Archery Club take bronze at BUCS Indoors

Saturday 18th February saw the University of Warwick Archery Club walk away with Experienced Team bronze medals from the BUCS Indoor Championships. Warwick also took Novice Team silver and two individual Novice gold medals.

After an extremely strong season, where they have been dominating the student regional league and have won Team, Gents and Ladies titles at Warwickshire County Championships, expectations were high for BUCS. Warwick took 30 archers to compete in the largest BUCS Indoors ever with 523 archers competing in 16 different categories (Male/Female, Experienced/Novice) in 4 different bow styles. Most participants were shooting the Olympic style Recurve bow; the top four scores in this style from each university make their experienced team.

Despite the high pressure of the event, Warwick managed to put in a very respectable team score of 2251, which put them in third place, only 14 points behind second. The team comprised of Tom Hall (570), Jorge Lindley (565), Matt Dale (562) and Matt Cranham (554). For a team comprised entirely of archers who only began shooting at university, they did exceptionally well against teams with decades more experience, particularly the top scorer, Tom Hall, who has only been shooting for 18 months.

The Novice division is for archers who have only begun shooting this academic year. Warwick’s novices also put in a great team performance of 1571, which put them second, only 12 points behind first. The team comprised of Jake Bellamy (526), Luke Rieman (525) and Enrik Nako (520). The Novice Ladies Compound category was won by Claire Thring and Novice Ladies Longbow was won by Katy Campbell.

The next big Tournament for the Archery Club is BUTC, which Warwick will be hosting on Saturday 10th March. This is an exciting knockout style competition featuring university teams from all over the UK.

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