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!
On the 21st June, Overton Black Arrows will be holding a marathon shoot, in aid of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight air ambulance.
Club members will be shooting continuous "Frostbite" rounds from 10am Friday until 10am Saturday over the summer solstice. A minimum of two archers will be shooting at all times at 80cm targets, placed 30 metres from the shooting line.
Our aim is to reach and exceed a cumulative total of 20,000 points. Both beginners and seasoned competition archers will be taking part, with many different bow styles being represented.
Anyone who wishes to support the club, and through them the Air Ambulance can donate via the fundraising page: https://uk.virginmoneygi...
We had a total of 45 people, but they all went through 2 or 3 times, so the coaches were very busy. Plenty of interest for beginners courses - a couple of people already signed up came along too.
Thanks to Jo, Mark, Terry, Susie, Steve B, Mike H, Peter, Eric, Steve A, and other members that chatted to the budding archers. Thanks also to Sophie Meering from AGB for coming along and supporting us. Some of you missed the fun we had taking everything down when the rain started.
We had a (sealed) collection tin out for the air ambulance, so I can't give you a count, but there's certainly some money in there!
We had another great day at the Warren today - sunburnt in May, can't be too bad...we had 12 visitors and 9 club members come along today, shooting at 18 targets scattered around the Warren. I believe that only two arrows were lost the whole day long - one on the practice butts and one - well done Rob - on a 50m target in the woods. Rob now feels he is a "proper" field archer.