BUSA Outdoors 2005 Review

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BUSA Outdoor Championships returned to its magnificent adopted home of Lilleshall NSC for the fifth consecutive year on Saturday 18th June. Yet again the attendance records for this tournament was broken, with 209 competitors from a 37 institutions present. On a very hot, but occasionally quite breezy day, there were some very special performances from all corners of the field. The 63 bosses needed squeezing in to the field and even the area set aside for camping was increased to cope with the student archery invasion.

Edinburgh won the BUSA Outdoors team crown yet again, leaving their rivals trailing behind them, with a BUSA Outdoors and All Uni Comps record score of 3598. Emma Downie led the team home with a booming 932, followed by Tim Mundon (896), Jenny Jeppsson (890) and Matt Nowicki (880). Any team seeking to beat that record must effectively average 900. Cambridge and Imperial could not keep up under the weight of points scoring but spent the day swapping silver and bronze between them, the BUTTS side eventually taking 2nd place with 3421, their best finish since 2001 when they also hosted, their team comprising Clare Hooley (890), James Keogh (880), Ian Caulfield (826) and Pamela Custance-Baker (825). Imperial's bronze medal winners on 3368 were David Wilson (869), Nicole Savvides (866), Veronica Bray (826) and Eloise Fowler (807). York were fourth for most of the day and were unable to make up enough ground on the leaders. Their team comprised Michael Ward (802), Beckie Senior (802), Dave Cox (777) and James Wickens (753). The NEUAL champions stayed 90 points ahead of Oxford who were led by novice Kate Hoskin (816), the rest of the team comprising of experienced gents Chris Buckingham (758), Geoff Hyett (758) and Ioannis Hodges-Mameletzis (711). Oxford's total of 3043 was just enough to hold off SWWU Champions Exeter who finished sixth, without Andy Tan, on 3015, 28 points behind. Exeter's team comprised Louise Colville (826), James Suckling (788), James Quincey (712) and novice Dorothee Roger (689). Behind the leading six, Bath were seventh on 2725, top scorer Karen Atkins (854). Durham held off Surrey by the margin of only six points to cling on to eighth place overall, Sheffield were tenth, a further 40 points back.

Cambridge novices added BUSA Outdoor team gold to go with BUTTS success and BUSA Indoor silver. They took the lead from the start and never looked like losing it, even without Tonyee Chow absent due to illness. Their team score was 2146 and their team comprised Robin Bacon (774), Simon Heistercamp (696) and Helen Markland (676). Second team was the darker blue of Varsity rivals Oxford with 2018, team comprising Kate Hoskin (816), Ben Rudge (630) and Hannah Barnes (572). Durham and Edinburgh amazingly finished level on points on 1982, Durham taking the medals by the margin of 314 hits to 310, Edinburgh suffering have only brought three novices, all gents. Durham's novice team comprised Laure Bourguignon (749), Gavin Koncar (630) and James King (603), whilst Edinburgh's comprised Richard Townsend (698), Andre Costa (658) and Michael Clark (626). York were alone in fifth on 1904, top scorer David Amey (740) ahead of Surrey sixth on 1871, top scorer Jamie Goodliffe (711) and Exeter seventh on 1804, top scorer Dorothee Roger (689).

Andrew Callaway (Bournemouth) became the first man to successfully defend the BUSA Outdoors title winning with 902 points, six ahead of 2003 champion Tim Mundon (Edinburgh) who finished second on 896 after recovering from an indifferent start. Tom Duncan (Heriot-Watt) was third on 890 and claimed bronze ahead of Jon Paradi (Brunel) fourth on 884. Matt Nowicki (Edinburgh) and James Keogh (Cambridge) needed golds to decide fifth place, when they both finished on 880. Nowicki, the outgoing SUSF Non-Student Co-ordinator got the nod 71 to 66. David Wilson (Imperial) completed the leading group on 869 in seventh. Barry Cottrell's (Surrey) 832 kept him ahead of event organiser Ian Caulfield (Cambridge) who scored 826. BUTC 2005 organiser Chris Goodman (Nottingham) was tenth on 818, ahead of Gregor Schnuer (Edinburgh) on 814. Michael Ward (York) in his farewell performance was the twelth gent to exceed 800 on 802, with Dominik Schindler (Cambridge) 797 and Richard Nicol (Napier) 796 falling just short of that mark.

The ladies competition was blown away by a stunning performance by Emma Downie (Edinburgh). Her score of 932 breaks the old record shot by Ros Bowen for Heriot-Watt three years before - no lady has ever been within even 15 points of this mark. Emma won the novice ladies title in 2003, but this spectacular score is a new BUSA and All Unis record. The 2004 champion Marietta Scott, in her last BUSA performance of a medal laden career, despite shooting 920, the third highest ever score in this competition had to settle for silver. 2003 champion Lorna Provan (Heriot-Watt) was third with 894. Just behind the medals, tied for fourth were Jenny Jeppsson (Edinburgh) who was also fourth last year and Clare Hooley (Cambridge) both on 890 with 70 golds. Both having finished on 874 Joanna Lymboussis (Edinburgh) pinched sixth place from Naomi Faulkner (Leeds Met.) 68 golds to 64. Nicole Savvides (Imperial) 866, Manda Gibson (Leicester) 862 and Karen Atkins (Bath) 854 completed the top ten.

As for novice recurves, Robin Bacon (Cambridge) was first (and 17th gent overall) with 774, over thirty points clear of David Amey (York) second on 740. Third place went to Robert Radcliffe (Sheffield) whose 715 just kept out Jamie Goodliffe (Surrey) on 711. Richard Townsend (Edinburgh) was fifth on 698 just ahead of Simon Heistercamp (Cambridge) 696. In the ladies novices section Kate Hoskin (Oxford) was the run away winner (and 16th lady overall) on 816 with Laure Bourguignon (Durham) second on 749. Katie Marsden (Nottingham) was third on 710, with Dorothee Roger (Exeter) 689 and Helen Markland (Cambridge) 676 just outside the medals.

Justin Gibbs (UC Northampton) won the Gents Compound division with 946 ahead of Neil Bowley (Nottingham Trent) on 940 and Andrew Ward (Edinburgh) on 938. Colin Geenes (Coventry) was fourth out of a field of twelve on 924. Nicky Hunt (Coventry) won Ladies Compound (on the Albion) by the emphatic margin of 62 points with 902, just 2 short of the exisiting record. Hannah Walton (Edinburgh) was second on 840. Also James Cowie (Loughborough) shot a limited compound and scored 784.

Ladies Barebow was won by Emily Rothman (York) with 516, which is a new BUSA and All Uni Comps record from a field of four. Peter Roach (Sheffield) was the only Gents Barebow and scored 91. Gents Longbow had seven competitors and was won convincingly by Tom Clint (Dundee) with 327, another BUSA and All Unis record - his nearest challenger was Ian Ogilvy (Exeter) exactly 100 points behind. Matt Lund (Durham) scored 143 to break the equivalent novice record. There were no Ladies Longbows.

SUSF were the Regional League Championship Team winners with 3612 and a team of Emma Downie, Tim Mundon (both Edinburgh), Lorna Provan and Tom Duncan (both Heriot-Watt). SEAL were second with Jon Paradi (Brunel), David Wilson, Nicole Savvides (both Imperial) and Barry Cottrell (Surrey) on 3451. BUTTS were third on 3421 their side the same as the Cambridge team. NEUAL were fourth, but only seven points behind BUTTS, and SWWU were fifth on 3218. The equivalent Novice competition saw BUTTS win with a score of exactly 2300 and a team of Kate Hoskin (Oxford), Rob Bacon (Cambridge) and Katie Marsden (Nottingham). NEUAL on 2204 were second, team comprising Laure Bourguignon (Durham), David Amey (York) and Robert Radcliffe (Sheffield). SUSF were third with Richard Townsend, Andre Costa and Michael Clark (all Edinburgh - the only Scottish uni to bring novices), while SEAL were fourth and SWWU were fifth.

The Home Nations event was very closely fought with the difference as low as 2 points after 2 distances. However it was Scottish Unis who emerged triumphant as the SUSF team (as above) 3612 was just too much for the English Uni's team score of 3596, team comprising Marietta Scott (Manchester), Andrew Callaway (Bournemouth), Clare Hooley (Cambridge) and Jon Paradi (Brunel). Welsh Unis were third on 2034. In the novices competition, English Unis far outnumbered the Scottish and Welsh Unis, totalling 2339 from Kate Hoskin (Oxford), Rob Bacon (Cambridge) and Laure Bourguignon (Durham). The Scottish Unis team is as the SUSF team above.

BUSA Outdoors is always a great weekend and the day lasted from 6am til well after the following 6am. All the customary thanks are due to all the customary people without which an event this size would gently descend into chaos, notably event organiser Ian Caulfield, but also Cambridge Uni AC, the black-shirted shades-sporting ACME, and Lilleshall who had to squeeze in extra bosses because of the number of entrants and whose other fields we so merrily set fire to on an annual basis. Also thanks to the Lady Paramount and BUSA's Archery Person Kelly Walton to travelled up to witness the largest ever BUSA Outdoors now in its fifth year at Lilleshall. The eagle eyed may also have spotted her getting to have a go from a few metres after the prize giving. This tournament will certainly have left her under no illusions about the health of archery in the universities.