Cauwe may have secured the compound title - but it was no easy task. First he beat Bristol's Matt Arnold 142-139 in a thrilling semi before coming up against domestic champion Adam Ravenscroft in the final. And what a competition. The two were matched evenly throughout and ended their five sets on a tie.
So it came down to a shoot-off - and even that was novel. Instead of the usual one arrow, closest to the centre, it was a
one minute shoot-off where the archers could shoot as many arrows at they needed in 60 seconds, with the closest to the centre X winning.
Bronze went to series debutant Matt Arnold who beat Liam Grimwood, in his fifth successive Grand Final, 144-143 in another thriller.
The opening match in Nottingham was the semi between Lucy O'Sullivan, who has won the compound women's title twice before, and last year's finalist Rikki Bingham. After a tense match Lucy pulled ahead to win 133-129 and claim her place in the final against Dani, who beat Andrea Gales 144-133 in their semi.
In the end the gold medal came down to a single point in gusty conditions. Dani and Lucy were neck and neck all the way until a strong gust pushed one of Lucy's arrows into the eight in the fourth end, giving Dani a three-point lead. Lucy pulled back the points until, with her very last arrow, she shot a nine. A 10 from Dani handed her the gold and she later said: "Winning this feels incredible. She put me under real pressure and it was anybody's match all the way through."
Andrea took the bronze medal after a tense match with Rikki, during which the lead switched continually. A strong performance in the third and fourth ends put Andrea four points clear giving her eventual victory 136-132.
The recurve matches were incident-packed and just as compelling, as youth was matched against experience.
Alan Wills took gold after beating Chelmsford archer Michael Judd in straight sets, but only after a tough semi against fellow Olympian Larry Godfrey which saw him go through 7-3. The semi final between Michael and Ashe Morgan was equally enthralling. The National Series debutants were level at 5-5 at the end of the match, which sparked another one-minute shoot-off, won by some brilliantly consistent shooting from Michael.
The bronze medal match pitted Ashe against the hugely experienced Larry Godfrey. And Ashe won the first set 27-25 just as proceedings were brought to an abrupt halt by a scoring system failure. That led to lots of audience interaction and fun while it was decided to go back to old-fashioned manual scoring. The final result was a straight sets victory and a bronze medal for 19-year-old Ashe.
Amy Oliver took the 2013 title, beating fellow Olympian Naomi in straight sets less than a year after major shoulder surgery. But she too got there via a shoot-off after drawing with Nicky Hunt, the first archer to make both the recurve and compound finals.
Number 1 seed Naomi went through to the final with a 6-0 win over Abbie Fisher. But the 18-year-old proved no pushover in the bronze medal match, beating Nicky 6-0.
There were other matches too. John Stubbs won a Para demo match after hitting the X during a shoot-off against Paul Browne. Georgie Brown and Ben Humphrys overcame Jon Bull and Rebecca Blewitt 148-140 in a compound mixed team match, while Jamie Fisher and Alice Cotton beat Kieran Slater and Sophie Cole 136-124 in the recurve e version.
Archery GB chairman David Harrison said: "It has been a fantastic occasion. The venue, the crowds and the archery...it couldn't have been better. I would like to thank our partners, Nottingham City Council and the Nottingham Building Society, the organising team, the archers and our sponsors. Without them we would not have been able to deliver such a prestigious event."
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