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Georges Newsletter – February 2017

SHERWOOD ARCHERS – February 2017

This month we hosted the Nottinghamshire Archery Society’s Indoor Championships at our winter venue, the Joseph Whitaker Sports College in Rainworth. 120 archers took part in the three-session record-status Portsmouth round of five dozen arrows shot at twenty yards. Best results by our members were Richard Gentle 2nd Gents Longbow, Joanne Bennett 1st Junior Lady Longbow and Ashley Buckland 3rd Lady Compound. Richard and Joanne set new club records. Susan Stankovic, our Club Secretary, was the Organiser and the Judge in Charge was Roger Elliott, who was officiating at his final shoot before retiring. He was presented with gifts from both the Notts Archery Society and Sherwood Archers in thanks for all his work as a judge at our events over the years.

Our monthly Frostbite was shot on the very wet, cold, windy morning of 12th February. Only 8 members arrived at the field to shoot. One got out of his car and decided not to shoot, another dropped out after six arrows, another after twelve, and just 5 completed the round. Such was the weather! Credit must be given to one member who has moved to Worcester and drove up to shoot with us – the furthest anyone can ever have travelled to shoot three dozen arrows at our Frostbite. After the shoot we held our AGM at the Admiral Rodney, appreciating the warmth and refreshment. Further details to be posted later.

Finally, congratulations to Lee Waterfield [compound] on being selected for the East Midlands Archery Society team for the inter-regional competitions this season.

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Georges Newsletter – January 2017

SHERWOOD ARCHERS – January 2017

Our only competition this month was the Frostbite Shoot. The weather was quite mild and calm which made for an enjoyable morning’s shooting and several members stayed on into the afternoon to make the most of the conditions. Fifteen members and two visitors took part, and there were some very good scores achieved. Best on the day were David Salmon [recurve] 283, Lee Waterfield [compound] 342, Ann Tabberner [barebow] 116, Mark Allsopp [longbow] 260, Alice Wood-Stevens [Junior] 191. Most improved score so far was by Tristan Armes improving from 158 in November to 279 this month! Well done Tristan.

Our next Beginners Course is in April. Details can be found on our clubs website  sherwoodarchers.org.uk

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Georges newsletter – December 2016

SHERWOOD ARCHERS – December 2016

Our Frostbite Shoot for December was a memorial shoot for Sherwood Archers’ Robert Burton, who passed away at the end of November.
Robert was a complete archer; he shot recurve and then compound bows, gaining a place in the County team. He qualified as a coach, and when he had to give up shooting he qualified as a judge, officiating at shoots around the county. He was always ready to help with club activities and his metal-working skills were put to good use on many occasions. As is our custom, we held a short ceremony of remembrance and the whistling black arrow was shot as the traditional archers’ farewell to a colleague and friend.
Our final indoor meeting of the year was shot in a party atmosphere, and two important medals for the 2016 outdoor season were presented: the Archery GB Medal for Handicap Improvement was awarded to Ashley Buckland, and the Sherwood Archers’ Medal for the Best First Handicap was awarded to Linda Millard.
We now look forward to the second half of the indoor season and the Indoor Championships.

 

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Georges Newsletter November 2016

SHERWOOD ARCHERS – November 2016 newsletter

Our winter outdoor Frostbite series began at the start of November. Just three dozen arrows shot at 30 metres, and believe me, that was quite enough! Only 13 members were brave [or unwise] enough to turn up in view of the weather forecast.  The biting cold wind and the fine drizzle blew straight into our faces, making shooting difficult and uncomfortable. The shoot certainly lived up to its name, but at least the really heavy rain held off until we had finished and packed away.
In spite of the bad conditions and the need to shoot quickly, the scores were surprisingly good. Best on the day were Lee Waterfield [compound], David Salmon [recurve], Anne Taberner [barebow] and George Brown [longbow]. Perhaps everyone was determined to overcome the conditions!
Indoors, we hosted the Regional 18 metre FITA at our winter venue – The Joseph Whitaker Sports Centre at Rainworth. All three sessions were full, making a total of 120 entries. Archers from across the East Midlands took part in this Record Status shoot. The competition was as strong as ever, and the event was a great success. Thanks are due to Linda Telford for organising the shoot, and to everyone who helped with the work on the day.
Club nights on a Friday continue to be busy indoors, and a few hardy individuals meet to practise outdoors, weather permitting of course. Indoors or outdoors the compulsion to shoot and improve never leaves us.

George Brown

 

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The Lions Sponsored Swim

The Southwell Lions Club Sponsored Swim – October 2016

Report by Mac Crisp

I did the sponsored swim on Saturday 15th October with fellow Sherwood Archer David Salmon. He certainly lives up to his name. Last year he did this event on his own. They allow a team of up to 6 members to complete up to a maximum of 50 lengths total in a 15 minute window. Last year, since he was on his own in a team of one, plus he had the last slot, they allowed David a little more time and he completed the 50 lengths in 19 minutes. I offered to give him a hand this year, not knowing if he would get the extra time. I suggested that in 15 minutes I might expect to contribute between 15 and 20 lengths. In the end we completed our 50 total lengths with masses of time to spare. I did 18 lengths and David lived up to his name by swimming twice as fast as me for all but my first four lengths. I had to slow down to keep going, but still he put in 6 to my 4! Thereafter I would put in 2, pause at the turn while David arrived just behind me. He would tumble turn and I’d follow behind. According to the wall clock it took us about 9 minutes to do the 50 lengths between us, so I must have been going at just around 30 seconds per length and David must have averaged 17 seconds per length. That is quite some going. The previous year worked out at more like 22 seconds per length. My fellow lodger, Howard, is a bit of an ex swim club regular, and in his prime he reckoned that for 200m (8 lengths) he would average 14 seconds each, so he is also well impressed with David’s times, but also with mine, and has already coughed up his sponsorship money. All but one of my sponsors have said they will sponsor a fixed amount whatever, and of those folks my total is £102.50. My one and only sponsor per length said he would do a pound per length, so I am due to break £120. 75% of the money is going to the archery club to contribute towards the new club house, the other 25% goes to the Southwell Lions club, who organised the event. They invite all sorts of local clubs and societies to join them and so it becomes a win / win situation. They get more participants and a portion of the cash. The individual clubs get to run a sponsored event without the overheads of organising it. The Lions club did actually have to pay for the hire of the pool for the duration of the event, which I was surprised to discover. I thought the leisure centre might have donated those hours. But apparently the leisure centre itself is run as a not for profit local charity, so it’s a bit of a weird situation. If they had donated the pool time then perhaps the Lions club would have made them a donation from the proceeds. As it stands, I doubt it!

I didn’t move to Southwell until November last year and got involved with the archery club after that, so I missed the round of sponsorship for the same event last year. There was a big push on at the club then to raise money for the first part, laying the foundations, of the new clubhouse. Most of David’s sponsors were apparently all from within the club, yet he raised over £500 and was awarded the Lions Club shield for the most money raised that year. I think I have stolen some of David’s expected sponsors this year, as nearly all of mine are also club members. I did not manage to get around work or family before disappearing to Canada for a couple of weeks, and from what I heard, neither did David this year, so not expecting to bring the shield home again this year. I know just 9 minutes does not sound like a lot, but it really took it out of me. I was so exhausted that I slept past 11:00am the next morning! Perhaps I was also still a little jet-lagged.
Can it really be less than a year since I took up archery again? – It seems like much longer as I have been so involved. MAC

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Georges Newsletter October 2016

SHERWOOD ARCHERS – October 2016 newsletter

 

We started off October with our annual 2-Way Longbow/Barebow Shoot. This is shot at 80, 60 and 50 yards, the Albion Round. Targets are set at both ends of the field, so archers shoot and walk all day; no chairs or tents etc, just a steady day’s shooting. This year we included a Windsor Round at 60, 50, 40 yards, for archers preferring the shorter distances. Although only 19 archers took part, we all had an enjoyable day, from sherry and cake at the start, right through to the presentation of trophies and medals, and the winnings of the gold-sweep at the end. Nick Bennett was our best-shooting member, taking 3rd place at his first 2-way shoot, and his first 80yds shoot!

Winners were:-

Longbow Albion round – Adrianne Goodwin [Bingham] and Wayne Hibberd [Derwent] Longbow Windsor round – Andy and Carrie Mortimore [AGB]

Barebow Albion round – Charles Mosley [Aardwolf] and Jeanette Bramley [Derwent]

 

Only one of our members went to Bassetlaw Bowmen’s Western Shoot [60 and 50 yards]; Susan Stankovic took 1st place Lady Compound.

 

Our last outdoor tournament of the season took place at the end of the month on the day after the clocks went back. Fortunately everyone had remembered, so no-one arrived an hour early this year! The Pie and Beans Shoot is always a popular event and this year we had 105 archers entered to shoot the Western Round. We all arrived to a grey drizzle-damp morning and although the drizzle soon stopped, the cloud stayed on. Nevertheless we had a good day, enjoyed the pies, beans and apple pies for lunch, and some of us took home medals and raffle prizes too. Sherwood Archers novices and juniors did particularly well, creating new club records: Juniors Jo Bennett and Reece Buckland and novice Tristan Armes along with club member Alex Hawley are now all in the Club Record Book. Carrie Mortimore [GNAS] also claimed a regional longbow record. A successful day with which to end the outdoor season, and a big thank-you to everyone who helped to make everything go so smoothly.

 

Now we can concentrate on our indoor shooting, with just a monthly short “Frostbite” shoot out of doors [no matter what the weather!]

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Georges Newsletter September 2016

Sherwood Archers

Robin Hood is ours again! This year it was our turn to go up to Yorkshire to shoot against The Wakefield Archers for the honour of Robin Hood. The Speak Trophy was presented by Bill Speak in 1971 , for an annual shoot between the two clubs to decide whether Robin was from Sherwood or Wakefield. I’m pleased to report that we resisted the challenge, and so the Speak Trophy remains in Southwell for another year. Our winning team consisted of Martyn Smith and Mac Crisp [recurve], Lee Waterfield and Susan Stankovic [compound] and Richard Gentle and George Brown [longbow]. Martyn, Lee  and Richard won medals for the best scores in each of the three bow disciplines.

Our Club Championships were held on a very rainy Saturday, but fortunately the rain was quite warm and we had a good day, even though we had to reduce the number of arrows shot because some members were soaked to the skin!

Champions for this year are Martyn Smith and Charlotte Smith [recurve], Susan Stankovic [lady compound], Richard Gentle and Jenny Place[longbow].James Tassell [Jnr recurve] and Reece Buckland[junior longbow].Charlotte won the Handicap Trophy with a score 31 points above her handicap, and Petros Kounnos won the wooden spoon for the “worst white”.Ian Fleetwood won the Novice Trophy   – we were pleased to have four of our new members shootinng in their first competition. Because of the rain, we shot a shorter round than usual, and our Records Officer reported that several records had been broken, so all-in-all a successful shoot.

Several of our members took part in the Inter-Counties Thoresby Trophy Tournament – Derbyshire archers were all-powerful, but Lee Waterfield[compound] shot well and was selected to shoot for the East Midlands against the west Midlands at the national Sports Centre at Lilleshall

Longbow archers from across the Midlands came to Southwell for the Sherwood Meeting of the British Longbow Society. We host this annual event, which keeps alive the Victorian tradition of two-way longbow shooting at distances up to 100yards , and as usual we had an enjoyable day shooting in rain and then sunshine.

Our final Beginners course of the year has introduced another group of would-be archers to our sport, and we hope to welcome some of them as new members as we go indoors for the winter at Joseph Whitaker Sports Centre, Rainworth.  Our last open  outdoor shoot of the season will be The Pie and Beans at the end of the month, and then we shall just have our monthly Frostbite club shoots.

Finally, our congratulations to Simon Froggatt who came  fourth in the National Series final at Wollaton Hall , missing the bronze medal on the very last arrow of the head-to head shoot-off. A great result nevertheless.

 

George Brown

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Speke Trophy Sept 2016

The Speak Trophy 2016

Sunday 11th September saw a team of archers travel up to Wakefield to defend the right to claim Robin Hood’s birthplace. (Nottinghamshire, as opposed to the alternative version of events, which has Robin of Loxley, which is in Yorkshire, actually being born in Yorkshire, possibly even Wakefield.)

Being a Londoner myself, I have to admit to being neutral on this matter, but I was happy to compete on behalf of the club in this merry frivolity that has now become a standing tradition between Sherwood Archers and Wakefield Archers for over one and a half decades. (It also helps that it is free to enter, and there is free food involved afterwards!) And once again, I believe for the third year running, the honours go to us.

Our team comprised myself (MAC), Martyn Smith, daughter Charlotte Smith, and David Salmon, all on Recurves, Susan Stankovic, grand-daughter Ashley Buckland, and Lee Waterfield all on Compounds, and Richard Gentle, George Brown, and Mario Stankovic all on Long Bows. Also joining us for the day, but shooting at shorter distances, were Mario and Susan’s grandson, Reece Buckland shooting longbow, and Alex Hawley in his wheelchair shooting uncontested at Bare Bow.

Before I go on to talk about the “team” results, a special mention of these last two, who both shot outstanding ends against their normal expectations. Reece put it down to no real pressure, as he was only dragged along for the day out, having been entered without his knowledge!

The Wakefield “team” was slightly fewer than ours, but their numbers on the field were boosted by the moral support from numerous other club members, mostly novices and juniors, who were along for their annual club championships. The format of the tournament takes the best two scores from each side for an Albion round (3 dozen each at 80, 60 and 50 yards) for each bow type (male or female), then adds all those scores together to determine the outright winner. In theory therefore the team only needs to consist of two Long Bows, two Recurves, and two Compounds. Wakefield, in their wisdom, only fielded two Compound archers against us. They had three recurves against our four, and I’m not sure how many long bows there were as the demarcation point was blurred, perhaps only two? They were further down the field and the numbers were confused with novices and such shooting along-side Reece. Perhaps when George publishes the results that will become clear.

At the appointed hour I met up with David and we shared a ride up there. The Stankovic / Buckland clan had more than filled one vehicle with Blue the dog also in tow, and of course the Smith family duo were sharing a ride, so it was all quite ecologically sound! Pop-up tents from both the afore mentioned obligingly popped up, and I got out my new dome style gazebo thingy and had it assembled with help from David in fairly short order. Initially the minimum of tent pegs were used…

The weather was bright with a few clouds, and for the initial distance of 80 yards, as hinted above, was not particularly breezy. All that was about to change. As we moved the targets to the 60 yards line, Charlotte announced that she had a problem with her sight. It seems a thread had jammed or stripped, preventing her from dismounting the sight and adjusting it further out for her standard sight marks. The experience of Dad was quickly brought to the fore and an alternative sight mark was suggested with the sight still at the short length. Obviously there were a few arrows required effectively as “sighters” even though there were actually no sighters allowed at the new distance.

The wind quite suddenly picked up and I figure we were right on the edge of a strong weather pattern that kept shifting around us. The tent and gazebo guy lines were quickly deployed. The sun was gorgeous. Definitely single layer weather for most of us, despite the wind, but the sun was also causing some problems, with Ashley and Susan getting reflections in their sight glass that put them off. Ashley noted “When that big dark cloud came over I was banging them in!” but was seeking (and receiving) lots of sympathy from her Grandma, complaining about the reflections. Susan even cobbled together a shade for her site from some other piece of kit, held on with a rubber band.

The wind remained quite strong and persistent, but could not make up its mind which direction it was blowing, changing completely between one set of three arrows and the next! We were very lucky if there was a significant lull when it came to our turn to shoot. It undoubtedly depressed lots of scores that day. David and I both know we could have done better. Although I have no previous record to judge by for an Albion, I know I should be able to better 252 at 60 yards and significantly beat that at 50, but I was struggling. The sheer number of arrows shot also takes its toll, and half way through the 50 yard set I was starting to get cramps in my left arm. – remember I shoot left handed. David, shooting on the other hand, was complaining of similar in his right.

I understand that Charlotte was doing OK at 60 yards, but it seems that when we changed to 50 yards, even though Martyn gave her another starting point for the new sight mark, the equipment failure seemed to be affecting her usual performance. On recent previous experience we were all expecting Charlotte to be filling the team second place spot on recurve, but not this time. Unlucky, Charlotte. We hope the shop will be able to fix your sight for you!

And on the subject of equipment failure, there was a major blow for the Wakefield compound team effort with one of their number having the string come off the cam. We could not see any obvious damage, but that is not the sort of thing that can be put back on in the field. And besides which, it would be too risky to attempt without a full inspection before-hand. So that was their compound team down to just the one entrant. We could have been sticklers for the rules and insisted that we count two scores against our best two, but it would obviously have created a walkover for the totals, so we very graciously agreed that we would only count our best single compound instead, i.e. Lee. So sadly Ashley managing to beat her grandma on this occasion did not get to count – shame.

We handed in our scores at the end and packed away, but instead of the usual hanging around for the results, we all retired to a very convenient local pub where the Wakefield club were treating all participants to a roast dinner. There were two long tables arranged to cater for about 18 to 20 people each, and we filled the back room space exclusively. The number crunching was done while we waited for the meals to be served, but we had to wait until after the meal for the results to be announced. Roast beef was partaken by nearly all except for a few awkward folks (like myself!) and apple pies and custard all round went down well except for a few awkward folks (like myself!). I did not notice anyone else having the same problems as me, but I was getting cramps in both arms from holding the cutlery, so although I was enjoying my roast turkey, I took a little longer than most to eat it. All but two of us had the apple pie and custard. I had apple pie without the custard, and Reece had custard without the apple pie. Reece seemed to wangle double helpings of custard, but I only got a standard helping of pie, – ah!

Then we came to the important part, and although I had more or less figured it out already from asking about the others’ scores, I was still a little surprised to find my own name announced behind Martyn as the second scoring recurve from our team. Our top scorers, Martyn, Lee and Richard were all significantly ahead of the Wakefield efforts. In the case of the recurves, and theoretically for the compounds if they had been able to continue, the relatively poor second scoring places on our team still added up to enough to beat two good scores from Wakefield. Richard, on long bow, was also way ahead, but George’s score added to his was not enough to give us the clean sweep against two very closely matched top scores from Wakefield. So when all five qualifying rounds were added up, Sherwood Archers once again took the trophy home. We all agreed it was a superb day out. Thanks to George for organising our side, and thanks to our hosts, if they get to see a copy of this. I am definitely looking forward to next year’s event, when it is our turn to host it.

Regards, MAC

P.S. Apologies to George and Richard for mixing up their official club positions in my last posting. – I did say that I’m relatively new to this club, right?

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2016 Club Championships

Sherwood Archers Club Championships September 3rd 2016

 

I am pleased to have been invited to provide a write up for the club championships this year. As a relative new-comer I was not sure what to expect. Certainly none of us expected the rain until much later!

I arrived a little before 10:00 to find a handful of people already present and some getting stuck in to the morning’s work, setting out the first few target stands. I quickly found my gloves and went to assist with rolling out the straw target bosses. In previous tournaments at our field we have used the foam bosses, so I was a little surprised to see them using the straw ones normally reserved for practice and club nights. But I suppose there was nobody present from other clubs for us to show off to. – I’m sure there must be a more technical reason for not using the foam targets, but mine is not to reason why…

Young James landed himself the duty of hammering in the ground stakes to anchor the targets. I believe he had several comments, including from myself and his dad, Matt, on how to hold and swing a hammer. He certainly took it to heart as he was later offering advice to others for the last few targets when we had to move them and re-peg them.

The targets were set out towards the far side of the field, away from the club house. There were six set at 60 yards and I think four at 40 yards, plus one other at 30 yards, filling about half the width of the field. No sooner had we set up all the targets and were about to start setting up our own equipment than the first few spots of rain were reported. By the time that most had done the trips back to their vehicles to fetch chairs and bows etc. it was already drizzling properly. Umbrellas were soon very much in evidence everywhere, being set up to protect the precious equipment, not the archers. Jenny dashed back to her car and retrieved her pop-up tent / shelter. We had all been expecting the rain to arrive in the early afternoon, but it was already showing signs of getting serious and being settled in well before we were ready to start, so the club gazebo was extracted from storage for the benefit of those along to watch, (and for Mario!) Those not taking part comprised our illustrious club President, Richard, so that there was someone to give out the awards later, and Brian, on hand to offer advice to the novices on tournament etiquette, especially on the scoring, plus one of our newest members, Petros had dragged his young lady along to watch him shoot, so she was well pleased to find a seat under the shelter when the rains came.

You will have already noted that this year the club championships were being held on a Saturday. I understand that it is more common to hold them on a Sunday and we would probably have got a bigger turn out. I know several people that wanted to attend but said they were working. But still the car park looked quite well occupied.

Going from memory, working from club house end, starting with the club novices, (and apologies if I have missed anyone) there was Petros, Matt, his son James, Ian, David all on recurve, plus Linda, not such a novice, but electing to shoot the shorter distance as she had not ever shot at 60 yards. Then there was Reece Buckland, Nick, George Brown, Mario Stankovic, Richard Gentle, and Jenny Place shooting longbows, then Susan Stankovic with the one and only compound, then Chris, Jason, David Salmon, Myself (MAC Crisp), Martyn Smith and his daughter Charlotte all on recurve. (Sorry, I don’t know all the surnames.) We shot in two details, shooting three, then retiring to allow the second detail, then returning. In truth there were not that many targets that had more than two people shooting on them, certainly not down at the far end, but we still observed the routine of stepping away after three arrows to keep things according to routine and fair to the others.

 We were supposed to be shooting a Western round, that is 4 dozen at 60 yards, break for lunch, then move the shooting line forward 10 yards to shoot another 4 dozen at 50 yards. Those starting at the shorter distances similarly would do the same 4 dozen in each session with 10 yards difference and these are also recognised rounds know as Junior Western (4Dzn @ 40y + 4Dzn @ 30y) and Short Junior Western (4Dzn @ 30y + 4Dzn @ 20y). However…

The rain just kept coming down, getting gradually heavier. Several of us had started out braving the elements, but gradually the numbers not wearing some sort of jacket or waterproof layer got less and less. Chris had declared that he intended to stick it out in his T-shirt so long as it stayed warm enough. Hard man, we thought, but no, he succumbed. Matt, David and Petros were the only ones at the end still in just a T-shirt. Linda also did not resort to any extra layers, but she did start out with at least two, so was probably a bit warmer than Matt at the end, who was visibly shivering. But I’ll get to that later.

I must admit to being one of the first to resort to a waterproof layer. I already had my trusty and now very familiar hat on. My waterproof jacket has elasticated draw strings at the hood and toggles, and whilst shooting down the field over the winter with other hard cases like Craig and Christina, I had learnt the trick of wearing my jacket like a cape. This means that it does not encumber me when shooting, keeps my back and shoulders dry, then goes back around me fully when I finish shooting – quite a nice solution, I think. So I declared myself as “the Caped Crusader” to anyone that was remotely interested in a bit of lightening the mood, and started the trend to cover up. Jenny found a warm coat and was sporting a rather nifty Russian looking fur hat. David S. was having somewhat less joy with his hat, having misplaced his usual wet weather option and the peak on his ball cap kept getting in the way. Then when he looked down to the score sheet there was a torrent which ran off and nearly drowned the pages despite protecting them under an umbrella! I’m sure there were other hat issues that I did not hear about. Glasses were also becoming a problem for both David S. and Jason. Charlotte had a red jacket on that honestly did not look very waterproof, but I suppose was serving the purpose of keeping her warm. Martyn was doing a quick strip off of his jacket to shoot, shooting very quickly, then jacket back on, but soon adopted another solution where he wore his waterproof jacket with his right arm in the sleeve, but left arm out, the the front zipped up as far as it would accommodate.

So, you can tell by all my rambling on about the weather that it must have been taking its toll. After just one dozen arrows, Martyn and Charlotte were heard to exchange a comment that they were thankfully already one third of the way through. They weren’t actually at that stage, just a quarter, and they were corrected. But Martyn must have been prescient. Our illustrious field captain, Mario, got together with Club Pres. Richard, Tournament Organiser, George, and I think Susan got in the mix there somewhere too, and between them they worked out that we should abandon the four dozen format and instead stop early for lunch after just three dozen arrows, then shoot another three dozen at the shorter distance. There was some debate, but it was thought this would still make the tournament a recognised round, apparently, although I fail to find it listed on my favourite reference for such things.

The point of shooting a recognised round, for those who are unaware, was to enable us to do a handicapped score against those of us that have such a thing. Archery GB publish a set of tables (which you have to pay for) that allows formulas against recognised rounds to correct the scores as if you were shooting a full twelve dozen metric scoring end, then adding your handicap to that score to level the competition between those with varying abilities, rather like a golf handicap, but much more complicated in the maths. There was a Handicap Trophy up for grabs, so they wanted to keep it to a recognised format.

 So lunch came and some of us ate soggy sandwiches. There was no BBQ as there has been for all the invitation tournaments that I have attended. Probably not a bad thing as it would have been drowned out.

 During the lunch break the rain started to come down really quite heavily. I resorted to wearing leggings, not just to keep trousers dry, but also to combat the drop in temperature. The wind started blowing stronger from directly behind us. My shoes were also at the point of giving up, so I went to change into my winter snow boots that just happened to be living in the car.

We continued the afternoon session with lots of struggling against the elements. I personally had problems with my grip slipping, even though I specifically wear a glove to combat that issue. The poor leather glove became totally waterlogged and took two days to eventually dry out! My hat also gave up, with rivulets streaming through the seams as I tilted my head in certain angles. I know I was not the only one having these issues. We got to half way through, i.e. one and a half dozen, and there was a general consensus that it was amazing that nobody had actually walked away yet, but they might well do so soon! So the “committee” declared the next end to be the last and announced the fete accompli as we finished the second dozen.

I personally had just shot a much improved end and was keen to do so again to hopefully build up my score, but who knows if that would have actually happened in those conditions. Oh well…

Clearing away seemed to be done in record time. I’m sure everyone was keen to get sat inside their cars. But then Mario had also announced that our Pres. had managed to lose his silver wedding ring, so could we all look out for it while clearing away. So in the end I don’t think anybody actually retreated to the shelter of their cars. We all carried on stumbling around the field and car park areas with our noses down, looking for Richard’s ring, which, by the way, is still missing as I type.

Matt finally succumbed to an extra layer, explaining that he had forsaken it earlier for the sake of less restriction of movement. That is dedication for you (or something like that?) James was bounding around still full of energy and sporting the grin that never left his face the whole time, despite the rain. It was evident that he had enjoyed himself. Even Petros’ lady friend said she had enjoyed it as she joined us in the hunt for the silver ring.

George eventually called off the hunt and got us assembled inside the club house to announce the results. I won’t go into details here as I don’t have them. George will post them later. Suffice to say that there was no award for Gentleman’s Compound. Susan of course won the Lady’s Compound. Richard Gentle won the Gent’s Longbow, with Jenny unopposed taking the Lady’s award. Charlotte got the Lady’s Recurve gong and Martyn the Men’s. Reece and James both picked up awards as juniors. There was no handicap award, although I am informed by George that he has managed to work out some handicapped scores based upon the first two dozen arrows at each distance, making it a Warwick round. I look forward to seeing how that turns out. (Charlotte Smith was later awarded the Handicap medal – nobody ask George how he worked that one out! – Ed) I won’t go into second and third place details as I can’t remember them, but I will add that I personally did rather better than I expected!

Well done to Mario as field captain again, and heaps of praise to George for making it work.

See you all soon and hope to see a bumper turn out for next year’s club championships. Let’s pray for better weather.

MAC

 

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Georges Newsletter August 2016

Sherwood Archers

 

A busy summer for our members!

Simon Froggatt did it again, winning the compound bow section of the National Target Championships at Lilleshall.

The final round of the County Summer League was shot at Wilford Archers’ ground, where our longbowmen did well: Richard Gentle was 1st, and with Nick Bennett won the team award, and Reece Buckland won the Junior Longbow trophy.

The County Championships produced a win for Charlotte Smith,who is the Lady Recurve Champion for 2016,and she also won the handicap award for her improved score. Martyn Smith also won the handicap award for his score, and Reece Buckland won the Junior Longbow award.

Our Open Double National Tournament [12 dozen arrows at 60 and 50 yards] attracted 60 archers from across the East Midlands. Best results by our members were Craig Fozzard [8th Recurve], Lee Waterfield [3rd Compound],Susan Stankovic [1st Lady Compound],Richard Gentle [3rd Longbow], Alex Hawley [2nd Barebow]and Reece Buckland[1st Junior Longbow].

This year we were pleased to host the English Archery Federation’s Longbow Championships. 36 archers from across the country came to Southwell, many for the first time, to shoot in this national event.The EAF Longbow Champions 2016 are Cliff Gadd from Kent and Sheila Hudson from Yorkshire who claimed a new national record.

We have been able to give a lot of people of all ages a “taste” of archery at events through the summer.We had an enjoyable day at the Robin Hood event held in the gardens of the Archbishop’s Palace, and there were three Have a Go sessions on our field for the Southwell Rotarians, the “Special Olympic ” group, and the visiting children from Chernobyl.These are great fun for those taking part as well as for our members and it’s a pleasure to see some of the participants returning year after year, and even joining us as members as a result.

This summer’s Beginners Course was a great success, and several of those taking part are now shooting regularly as members of the club, and will be at the Club Championships in September.

Finally, at the EMAS Junior Inter-Counties Tournament, which we hosted, Hollie Smith, who started her shooting with us but now lives in Derbyshire, claimed a new national record for her age-group with a magnificent score of 1294, with only one shot out of the gold!

 

George Brown

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