Yesterday in blazing sunshine and 32 degree temperatures Evesham hosted the latest episode of our longstanding match. As always the atmosphere was incredibly friendly with Archers helping each other regardless of their club.
The match was settled on a combination of straight scores (3 Compound, 3 Recurve, 1 Longbow and 1 Junior with the addition of the best 5 handicap adjusted scores from each team). The last bit is important as it is the ingredient which really does make this a match where Archers of all levels of experience have an opportunity to make their contribution to the match result.
The Compound matches are always top notch and this year was no exception, Jacquie Holmes of Evesham showed why she was last years National Series ladies champion, by shooting 96/96 golds. Our own Dave Martel and Kathi Thompson and Evesham’s Tom Hennessy and Sarah Trout are regular sparing partners. Arron had a peep site issue early on which provided an extra challenge in claiming our 3rd scoring place ahead of Jeff. Jeff don’t follow so many of my arrows out of the gold next time. Evesham had strength in depth too, with Peter shooting 800 and Linda Haines, better known as a Recurve Archer of some distinction, but now a convert to the dark side, smashing her PB with a 798, with the help of some Martel words of wisdom.
Both teams had Recurve archers on County duties at Lillishall, which allowed others to shine, Team Hurst had a great day for Malvern with both Beulah and Kevin contributing to both Straight scores and handicap adjusted scores. Thanks also to Dan Webb for our best adult Recurve score and Sonja for the best adult handicap adjusted score. I just managed to edge Laura for the 3rd Recurve place, though not with a score I want to remember.
Mac Crisp took our Longbow place and beat Stuart. Fang was not far behind Mac and ahead of Allan on this occasion.
I’ve already mentioned that Beulah had a good day and she managed to maintain focus despite shooting alone on her boss. We were delighted to see Ben and Annie tackling their first competitions, both can be very proud of how they represent us, lots of things learnt to take forward to other competitions in the future. Ben really got his eye in at 20 yards and had the highest Handicap adjusted score of the day as a result. Shooting with Ben and Annie was Frejia from Evesham who had the highest Junior score of the day, she scored for the target and set a great example of sportsmanship.
Some of our team had to depart soon after the match so missed out on the buffet and having their photo taken with the trophy. We still need to look to our current and perhaps the next generation of Juniors to get back on level par with Evesham who have a commanding lead in match results, but this is the first match which has not gone with home advantage for the last few years, so perhaps the tide has turned.
Thank you to our hosts Evesham and well done Malvern.
We are pleased to announce that we will once again be holding our Open Nationals incorporating the County of Worcestershire Archery Association Novice Championship at RGS The Grange on 21st July. Entry details MA Open with CWAA Novices 2019 Entry Form v1
We hope you will be able to join us.
This years Championship was decided over a handicap adjusted WA900, with shorter variations for our Junior competitors. The forecast was not good and it took a pitch inspection and much discussion before we decided to proceed due mainly to very strong winds, Then as soon as the we had the targets up it rained. The rain passed but the wind kept playing it’s part. Dave, Beulah and Jay were however peppering the 10s and X’s on their respective targets, but it was some excellent longbow shooting that was to take the trophy.
Handicap adjusted result –
Gold – Malcolm Crisp (LG) 1499, Silver – Beulah Hurst (JL Rec) 1459 and Bronze – Kevin Hurst 1437.
Well done to our medalists and all who braved the conditions.
On Sunday the 2018 Worcestershire County field archery championship was held at Sunset Archers course just outside of Kidderminster. The course is set in beautiful woodland and features targets set from 10 to 70 yards with significant gradient changes. The primary medals for each group were awarded on target scores and the other medals and Team trophy were handicap adjusted.
Malvern Archers were well represented and came away with many of the key medals. Dave Martel won the Gents Compound and Aaron Relf tied for 2nd place in this very close category. Pete Webb won the Gents Recurve and Tammy Milsom balanced their medal cabinet by taking the Ladies Recurve gold. Laura Smith in her first field competition took the Ladies Recurve silver medal. Together Tammy, Aaron and Laura claimed the Team trophy for Malvern Archers with their handicap adjusted scores being better than those of teams from Evesham and Wyre Forest.
If you have not tried Field archery, then give it a go.