Sunday 24th June saw a contingent of Noak Hills best field archers venture south of the Thames to the Magic Dragon field event.
Noak Hill Archers were represented by the following brave souls taking on the quest to slay the dragon:
Dennis, Ken, Roy, Craig, Kathy, Peta, Danny and finally our junior field archer Brandon.
While photos are not in great supply at this stage, I have been advised that there were many inventive shots on a well designed course which made the challenge something to be relished by the archers from all clubs that attended.
After a tough days competing I am pleased to report the brave questers were amply rewarded for their efforts with the following awards:
Dennis - Gold
Ken - Bronze
Roy - Silver
Kathy - Gold
Danny - Silver
Brandon - Silver (shooting from the red pegs which are above his age group)
Peta and Craig just finished outside the medals but both represented the club and themselves well with good scores.
Well done to all the archers and if you have any photos please send to me and I will add them to the website.
June 2018 saw the annual club championship event take place which was very well attended by members from target, field and longbow archers.
Most members shot the American round which is 2.5 dozen at 60yds, 50yds and 40yds for a total of 90 arrows with a maximum score of 810, the juniors and beginners shot appropriate distance rounds to their age or ability.
After a hard fought competition the men.s recurve title was convincingly won by Allan Horne (and his black mamba bow) with a very impressive 758 points from a 810 maximum score available. (Allan commented he actually scored 760 but missed this when adding up)
In fairness the additional 2 points were not required as Alan won by a significant margin.
Other winners on the day were:
Rhiannon Easton (Junior) won the Ladies Recurve
Sharon Lawrence Ladies Longbow
Max Room Gents Longbow
Dennis Oates Gents Barebow
Samuel Gulvin won the junior boy recurve with Luke Knight coming a credible second at his first club championship.
Jacob Horne won the junior longbow award
Lisette Reed won the girls compound
John Raffin won the gents compound
Finally the handicap award was won by Sharon Lawrence.
Well done to all who took part and after a great shooting we all enjoyed the fine food that was supplied by the local chippy which perfectly timed and well organised by Ken
Firstly a big thank you to all the archers that entered and competed at the junior championships on Saturday 9th June 2018 and the senior championships on 10th June 2018.
It was good to see the weather was kind to everyone on both days and there was a gentle breeze and no gusting winds to deal with on either day.
It was disappointing that there was a decline in junior entries this year but the standard was very high from those who competed at their age appropriate distances on Saturday.
With many of the winners at each of the distances scoring over 1000 points and in some cases 1200 points (results are shown on the competitions page). Six gold ends were recorded by Samuel Gulvin, Andrew Lock and Samuel Gulvin also won the best gold award.
Noak hill juniors won the Essex junior team award with scores from Rhiannon Easton, Andrew Lock and Samuel Gulvin being combined to win a hard fought competition between West Essex and Rayleigh town Archery clubs.
On the Sunday the seniors took to the field on what was again another wonderful day for archery. With 47 archers competing across all the distances and categories it was a busy day for the judges Maggie Pearce, Debbie Horne and Rob Clarke.
As with the juniors the competition was tough and hard fought with the winners all having to work hard for their medals and trophies (Results have been posted on the competition page for archers to see how they finished up).
A special mention to Sharon Lawrence who achieved her Grand Master Bowmen score with the longbow while competing in the Hereford competition.
Finally a thank you to the field party at Noak Hill Archers marshalled and managed by Harry making the days run smoothly and for Ken and the team for keeping the archers fed and watered over both days.
A thanks you to all the archers who competed and it would be great to see the numbers increase next year.