BUCS Outdoor 2017 Review [16/Jun/17]

BUCS Outdoors 2017 took place, with the competition buffeted by windy conditions. Despite all this, 3 All Unis records were broken on the Saturday with 1 more at the H2Hs. More stringent qualification requirements for seniors kept the overall numbers shooting a little lower at 246, although actually slightly up on last year.

In the gents team event, Edinburgh and Loughborough worked their way clear of the field with the Scottish side holding on to defend their title from 12 months ago. Loughborough kept Edinburgh on their toes, but scored 3341, behind the winning total of 3396. Warwick were third on 3286, with Birmingham in fourth on 3228. Nottingham Trent were fifth gents team, not far behind on 3180. Trent were the last of the leading group and were nearly 400 clear of sixth.

The women's team event became a straight two-way scrap between Edinburgh and Birmingham with neither side able to gain a big lead. Birmingham held on despite the Edinburgh challenge with a final margin of a mere 13 points, Birmingham on 3224 and Edinburgh on 3211. Warwick and Nottingham were out on their own in third and fourth, Warwick's ladies matching the team bronze of their gents on 2916, ahead of Nottingham's 2855. Loughborough took fifth spot, but well adrift of the top four.

Last year the first class score requirement dropped the number of complete senior gents and ladies teams at 10 and 9. This season both rose to 11. Both Ashe Morgan and Tom Hall were on World Cup duty in Antalya and the presence of either (or both) would likely have changed the destination of the gents title. Edinburgh's decision to "upgrade" two of their gent novices to seniors, sacrificing novice glory, paid off to the tune of a senior title win. Birmingham were the only side to have 3 women hit 4 figures and were rewarded with their 5th out of 6 possible national titles in the season. Bristol and Central Lancashire recorded their best ever BUCS Outdoors finishes, with Birmingham and Loughborough recording their best since the 1980s. Edinburgh continue to find Lilleshall a happy hunting ground.

Warwick won the novice team event and did so in some style. The total of 3273 was a massive 661 points clear in front and broke the All Uni record in the process. In difficult conditions, only 4 novice recurves broke the 1000 barrier and astonishingly, 3 of them shot for Warwick - although it is worth bearing in mind that Edinburgh moved their novices up to the full 1440 round. Loughborough's good day continued, with 2612 resulting in silver medals, with Lancaster around 100 back in third and Bristol a further 200 back in fourth. 12 novice teams is up from 11 last year, but down on 17 from the year before.

After 90m, the top 6 gents were split by only 2 points. 70m saw two groups of two split off ahead of the field with Jack Masefield (Derby) 9 points ahead of Vlado Hurban (Edinburgh) by lunchtime. Over the short metric however, Hurban began reeling in Masefield, overtaking him during 30m and posting 1198 to Masefield's 1189. This is Edinburgh's first individual recurve BUCS title since 2012, whilst Masefield also won silver Indoors 2016. Arthur Coveney (Loughborough) kept himself a handful of points ahead of Guy Matzkin (Edinburgh) all day eventually finishing on 1173 and 1170 and taking bronze and the last BUCS point respectively. The pair finished 2nd and 3rd last year. A further 30+ points further back 5th down to 9th were covered by 10 points. Sherman Ip (Warwick) and Alec Hodgkinson (Cardiff Met) both got 1137, with Ip taking 5th. Adam Wozencroft (Loughborough) was 7th on 1133, two ahead of Indoors champion Francis Berti (Birmingham). Rob Gray (Nottingham Trent) was ninth on 1128, whilst Ben Trudgill (Exeter) was the last of 10 gents to break 1100.

Jaspreet Sagoo (East London) won her third BUCS individual title (and first outdoors) with a score of 1198 - exactly matching the leading gents score. Sagoo was 23 points ahead after the first distance and eventually won by nearly 40. Stiffest resistance came from Johanna Meyer (Edinburgh) who had won 60m cut the gap to 12 by the end of the long metric. A strong 50m helped Jessie Slater (Leeds Beckett) to finish 3rd with 1138, whilst defending champion Rebekah Tipping (Birmingham) endured an up-and-down day, but still took fourth place and its associated BUCS point, on 1106, with Lydia Sinnett-Smith (Nottingham) just a fraction behind on 1105. The top 5 had been clear of the pack but a strong finish from both Elisa Gradwohl (Birmingham) and Pip Taylor (Derby) saw them both reduce the deficit. Gradwohl was sixth on 1091 and Taylor seventh on 1086, with the next 4 women all in the mid 1060s - Hannah Burnage (Warwick), Neringa Siugzdinyte (Edinburgh), Rebecca Martin (Bristol) and Emily Bryant (Sheffield Hallam).

Top gent novice on the Metric I this year was Sam Armstrong (Warwick), with dominant 70m and 50m taking him to 1124, 67 ahead of Toby Beasley (Loughborough) on 1057, with James Gardner (Warwick) third on 1030. In the Metric II, Sarah Allaway (Warwick) ran away with ladies novice recurve with 1119 - 21 short of the record, but a whopping 168 clear of her competition. Agata Makas (Lancaster) was second - and did top score at 30m - with Rosabelle Armstead (Surrey) in third on 951 and 879.

Ladies compound was an absolute nailbiter, the closest title fight of the day with Sarah Prieels (Edinburgh) and Lizzie Foster (Durham) shooting virtually idential scores all day. Prieels and Foster shot identical totals for 30m to leave Prieels the winner by 1 point, 1328-1327. Hope Greenwood (Edinburgh) was third, but back on 1281. Andrew Brookes (Staffordshire) won the gents compound title with a score of 1310. Pip Tucknott (Edinburgh) won silver for the second year in a row on 1288 after a moderate start. Stuart Taylor (Keele) led after 90m, but was overtaken by Tucknott during 30m and picked up a bronze with 1283. There were only two novice compounds, both gents - but this was another close match up, 2 points splitting Liew Zhen Yuan (Nottingham) on 1247 from Lloyd Pares (Loughborough) 1245. There were 30 compounds all told.

Paul Cobee (Bath) and Suzannah Boardman (Exeter) won the barebow divisions by triple digit margins. Cobee's 857 won by 140, whilst Boardman's 858 was 127 clear as she went one better that 12 months ago. Will Armstrong (Bristol) and Ollie Hartfield [corr.] (Loughborough) were second and third gents on 717 and 710, Armstrong coming from 14 points behind with one distance remaining. Essi Peuhkuri (Nottingham Trent) was second lady on 731, with Anna Blanchard (Bath) third, three short of 700. In novice barebow, William Croydon (Loughborough) blew away the other gents by 235 points (and the All Unis record by 91) scoring 916 on the Metric I. Helen Scharf (Aberystwyth) was top lady barebow novice on 689. No less than 59 barebow competed.

Beth Duthie and Alex Newnes (both Aberystwyth) won the longbow titles. Duthie scored 534, whilst Newnes broke his own All Uni record (by 90) with 695. Jessica Nirkko and Edward Pike (both Edinburgh) were second on 480 and 481. Hamish Woodland (Southampton) was top longbow novice on 310. In total the number of longbows just made it in to double figures on 11.

There was also a H2H event held on the following day to BUCS, which will be reviewed separately. As ever, massive thanks to the team of organisers lead by Richard Anderson who managed not to get blown away - and to all those who took part.

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  • Six go to Taipei [14/Jul/17]
  • Lilleshall Head to Heads [29/Jun/17]
  • BUCS Outdoors Review [16/Jun/17]
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  • Red Rose clean sweeps [20/Apr/17]
  • London SEAL title hat-trick [14/Apr/17]
  • The Toucan rises [11/Apr/17]
  • BUCS Indoor 2017 Finals [15/Mar/17]
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  • NEUAL KO, SSS 2 [11/Nov/16]
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