BUCS 2017 Report
The archery indoor season has finally wrapped up, with an all-new BUCS! This year, BUCS Indoors consisted of a Southern and Northern Qualifier, which then gathered the best of British university archers to compete in a head-to-head BUCS final.
EUAC had a great run in the Northern Qualifier – 17 archers qualified in total, consisting of all 15 seniors and even two novices! On their journey to BUCS finals, EUAC archers broke 1 Scottish record, 1 club record and 3 BUCS records, also winning many medals.
This year, BUCS Indoors National Finals took place in Bristol, where, for the first time ever, head-to-heads were the main event. Our senior archers continued to impress, where all seeded in the top 32, therefore qualifying for the H2Hs. It is important to appreciate our novices, recurve Josh Croall (setting the novice record for a FITA 18) and barebow Bogna Stolarska. Both put in a respectable performance, considering they were competing in the same category as top senior archers!
During the qualifying rounds, EUAC’s senior archers gathered up some amazing scores! In particular, compounds Sarah Prieels and Hope Greenwood, barebow Jessica Nilsson and longbow Jessica Nirkko all set BUCS records in their respective categories! Sarah Prieels and Hope Greenwood dominated their category, seeding 1st and 2nd (respectively), and winning gold for the mixed compound team. Our recurve ladies team was made up of Johanna Meyer, Lisa Kompfner and Neringa Siugzdinyte – all three ladies put in a solid performance, which earned them a team silver. The recurve gents team – Guy Matzkin, Vlado Hurban, Roy Hotrabhvanon – did not stay far behind, with a well-deserved team bronze.
H2Hs are always a nerve-wracking experience, especially so when they are part of an all-season anticipated event. Sarah Prieels and Hope Greenwood showed off expert skill and steel nerves once again, as they eventually battled each other in the H2H finals. It was an extremely close match, which ended up with a one arrow shoot-off, where Sarah Prieels took the gold and Hope Greenwood won silver. Impressive shooting, ladies! Continuing the medal streak, EUAC’s barebow Jessica Nilsson and longbow Jessica Nirkko both seeded first and won gold in their categories! Our longbow Ed Pike joined in with a bronze, after qualifying 4th, thereby improving his qualifying round position.
Recurves Guy Matzkin, Vlado Hurban, Lisa Mei Kompfner and Neringa Siugzdinyte, and compound Pip Tucknott all finished top 8. Shout out to Guy Matzkin, who put up a close fight against an archer who seeded 1st! Barebow Luke Wiseman seeded 4th and recurve Johanna Meyer 7th, however suffered early losses.
All-round, it’s been a successful BUCS! EUAC dealt well with the changed format of the competition – it was great to see most of our archers coming back with well-deserved medals round their necks!