Noak Hill were pleased to be able to welcome back the representatives from the Worshipful Company of Fletchers on Wednesday 19th September 2018.
After an earlier visit this year Dennis the field course representative decided to turn up the pressure with a challenging field course layout to test the archers after they had some practise on the targets that had been set out for the morning session.
It was clear there were a majority of experienced archers already to challenge for the title and there were a few less experienced archers including Tim Hurst who had not tried archery before.
Dennis had arranged a scoring system that was intended to level the playing field for the less experienced archers the only flaw in the plan was that (We needed Carol Vorderman to work it out) just kidding Dennis....
After a morning of practice the serious competition started with the archers all shooting ends on the target bosses to score points before moving off to the 18 targets set out on the field course (some of which were very challenging for both experienced and non experienced archers).
After scoring the points on the target bosses there was a lunch interval which was prepared and presented by the lovely ladies in the clubhouse, the was plenty of food glorious food on offer including cakes from Mick.
After the lunch break it was off to the field course to tackle the very windy and gusty conditions and the challenging course.
After a very challenging few hours the scores were tallied and there was a need for a third place shoot off which was organised by Dennis on the target range.
Final results were:
1st place Tim Eltringham
2nd place Andrew Trapnell
3rd place Ted Hoefling
I have upload the fantastic photos taken by John Raffin on the day and they are located in the gallery section under the tab marked Fletchers Day Sept 2018.
Noak Hill Archers would like to thank you for coming and hopefully you had an enjoyable day and safe journeys home.
So after a division winning performance in 2017 the Noak Hill Recurve team were promoted to Division 2 for the 2018 season. We entered that start of the season with the knowledge that all matches would be hard fought and points would mean prizes.
I am pleased to say that the Noak Hill Team acquitted themselves extremely well and after a very close first match against Colchester Archers which we lost by 49 points the team then went on a run that was undefeated against the other teams in the league, Oakfield, West Essec and Mayflower.
We finally ended the season second to Colchester Archers in a close fought run in to the end of the season.
Well done to all the Noak Hill Archers with some impressive scores throughout the season from, Glenn Rodgers, Keith Willet, Allan Horne, Andrew Lock and Graham Bridge in the last match with an impressive 848 (i think) after not being well enough to shoot through much of the season and this just showed how much we missed his consistent 800+ scores.
We are looking forward to a second season in the Albion leagues in 2019 and will all be working hard to drive our scores up and challenge to finish in first place next year.
A few Noak Hill archers took themselves off to the county metric clout championships this year and for a change, on arrival found the weather to be fine sunny with little wind, a big plus for those of us shooting the longbow.
All in all a very good day for Noak Hill with all the archers having a good day.
Results as follows:
Steve Spragg 3rd place men’s recurve
Sharon Lawrence won the ladies recurve
And in the men’s longbow it was a 1, 2 ,3 with Max Room 1st, Mark Lawrence 2nd and Mick Wollaston 3rd.
Max got the trophy as highest scoring longbow and Sharon got the trophy for highest ladies’ recurve
So a great day for Noak Hill everyone coming away with medals.
Another exciting month for the Noak Hill Archery Club, we held our family fun day celebrating 20 years of archery at our ground which was big success and a great day was enjoyed by all.
A massive well done to Allan Horne and Graham Bridge for suggesting and working through the concept to design a day filled with activities for all our friends and family to try out and hopefully get the same bug that the club archers have all been infected with in shooting arrows.
Allan Horne worked extremely hard on the day along with the other club members (Peter, Ken, Rose, Phil, Glenn and many others) to ensure the highest levels of service and care were given to our guest and visitors.
A selection of photos are available to view on the gallery page (thanks Phil for your photographs)