By Jay Tserkezie - Captain 2016/17
BUCS Indoors is one of the premier fixtures for a student archer. This year, BUCS has been split into two regional qualifiers followed by a national final later in the term. There is no novice category at the finals so the novice awards are given out at the regional qualifiers.
An announcement of who has qualified for the finals will be made by BUCS once the southern qualifier concludes so we can only speculate at this moment. However, it’s reasonable to assume Lancaster will have a full senior male and female team progressing.
The most notable performance from the seniors was Tom Wilson's excellent 575/600. The interesting news this year comes from the novices where an underdog has awoken. Young Jonathan Hall almost didn't make the cut for this competition. In fact, if BUCS had cut the numbers allowance by just one more place he would have spent last saturday at home. Guess I'm terrible at picking a team as he smashed it at BUCS shooting an impressive 511/600. Lead by Jono, the novice recurve team (Jonathan Hall 511/600, Peng Cheng 507/600, Kirk Sparnenn 480/600) managed an awesome 3rd place finish. Even though this is just the northern qualifier, no Lancaster novice team has ever finished in the medal positions at BUCS Indoors so its an incredible result from the guys.
There was also glory for our padawan compound archer Dave Spruce who collected an individual bronze in the novice compound category with a score of 467/600.
Well done to the new BUCS medal club members and all archers who represented Lancaster so well at the northern qualifier!