It was a little damp underfoot and a bit chilly at Manor Park this January 1st, but the conditions were otherwise very nice for our traditional New Years day shoot. Eight of us started a late morning National ( Short-Junior National for our youngest archer shooting) and a good laugh was had by all. The six rouges pictured above completed the round and then three of us also continued that other tradition of heading off to the Nags head after the archery.
Happy New year everyone.
We ran the 2nd Vintage Recurve Challenge at WFCA indoor range on the 20th November, using bows from the 80’s and aluminium arrows. The round shot was a WA25 and the competitors were Scott Potter (WFCA), Paul Clay (Malvern) and Peter Webb (Malvern).
Paul and Scott were both shooting a Yamaha Alpha EX and Pete was shooting a Hoyt Gold Medalist. It wasn’t as easy as we thought and these bows were not quite as forgiving at this distance, so we had a few mishaps.
Paul was grouping very well and became the new Vintage Recurve Champion. He managed 541, even with a miss! Scott pipped Pete for second place with 528, and Pete was third with 526.
We had a few onlookers who will probably be dusting down their old bows for the next event, which is likely to be outdoors early next year.
At our AGM on Thursday Allan South and Colin Levy finally managed to stand down from their respective Committee posts of Secretary and Treasurer. Dave Martel voiced our sincere thanks for the many, many years of hard work that both have put in for the club, looking after its’ members and finances across some changing and sometimes challenging times. The club is in a good place at the moment and it is in no small part due to their leadership and governance.
As well as their roles on the Committee both have played a key part in the introduction of new archers to the club and sport, starting at our beginners courses and continuing through coaching and support both at Manor Park and indoors at the Dome. We are sure they will continue to support the club and members, but without the responsibility which they have both shouldered so well.
I am sure that members not present at the meeting will want to express their own appreciation at club shooting sessions.
The 1st Vintage Recurve Challenge was competed for at the SCOA annual Sheriff’s Western shoot, using bows from the 80’s and aluminium arrows. Only two archers competed this year, Paul Clay and Peter Webb. But it does look likely that there will be quite a few more archers joining in the fun for next years challenge!
Paul was shooting a Yamaha EX Alpha with ceramic limbs, Yamaha sight, AGF stabilisers and Easton X7 arrows with 4 inch feathers. Peter was shooting a Hoyt Gold Medalist with carbon limbs, AGF sight, Arten stabilisers/TFC’s and Easton X7 arrows with 2 1/4 inch spin wings.
The day started with a moderate breeze and Paul took a commanding lead early on, scoring 100 for the first dozen, he was even leading the main recurve event. Peter had made a few errors and only managed 76 for the first dozen. As the day went on the wind got tricky and Peter fought back to close the gap.
Going into the last end Paul had a 2 point lead and shot a strong 50 for his last six arrows, but some how Peter managed to shoot his only 6 gold end of the day, scoring 54, to take the win by a 2 point margin!
It was great fun to be shooting the old bows but very hard work, modern bows are definitely easier to shoot!