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Annual Dinner 2017/2018
On Saturday 3rd February we held the long-awaited black-tie CUB Annual Dinner at Trinity College. This was well-attended by a contingent of 26 archers including several alumni, one of whom, Professor Lindsay Greer is now our senior treasurer. The night began with all meeting at the Mitre pub on Bridge Street, before we made our way to the Old Kitchen at Trinity College. The table was amply decorated with a fine set of trophies, including the awe-inspiring Varsity Trophy, thankfully retrieved from the other place last year. Jack's legendary attention to detail included a seating plan which included customised place cards decorated with an arrow of matching fletching colours to the respective archer.
After the archers spent a suitable amount of time admiring the splendour of the table and its surroundings the meal commenced. This included Confit Guinea Fowl Terrine, or a Baked Pumpkin and Goats Cheese Tartlet accompanied by a marvellous Riddle Creek Reserve Chardonnay. For the main, Roasted Venison (Sam assured all it was an extremely valuable cut) or a Baked Globe Artichoke accompanied by a Hoopenburg 'Bush Vine' Pinotage. For desert, there was a delicious Apple, Blackberry and Cob Nut Crumble with extremely generous portions of vanilla custard that left all attendees very satisfied that they'd got their money's worth of food.
As coffee and truffles were served, Alex Guyon gave a Natsci's valiant attempt at poetry to continue the tradition of the Social Secretary's rhyming speech. This year's effort focused on the mishaps of various members of the club with Tak, Richard, Omar and Shivam all meriting a mention. This was followed by a rather more eloquent speech by the captain Jack who updated us all on the progress of club including many successes at competitions and an extremely healthy crop of beginners joining the club this year. After the traditional passing around of the menus and many kind messages (and a few less so!) in everyone's menu, Alex gave a short speech to thank Jack for his extremely hard work and dedication to the club over the course of the year. The party then proceeded to the JCR at Christ's College until the early hours of the morning, including many a game of pool and good use of the PS4.
I'd like to thank all of you who came and made it such a fun night, and to Jack and Ivana who helped with the organisation of the dinner itself.
On the 20th of January, a team of 13 archers from CUB travelled to Warwick University to compete in the third leg of the BUTTS regional league. Individual medals were obtained by Zheng-Ao (gold) in novice gents recurve, Chris (silver) in compound and Liam (bronze) in barebow. Our experienced team finished in 8th place in the combined standings. While not as high as we wanted to achieve, the gap between fifth and eighth place was less than 70 points, so there's still every chance for our team to place higher in the final two legs of the competition, especially given that we are hosting the next one. In the overall standings, our experienced team maintains its position as seventh. Our novice team fared better, finishing third at Warwick and fourth in the combined results of leg 3, thus jumping to third place overall in the league! All the novices maintained or improved upon the scores they shot last term despite the long break, with some making huge improvements. It was a very enjoyable competition for all who attended, thanks for Warwick's archery club for running a successful competition and social afterwards. The next leg of BUTTS will be hosted by us on the 18th of February, giving us plenty of time to train and excel on home turf.
Nottingham BUTTS & November E-league
It's been a busy end of term for the archers of CUB, with both the second leg of BUTTS and score submission for the university e-league containing clubs from across the country.
A team of thirteen travelled to Nottingham, and gave a very good performance: Liam got a barebow bronze, Chris got compound bronze, and Nancy came fourth in ladies' recurve, just one point off third place. Our experienced team maintained their position of seventh in the league, and the novices placed a respectable fifth between the two shoots combined, bringing them to fourth overall in the league, so there's still everything to play for when competitions resume in January. In addition, there were some huge improvements in scores from our novices, some almost gaining 100 points on their last shoot! Thanks to Nottingham for hosting a very successful competition!
The e-league results were promising for November as well. Our experienced teams are performing well, with the C team in contention for promotion to division 2, and our novice A and B teams placed second in divisions 1 and 2 respectively, with both maintaining their overall top place! The novice C team showed a huge improvement, and are comfortably in the promotion places from conference. Individually many our archers placed within the top twenty for their gender and bowstyle, all of which bodes well for competitions next term.
First Competition of 2017 - Oxford BUTTS
Our archers made the trip to Oxford last weekend for the first leg of the regional BUTTS League.
We were delighted to be fielding a full team, with some people even on the reserve list. It was also great to see some of our new members for this year out representing the club at our first competition.
Even more exciting is that we came away with a good number of medals. Liam and Andrew took silver and bronze respectively in the barebow category, whilst Chris took gold in the Compound category. Our novices also did fantastically well; despite having been training for less time than the other universities they secured second place as a team, with Cindy and Lin picking up novice ladies gold and bronze, and Zhengao bringing home the novice gent's bronze.
Our thanks to Oxford University Company of Archers for organising the competition and hosting us. We had a great time at the social afterwards before making the trip back home.
Overall, when combined with the other leg, the novice team came in third out of eight, only three points behind Birmingham whilst the seniors were in seventh. We are now looking ahead to the next competition (Nottingham BUTTS) next weekend, whilst focussing on finishing our beginners' course closer to home.
If you are interested in competing for the university team please get in contact with a member of the committee, we are always looking for new competitive archers!
BUTTS Field Champs - 2 Medals and 2 County Records
Three of our archers, Jack Atkinson, Liam Pattinson, and Andrew Browne, travelled to Daventry Rugby Club to take part in the BUTTS Field Champs on 21/10/2017. It was the first time for Liam and Jack trying this form of archery, which is a far cry from the club's usual target competitions.
In field archery, the targets are placed around a wooded course, uphill, downhill, sometimes at an angle or with very tricky footing. The first half of the course consisted of unmarked targets, where archers must guess the distance they shoot based on the type of face they are shooting, and the second half after lunch was marked. While this may have seemed easier, it was more challenging as the targets are further away than when unmarked, and there were some very difficultly positioned targets.
With stormy weather threatening, the team was lucky to get away with no rain and only occasional strong winds while shooting, and we came home with two medals, a silver for Andrew and a bronze for Liam, both in the gent's barebow category, and two Cambridgeshire county records for Jack and Andrew in gent's recurve and barebow respectively. Everyone had a great day and came back with all the equipment they arrived with (which is quite the achievement), and we hope that we can attend more competitions like this in the future.