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BUTTS League, Leg 1: Oxford University

BUTTS League, Leg 1: Oxford University


On the 11th of November the club's archers went off to Oxford for the year's first BUTTS league leg with a healthy mix of both experienced and novice archers, this competition being their first one for many archers, both experienced and novice. After an interesting trip with one of our cars attempting to enter a footpath and later getting a parking ticket, the afternoon started with the typical Portsmouth round, the only note of interest being an equipment failure of a novice's bow, requiring a pause to retie a nock point, and the particularly cold shooting conditions, leading to complaints about the temperature to each other, equivalent to commenting on the weather. In the experienced category all three of our recurve archers ended up being one after the other with highly similar scores, although no medals. The situation was a bit better in the barebow category, with Liam Pattinson winning silver (508) and Kimberley Callaghan bronze (505). Cameron Krulewski followed closely behind with 503 points. In the Novices category some very good scores were achieved - Andy Cai won gold in the Gents category with 469 points, a very impressive score having started shooting only in October! In the Novice Ladies category, Izzy Hogan achieved 3rd place and a bronze medal, with the novice team taking 2nd place overall. Despite Birmingham and Oxford having higher experienced team scores, this was just the first BUTTS leg with plenty of opportunities for the club to catch up this season.

Writeup by Lukas Cincikas