2014 Albion League – RTAC vs Mayflower

The valiant senior team reconvened at Runwell for the next fixture in this year’s Albion League.

Up to now, we were enjoying a run of clean sweeps: beating Ardleigh and Priory fairly comfortably. Today’s match would pit the team against a formidable foe: the mighty Mayflower – boasting an Archery GB squad member, the Juddernaut himself Michael Judd and nationally ranked, long-time backbone of the County team Ian ‘Bomber’ Harris. Crikey.

Not that we were truly worried: we currently deploy some pretty amazing archers with not one but two matrimonial master partnerships (Grant and Jackie Hanan and Andy and Geri Reeves) to bolster the A-Team of Ian B, Ian M, Phil R, Grant B, Jim and of course Brian.

Come the day, however, Mayflower were unfortunate not being able to field Michael and Ian due to other shooting duties and work schedules. Confidence was high, then, that we would maintain our flawless run.

And so it was, as Brian reports:

Scorers Grant (906 PB!) and Jackie H (856 PB!), Ian B (846), Geri R (814 PB!), Phil R (792 PB!), backed by Iain M (791), Grant B (784 PB!), and Andy R (718) , with reserves Jim (660?), and Brian (621).

The scoring five had 4214 points v Mayflowers 3468, an RTAC win by 746 points, BUT as Team Captain, Ian B, delightedly put it “that’s only 100 short of the County Albion Record Score set in ????. Maybe we can do it again.”

Wow – 5 new personal bests in a single match! Another win for the team with some fantastic shooting. Well done all – and commiserations to our worthy opponents of the day who posted some great scores and kept us on our toes!

The victors relax after the day’s shooting: brilliant team photo from Brian.