Warwick retain E-League [21/Apr/16]

Warwick are the E-League champions for 2015/16, wrapping up their third E-League title in the last four seasons with their third consecutive Round victory. Warwick end the season on 43 out of a maximum 45 points. Warwick have now won 7 of the last 10 available national student titles. Southampton were second overall on 39 and recorded a third place finish in rounds 3, 4 and 5. The podium slot being most hotly contested going in the last round was third, with Loughborough and London level on points after February. Loughborough finished second in March to make it two BUTTS sides in the top three, whilst SEAL champions London were fourth in the round and fourth overall.

NEUAL leaders Liverpool were in fifth place on 24 points. In the race to avoid the drop Cambridge and Napier are 6th and 7th, whilst Aberdeen and Bath (8th and 9th) look set to be relegated. Division 1 was reduced from 10 to 9 teams this year. Liverpool and Napier set new club best performances with their finishes.

The E-League has, in previous seasons, suffered from a few clubs effectively withdrawing from the competition and it remains disappointing that some big names continue to do so. They drop down the divisions as a result. However the popularity of comparing results from league matches remains high (see Adam Peers' spreadsheets) and for all its eccentricities the E-League is a good format.

In the lower divisions, Birmingham re-engaged with the E-League in 2015/16 and did so in emphatic style. Birmingham A team waltzed off with the Division 2 title, the only team to score a maximum 5 wins out of 5 in any division. Birmingham B won Division 3 very comfortably and Birmingham C were third in Division 4 behind two A teams, but look like they will be promoted anyway thanks to no shows in the table above.

In Division 2 Southampton B and Warwick B were second and third, but B teams are not eligible for Division 1. The crucial second A team slot went to the wire between Swansea and Imperial. Imperial scored 7 points in February as against Swansea's 4, but in March Swansea scored another 3, whilst Imperial entered no score at all. The three points proved crucial as Swansea to 22 against Imperial's 21. Nottingham Trent A withstood a late charge from Loughborough B to take the second promotion slot in Division 3. Trent took maximum points in February to create a 5 point cushion, but saw the margin slashed to only 1 point in March. Reading and Plymouth's A teams have dominated Division 4 and in the end both finished on 45 points. Reading's average sees them take the honours but both will go up. Teesside A won the Conference and will enter the Divisions for the first time next season. The top 6 Conference sides may all go up - this would also include Leeds A.

Swansea won the compound division with 44 out of 45 although they were frequently the only side to have 3 compound scorers.

Southampton won Novice Division 1 with a full month to spare on 43. They were however, denied a clean sweep of round wins in March, with London winning and Warwick second. Warwick had been level on points with Napier ended the season in third but drew 31-28 ahead of the Scottish side. The 4 point swing from London did draw level with Napier on 28 but they were behind on average score. The leading group was completed by BUTTS sides Cambridge and Loughborough on 24 and 23 points respectively. Bath did just enough to finish outside the bottom two on 11 points. Imperial and Liverpool look like they will be replaced in Division 1 by Birmingham and Swansea. Birmingham A won Novice Division 2 with 40 (a no score and 4 wins) with Swansea A 4th and second A team. Novice Division 3 was won by Birmingham B with Nottingham Trent A and Plymouth A looking set to be promoted. The Conference top 3 should all go up: Reading A were first ahead of Surrey A and Teesside A.

In the individual standings, Tom Hall (Warwick) and Rebekah Tipping (Birmingham) won the respective senior recurve titles (with 94 and 91) by taking maximum points in the last round and coming from a point behind Andrew Howe and Sara Rubio (both Southampton) to win by a point. Hall was third last season, whilst Tipping has now won the ladies crown three years in a row, for two different clubs. In both gents and ladies 3rd and 4th were well clear of the chasing pack. Domininc Collis (London) and Ally Miller (Southampton) were third whilst Robert Gray (Nottingham Trent) and Madeleine Meatyard (Warwick) both just missed out on the E-podium.

Patrick Corning (Southampton) won gents barebow by a point despite a late charge from David Cunningham (Teesside). Ladies barebow was very much a two horse race with Emily Williams (South Wales) scored 4 wins and a second for 99. Juliet Spedding (Liverpool) pursued Williams all the way to the line however. William Shackley (Swansea) pipped James Edmondson (Warwick) in gents compound with Round 5 effectively a shoot off. Hannah Sanchez (Nottingham Trent) completed the formalities of her ladies compound title on 99, the same scores as gents longbow winner Thomas Dunlop (Swansea). Emily Williams (South Wales) also won the ladies longbow title with a maximum 100 points, the only senior category in which this was achieved.

Jon Anarson (Southampton) took novice gents honours on 88 ahead of Guy Coop (Birmingham) on 74 and Antonio Rubino (Cambridge) 65. Tupa Silva (Birmingham) picked up three wins and a second in her 79 to win ladies novice ahead of Christel Yeung (Napier) on 67 and Gillian Yu (Warwick) on 61. Novice gent barebow was close, but won by Faheem Mirza (Warwick) with Nur Atikah Othman (Teesside) winning ladies.

Results in full are on the E-League website, see the 2015/16 results. For Round 1 of the 2016/17 E-League you can start shooting Portsmouths from 1st September 2016 onwards.

News and Editorials 2015/2016

  • Sixteen going on Seventeen [23/Aug/16]
  • Lilleshall Head to Heads [30/Jun/16]
  • BUCS Outdoor 2016 Review [16/Jun/16]
  • Swans glide to SWWU title [12/May/16]
  • Warwick retain E-League [21/Apr/16]
  • AGMs, Lilleshall, News in Brief [12/Apr/16]
  • The B of BUTTS [24/Mar/16]
  • SSS, SEAL titles decided [17/Mar/16]
  • BUTC 2016 Review [11/Mar/16]
  • Catch Up: BUTTS and SEAL [02/Mar/16]
  • Catch Up: SSS and NEUAL [25/Feb/16]
  • BUCS Indoor 2016 Review [12/Feb/16]
  • Wins for Swansea, Warwick [29/Jan/16]
  • Deadline Days [19/Jan/16]
  • NEUAL New Year [04/Jan/16]
  • London seize SEAL lead [18/Dec/15]
  • Aberdeen go top of SSS [15/Dec/15]
  • E-November E-League [11/Dec/15]
  • AGB Roadshow Review [04/Dec/15]
  • BUTTS 2 win for Warwick [01/Dec/15]
  • Edinburgh and Exeter win [25/Nov/15]
  • Birmingham's 1 gold win [18/Nov/15]
  • E-League, NEUAL Round 1 [13/Nov/15]
  • The Discs go to Derby [02/Nov/15]
  • The Season Awakens [29/Oct/15]
  • Let's get Regional [16/Oct/15]
  • And now the news where you are [28/Sep/15]
  • Leap Ahead to 2016 [15/Sep/15]

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