The weather forecast made it look as though shooting would have to be cancelled, but by the time Sunday rolled round things had improved and the round went ahead as planned. There was a general feeling that enough rounds had been shot to get everyone up to speed and this was the week to produce decent scores. Sadly, for most of the archers this did not happen. For some it felt like a very long morning indeed, even if it wasn’t quite the Summer Solstice. The round of the day was a single distance metric: 70m for Recurve, 50m for Compound, with the Juniors shooting a distance appropriate to their age.
The Gents Compound continued in what seems to have become the norm, that is a win for Rhys Moore, with Dave Moore and Pete Mumford slotting into second and third place respectively and Cliff Graves bringing up the rear. Cliff managed a season’s best score as he continued his recovery from surgery, but the others tutted and muttered their way through the morning.
In the Ladies Compound Joy Gough posted a season’s best score on her way to victory over Theresa Graves but Joy was exasperated by an out of the blue miss that meant she fell two points short of the 600 barrier that had been her goal. Theresa, shooting in the afternoon session, got the best of the weather but could not capitalize upon it.
The Gents Recurve was a peculiar mix of the agony and the ecstasy that is archery. Peter Howland suffered the agony as notched up 27 misses on his way to last place, while Ralf Mitchell experienced the ecstasy of a personal best score as he secured second place on the podium. Ralf was convinced that he had added over a hundred points to his pb but the Records Officer doubted this claim. A check in the data base showed that Ralf had indeed improved upon his score but by the more modest increment of 47 points. Alex Allen-Snell quietly put into practice some coaching advice he had picked up earlier in the week which improved his timing. The result was a season’s best score and first place. James Hill had a poor morning by his standards and came nowhere near his best as he slotted into third place.
Lone lady Recurve Barbara Harris struggled with both concentration and motivation as she recorded a season’s worst score. The fact that she was a point away from a Bowman classification was no consolation and if she continues in this fashion the 2021 season may well prove to be her last.
In the u16 Gents Recurve Nathan Kinrade recorded a narrow victory over Jacob Brookes. With just 6 points difference between the two boys, this year’s Club Championships look set to be very interesting.
Also shooting was one of the Club’s newest members Ellyn Hill. Ellyn, who politely but firmly expressed her dislike of being referred to as ‘little’ by the Records Officer, shot a Short Metric V. An apology must also go out to Lucy-May Hill who was accidently left out of last week’s report. Her score was 56/305/9.
Results WA 50m: Gents Compound- 1.R.Moore 72/641/22/6, 2.D.Moore 72/623/20/4, 3.P.Mumford 71/604/11/4, 4.C.Graves 69/534/6/2sb. Ladies Compound- 1.J.Gough 71/598/13/4sb, 2.T.Graves 66/500/9/1. WA 70m: Gents Recurve- 1.A.Allen-Snell 72/532/9/2sb, 2.R.Mitchell 69/389/4/3pb, 3.J.Hill 65/368/1/0, 4.P.Howland 45/229/0/0. Ladies Recurve- B.Harris 66/476/6/1. U16’s Gents Recurve 122-50- 1.N.Kinrade 69/533/11/4, 2.J.Brookes 72/527/7/3. U12 Ladies Short Metric V- E.Hill 70/445/4/2.