The second leg of the SEAL (South East University Archery League) occurred on Saturday 10 December in Sussex University, Brighton. Brunel was supposed to line up against the host Sussex University, Queen Mary University and Kent University, but the latter did not attend the competition.
In this leg, Brunel University's Novice team placed first overall with 1323. Sussex came second with 1205 and third went to Queen Mary with 775.
The Senior team improved its performance placing second in the Senior team overall with 1888. First place went to the host with 2063. Third was Queen Mary with 1738.
Once again Cole Parker dominated the Men's Novice Barebow with no misses and a score of 435, 99 points over second placed Juan Eslava (Queen Mary), who scored 336. The two have equaled in gold hits, with four each. Third place went to Benjamin Thorne (Sussex University) with 317, and Brunel's Ghali Moralis came fourth with 314.
"I wasn't so confident in my performance after the first few ends of the 2nd SEAL leg but I'm glad both myself and the entire Brunel Archery team had such a strong performance, and I believe that with some more serious hard work and practice we can achieve a great result in the competition," stated Cole after the competition.
It is also worth mentioning that because the Senior teams in each of the universities were lacking archers, they had to consider the highest scores in the Novices categories to equal the overall results. Thus, the scores of Cole were also included in the Men's Senior Barebow, placing him first again and beating second placed Rushan Vellani (Queen Mary) by four points. Brunel's Chair of Archery, Fraser McDonald placed third with 429.
Nonetheless, it was not only Cole who deserves the Brunel spotlight in the competition. Shuhao Yang also came first in his category - Men's Novice Recurve - by breaking the 500 marker with 501, nearing his PB of 504. "Cole can not beat me and [I] very enjoy the winner's drink," joked Shuhao when asked about his performance. In a serious note he adds, "I was quite excited, to be honest. I didn't think I can reach 500 because I only got 480 in the last practice session. I will set my next goal to 520 if I keep doing well."
Second and third place went to Sussex University's Samuel Leistner and Christian Voinescu, respectively, both with a score of 444 and a miss each. Brunel's Mike Boone placed fourth with 387.
In the Men's Senior Recurve, Brunel's Jonas Skačkauskas placed third with 523. First and second place went to Stephen Inge (Queen Mary) with 553 and James Jackson with 546, respectively. As aforementioned, the two highest Novice scores were considered in the Senior category placing Shuhao sixth with his 501.
"I couldn't be happier about our senior and novice teams managing to climb up to 2nd and 1st place respectively at SEAL Leg 2. Cole and Shuhao in particular smashed it and really helped us move up in the rankings, but it couldn't have been done without a strong effort from every one of our archers. Looking forward to performing even better in the next one!" commented Fraser.
Brunel's third leg will take place in Imperial University on the 11/12 February 2017.