Quality rather than quantity was the order of the day at Greeba this week. With adverse weather conditions and road closures which restricted access to and from the field ( a pressing need to inconvenience everyone on the weekend of the Castletown Festival and the Peel Carnival so that a bunch of bicycles could go round in circles on one occasion, and a contingency day for MGP subsequently abandoned due to lack of marshals but too late to reinstate the shoot on another), IoM Archery’s Shooting calendar has taken a battering. With a number of archers away, or committed to other things, the usually well attended Windsor Trophy shoot, postponed from the week before, only managed to attract six entrants. The Windsor is an Imperial round which consists of three dozen arrows shot at each of three distances 60, 50 and 40 yards, with five zone scoring (9,7,5,3,1). The Juniors shot distances appropriate to their age group.
The weather was superb for once and the competitors enjoyed near perfect shooting conditions. Joy Gough and Pete Mumford faced off in the Compound division with Joy taking the early lead. With Pete putting some arrows high and left Joy found herself 6 points up after the first distance. Pete pulled back two points at the second distance, and by the end of the first dozen at the final distance had levelled things thanks to a couple of wayward arrows from Joy which went into the red. Unfortunately for Joy, Pete went on to shoot a maximum score for the distance, while she put another arrow outside the gold, which handed victory to Pete by 2 points.
The Junior Compound division had only one entrant – Brandon Gough. It was Brandon’s first taste of a full Outdoor round and he found it tiring. Still he stuck to it and even managed to max the score for the final distance.
On the Recurve side of things guest Andy Bishop of Droitwich Archers was the only entrant in the Senior division. Andy over on the island to enjoy MGP, or whatever it is branded as these days, took the opportunity to shoot at Greeba and put in a personal best score to lift the Trophy.
Jacob Brookes and Nathan Kinrade went toe to toe in the Junior Windsor Recurve (40, 30, and 20 yards). Jacob got off to a slow start at 40m, a lack of practice due to swimming training taking its toll. Nathan in contrast shot solidly from the start, establishing a strong lead and eventually romping home over a 100 points ahead of Jacob to take the Trophy. Nathan added an impressive 74 points to his pb for the round.
Results: Windsor Trophy- Senior Compound: 1.P.Mumford 108/936/91, 2.J.Gough 108/934/92. Junior Compound- B.Gough 108/914/94pb. Senior Recurve- A.Bishop (Droitwich Archers), 107/811/46pb. Junior Recurve- 1.N.Kinrade 107/827/36pb, 2.J.Brookes 106/720/34.