The outdoor season is drawing to a close and our club nights have already moved to our indoor winter venue at Joseph Whitaker Sports Centre, Rainworth. There are still daytime tournaments and practising going on for another month or so, ending with our Pie and Beans shoot on the day the clocks go back at the end of October.
We started this month with hosting The Sherwood Meeting of the British Longbow Society. This is a traditional 2-way shoot, with targets set at both ends of the field, at distances of 100,80 and 60 yards for the gentlemen, and 60,50and 40 for the ladies. Archers from the Midlands and the North took part and once again we had a fine day, which is always a bonus.
Congratulations to Jenny Bryan who was Lady Compound champion at the Bowmen of Glen tournament in Leicestershire in mid-September.
On the same day, a group of our members travelled to Yorkshire to shoot against The Wakefield Archers in our annual challenge match for the honour of Robin Hood – Wakefield or Sherwood Forest? In spite of various problems for both clubs, including gale-force wind, Sherwood Archers were victorious again, returning with the Robin Hood of Wakefield Trophy, commonly known as The Speak Trophy, after Harold Speak, who set up the challenge in 1971. After a magnificent buffet tea, the trophy was awarded to our team: Lee Waterfield[barebow], Carrie Mortimore[longbow] and Stephen and Serena Lamb[recurve]. Well-done Team Sherwood!
We ended the month with our Club Outdoor Championships, again with fine Autumn weather that made shooting a pleasure. Our champions for 2018 are: Recurve: Linda Millard and Stephen Lamb; Compound: Jenny Bryan and Andy Tomalin; Longbow: Carrie Mortimore and Andy Mortimore. Junior Champions are Ethan Lamb [recurve] and Jo Bennett[longbow]. Jo also won the wooden spoon for the worst white at the longest distance, and the Handicap Trophy for the best aggregate score was won by Linda Millard. A good day was had by all.