Georges article for the Bramley.
The summer months are a busy time for archery clubs, especially when the weather is kind!
Our annual open shoot,The Day of Nationals, attracted 44 archers, mostly from the East Midlands, but Alan and Amanda Duffield both claimed Yorkshire County Records for their barebow scores.Club member John Watts won the Double National round.
The third round of the County Summer League completed the series. Twenty of our members shot at least two of the three rounds to qualify for a total score.Best seniors were Susan Stankovic[2nd Compound],Peter Burns[9th Recurve],David Orwin[3rd Compound] and Steve Gamble [1st Lonbow]. Our Juniors shot very well in their age-groups::Joanna Bennett [2nd Recurve], Charlotte Smith [5th Recurve], Ashley Buckland [2nd Compound],George Smith [6th Recurve]Adam McLaughlin [1stCompound] and Reece Buckland [1st Longbow]
Belvoir Archers’ Summer Windsor Tournament was a good event for our lady compound archers; Susan Stankovik[Lady Compound] and Ashley Buckland,[Junior Lady Compound], her grand-daughter, both claimed new county records.
The County Championships saw them both win again, and they were joined by Adam McLaughlin[Junior Gentleman Compound] who won his age group.
Adam, Ashley and George all shot for the County at the Junior Inter-Counties Tournament in July,
At the Junior National Championships at Lilleshall, Ashley gained a 2nd and a 3rd place in her age group on the two days.
The Senior Inter-Counties Team Tournament [Notts,Lincs, Leics, Derbys and Northants] was held at Loscoe on 1st September;a very windy day. So much so, that the shoot had to be reduced to just nine dozen arrows instead of the customary twelve dozen. Members Julie Bancroft, Toby Geffreys, Steve Gamble, Dave Seymour, Martyn Smith and Susan Stankovic were part of the Notts team. Steve Gamble won the Longbow trophy, and along with Dave Seymour and Adrianne Goodwin from Bingham made up the Notts longbow team which gained the county’s only victory!
Back at our field we held our second Beginners’ Course of the season, introducing 30 new archers to the sport. We just hope that they don’t think that the sun always shines on the archery field! They all enjoyed the course and some are now full members and improving rapidly.
Have-a-Go sessions are always popular, and once again we welcomed the ladies of the Women’s Institute for their annual shoot, then a pack of very enthusiastic Cubs, and finally, the visiting group of children from Chernobyl, who took to the new sport with just a little interpretation from their teacher and a lot of sign-language from the coaches! We always enjoy these events – they’re great fun for everyone.
Indoor shooting beckons as we lose the light in the evenings, but we still have four more outdoor events, so more news next month
Submitted to the Bramley by George Brown