2009 Guildford Acorn Shoot

Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

Following on from his success at the County Championships the previous day, Jamie Cole of West Sussex Youth Archers stepped up to claim another winner’s medal at the Guildford AC Acorn shoot on Monday 31st August.

Jamie’s impressive – although maybe that should be amazing – run of scores continued with 1240 in the Junior Gents Compound competition.  This was another outstanding performance by one of the County’s most talented young archers, following hard on the heels of his 1250 in the SCAS Junior Inter Counties Championships on 16th August (in which the Sussex Junior Compound team stormed to a runaway victory.  Full results on the Kent Archery website) and 1248 in the County Championships.

Jamie’s success was mirrored in the Gents Compound by Steve Allen of Horsham, who prevailed in a tight finish with Malcolm Rees from the host club to take first place by six points with a score of 1242.

Gemma Underwood’s score of 1063 proved enough to win the Ladies Recurve by a margin of more than 100 points from Joyce Denny of Spelthorne Archers.

Also among the medals at Guildford after shooting at the County Championships was Pip Tucknott of Ditchling AC, whose score of 1051 secured second place in the Junior Gents Recurve and his second medal of the Bank Holiday weekend.

Full results from the shoot can be found on the Guildford Archery Club website.

2009 Sussex Junior Shoot

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

This year’s Sussex Junior shoot proved to be another success with a healthy entry list and fine weather throughout the day (at least until a short downpour shortly before the results were announced).

Congratulations to the Archers Supreme, Bryony Pitman of Worthing AC (Junior Ladies Recurve), Thomas Hooper of Bognor Regis AC (Junior Gents Recurve) and Jamie Cole of West Sussex Youth Archers (Junior Gents Compound).  The full results from the day can be downloaded using this link.

Thanks to the shoot’s founder and organiser, Doreen Cannon, Lady Paramount Hannah Temple and judge Roger McMullan.  Thanks also to the members of Ditchling AC, who hosted the tournament for the third consecutive year and provided a scrumptious selection of refreshments.

Next year’s shoot will be held one week later on Saturday 24th July 2010.  Doreen and her helpers look forward to seing everyone again then.

2009 Sussex Double FITA 70 results

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

The results from the Double FITA 70 held at Falmer School on Sunday 12th July have been published:

Congratulations to the winners and thanks to everyone who supported the shoot.

The results from the Saturday free shoot can also be seen by clicking this link.

2009 Junior National Championships

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

The morning heat was almost unbearable, then came the downpour that almost obscured the targets; wind on our backs would suddenly shift to the left and then to the right… This was Lilleshall, as unpredictable as ever.

Whilst this was not a county-team event Sussex was well represented at this year’s Junior National Outdoor Championships by no less than fifteen juniors from at least eight clubs and all were archers to be proud of.

Some came for the whole weekend, others for one day but all put their heart and soul into their archery. A few were on their first major event, and the national champs is definitely a major event, others are more seasoned with, for example, Thomas Hooper wearing an England shirt for the second time.

The day saw personal battles and real competition between archers… Sam Randall making a fantastic and exciting bid to win his Bristol IV category and making his dad, Andy, a nervous wreck in the process. The win was almost in the bag and Sam came a very, very close second place. Well done Sam!

Silverware went to Kyle Scudder for winning the Metric IV Junior gents compound on Saturday and the Bristol IV Junior gents compound, beating his nearest rival by 216 points.

Rebecca Davis and Vivienne Foord traded places over the weekend, each taking a first and second place and more shiney stuff back to Newhaven

Teams were compiled from top scorers in each county and Sussex came 5th out of 23 in the combined recurve category… well done!

And as if shooting a 12 dozen round under the pressure of tournament conditions was not enough many juniors joined in on The Macarena and YMCA during lunch… You tube links below:

JNOC 2009 Macarena on You Tube

JNOC 2009 video montage on You Tube

Finally, and we can’t close without this… Newhaven’s Dominic Bodle shone-out in the barebow category claiming not one, but two national records in the Metric III, fantastic and a great example of what making the step to large events can mean!

Lunchtime photograph of the Sussex contingent at JNOC 2009, Lilleshall.

Lunchtime photograph of the Sussex contingent at JNOC 2009, Lilleshall.

2009 Southern Counties Clout Championships

Sunday, June 7th, 2009

Liz Bowyer managed to retain her SCAS Ladies Recurve Title against a strong potential challenge from Barbara Williams of Stortford, in the process raising the Sussex Record for the 2-way Single Clout by 18 points to 100.

Russ French took the 3rd-place medal in the Gents Recurve section.

2009 Newhaven Western Tournament results

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009

Newhaven AC’s Annual Western Tournament on Sunday 10th May saw notable performances from two juniors.

Emily Darling of Ditchling AC scored 726 in the Junior Ladies Barebow to record yet another new Sussex record, while Philip Gower of Canterbury Archers shot 858 out of a possible maximum of 864.

Full results from the tournament can be found here.

2009 Cheshire FITA Clout Shoot

Sunday, May 10th, 2009

Cheshire is the very Heartland of Clout archery, and their County May Day Bank Holiday FITA Clout was the first ever FITA Tassel Award shoot, and so was also their largest-ever shoot with entry numbers approaching the size of the Nationals.

Liz Bowyer, Jon Stafford and Russ French showed their National Recurve Clout Team win last October wasn’t a flash in the pan by beating last year’s Cheshire FITA champions Stalybridge by one point to take the Team award home with an aggregate score of 900.  Jon was also the highest scoring recurve Gent with new Sussex County Single and Double Round scores, and Liz was First Visitor and Third Lady Recurve overall, with a new Sussex Double Round record score.

Individual Results for the shoot may be seen here

It was very cold and gloomy with a strong wind and occasional rain – hence Liz’s wet-weather gear in the picture below – if you look carefully you can see her arrow heading down-range.

2009 Stag Hill Archers Tournament

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

Three Sussex archers shooting the Windsor round came away with medals from the Stag Hill Archers shoot on Saturday 2nd March.

From Worthing AC, Bo Stone took first place in the Novice Gent Barebow with a score of 712, while Wendy Sinclair’s score of 473 took first place in the Novice Lady Barebow.  Joining them among the medallists was Pip Tucknott of Ditchling AC with a score of 814 in the Junior Gents Recurve.

Full results from the shoot can be found here.

2009 SCAS and Sussex Indoor Championships

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

The results from last Sunday’s shoot at the K2 Leisure Centre in Crawley have been published:

A good day at an excellent venue

Sunday 15th March was a good day and not just for those who picked up medals. The K2 is an excellent venue and its facilities were appreciated by everyone who attended. Dan Beasley, Ric Gates and their colleagues at the K2 deserve our sincere thanks for their very professional assistance in getting the venue ready for the shoot. The same goes for Kylie Whitfield at Freedom Leisure for her efforts in promoting the event to the media. Sussex has found a new home for its Indoor Championships and for the foreseeable future it won’t find anywhere more accommodating.

Thanks also to Karen Hodgkiss, the Tournament and Records Officer of GNAS, who handled our record status applications and various other matters with politeness and efficiency. Knocking the governing body has become something of a popular sport in itself but one can only speak as one finds; and Karen was never found wanting in her helpfulness for this shoot and its organisers.

The same can be said for Steve Ellison, the Chairman of SCAS, who was quick to see the potential of staging an archery event that was a bit different to the norm.

A great response and an exceptional effort

When the K2 was first mentioned as the venue a few people suggested that an archery event couldn’t fill it. Well it did. Archers from the Southern Counties region showed their support in magnificent fashion on Sunday 15th March and empty spaces were few and far between in any of the three sessions. To everyone who took part, many thanks for your support.

Our head judge, Mark Davis, put it rather nicely when he said “Today has been a success because the archers wanted it to be a success.” That is a perceptive observation but it undervalues one other very important factor in the day’s success, namely the part played by Mark and his fellow judges, Roger McMullan, Richard Hillier and Phil Bussingham. It was, gentlemen, simply an exceptional performance by yourselves that will live long in the memory as an example of how to officiate at a sporting event. That’s any sporting event, not only an archery tournament. It couldn’t have been done any better. Thank you.

“You didn’t have enough field crew but those you did have were excellent,” said a somewhat breathless Phil Bussingham at the conclusion of shooting. There is a big hint for next year to anyone reading this. It’s also the appropriate moment at which to thank Rob Keeling and Richard Cobden of Arundown AC whose efforts made a massive contribution to the day.

The same goes for the people who looked after registration, organised refreshments and processed the results. Carol Bartlett, Barry Jakes, Zillah McMullan, Diane Hillier, Julia Tucknott and Rebecca Tucknott (who also designed the K2 09 logo for the organising team’s apparel), please take a theatrical bow.

Mention must, of course, also be made of our Lord Patron and Lady Paramount, Alan and Jean Ruby. An endless source of support and encouragement for months before the shoot, they performed their duties on the day with charm and authority. They also found time to organise and, with the assistance of Debbie Phillips, run the tombola and raise useful funds for the Sussex CAA. Thanks to all three of you and to Neil Dimmock, the President of SCAS, who announced the results of the first session, and Liz Bowyer and John Nolan of Arundown AC for your invaluable help with various items of equipment before the day of the shoot.

The sheer size of the main hall at the K2 could have caused real headaches when it came to setting up the range. If truth be told it went smoothly, not least because of the expertise lent to the task by the K2 staff. The other vital ingredients – sweat and energy – were supplied by judges Roger McMullan and Richard Hillier, Steve Hooper and Brian Savage of Bognor Regis AC, Brian Wise of Holbrook Archers, John Humphrey, Bob and Emily Darling of Ditchling AC and a host of people led by Symon Grinham from Crawley AC. It was a great job and they deserve everyone’s thanks for getting it done.

Two other people who helped with the set up need to be mentioned. The first, our Equipment Officer Roger Wolff, set about the task of begging and borrowing the safety nets needed for the shoot in typically streetwise fashion. He also organised the transport of the target equipment to and from the K2 and made his presence felt at numerous times, not least when one sunny afternoon in July last year he cajoled your correspondent into organising the event. Now it’s all done and dusted I can say “Thanks, Rog.”

The second is the Chairman of the Sussex CAA, Andrew Holdsworth of Plumpton Bowmen. There have been more than a few differences aired en route to the K2 but, take it from the airer-in-chief, the shoot wouldn’t have happened without Andrew. When it came to the big decisions (like spending several thousand quid on target butts and stands) and providing support at the difficult moments (there were one or two) he delivered the goods. He deserves the thanks and appreciation of all Sussex archers for that.

Thanks again to everyone. The event didn’t pass without its mistakes and its mishaps but they were either put right immediately or are in the process of being addressed now. Hopefully everyone has good memories of the day.