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..
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.
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.)
Noak Hill Archers were pleased to welcome back the Worshipful Company of Fletchers and their guests for their day of shooting and fun at the Noak Hill Archery club.
Dennis and the team at Noak Hill had worked hard to make the field course challenging and the archery a fun experience for all who took part and we think we achieved the aim of the day for all attendees.
After a morning session of warm up and practice the competition started with a number of 3 arrow ends on the target range which allowed the archers to find their range and start to accumulate the much need points to support their efforts when they moved to the field range and the second part of the shoot (on Dennis's fiendishly difficult field course).
After a successful morning of target shooting and a break for lunch everyone was ready to move to the field course and start to really put their varying levels of experience to the test for both the 3d targets which were set out and the very changeable weather that was set to plague the afternoon with heavy showers and sunshine none of which dampened the enthusiasm or determination of the archers (well done to you all).
We all were very impressed with the levels of archery seen and improvements from the morning session and the competition was a close run thing with a number of the archers in contention.
We have a selection of Photos from the day on the Gallery page so please do look through them and see if you can find yourself.
We hope you all enjoyed the day and we look forward to seeing you back soon.