It was back to the dreaded WA18 3 Spot at Onchan on Sunday. The Records Officer had allowed the Recurves the option of the larger single face but they all elected to shoot the harder triple. That left only the Barebow, Tradbow and Junior Erin Hainge to shoot the ordinary version.
There were four men in the line-up for the Barebow: Colin Moore, Pete Mumford, Chris Crompton and surprise entry Ralf Mitchell. Possibly tired of coming last in the Recurve division, Ralf broke out his Black Douglas and by way of a change came last in the Barebow division instead. After losing to Colin the previous week Chris Crompton had a score to settle. The pair were neck and neck most of the way but even with an uncharacteristic miss, Chris managed to take the win by a clear 7 points. Pete Mumford slotted into third. Both Ralf and Pete were guilty of the ‘walk of shame’, that is going to collect their arrows before the second detail have shot. Mr Mumford did it twice and on one occasion he hadn’t even shot. Perhaps as a lifelong Everton fan his mind was too full of Liverpool’s cataclysmic fall from grace and Everton’s lucky win over Arsenal. Both of the Club’s Liverpool supporters were absent on Sunday and so Pete was unable to gloat.
Rhys Moore carried on where he left off by taking victory in the Gents Compound, while Cliff Graves and Dave Moore shot identical scores to share second place.
Alex Snell had his rhythm back in the Gents Recurve finishing 159 points ahead of nearest rival Peter Howland who was in turn 92 points ahead of David Craine in third.
Aalin George once again took top spot in the Ladies Compound, but it was a grinding effort as she came down off the shot and reset time and again. She and Joy Gough had a miss apiece but Joy is confident that her hard work this season is paying off.
Stan Gorry had the Gents Tradbow all to himself which was perhaps just as well.
Erin Hainge kept all of her arrows on target but is still getting to grips with the ‘clicker’ on her bow and the centre proved elusive.
Junior Gents Compound Brandon Gough did not shoot the round of the day, electing instead to shoot a three spot Portsmouth in preparation for the Lancashire Open later this month. He looked to be in good form as he recorded a pb for the round of 60/531/6.
Scores: WA 18 3 spot – Gents Compound- 1.R.Moore 60/568/29, =2. D.Moore & C.Graves 59/542/18. Gents Recurve- 1.A.Allen-Snell 60/535/20, 2.P.Howland 49/376/4, 3.D.Craine 36/284/2. Ladies Compound- 1.A.George 59/547/17, 2.J.Gough 59/524/10. WA 18(Single) – Gents Barebow- 1.C.Crompton 59/462/11, 2.C.Moore 60/455/6, 3.P.Mumford 59/391/4, 4.R.Mitchell 38/218/1pb. Tradbow- S.Gorry 45/214/1. U14 Girls- E.Hainge 60/438/8.