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 (http://www.ecaa.org) but Competitions and Events Manager Phil Rowberry can give you more info.