BUSA Outdoors 2006 Review

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In the heat of a packed Lilleshall NSC, Cambridge lifted their first ever BUSA Outdoor Championship senior team title, breaking Edinburgh’s 11 year stranglehold, in one of the tightest races for years, the gap between the top two teams frequently in single figures. Cambridge’s team comprised Ian Caulfield (886), Ric Whalley (870), Helen Markland (842) and Robin Bacon (827) for a total of 3425 and was a welcome success for the light blues after finishing runners-up to Edinburgh in both BUSA Indoors and the BUTC final. Tim Mundon (Edinburgh) with 900 and Jacqui Gould (Greenwich) with 922 were the individual champions at senior level, Denis Johnstone (Edinburgh) 800 and Georgina Porter (York) 832 were individual novice/shield champions.

This was the biggest ever BUSA Outdoors with 260 competitors from 38 institutions in the starting line-up and took place with Napier and ACME as the hosts, the competition held at Lilleshall for a sixth successive year. Hot weather dominated the day with conditions bordering on the uncomfortable, although some cloud cover providing a little respite later in the day.

Cambridge won the senior team event with 3425, having eventually forged 42 points ahead of Edinburgh’s team total of 3383, the Edinburgh side comprising Tim Mundon (900), David Lange (843), Naomi Crouch (840) and novice Denis Johnstone (800). Durham were surprise bronze medallists on 3330 with Pete Clayton (860), Faye Donnelly (848), Laure Bourguignon (818) and Anna Breitbart (804) winning their first BUSA team medals since they won this competition in 1994. Not far behind Exeter fought off Oxford and Imperial for fourth place, their best finish here since 1996, the Exeter team lead home by Andy Tan (866) with support from James Suckling (834), Louise Colville (826) and novice Victoria Offord (748). Oxford’s team comprised Samuel Johnson (831), Katie Hoskin (822), Natalie Merry (816) and Alexander Shutter (791). SEAL champions Imperial, whose strong female section suggested they would contend for gold at this event, never got going, their team score of 3251 coming from Eloise Fowler (856), Leonora Lang (810), Elizabeth Williams (794) and novice Travis Woodward (791). York were seventh on 3224, 200 points behind Cambridge and were led by novice Georgina Porter (832) with Dave Cox (826), Colleen Driscoll (820) and novice Anna Huang (746) and completed the leading group of teams. Sheffield were eighth a further 150 points back, top scorer Victoria Hinchliffe (856), pipping Bradford 3077 to 3064, Hannah Wootton (852) their top score. Southampton rounded off the top 10 and were the final club to break 3000 on 3027 with Tsuyoshi Maeda (782) their top score.

Edinburgh’s novices overcame the disappointment of the seniors winning with impressive scoring from Denis Johnstone (800), Claire Levy (778) and Alexander Lamb (774) for a total of 2352, seventy clear of second placed York who themselves were eighty clear of third placed Cambridge. York’s team was comprised of Georgina Porter (832), Anna Huang (746) and Andrew McArthur (702) for a total of 2280 whilst Cambridge’s team comprised Robert Fryers (772), Thomas Endlein (738) and Tim Craig (691) for a total of 2201. Southampton were a distant fourth led by Elizabeth Richley (768) on 2035 in total, with Imperial sixth just breaking 2000, lead by Travis Woodward (791). Sheffield were sixth with Meghann Mears (746) top score. Oxford squeezed ahead of Exeter in seventh. Bath were ninth with hosts Napier completing the top ten.

Leading the gents field home, there was no match for 2003 champion Tim Mundon (Edinburgh) who scored exactly 900 in the hot conditions, to secure his second BUSA individual double and his second entry in the 900-club, well clear of Ian Caulfield (Cambridge) whose 886 was enough for individual silver, just ahead of Alex Lyne (Loughborough) on 882. Ric Whalley (Cambridge) was a little way behind in fourth with 870 ahead of Andy Tan’s (Exeter) 866 and Pete Clayton’s (Durham) 860. The leading half dozen gents had a dozen point cushion with the archers in seventh through to tenth squashed into a six point gap. Craig Bowley (Nottingham) scored 846, then Alan Pierce (De Montfort) 844, David Lange (Edinburgh) 843 and Sam Perkins (Kent) 840.

In the ladies field Jacqui Gould (Greenwich) eventually finished an astonishing 66 points clear in first place in a dominant display with 922, the third highest ever score recorded on a Windsor. After a poor start Eloise Fowler (Imperial) powered her way through the field to finish level on points with Victoria Hinchcliffe (Sheffield) on 856. Eloise’s total of 64 golds was good enough for second place overall ahead of Victoria’s 61. The NEUAL pair of Hannah Wootton (Bradford) and Faye Donnelly (Durham) were fourth and fifth with 852 and 848. Helen Markland (Cambridge) scored 842 to nudge ahead of Naomi Crouch (Edinburgh) 840. Novice Georgina Porter (York) would have finished eighth, but in the BUSA Championship category Louise Colville (Exeter) 826 and 51 golds was eighth one solitary gold ahead of Rhianna Rawlins (London). Katie Hoskin (Oxford) was tenth in the Championship (11th overall) with 822.

In the gents shield/novice category an emphatic score of exactly 800 was enough for Denis Johnstone (Edinburgh) to win – it would have been enough for 20th overall - but he was pursued all the way by Travis Woodward who finished nine points behind on 791 but crucially with a miss when a gold would have produced a dead heat. Behind the leading pair, the race for third was won by Christopher Butler (Warwick) on 774 who saw off Alexander Lamb (Edinburgh) on golds and Robert Fryers (Cambridge) by 2 points, the leading five 24 points clear of the rest of the field.

Georgina Porter (York) was a convincing winner in the ladies shield/novice with 832 points, over 50 points ahead of Claire Levy (Edinburgh) on 778 with Elizabeth Richley (Southampton) on 768. Victoria Offord (Exeter) narrowly claimed fourth on 748 ahead of Meghann Mears (Sheffield) 746 and 31 golds and Anna Huang (York) 746 and 24 golds. Similarly to gents novices, the leading six lady novices were 49 points clear of the rest of the field.

Robert Gruar (Liverpool) won Gents Compound division on 950, just a colour ahead of Justin Gibbs (UC Northampton) on 948. Chris Bell (Birmingham) kept out David Wright (Northumbria) 944 on 942 in similar circumstances. Robert Turner (Exeter) was the only novice and finished on 800. Ladies Compound had only 2 competitors with no novices and was won by Kirsty Sutton (Bradford) on 796.

Gents barebow produced six entries with Ian Rutter (Durham) easily first on 619, missing out on the BUSA and All Unis record by 5 points. Leon Osborne (Bath) was first novice on 274. Elizabeth York (Bangor) was first lady barebow on 446 while Laura Eden (Reading) 332 first novice, only 4 points away from the BUSA and All Unis record. For the first time at this event there were lady longbow competitors, albeit only three of them, and Saraid Jones (Birmingham) with 354 and novice Zoe Smith (Reading) with 145 created new BUSA (and All Unis) records. Gents longbow was won by Iain Ogilvie (Exeter) on 289 from a field of nine. There were two novice gents longbow archers but they provided an enthralling, if low scoring sub-plot to the proceedings with Ceri Jones (Bangor) finally defeating Matthew Parnell (Reading) 91 points to 90.

With over 300 entries and 260 competitors this was truly a giant competition, smashing the previous mark of 209 competitors set last year. Thanks as usual to ACME for providing a slickly run shoot, to the field party and to Napier Uni AC who have gone from not existing to national tournament hosts in 18 months. Also thanks to Pam Jones and the team of judges (Peter Morris, Dave Page, Pam herself, Dennis Weaver, Tony Goad and Jean Page) and to Lady Paramount Marie Atkinson. Also look out for some photos in Archery UK from Ann Shepherd. On a more personal note..