For our second Albion League match of 2014, the small team from Priory made the trip from their own picturesque field near Walton-on-the-Naze to ours. Thick cloud at Runwell dimmed the view somewhat, and a strong chilly breeze kept us cool throughout the shoot but hopefully we provided a warm welcome to our guests.
Rayleigh’s team candidates consisted of our star couple Grant and Jackie Hanan (recovering from a late night party), the stalwarts Jim and Grant B, Phil Rowberry, Ian Martin, Brian, Tim and returning captain Ian B: significantly outnumbering our opponents, who admitted to finding it very difficult to field a team for the league shoots.
The threatening weather pressed us into action promptly at 80yds with varying degrees of success: the ubiquitous Northerly blowing across the field pushed sight windage to the limit and beyond: a few misses went into the grass and proved difficult to retrieve, even with detectors…There were some notable scores, however, with Grant H racking up a very nice 284 at the end of the stint.
As we broke for lunch, captain Ian stalked the line and totted up the scores – we were up by around 300 points already…
Into the 60 yard distance and the wind was strengthening, pushing more arrows off target but spirits were high – Grant B making it his mission simply to beat shooting partner and bitter rival Jim
At 50yds we were blessed with a little blue sky and glimpses of the sun but all too soon the shoot was over.
With the traditional tea laid on by RHS&SC the team totals were calculated – the result a resounding win for Rayleigh: 4171 to Priory’s 3718.
Many thanks to Priory for making the trip and to Brian for marking out the field!
Team scores as follows:
Tim: 908 (PB)
Grant H: 866
Ian Bushell: 818
Jackie Hanan: 817
Phil Rowberry: 762 (PB – well done Phil!!)
Iain Martin: 701
Brian Henning: 672
Grant Beswick: 661
(don’t have a score for Jim…!).