Summer Weekend Roundup 6/7 September

Our archers were in action at home and away this weekend, one of the last in the summer outdoor season.

The weather was pretty kind to us: mild and overcast on Saturday with sunny spells and late-summer warmth on Sunday. Perfect weather for some great shooting.

A few of our juniors were called up for County duty at the annual SCAS Intercounty tournament taking place down in Kingston on Sunday – both Alex R and Jason T making their debuts in the junior compound team and Lauren B a firm fixture in the junior girls recurve. And what a contribution they (along with club ‘favourite friends’ Rebecca Griffin) all made! Both compound and recurve teams taking gold! Marvellous stuff and a great way to cap a superb outdoor season this year – congratulations to all.

Lauren, Alex and Jason in the Essex team lineup for the SCAS Intercounty

Meanwhile, the club Chairman’s Cup (incorporating the famed Roast Dinner Shoot this year) was in full swing over at Runwell on Sunday. Some excellent performances put in for all categories.

There was another mighty gents compound ding-dong between Vic and George in the Long National with George edging to victory by 2 points!

Gents recurve saw Team Captain Ian assert dominance over teammates Grant and Jim with a fine score of 533 but novice Zep Birdsall scored an excellent 562 in the Junior National to win the Gents novice trophy: well done Zep!

Jacqui Hanan would have challenged Ian over the Long National with a fabulous score of 510 and winning the Ladies Trophy – well done Jacqui (again!)

Some great shooting in the boys sections with Charlie D and Daniel fighting it out for Gold, Charlie just edging with 535 to Daniel’s 520.

Alison B beat Mia in the girls’ recurve category, but not by much, to take the Gold, but Mia shot the day’s Best Gold in recurve to claim her prize (when it gets returned by Tim….!)

Graeme Ross slammed in the best compound gold and Sam B won the same for bare bow.

Brian Henning didn’t go home empty handed, though, claiming the day’s Worst White.

Well done to everyone for taking part!

Lastly, up at the fantastic shooting field of Meriden Archers, Tim was competing in the big Double FITA Star Weekend: two WA 1440 rounds on two consecutive days.

Saturday started very well with 301/360 on the 90m distance, followed by 306/360 at 70m put him in second place at the lunchtime break. As the last two distances (50m and 30m) closed, he was chasing his second GMB score (1259 the requirement): as a direct consequence of score-watching, he missed out by 3 points with a final score of 1256!

Sunday started in strong, low sunlight shining directly into the eyes – everyone having trouble seeing the targets which were in deep shade below the trees. Most archers reported lower scores at the longer metric and Tim’s chances of reaching that elusive second GMB were somewhat dashed by scoring only 272/360 at 90m. 70m improved with a new PB of 313/360, as did both 50m with 320/360 and 30m with 342/360 – not enough, however, with an overall score of 1247. Still, a wonderful weekend in great company at a beautiful spot.

There are only a few more outdoor shoots available now so thoughts are turning to the upcoming indoor season. It would be great to see you joining the competing archers at the local events such as Racketts (Portsmouth, 20yds), Mayflower (WA 18m) etc. They are great fun, regardless of ability – if you can reach 20yds you can enjoy friendly competition, a little bit of drama perhaps but lots of fun and laughter too.  Most of the local shoots are publicised on the county website ( but Competitions and Events Manager Phil Rowberry can give you more info.

2014 Albion League – RTAC vs Priory


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 ;-)

jackie_and_philSomeone left their arrows at 80yards…

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!!)

Additional scores:

Iain Martin: 701

Brian Henning: 672

Grant Beswick: 661

(don’t have a score for Jim…!).

Essex County Target Championships 2014


The Essex County Archery Association staged their annual summer Target Championships at the fantastic Noak Hill Archers field on the weekend of the 7/8th June.

Saturday saw the massed ranks of Essex junior archers congregate under changeable weather, all determined to perform at their best for county honours.

Rayleigh Town had a strong team of youngsters in attendance, as usual, with plenty of encouragement from their ever-faithful support teams!

Club Competition Manager (and Alex’s dad) Phil Rowberry reports:

Another good day…..mixed weather with a changeable breeze, a  bit of rain, a rumble pf thunder and then glorious sunshine. …Reece Johnson got gold with 1254 in the Bristol 4 compound, Lauren Bann gold in same round with 1242. Alex got gold in Bristol 3 with 1095 – first time at new distance. Jason Tomlins got gold with 1122 in Bristol 2.  We won recurve team gold – Lauren,  Alison Bevan and Charlie Deeks…..and retained team compound trophy – Reece, Alex and Jason. A few 242 claims going in too.

Yet another haul of treasure for the club – congratulations to all the juniors for taking part!

Full results for the junior competition are available at ECAA (.pdf)

On Sunday, a smaller (yet no less strong) group of older archers joined the many competitors lined up for the Senior Championships under bright, sunny skies.

Competition Manager Phil shot the Hereford round while Grant Hanan and Tim took their chances with the York. At the end of a long, hot but really enjoyable 144 arrows Phil had suffered a few misses but still made 888 points to earn a third place (well done Phil)! Grant scored 995 to place 6th and Tim shot a new PB of 1069 to take 1st place.

Full results for the senior competition are available at ECAA (.pdf)

All in all a fabulous weekend for the archers and for the club! Well done everyone!

Here’s the Junior team chillaxing after a long day:


Essex County Indoor Championships 2014


Rayleigh Town were well represented at one of the indoor season’s last major tournaments – the ECAA Championships, hosted by Chelmsford Tudor Rose at the Sandon School.

Taking place over two days, we had entrants in almost all categories. The round was a FITA 18: compounders shooting at the vertical three spot faces, everyone else on the traditional 40cm targets.

Marie M was our sole representative in the saturday morning session shooting bare bow while Ian M shot recurve later in the afternoon. Although a late entrant, and nursing an injured shoulder, our very own Lauren B pitched up to contest Junior Girls recurve too.

On Sunday, we filled the morning session with Charlie, Phil and Alex, Helena, Jason, Luke, Lenni, Reece and Jordan and me (I stuck around for the afternoon too!).

The weather on both days was beautifully sunny with fairly warm temperatures – everyone was talking of the upcoming outdoor season and what a shame it was to be shooting indoors. Once underway, though, focus was squarely on the job in hand…

So how did we all get on?

Despite some disappointments and a couple of below-par scores (which will be quickly forgotten as we look forwards to a brilliant outdoor season!), we shot brilliantly. A good few PB’s were announced and after a short wait for the results, Rayleigh were called up to collect a horde of awards:

Marie: 1st place in Ladies Barebow

Jason: 1st place in Junior Boys Compound

Alex: 2nd place in Junior Boys Compound

Reece: 3rd place in Junior Boys Compound

Lenni: 3rd place in Junior Girls Compound

Charlie: 7th place in Junior Boys Recurve

Luke: 10th place in Junior Boys Recurve

Jordan: 11th place in Junior Boys Recurve

Lauren: 1st place in Junior Girls Recurve

Helena: 9th place in Junior Girls Recurve

Iain: 7th place in Gents Recurve

Phil: 14th place in Gents Recurve

Tim: 1st in Gents Recurve

We also managed to pick up 2nd place in the Team Recurve (Iain, Phil, Lauren and Tim), and 3rd place in the Teams Compound (Lenni, Jason and Alex).

A fantastic day for the archers and the club! Many thanks to the CTR team and Mike Pierce for organising a smoothly-run, friendly and relaxed shoot.

Full results will be available on the ECAA website when available.

Lauren wins with Essex!


Lauren Bann joined with Louise Devlin (Oakfield), Jaspreet Sagoo (Oakfield), Rhiannon Easton (Noak Hill) and Alex Body (Mayflower) to form the Essex County Junior Team competing at Tolworth in Surrey in the SCAS Inter-county shoot against 5 other counties from the South East.

Shooting a Bristol IV round, Lauren started in strong form, scoring 206 from her first dozen arrows. Unfortunately the weather turned against the archers, with increasing wind and frequent showers. Lauren held firm, though, and despite having only half an hour allocated for lunch to refuel, she finished with a great score of 1214.

When the team scores were totalled (each team’s top 4 scores were added together), Essex had won the tournament by the slimmest of margins: 1 point! To top the victory, Lauren was the highest scoring Junior recurve shooter on the day.

The recurve success spilled over to the Essex Compound Junior team who also won their competition, adding to a fantastic day for Essex Junior archers!

Well done to Lauren and the rest of the team(s) for their stellar performances!

Lauren and the Essex teamLauren (3rd from left) and the winning Essex juniors