Sussex Top in New Field Inter-Counties

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

KentIC2017WebHeader580pxlKent Archery Association arranged the first-ever Southern Counties Inter-Counties Field Event held on 15th October. Several of the Counties invited decided not to take part this year because some of their best archers had been invited to a Selection Shoot on the same day – as indeed were ours. But Sussex has some strength in depth so we were able to field a Field Team (with a little help from our friends – see the Team Captain’s report below).
Click Here for a Gallery of Pictures of the Shoot
Team Captain Nick Lea’s Report….
I’m very pleased to announce that Sussex were victorious at the Kent field inter-county shoot on Sunday!
We claimed 1st, 2nd and 4th places in what was the first inter-county field tournament in the UK.  Chris Horan and Bob Beany are hoping to make this pilot tournament a regular event and act as template for other counties to follow suit. Kent had extended an invitation to ourselves, Surrey and Essex.  The fact that Surrey and Essex felt they had to withdraw due to lack of archers highlights the difficulties we were all facing.

Due to immense difficulty I had in getting field compound archers, we accepted Kent’s offer to “loan” our compound team from their archers.  This may sound like it degrades our achievement, but their contribution, whilst fair, was not influential in our overall victory, in my opinion.
The tournament was split into a morning session of 12 targets (scoring by county/bow type) and an elimination round of 8 teams (mixed bow types) on 4 targets in the afternoon.
Kent won the recurve and compound categories and Sussex the barebow and trad in the morning round (so all was square).  But it was our barebow and trads that were dominant in the elimination rounds, the borrowed compound archers shot a good average but most certainly didn’t have an impact on the outcome other than the cosmetic requirement.
It was agreed that the trophy (donated by In-range Archery) will be engraved by Kent and hung on the wall of In-range Archery.
As this was the first tournament of it’s kind, Chris Horan is getting a feature article in the NFAS (and possibly AGB) magazine. The shoot has already featured in the Archery GB news bulletin.
All in all it was a thoroughly enjoyable day.  I even got to be a stopwatcherist for the elimination round (lucky I had a fluorescent jacket in the car!).

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