There was a decent turn out at Onchan on Sunday with the return of some old faces as well as the arrival of some new ones. The round of the day was a WA18, single face for Recurve and Juniors and triple face for Compound; shot as part of the Club’s Scratch League.
It was the usual line up in the Gents Compound with Rhys and Dave Moore alongside Pete Mumford. Rhys sportingly winged one of his first arrows into the 8 ring thereby giving his Dad and Pete a chance of victory. Dave was 3 points up on both Rhys and Pete after the first dozen but Rhys was unable to keep his natural talent in check for long, finding the centre of the target with monotonous regularity, so that by the end of the third dozen he had taken the lead. Pete Mumford had been quietly getting on with business and was tied in second place with Dave Moore. With Rhys powering away, the real battle was for second place which looked like ending in a tie but Pete Mumford suddenly dropped two arrows into the red which handed the runner’s up spot to Dave Moore. Rhys took the win by 6 clear points.
Joy Gough put in another solid performance as she persevered with her new release aid although she was disappointed with the number 8 she scored.
There were several archers in the Gents Recurve but only David Smith elected to shoot the round of the day and therefore took the win. He was a few points down on his best but given the intense cold of the sports hall he did pretty well.
Barbara Harris wished she had stayed in bed after putting in a dismal performance in the Ladies Recurve division. Harris had elected to shoot a triple face target to get some practice ahead of the Club Championships at the beginning of February, but missed the target seven times and finished over 100 points down on her pb.
It was nice to see Colin Moore and Lesley Sleight back in action in the Barebow division. Colin put in a decent round but Lesley was rather erratic and finished well below her usual standard.
Graham Makepeace-Warne put in his second appearance at the Club and seemed to be enjoying himself with his Longbow.
Juniors Tilly Ashton, Toby Young, Jacob Brookes and Nathan Kinrade were also in action over the course of the day. Tilly, rapidly getting used to her new bow, put in a score that was just a few points down on her pb. Toby Young hit an even 500 to take the win in the Junior Gents section, with Jacob Brookes in second and Nathan Kinrade finishing third.
Eric Lutes elected to shoot a Portsmouth round as preparation for his first appearance at Wigan and Orrell at the end of the month. Eric took the Portsmouth honours ahead of Peter Howland, who added 33 points to his pb to take second, with David Hicks finishing a little way down on his first week’s score in third. Both David and Peter need to complete one more round to qualify for a handicap.
Shooting for the first time this week was Lady Recurver Sam Luker who posted a decent benchmark score for the Portsmouth. In the Junior girls category, Lilly Jane Priestnal joined older sister Tilly Ashton on the shooting line. Under the watchful eye of Uncle Dave Berry, Lilly Jane put down an impressive first time score for the Portsmouth round.
Results: WA18- Gents Compound – 1.R.Moore 60/566/27, 2.D.Moore 60/560/21, 3.P.Mumford 60/556/18. Ladies Compound – Joy Gough 60/534/8. Gents Recurve – D.Smith 56/337/3. Ladies Recurve – B.Harris 53/416/4. Barebow – 1.C.Moore 60/417/4, 2.L.Sleight 56/328/2. Gents Longbow – G.Makepeace-Warne 45/213/0. Junior Girls – T.Ashton 59/416/9. Junior Gents – 1.T.Young 60/500/9, 2.J.Brookes 59/411/6, 3.N.Kinrade 56/331/4. Portsmouth – Gents Recurve – 1.E.Lutes 59/453/4, 2.P.Howland 60/431/7pb, 3.D.Hicks 60/411/5. Ladies Recurve – S.Luker 59/366/3pb. Junior Girls – LJ.Priestnal 54/290/2pb.