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...
On the 21st June, we held our marathon shoot, in aid of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight air ambulance. Over the course of 24 hours, 36 club members, aged between - well, Daisy & Eric - shot a total of 256 “Frostbite" rounds.Temperatures dropped to 9 degrees overnight, which didn’t stop the shooting – the best score for a recurve archer was shot at 2am by Jodie, setting a score that Richard just couldn't beat!Others huddled around the firepit, fuelled by Tea/Coffee and huge quantities of cake.We had aimed to reach a cumulative total of 20,000 points, but we smashed it - this target was reached after only seven hours; the final total was 59,545.The event has raised over £2000
Last year we did very well and topped division 3, so this year we moved up to division 2
Unfortunately, Alex Allam became too old, so could no longer compete as a junior in this league.
We started the season with only 3 recurve and 1 barebow junior archers (3 best Half Portsmouth scores had to be submitted each month). Unfortunately Hannah injured her shoulder in November.
We competed in 4 of the 7 matches using Daisy’s barebow score (this league doesn’t give any handicap between barebows and recurves, so it was always going difficult to win)
RECURVE DIVISION 2
Wallingford Castle "A"
Overton Black Arrows
Rayleigh Town "B"
I think that we did very well to get 4th place.
Daisy’s scores kept getting better each month and although her average score only placed her 6th of 6 of all Barebow Girls (2nd of 2 under 12 Barebow Girls), Daisy’s score would have placed her 7th of 10 as an under 12 Recurve Girl, which is fantastic.
Jodie’s average score was 4th of 106 of all Recurve Girls (2nd of 36 under 16 Recurve Girls), Jodies average score matched the girl in 1st place (u16), who is currently one of the best Junior Girls in the country.
Hannah’s average score was 90th of 106 of all Recurve Girls (21st of 26 under 14 Recurve Girls), but this includes a score following her injury, so not a true reflection of her ability.
Dan’s average score was 6oth of 115 of all Recurve Boys (25th of 46 under 16 Recurve Boys), however it was excellent to see Dan’s scores improve over last year!
Next year we need to stop Hannah doing cartwheels, handstands, etc and so doesn’t get injured.
We’ll sneak some sights/stabilisers onto Daisy’s bow.
And we’ll make sure Dan’s nocking points don’t move!