUAL fixtures was extracted from BUCS scores and there were match wins for Lancaster, Sheffield and Liverpool, all in the 2100s with Sheffield's 2167 the top score. Newcastle won the other match on 1928. Lancaster were around 40 clear of Hull in the senior fixture, but Hull's novices did win the novice match. Sheffield, Newcastle and Liverpool also won their novice matches. Comfortably the top individual scorer was Erik Rowbotham (MMU Cheshire) who, despite getting 576, could not lift his team to a win. Top novice across the day was Alex Johnstone (Hull) on 530.

The final batch of 4 fixtures were held during March. First up in the only two way match, Teesside beat Sunderland, 1968 to 1898, with Alex Piazza (Teesside) the difference between the two sides, scoring 562. Teesside also beat Sunderland in their varsity clash but the result was much closer, 1860 to 1842. York won their match comfortably with 2082, whilst Liverpool were made to work by Bradford before coming through 2152 to 2138. Margaux Desmoudt (Bradford) hit what proved to be the highest individual score across the four matches with 563. A win for Lancaster in their final match would give them the NEUAL senior championship and the Red Roses ended up cruising home comfortably with 2177.

Lancaster finished on 119 league points, one clear of defending champions Liverpool. Lancaster's only loss was to Liverpool, by 15 in a league match in November, with Lancaster beating Liverpool by 14 at NEUAL Indoors. Liverpool lost (by 13) to Sheffield in a league match in January, although Lancaster's 6 match aggregate crept over 13,000 and would probably have seen them home, had the sides finished level. Lancaster previously won NEUAL in 2008/09, when they also finished one league point ahead of Liverpool. Bradford were third, staying ahead of Sheffield 115 to 114. Bradford enjoyed their best league finish since the 2005/06 season. Hull and York were fifth and sixth, whilst Huddersfield took the last place in the top half, just ahead of Keele. New clubs Newcastle and Teesside placed 12th and 13th out of 14. Both did win individual league matches, but both failed to compete in one match and dropped accordingly.

In the equivalent novice fixtures, there were wins for Sunderland and Keele, and big wins for Liverpool and Lancaster. Top individuals were Jay Tserkezie (Lancaster) and Daniel Bennett (Keele) on 527 and 523. These four sides were the top four overall. Liverpool's novices ended the season on top for the second season in a row, with 137 points to Lancaster's 135. Keele were third on 130 ahead of Sunderland. The Wearsiders' best league finish so far saw them score 126 points in fourth spot. Once again a DNS proved costly. Hull's novices finished 19 points behind leaders Liverpool, but did not shoot at the NEUAL novice champs. A win here and Hull would have been champions, rather than 7th.

See NEUAL 2014/15 standings.

Nominations for the various NEUAL posts in 2015/16 are due in by NEUAL Outdoors - in Huddersfield on Saturday 9th May, with results to be announced at BUCS Outdoors. Reminder that the BUCS Outdoor online entry forms will close on Thursday 21st May.

The Archery GB Awards Panel decided to recognise the work of NEUAL, following several nominations for individuals. NEUAL becomes the first organisation to receive an Archery GB plaquette, winning one at the recent Archery GB AGM. NEUAL's expansion to 14 teams in 2014/15 has made it an epic feat of organisation - many congratulations to Bethany Woodcock and her team.

News and Editorials 2014/2015

  • The best a Uni can get [04/Aug/15]
  • Feedback due for new BUCS [28/Jul/15]
  • Gwangju Quick Review [13/Jul/15]
  • Lilleshall Head to Heads [24/Jun/15]
  • BUCS Outdoor 2015 Review [19/Jun/15]
  • BUTTS plus fours [19/May/15]
  • Red Roses in NEUAL bloom [07/May/15]
  • Warwick regain E-title [30/Apr/15]
  • Inside and Outside SWWU [17/Apr/15]
  • SEAL title swap [26/Mar/15]
  • BUTTS XX [17/Mar/15]
  • Lancaster leapfrog Liverpool [11/Mar/15]
  • BUTC 2015 Review [28/Feb/15]
  • Results Round Up [18/Feb/15]
  • BUCS Indoor 2015 Review [13/Feb/15]
  • Entries all over the place [03/Feb/15]
  • Enter the E-League [15/Jan/15]
  • London lead SEAL [05/Jan/15]
  • Northern Leagues' Round 2 [23/Dec/14]
  • Southern Expansion [05/Dec/14]
  • Liverpool lead, Warwick win [26/Nov/14]
  • BUTC goes East [21/Nov/14]
  • And they're off [12/Nov/14]
  • Gwangju for you [04/Nov/14]
  • BUCS Indoors & SAG News [17/Oct/14]
  • New season ready to go [17/Sep/14]

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