18 Certificate [03/Sep/18]

To start the 2018/19 season, a quick look back at the 2017/18 season, which certainly served up more than its fair share of thrills and spills. Can 2018/19 serve up anything as dramatic as a shoot off in the BUTC final or the "calculators out" finishes in SEAL and Salford (who hosted NEUAL Indoors)?

Away from Birmingham and Warwick carving up the recurve team titles (and many of the corresponding silver medals too) there were several best ever performances at national level. Plymouth did a clean sweep, whilst Central Lancashire (both BUCS) and Bristol (BUTC and E-League) got 2 out of 4. There were other best evers for Sussex (BUCS Indoor), Bradford, Cardiff (both BUTC), Anglia Ruskin, Nottingham Trent and Teesside (all E-League).

The 5 regional titles were won by Edinburgh, York, Warwick, Imperial and Exeter. 2018's winners are the same combination as in 2005 - the first time the set has ever been repeated. The 2018 runners up were Birmingham, Central Lancashire, St Andrews, Southampton and Swansea. The 5 novice titles went the way of Edinburgh, Keele, Nottingham, Swansea and Imperial. Central Lancashire (2nd), Newcastle and Plymouth (both 3rd) all produced their best ever regional finishes, St Andrews (2nd) their best for 16 years.

The senior SEAL and NEUAL league battles were particularly closely fought, the first senior league titles to be decided on match aggregate since 2004, with an extraordinary three way tie in SEAL. Having not won their respective titles for over a decade, Imperial and York both came from behind in their final fixture to win. SWWU match 4 became the first ever regional fixture abandoned due to lightning. BUTTS saw the first (match 4) and second (indoor champs) instance of a (mixed Portsmouth team of 4) score of 2300 being not enough to win a match.

The season saw All Uni records broken 22 times, with Alex Newnes (Aberystwyth) and Birmingham's women's team breaking 3 each outright. Compounds Sarah Prieels (Edinburgh) and Stuart Taylor (Keele) were also multiple record breakers. Newnes now holds a clean sweep in gents longbow - Portsmouth, WA18m, St George, WA1440 and WA720.

Looking ahead to 2019, there are some new faces taking up organisational reins. Emma Poulton (SSS), David Richardson (Warwick) and Daniel Sint Nicolaas (SWWU) join the league organising fray. Bethany Woodcock-Dexter and Stephen Fawcett return for a sixth and seventh spin in charge of their leagues.

We also have a new BUCS Events Co-ordinator for Archery, Alice Robinson. The make-up of the BUCS Events Management Group for Archery has also been confirmed, with Bethany Woodcock-Dexter as Admin. The full line up is on the BUCS EMG page. The EMG's first meeting will be in September - anyone with a possible subject for discussion should email it in by Friday 7th September.

Right then 2018/19 - what have you got?

News and Editorials 2018/2019

  • Warwick 1-1 Birmingham [16/Nov/18]
  • Northumbria return in style [09/Nov/18]
  • Flying start for Fifers [01/Nov/18]
  • BUTC bid dates, BUTC dates [18/Oct/18]
  • BUCS Regional proposals [08/Oct/18]
  • Leeds the way for BUCS [01/Oct/18]
  • 18 Certificate [03/Sep/18]

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