By Jay Tserkezie
The British University Team Championship (BUTC) is an annual national competition with a twist on the conventional archery format. The qualifying is a Bray 1 round (30 arrows shot at a 40cm target face). This then leads into an exciting head to head format where teams are seeded against each other. Between 3 team members the archers shoot 4 ends of 6 arrows at 60mm sized plastic discs. You either hit or you miss!
Lancaster A (Gemma Ainsworth, Alex Goldsack, Tom Wilson) were strong in qualifying posting a combined score of 764/900 which earned them a fantastic 10th place. Lancaster B (Kim Andrews, Yasin Desai, Jay Tserkezie) were close behind with a combined score of 723/900 qualifying in 18th place.
The teams then proceeded to the head to head round where the B team were unfortunately knocked out in the round of 32 by Warwick B who shot an impressive 5/6 discs on their last end to win the match 9-8. The A team faired better beating NEUAL rivals Liverpool’s B team in their round of 32 match. They progressed on to face London A and were unfortunately knocked out in a tense match that finished 10-9 to the southerners. The quote of the day arrived during this match with a London archer asking a fully drawn Alex “Who uses stealth shots in 2016?” Alex replied by shooting 4 hits in his next 4 shots leaving the poor respectful gentleman humiliated.
Although the Lancaster teams did not progress as well as hoped, all of the archers can be happy with the experience and enjoyment gained from this format of competition.
Congratulations to back to back winners Warwick, we hope to be challenging you soon!