Club archers were in action both at home and across at the weekend. On home soil they took on the dreaded WA18 round – single face for Recurve and Barebow, triple face for Compound. It comprises 60 arrows, shot in groups of three. As usual the results were mixed.
The Club would like to congratulate Rose Sandilands, John Angiolini and Lesley Sleight for taking medals at the Scottish National Indoor Championships (Field Archery). Rose took Gold in the Ladies Bowhunter Category, John achieved Bronze in the, fiercely contested, Gents Freestyle Compound and Lesley claimed Gold in both the Ladies Traditional Recurve Class and the Mixed Team event.
The results at Onchan were a little less impressive. Rhys Moore was back to his all-conquering ways in the Gents Compound but Pete Mumford was just 5 points behind in second. Dave Moore made a mistake in the first dozen that effectively ended his chances and he slotted into third. Colin Moore had a nightmare of a morning. After shooting well the previous week (one bad arrow costing him the win) and starting well on Sunday, Colin succumbed to some advice from Pete Mumford on hand positioning, after which Colin would have been hard pressed to hit the floor if that is what he had been aiming at. Three misses put a hole in his score and his temper, and he failed to break 500.
In the Ladies Compound Joy Gough was still feeling the effects of her shoulder problem. To avoid stressing the shoulder, Joy found herself relying on her biceps rather than her back and shoulders to steady the bow. Without the proper form Joy constantly shot low in the target which had an impact upon her score.
Peter Howland had some competition this week with both Bod Boland and Ralf Mitchell back in action. The round seemed to be a bit of a grind for all concerned with all three men recording misses. Ralf’s misses came early on and were probably due to a lack of practice as his scores improved over the morning. Bod’s misses seemed to be the result of his trying to use a clicker. The clicker is a shooting aid that should make the shot more consistent but often an inexperienced archer finds himself trying to force the arrow through the clicker instead of concentrating on form. With 6 arrows left Bod went back to shooting without the clicker’s ‘help’ and his arrows went back into the middle of the target. Peter Howland continued the pattern he established the previous week of shooting two good arrows and then one poor one. The harder he tried, the worse it got culminating in a miss in the final dozen. Peter still won by a considerable margin but was not happy with his performance.
Barbara Harris just couldn’t seem to find any rhythm in the Ladies Recurve and sounded like a defective steam train as she huffed and puffed her way through the morning session. Barbara did her usual trick of posting the day’s highest Recurve score and was in fact the only Recurver to break 500 but she thought her time would have been better spent by staying in bed. Sarah Kennedy, shooting the round for the first time, seemed happier with the WA18 than she had been with the Worcester of a few weeks ago even though the targets are the same size, and she posted a decent benchmark score.
Pete Mumford romped home to victory in the Gents Barebow. Both he and Dave Moore switched discipline in the afternoon session after Stan Gorry had a disappointing morning. Stan was experimenting with a finger tab instead of the glove he normally uses. It was an experiment he is unlikely to repeat as it had a devastating effect upon his score and his confidence and put him well down in third.
It was nice to see some Juniors in action with brother and sister Nathan and Eloise Kinrade turning up for the afternoon session. Like most archers Eloise found the round difficult, but Nathan once again put the adult males to shame by outshooting them.
Results WA 18: Gents Compound-1.R.Moore 60/562/22, 2.P.Mumford 60/557/23, 3.D.Moore 60/551/15, 4.C.Moore 57/493/5. Ladies Compound-J.Gough 60/532/10. Gents Recurve-1.P.Howland 59/422/5, 2.R.Mitchell 58/366/2, 3.B.Boland 56/327/1. Ladies Recurve-1.B.Harris 60/502/5, 2.S.Kennedy 59/402/2pb. Gents Barebow- 1.P.Mumford 60/404/4, 2.D.Moore 56/314/3, 3.S.Gorry 55/295/1. Junior Gents Recurve- N.Kinrade 60/435/5. Junior Ladies Recurve- E.Kinrade 30/116/0.