A lot of the usual faces were missing at Onchan this week, but this was made up for by the re-appearance of Chris Addy along with son Dylan who was shooting Indoors for the first time. The round of the day was a Portsmouth, the largest of the Indoor faces, which was just as well as the light was particularly bad on Sunday. The round was shot as part of the Club’s Scratch League.
Pete Mumford had the shooting line to himself in the Gents Compound. He finally seemed to have tuned his new bow in, dropping into the red only once, and his scores are starting to edge upwards. Things should be interesting by the time the Club Championships role round next year.
Lone Lady Compound Joy Gough struggled with the lighting conditions and she found it difficult to keep her arrows in the centre, though she finished strongly.
Simon Kenyon and Peter Howland were joined by Chris Addy in the Gents Recurve. Chris had only shot Indoors once before and had never shot the round before. An equipment issue caused havoc with his accuracy and put him out of contention. Peter Howland was hoping to repeat his success of the previous week and made the best start, having a 12 point over Simon lead after the first dozen. A poor second dozen saw his lead diminish to a single point, he was soon overtaken and after that Simon motored away from him to take the win by a clear 20 points.
Barbara Harris had a slow start and struggled with timing issues throughout but nevertheless managed to put in the highest Recurve score of the day as usual.
Chris Crompton put in a season’s best score in the Barebow division though his arrows seemed to be going consistently left. Colin Moore who usually shoots Barebow on a Sunday brought his newly acquired Bearpaw Traditional bow in to use instead. Colin began the shoot with wooden arrows but switched to alloys after the second dozen. The alloys made a huge difference; the number of misses decreased and his dozen totals consequently increased. Moore was happy with the progress he had made but was confident that he could do much better.
Young Dylan Addy, shooting Indoors for the first time in the Junior Gents Recurve, struggled to start with but began to gain some consistency by the end. A disastrous start by James Hill put him out of the running and left Toby Young (u18’s Northern Counties Champion) and Nathan Kinrade (u14’s Northern Counties Champion) to fight it out amongst themselves. Nathan put himself 7 points clear after the first dozen and edged another point by the end of the second. By this time however, Toby was beginning to find his range and he cut the deficit to 5 points going into the fourth dozen. Nathan seemed to tire just as Toby put in his highest dozen total of the day to take a 5 point lead himself. Toby backed this up with a solid finish to take victory by a 17 point margin.
Results Portsmouth Scratch: Gents Compound- P.Mumford 60/569/30. Ladies Compound- J.Gough 60/553/19. Gents Recurve-1. S.Kenyon 59/501/17, 2.P.Howland 60/479/8, 3.C.Addy 60/400/6pb. Ladies Recurve-B.Harris 60/551/27. Gents Barebow- C.Crompton 60/495/11sb. Gents Tradbow- C.Moore 54/363/3pb. Junior Gents Recurve- 1.T.Young 60/516/12, 2.N.Kinrade 60/499/13, 3.J.Hill 58/450/7, 4.D.Addy 41/194/1.