Well, where to start, as we see the hottest weather since 1976 Noak Hill Archers have been setting the competitions alight as we come to the end of the month.
Longbow, Field and Target archers representing the club have been winning and finishing very well throughout the month.
At the 2 day Essex tournament held on Saturday 21st July 2018 and Sunday 22nd July 2018 the adults and juniors all competed well over the weekend with the medallists over the two days as follows::
Saturday 21st July:
Allan Horne 5th with a score of 1038 and PB which was also eligible for a FITA STAR.
Glenn Rodgers 9th with a score of 917
Ian Saunders 11th with a score of 703.
Sharon Lawrence 1st place with a score of 479
Mark Lawrence 3rd place with a score of 421
Junior Metric IV
Samuel Gulvin 1st with a score of 1218 a JMB score.
On Sunday 22nd July we again had a very successful day with the scores detailed below:
Brian Lock finished 10th with a score of 972
Glenn Rodgers finished 12th with a score of 911
Ian Saunders finished 14th with a score of 837 an improvement of 134 on the previous days score.
Mark Lawrence finished 2nd with a score of 461 an improvement of 40 points on Saturday.
Sharon Lawrence finished first again with a score of 559 an improvement of 80 points on the previous day.
We have seen the juniors yet again win the Essex Team award at the W1440 tournament held at Rayleigh with a combined score of 3143 and this was made up of the individual scores as follows:
Rhiannon Easton shot the ladies WA1440 and scored 888
Samuel Gulvin shot the Metric IV and scored 1185 another JMB score
Andrew Lock shot the Metric 2 round and scored 1070.
All three archers won the individual gold medal for their category.
Sunday 29th July saw the older guard go to the Abbey Bowmens new ground at Broxhill sports centre at the top of straight road for the Havering over 45's competition.
While the weather was warm the winds were challenging for all the competitors and this made for a very interesting day.
Archers were trying to focus on shooting and stopping their chairs/tents and other sundry items from blowing across the field, both John Raffin and Max were were watching their hats blow across the target field and hoping no one tried to shoot them....
Noak hill archers were again successful in all categories to varying degree's with Gold Medal's for Allan Horne, Sharon Lawrence, John Raffin, Mark Lawrence and silver medal for Glenn Rodgers with Max Room winning a bronze medal and Noak Hill also retained the team recurve award gold for the event.
I am pleased to be able to write a blog spotlighting one of Noak Hills high achieving female archers - Sharon Lawrence.
Sharon is a very good archer with her recurve bow but is now a Grand Master Bowman with her longbow.
Sharon has been working hard since the start of the year to improve on her 2017 performance and this has been evident in her results so far this year a summary of which is detailed below:
Bill Tucker Memorial Shoot at Colchester and District Archery club = Hereford Round =372 (master bowman score)
Essex County Championships at Noak Hill Archery Club = Hereford Round = 515 (Grand Master Bowman Score)
Sharon had achieved her Master bowman award in 2017 and was invited to the UK Masters event at Lilleshall the National Archery academy this is an invite only event for people who achieved the master bowman recognition award.
Sundays round was a WA1440 and Sharon shot a personal best of 577 finishing 4th on the day.
After the masters invitational the next event was a county match where Sharin was representing the county in the Longbow category,
Sharon again shot the WA1440 round and again improved on her personal best and scored 578.
One day after the Essex county competition Sharon was shooting the following day at the West Essex Archery club WA1440 round Sharon scored another Grand Master bowman score of 570 and has now applied to the Archery GB governing body to register her achievement of completing the required 3 scores at Grand Master Bowman level and moving.
At the recent competition at Lilleshall Sharon finished 4th in the UK overall for female longbow archers which is a magnificent achievement - Well done Sharon from all the club and we know you will continue to drive yourself for the rest of 2018 so an end of year update will be required.
July 7th saw 2 of the Noak Hill Juniors go off to Crystal Palace arena to represent the borough of Havering at the London youth games.
Both Samuel and Andrew were excited to have the opportunity to represent the borough and hopefully contribute to a second year of successful performance following on from their efforts in 2017 when havering won the team silver.
Competition was tough but the young archers had practised hard to ensure they would give a good account of themselves while representing the borough and the club.
After a long day competing in 30 plus degree heat the competition was hotting up and all the Havering archers we doing very well and holding their own and as the team results were updated Havering was a strong second behind Wandsworth all throughout the day.
At the end of the competition Andrew had won an individual and team Silver medal as did Samuel, Samuel also broke the games record but was beaten into second by a young archer from Wandsworth who had a better score and set a new games record he scored 884 with Samuel a very close 874. Andrew was also beaten by an archer from Wandsworth who scored 870 for the Windsor round with Andrew a close second with a score of 862.
Well done to all the Havering Archers their scores are as follows:
Samuel Gulvin 874 - Junior Windsor
Andrew Lock 862 - Windsor
Amelia Chumba 677 - Junior Windsor (Amelia shot Barebow all archers were using sights)
Sunday the 8th July saw a group of the Noak Hill Field Archers travel to Oakwood Bowman in Suffolk the travelling archers were:
Craig, Kathy, Roy and Ken.....
After a challenging day Kathy, Craig and Roy all won medals and for the benefit of other Archers Ken kindly did not want the other archers from the other clubs to feel left out so he decided to fall on his sword and continue the tradition of not winning a medal so others had a chance... (or so Ken tells me).. well done all and Ken for leaving some bounty for the other archers...
Seriously well done to the field archers who always perform excellently and represent the club so professionally..