Thirteen archers turned up at Onchan for the first Sunday shoot of the Indoor Season. The round of the day was a WA 18, 60 arrows shot in groups of three on a single face target for Recurves and a triple face for the Compounds.
It was a day of mixed results for those involved. Dave Berry was no where near his best but did enough to take the win in the Gents Recurve. Eric Lutes had excellent groups on his target but unfortunately, they were in the wrong place and he finished in third. Peter Howland continued the form he showed on Tuesday night by adding 12 points to his pb for the round to take second place.
In the Ladies Recurve, Jane Berry who had added 31 points to her pb for the Portsmouth on Tuesday night, added 44 points to her pb for the WA 18 to take victory by a considerable margin. Jane carried on shooting in the afternoon to record a benchmark for the double round. Barbara Harris started badly and although she improved over the morning just couldn’t string three decent arrows together and had to settle for second place.
It was nice to see Colin Moore back in action after a truncated Outdoor season. He was not quite up to speed in the Barebow division but nevertheless kept all his arrows on target and was pleased with his performance given his lack of practice.
There was a small but select field in the Gents Compound. Billy Lightfoot astounded the Records Officer by turning up twice in the same week. He was joined by Dave and Rhys Moore on the shooting line. The lighting in the hall was difficult to say the least and Billy never really got into a rhythm. His shooting improved after the break with addition of some weight to the end of his long rod, but it was too late, and Billy was pushed into third place by Dave Moore who was still on his Outdoor set up. Rhys Moore started the Indoor season as he had finished the Outdoor, with a comfortable win. While never dropping out of the Gold Rhys did not hit as many 10’s as he would have liked and there was room for improvement. Rhys and Dave carried their rivalry into the afternoon by shooting a Double WA 18. A lapse in concentration by Rhys which saw him launch an arrow into the eight ring, was quickly offset by Dave who absentmindedly put two arrows into the same target face. This meant that he not only had to record a miss but also lost the higher of the two arrow values. That one mistake cost him 12 points. Rhys took his second win of the day.
Three juniors were also in action. James Hill had a good round adding 12 points to his pb. Nathan Kinrade had an all or nothing kind of a shoot and was not up to his usual standard.
Tilly Ashton was likewise not at her best. A couple of uncharacteristic misses in the last dozen put a dent into her score but she still took the win. The shoot of the day however, was produced by Lily Priestnal who, despite complaining that the target looked very small and far away and having a couple of misses, added a whopping 78 points to her pb for the round.
Results: WA 18 – Gents Recurve- 1.D.Berry 59/452/10, 2.P.Howland 59/418/3pb, 3.E.Lutes 59/386/3. Gents Barebow – C.Moore 60/399/4. Ladies Recurve – 1.J.Berry 60/498/12pb, B.Harris 60/462/8. Gents Compound – 1.R.Moore 60/563/23, 2.D.Moore 60/552/15, 3.B.Lightfoot 60/549/14. Junior Boys – 1.J.Hill 59/443/3pb, 2.N.Kinrade 54/308/4. Junior Girls- 1.T.Ashton 58/435/4, 2.L.Priestnal 58/381/4pb.
Double WA 18 – Gents Recurve D.Berry 119/907/15. Ladies Recurve – J.Berry 120/964/25pb. Gents Compound – 1.R.Moore 120/1122/43, 2.D.Moore 119/1091/32.