It was hoped in last week’s column that the Junior archers were saving their best for the off island competition in Cumbria on Sunday; I am pleased to report that the Club’s hopes were not in vain. Toby Young, Nathan Kinrade, Brandon Gough and Tilly Ashton were shepherded to the annual Northern Counties Championships by Joy Gough and Pete Mumford, held this year at the Penrith Leisure Centre. The round of the day was a Portsmouth.
Brandon, the least experienced of the group, pulled out all the stops to add 20 points to his pb for the round.
Brandon’s score of 60/502/4, saw him break 500 for the first time and gave him second place in the u12 Boys Compound division.
Nathan Kinrade was also in fine form, adding 16 points to his pb. Nathan’s score of 60/512/11 not only took him over 500 for the first time but also secured him first place in the u14 Boys Recurve.
Toby Young, not to be outdone, took first place in the u18 Boys Recurve division with a score of 60/534/18, which was a terrific achievement after a tiring year of exams and a heavy workload both in and out of school.
The day belonged to Tilly Ashton however, her score of 60/518/16, not only gave her first place in the u16 Girls division but was also good enough to take the overall title of Northern Counties Junior Girl Recurve Champion and the silverware to go with it.
Given that the children take the first boat off the island on Saturday morning, a mini-bus journey to Penrith, before spending a night in strange surroundings, and assembling at the venue to begin at 9:30am on Sunday, the results are dazzling. Well done to everyone involved.
The results of the those shooting on home soil were by and large best forgotten. Anyone listening at the door of the hall at the Onchan hub, would have been forgiven for thinking they were eves dropping on a torture chamber given the shrieks and wails coming from within. All nine of those taking part in the WA 18 three-spot shoot had misses, and that included Rhys Moore who couldn’t remember the last time he had missed Indoors with his Compound bow.
Congratulations go to Peter Howland who added 2 points to his pb to take the win.