Roses 2014 – A Recap — May 17, 2014

Roses 2014 – A Recap

Roses was 2 weeks ago now (apologies for the lateness!), so I’m sure you’ve heard Lancaster took the victory, with a final score of 183.5 to York’s 142.5, an impressive final result for both Universities. The final day started with Lancaster leading by around 40 points, a gap which York didn’t let expand further, closing the gap marginally early in the morning. However, by mid-day, Lancaster had taken the victory, achieving the 163.5 points required to win. It was a glorious moment as the 50th Roses tournament was won, with celebrations and music blaring all around campus.


As for the Archery tournament, Lancaster took a near clean sweep of the categories, achieving 9 out of the 10 possible Roses points, only losing out on the Best Novice Male category taken by York’s Nick Fletcher. Though Lancaster took the Novice Team category (with a team composed of Kirsty Falcus, Ellie Hayward-Stott and Alex Goldsack) in a pinch with York only having one novice, and Best Female Novice going to Lancaster’s Kirst Falcus by default, the other categories, Senior team especially, were far from mundane.


The qualifying round went superbly and smoothly, with Matt McCormack taking the Best Senior Male and Laura Hodgkinson the Best Senior Female, with George Robinson joining them to make up the Senior team to take on their York counterparts, Theo Townend, Sigourney Lee and George Teh, in the head to head. Kirsty Falcus took the Best Female Novice, with Nick Fletcher stealing York’s only Roses point of the archery competition as Best Novice Male. In the Alumni category, Matt Wilkinson, John Lane and Matt Smith of Lancaster formed the head to head team, to take on Lotty Boatman, Bethany Woodcock and Robin Virgo in the afternoon, a competition which Lancaster took in their stride, despite the best efforts of York’s impressive alumni.


After the Alumni head to head, the Novices took centre stage to fight a battle which York would’ve required a miracle to win. Originally planning to send 3 novices before 1 dropped out ahead of the competition and another on the day, York had all but given the points to Lancaster, which Kirsty Falcus, Ellie Hayward-Stott and Alex Goldsack took from Nick Fletcher (who regardless gave it his all) without a hitch.


Then came arguably the most exciting event, the Senior head to head. 4 points were on offer in what looked and proved to be a very close and intense match which left fans and archers holding their breaths in waiting of the score of each arrow. Neither team let up, with the leaders bouncing back and forth between the two clubs after each round, beginning with York. It was not until the second to last arrow of the competition that Lancaster took the win, preceded by some incredible shooting from both teams. Hats off to the York archers who refused to go down without a fight.


All in all a very successful day for Lancaster, and indeed an exciting competition to mark the 50th anniversary of this incredible tournament. Both sides shot amazingly, with a plethora of talented archers, but in the end Lancaster University Archery Club took it’s 3rd consecutive Roses win. Will next year make it a 4th?


Roses 2014 Archery Tomorrow! — May 4, 2014

Roses 2014 Archery Tomorrow!

If you’ve been around LU campus recently it would be very hard to miss the fact that Roses fever has gripped Lancaster, with two of the three days of sport having passed and one more to go. The second day has ended with an incredible score for Lancaster of 154 to York’s 108. With the number of points required to win being 163.5, Lancaster are tantalisingly close to the victory, but it is still all to play for. A final push from York is far from impossible, and you would be very mistaken if you think they will lie down and give Lancs the victory. Competition from York will be even higher tomorrow, meaning the Archery will be ever more intense.


Unfortunately, due to unavoidable pull-outs, York will not be contributing any female novice archers tomorrow, making the Best Female Novice point almost guaranteed to go to Lancaster, and, given that this leaves York with only two novices, the 3v3 novice head to head has certainly swung into LUAC’s favour.


Regardless, the competition could still fall either way. The novice head to head comp contributes 2 Roses points compared to the senior’s contributing 4, and with the Novice and Senior best female and male archers contributing 1 each, the overall winners of the competition, and the tournament, could be either of the Universities.


LUAC have fierce competition to expect from York tomorrow.


Qualification starts at 10am most likely lasting 2-3 hours, with the head to head beginning at 2pm. Be sure to get down to the stadium for what will be a very exciting competition!

Pre-Roses Outdoor Training — April 28, 2014

Pre-Roses Outdoor Training

This week in the run up to Roses on Sunday we have 3 planned outdoor shoots giving you plenty of time to practice and prepare for one of the most anticipated competitions of the year. The planned shoots are as follows;

Tuesday – 12pm (following the regular indoor shoot running from 9-11)

Wednesday – 11am

Thursday – 2pm

The length of each shoot will vary but will probably be at least two hours long, so be sure to come on down! Keep an eye on the twitter at @LancsUniArchery this site and the Facebook group to keep up to date on any news.