Annual Dinner 2017/201804-02-2018
By Alex Guyon
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.
By Andrew Browne
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
05-12-2017By Andrew Browne
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 BUTTS11-11-2017
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 Records22-10-2017
By Andrew Browne
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.
Sunburn in September! - Cambridgeshire end of Season Shoot30-09-2017
Our archers were out and about again this weekend making the most of the rapidly diminishing outdoor season at the Cambridgeshire end of season shoot hosted by Netherhall Archers. This was a handicap shoot, and sadly our members were all too consistent to get a look in at the medals, but it was a beautiful morning and an enjoyable event for all.
Jack and Liam had a great time playing with Liam's camera (watch this space on photo of the week) and it was great to see one of this year's beginners' course graduates, Alex, attending an external shoot, even if it meant that alongside Liam and Andrew the barebows outnumbered the recurves! This also marked the last time we will be shooting outdoors with the members of Anglia Ruskin who have joined us for outdoor training this summer.
We will be sallying forth for one last stand against the impending indoor season tomorrow morning before heading indoors on Monday and welcoming back our undergraduate members who have been arriving this weekend. We look forward to seeing you all again.
Jolly Archers Autumn Shoot, York/Hereford17-09-2017
Our archers were out and about again this weekend as the outdoor season draws to a close. Members Jack Atkinson and Liam Pattinson, and alumnus Stuart Fraser attended the Jolly Archers' York/Hereford on Sunday. They could immediately tell they were coming in to frostbite season upon arrival, and it was so misty they could only just make out the targets at 100 yards. The shoot had it all though; mist, sun, rain, a wild kite circling above... (admittedly no snow, so maybe not quite all).
There were PBs for both Jack and Liam, and congratulations to Liam who came away with a silver medal for Gent's Barebow in the York after a hard fought battle for gold.
This marks the end of the outdoor season for us (apart from the CAA end of season shoot in a fortnight) as we prepare to welcome our new new members and beginners in October.
Michaelmas Term Roundup29-12-2016
This term there have been two BUTTS legs - CUB started off the season in Oxford on 12/11, followed by Trent on 26/11. There have been some strong performances so far, in particular from the Novice team who were narrowly beaten to first place in the first leg (only 10 points behind serial winners Birmingham) and are currently in second place in the aggregate points scores, only 2 points behind the leaders - let's hope they can keep it up in the new year! The seniors are holding steady in 6th place, ahead of Derby and Oxford - hopefully this bodes well for Varsity later in the year, but of course a lot can change. Individually there have been a number of success and medals across the two legs, including a lady recurve silver, two barebow golds, a novice gent silver and two novice gent bronzes. Liam Pattinson also managed to set a new barebow club record on the Portsmouth round. Full results for the season can be found on the BUTTS website here
Looking towards to next term, it's going to be a busy one, with two further BUTTS legs and the BUTTS Championships and ball, BUTTS team champs and BUTC, not to mention a new, supposedly improved BUCS format which will see the team headed to the Southern regional qualifier in Crawley in February before any qualified archers go on to the finals in Bristol in March.
Also happening next term, the social event of the year: CUB Annual Dinner! Places are filling up fast - as of writing this, there are only five spaces left, so if you want to go but still haven't notified Vamsee (social sec), please do so ASAP.
Closer to home this term we have completed our annual beginners' course introducing over 70 new people to the sport of archery. This year has been rather sucessful with over 40 new beginners joining the club. We look forward to seeing you shooting with us next term. A big thank you to everyone who volunteered their time to help out with this important piece of the club.
The final event befoer the holidays was our Christmas shoot. We all enjoyed shooting at a variety of different targets from ballons to field faces to stockings, rounded off by CUB's "Nerves of Cardboard"; a more arrow safe version of the famous Nerves of Steel! A great time was had by all, and thanks to everyone who brought along snacks.
Alumni Shoot02-07-2016During the summer we held our first alumni event in recent memory. Thanks to Heather for organising and all who attended; we had a lovely afternoon shooting with a meal in the evening. Hopefully it won't be so long until the next one.
If you couldn't make it but want to stay in the loop for future events, please get in contact with the alumni liaison officer.
The year was brought to a close with the annual general meeting. The minutes can be found here
, and the new committee for 2016-2017 is listed here
. Many thanks to the previous committee for all of their work, and congratulations to the new committee on their elections.
Girton Win Cuppers 201616-06-2016
Cuppers 2015 took place on a very wet afternoon in May Week. Two ends in to an already wet qualification round and it began to pour.
Kings', Clare, and Girton fielded teams this year, and a tactical decision was made by the captain to award the trophy based on a 2 arrow head-to-head before packing up, drying off and heading for something to eat!
Kings' came in third, with underdogs Girton taking the trophy from defending champions Clare. Congratulations to Isobel and Aidas.
CUB get their BUTTS kicked at Nottingham Trent21-11-2015
A rather sparse team of CUB archers made their way to Nottingham Trent on the 21st of November to shoot a Portsmouth in the second BUTTS leg competing against NTU, Nottingham and Oxford. Only 5 experienced archers and 3 novices made the trip to Robin Hood country.
Lydia Sinnett-Smith put in another good performance to take silver in the ladies' recurve competition in both the NTU and combined leg standings, again just behind Charlie Birch of Oxford. Antonio Rubino put in a strong performance to again take gold in the gent's novice recurve category with Alastair Houston making it a Cambridge 1-2. They each took 1st and 3rd place in the combined results.
The senior team of Lydia Sinnett-Smith, Jack Atkinson, Antonio Rubino and Liam Pattinson came 7th in the overall standings, well clear of Derby in 8th, whilst the novices, lacking a fourth team member came 8th overall.
In the overall standings the seniors are now 7th (though tied in 6th on leg points with NTU) and the novices fall from 2nd to 5th.
We hope to regroup over the vacation before many more competitions next term, hopefully fielding larger teams with a true reflection of our abilities. The overall standings haven't developed too much of a points gap yet, so watch this space.
Full results can be found here: BUTTS Results
BUTTS is Back! - Oxford15-11-2015
BUTTS 2015-16 kicked off at Oxford on the 15th of November for CUB who were shooting with the hosts, Derby, and Birmingham with the other teams competing in Nottingham. 13 archers from CUB made the trip, 9 seniors and 4 of our new novices. Notable performances came from Lydia Sinnett-Smith (2nd Ladies' Recurve), Rob Littlechild (3rd Gent's Recurve) and Antonio Rubino (1st Novice Gent's Recurve).
The results for the combined leg saw Lydia and Antonio retain their standings, whilst strong male recurve performances at Nottingham saw Rob fall to 9th.
As for the teams, the Seniors, consisting of Lydia Sinnett-Smith, Rob Littlechild, Jack Atkinson and Nancy Chen came 6th, whilst a strong performance from all 4 novices, Antonio Rubino, Alastair Houston, Daniel Kang and Miguel Santos Silva, placed them 2nd behind Birmingham.
Congratulations to all who shot. Full results can be found here: BUTTS Results
Thanks to Antonio for providing the photo.
Clare win Cuppers 201518-06-2015
Cuppers 2015 took place on a beatiful afternoon in May Week. Qualification rounds saw Clare, Fitz, Girton, and Peterhouse ranked before head-to-heads.Clare soared through their early matches before coming up against defending chapmions Fitz in a close final that saw Rob and Nancy take the trophy. A fantastic afternoon for all and congratulations to Clare.
BUCS Outdoor Championships 201514-06-2015
A fantastic weekend for Cambridge, the experienced ladies team took silver, whilst the experienced gentlemen finished in 9th. Congratulations to Maryia Karpiyevich who took the experienced ladies' recurve individual gold.
Sunday's head-to-head was again filled with success, with Lydia Sinnett-Smith taking silver in the ladies recurve category.
County Champions 201422-06-2014
Congratulations to Maryia Karpiyevich, Tak Ho and Richard Whiter for becoming County Team Champions of Cambridgshire for both indoors and outdoors 2014. Maryia and Tak got Silver in their catagories and Richard obtained bronze. A further well done to Maryia for beating the CUB record on the WA1440 with a master bowman score of 1184.
BUCS Outdoor Championships 201415-06-2014An enjoyable weekend, Cambridge finished 9th out of 35 with a senior team consisting of Maryia Karpiyevich, Richard Whiter, Jack Atkinson and Tak Ho. Congratulations to Rob Littlechild who obtained a bronze metal in the novice gent category for the FITA round, and Tak Ho who finished 4th in the gent's head-to-heads.
BUTTS Team Championships27-10-2013Our first team was composed of Tak Ho, Maryia Karpiyevich and Jack Atkinson and the second team of Heather Reynolds, Joe Glover and Eleanor Brug. Each archer shot a bray round (30 arrows at a 40cm target from 20 yards). From this, our first team ranked 10th out of 16 and our second team ranked 14th. Following on from this was a head-to-head knock-out shoot where the archers were shooting at 6cm discs from 20 yards away with a hit-or-miss (all-or-nothing) scoring system. Unfortunately, both teams came up against strong opponents and were knocked out with our first team losing 10-7 to Warwick and our second team losing 17-9 to Loughborough. Nevertheless, we all enjoyed the shoot and are looking forward to our next competition in Oxford on Sunday 10th November.
BUCS Outdoor Championships 201317-06-2012A successful weekend for Cambridge with a team consisting of Maryia Karpiyevich, Richard Whiter, Jack Atkinson and Tak Ho for the senior team. The team came 7th overall out of 34 university teams. Congratulations to Maryia Karpiyevich who obtained a silver metal in the Fita round and a Bronze in the head to head.