There was a decent turnout at Onchan for the round of the day which was a WA 18. The Compounds as usual shot a triple face target, the Recurves were only required to shoot the larger single face but of couple of them opted for the three-spot anyway. Juniors of all bow types shot the single face.
It was a straight head to head between Rhys Moore and Peter Mumford this week in the Gents Compound. The previous week’s competition had been a nail-biter that went right down to the wire – this time round Rhys Moore led from start to finish and was never under threat.
In the Ladies Compound Joy Gough just didn’t seem to be able to hit a 10 and all too often found herself dropping into the 8 ring which put a dent in her score.
The largest field of the day came in the Gents Recurve, where Peter Howland, Ralf Mitchell and Simon Kenyon, were joined by Alex Allen-Snell who had not shot for several weeks. Alex elected to shoot the smaller triple face target (scoring from 10 to 6 only). Misses from both Alex and Ralf handed the lead to Peter Howland, but there were only 3 points separating them. Simon Kenyon managed keep all of his arrows on target but didn’t score heavily enough, and he found himself well off the pace in fourth. Allen-Snell bounced back with a much better second dozen, turning a 1 point deficit into a 13 point lead. Once in front Alex stayed there to claim an easy victory, though he was some way off his best. Ralf Mitchell shot his best dozen total of the day to tie with Peter Howland for second place, and while Simon remained in fourth, he was now only 1 point behind Ralf and Peter. Simon now became the most consistent of the also rans, overtaking Pete and Ralf to secure second place on the podium. Ralf threw away his chances of third with a handful of miss-timed shots that failed to score. Peter Howland still seemed to be struggling with the power of his new bow but kept more shots on target to claim third place.
Lone Lady Recurve Barbara Harris also ended up shooting a three-spot target and promptly wish she hadn’t as she had a miss in the first dozen. Erasing the miss from her mind, Harris refocused and shot solidly for the rest of the morning. As usual she recorded the highest recurve score of the day and was annoyed to find that the miss had cost her a pb.
Chris Crompton and Colin Moore went head to head in the Gents Barebow. Colin was hampered by a lack of practice, but he stayed in touch with Chris for most of the shoot. Finding his range after the break Colin looked as though he might overhaul Chris until Ralf Mitchell, who was shooting on the adjacent boss, complimented Colin on how well he was shooting. This is generally viewed as being the kiss of death in archery circles and is simply not done. Colin immediately choked, registering misses in the final two dozen which handed victory to Chris.
James Hill, Nathan Kinrade and Toby Young took to the shooting line in the Junior Gents Recurve. Unfortunately, a shoulder injury forced James Hill to retire after the first dozen. Nathan Kinrade faded slightly with his last six arrows but managed to add 26 points to his pb for the round. Toby Young, while never really catching fire, shot well enough to take the win.
Brandon Gough was in good form in the Junior Gents Compound. Initially Brandon thought he had added a point to his pb, but when the scorecards were checked by the Records Officer the addition was wrong and Brandon was 1 point off his pb.
Results WA 18: Gents Compound- 1.R.Moore 60/563/26, 2.P.Mumford 60/554/18. Ladies Compound-J.Gough 60/532/5. Gents Recurve-1.A.Allen-Snell 59/486/13, 2.S.Kenyon 59/422/2, 3.P.Howland 59/403/3, 4.R.Mitchell 56/377/1. Ladies Recurve- B.Harris 59/520/14. Gents Barebow – 1.C.Crompton 60/440/4, 2.C.Moore 58/403/7. Junior Gents Recurve-1.T.Young 60/463/2, 2.N.Kinrade 60/431/2pb. Junior Gents Compound-B.Gough 60/436/4.