May saw the start of the outdoor competitions gather pace and this was started with the Havering youth games competition at Abbey Bowmen's Ground in Hornchurch.
With a small youth section (but high quality) Noak Hill sent 5 representatives to the youth games, Kirsten and Lisette Reed, Samual Gulvin and Andrew Lock.
All archers were competing in their age respective national rounds and they all shot very well.
As a result of their efforts, individual medals were one by Samual, Lisette, Kirsten and Andrew and their impressive scores also resulted in them winning the team trophy for the first time in the clubs history, Samuel also won the best gold award.
Continuing on the success of the Havering youth games the juniors were also competing at the West Essex Junior invitational event and West Essex Bowmens ground on the 19th May 2018.
In this well attended event with representatives from clubs from across the county and surrounding areas the clubs juniors once again excelled and the team was missing Lisette Reed but were kept at the same number as the Havering youth games as Rhiannon Easton was able to join the list of club junior archers.
After another great day of high competition the Noak Hill junior archers all performed well and some very high scores were posted which again resulted in individual golds for Andrew, Rhiannon, Samuel and Kirsten and the team gold trophy and medal for the first time in the clubs history.
Well done to all the junior archers.
Sunday the 20th May was the adults turn to keep the club colours at the forefront of the competition as there was a strong representation from Noak Hill or recurve, longbow and compound archers at the event.
After a long day (and an even longer raffle) the club won a host of individual medals in all disciplines and in no particular order medals for: Sharon Lawrence, Allan Horne, Andrew Lock, Samuel Gulvin, John Raffin, Jane Reed and Caroline Gulvin and Mark Lawrence.
Along with the individual medals the Noak Hill Archers successfully defended and won both the "A" Team Cup (Allan Horne, Glen Rodgers, Andrew Lock and Brian Lock and won the "B" Team cup (Jane Reed and Ian Saunders) for the first time.
Graham was there supporting and doing his motivational talks to keep the team focused and in reality to eat the lovely cake presented by Jane as a treat to the archers.
As we continue through spring and in to the summer months we have been busy as a club preparing for the Albion league and the early spring/summer outdoor competitions.
Practice sessions for the Albion team were run throughout April and May although this was hampered by some bad weather on occasions, the team had grown in numbers and strength both of which would be required for our forth coming season after promotion to the "B" division.
Our first match was scheduled for the 13th May 2018 away to Colchester and District Archery club.
After a nice dilemma for the captain he had to chose 8 archers from the 12 available and after the practice sessions he went with the highest scorers as a starting point (Sadly Graham was not available due to ill health hampering his preparations) so the starting 8 were as follows: Allan Horne, Brian Lock, Andrew Lock, Glen Rodgers, Laurence Easton, Ian Saunders, Keith Willet and Tony Gedalovitch
With strength in depth the archers not selected for the first match could either shoot alongside or await their chance to join the team at the next match, Jane Reed chose to shoot alongside and Mark and Sharon Lawrence sent their best wishes but wanted to use the time to practice for some upcoming key events they were due to attend.
Scores on the day were on average higher than last year but sadly we fell just sort of our first win in a hard fought match which resulted in a loss to Colchester and District by 49 points.
Special mentions to Glen and Ian for scoring personal bests and Andrew as the only junior posting the second highest score in the club (after a count back on golds from Glen). Match scores are below and there are further photos in the galley should you wish to have a look.
(3881) beat Noak Hill (3832) by 49 points
COLCHESTER A: C Buckley 815. C Vince 784. R Gardiner 773. D Collins 762. Ms C Morris 747. (T Cathmoir 702.)
A Horne 816. A Lock 755. G Rodgers 755* L Easton 754. B Lock 752.
(K Willett 715. I Saunders 700* T Gedalovitch 638.)