The Berkshire Indoor Championships were held on the 16th and 17th November and we put forward a strong team of8. This consisted of Alex and Steve Allam, Jodie and Richard Buckner, Mel and Nick Taylor, Rob Aldridge and Mark Davies. Richard took Gold in the mens recurve category with Rob in 6th, Steve 8th, Alex 12th and Nick 13th. Mark won gold in the gents longbow category, Mel came in 6th in the Ladies Recurve, which was a brilliant achievement in her first competition with a massive score of 542 and Jodie was 4th in the ladies U16 recurve.
On a stormy Wednesday evening, at the Crown pub in Kingsclere Peter delivered an interesting talk on field archery.. It was fabulous to see some of the different, target faces, 3d target animals and bow types that are used in both field and 3d competitions. Peter also delighted us with some old video footage of himself and others shooting. It was really very interesting to see some of the history of the Warren, including an interesting feature by Jack Hargreaves on the BBC. It made everyone realise how incredibly lucky we are to have this established and respected resource within our club
On the 5th & 6th October was the Exmouth Field shoot, which Steve and Bill attended, it was a world archery course with 24 targets.
The first day was unmarked and the 2nd day marked. Steve came in overall 3rd place in the mens recurve category and achieved a bowman score as well as shooting a PB on Day and being awarded the black arrow head.
Competition was stiff and Bill came in 6th in the mens barebow category.
Susie had a tough time eating pasties and chatting to our ex-member, Ian.
A few members shot the end-of-season Windsor round at the end of September, and enjoyed a BBQ afterwards. People shot different rounds, and so I gathered the scores up, and used the handicap for each round to work out placings:
1st - 36 - Steve A (Albion - 804)
2nd -42 - Mel (Junior Windsor - 927)
3rd -43 - Rob (Albion - 722)
4th - 46 - Nick (Short Windsor - 844)
5th - 50 - Terry (Windsor - 714)
6th - 60 - Andy S (Short Windsor - 654)
Mark shot a Windsor round with his longbow and scored 416, which is pretty hard to compare with the handicap system, which doesn't cover longbows, but, using the classification system, he shot a 1st class round, which puts him somewhere in the top 3.
Our recurve 'A' team came top of division 2 in the BA Portsmouth postal league. Lets just remember that there are 54 divisions in this league, so well done to Richard, Steve, Jodie and Rob who were most often in the 'A' team.
..Ten weeks ago a cracked Archery unit was sent to Testbourne for a round they hadn't yet shot. These archers promptly escaped from a medium security car park to the school sports hall. Today, still wanted by committee, they survive as Archers of fortune. If you have a bow that needs stringing... if no one else can help... and if you can find them... maybe you can hire... The A-Team.
Richard Buckner and his daughter Jodie Buckner represented both Hampshire and the club at Lilleshall National Sports Centre at the Archery GB Senior National Country Championships and the Junior National Championship. Overall Hampshire came 2nd in the Senior County Championships and 3rd in the Junior Regional Championships. Overall Jodie came 2nd in the under 16’s ladies recurve category earning her a silver medal.
A team of 6 represented the club at the Yately Open shoot and came away with 2 Golds, 3 Silvers and 4 Bronzes.
Wow! What an incredible weekend it was for the 2019 Watership Down Open & Hampshire Championships. We had a fantastic turn out with 64 people competing on Saturday 13th July and 65 Sunday 14th July with archers joining us from all over the UK. Rather pleased to say we didn’t have the sweltering heat of last year with more pleasant temperatures and only the odd spot of rain. Fortunately, there was plenty of bacon sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs to keep everyone going thanks to Jason and Inner Circle Catering.
Last year saw the introduction of the “Peter Turner Challenge”. This year we continued that on one of the tricky 55m uphill shots, as the “Peter Turner uphill challenge”, the competition was fierce but we awarded certificat...