Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Moontera: Branch E 3D

Namoi Valley Archers was represented by a very strong 18 member team at the Northern NSW Branch 3D Championships held on the Central Coast over the weekend and after an outstanding performance the team returned with 8 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze medals. The tournament was very well supported with 118 competitors in attendance and with only one twenty target range in operation shoot groups were extended to 6 competitors per target which resulted in relatively long rounds over the two days. The format for the event featured a 3 arrow round ( first scoring arrow to count) on Saturday morning followed by a 1 arrow round in the afternoon and a 2 arrow round (both arrows to score) on Sunday morning. The newly adopted scoring system proved very popular with competitors and the range designers drew high praise for their testing but very fair courses set out over the weekend.
Ben Ireland scored a great win in Freestyle Unlimited, after holding a narrow 2 point lead overnight from fellow club member John Clark, Ireland scorched around the course on Sunday dropping just 4 points out of a possible 800 to score an impressive 28 point win from Clark who turned in a steady round to retain second place. Steve Jaeger and David Buckingham gave the club another one-two finish after fighting out the Freestyle Limited division with Jaeger finishing strongly on the Sunday to score the win. Darrell Hudson and Michael Patrick also grabbed a quinella for the club after a see sawing battle in Mens Recurve with the pair holding off a strong group of recurve archers to finish the weekend on top after turning in very impressive performances over the three rounds. Stuart Dolbel scored a great win in Bowhunter Limited Flight 2 and must be knocking on the door of a well earned promotion into the top flight. Cassie Neuendorf was thrilled with her win in Bowhunter Unlimited after a very determined performance showing great character over the weekend’s competition. Karen Hudson was the surprise performer after deciding at the last minute to compete in her first away tournament Hudson showed plenty of ability to grab a well earned silver medal in Womens Compound turning in three impressive rounds and Lisa Buckingham confirmed her potential with a bronze medal in a very competitive Womens Bowhunter Limited division.
The club’s junior members were right in the thick of the action with Jodi Buckingham and Keegan Patrick finishing with gold medals in their respective Junior Compound D grade divisions and Jackelyn Patrick grabbed gold in Cub Recurve with a very encouraging performance. Wade Hudson finished in second place in Junior Compound Advanced and Cameron Hill grabbed second place in Junior Bowhunter Limited while Josh Dolbel finished with the bronze medal in a very hot Junior Freestyle Unlimited division and Christopher Patrick rounded out the medal count with a well earned bronze in Cub Compound.

The Team.

The remaining Moontera course was a real challenge for anyone who hadn't done a lot of rainforest or hilly shooting, some of the shots were brilliant as the 3D animals were placed through the forest terrain, in creek beds, at the bottom of steep gully's, the course made use of the abundance of dead ground to try and trick the archer when estimating distances.

The deer shot through a huge split tree was a favorite, until day 2 when they replaced the elk with a much smaller doe.

It was also pleasant to see everyone was happy to get their photo taken, everyone except Bob that is.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Club Hunting Score Update

There is only a month left in the club hunting season and the year has seen some good competition from the new comers, although outsiders they have given the guru's some competition, and with a month to go you never know what might happen.

Josh Dolbel with his latest kill, a tough little billy that gave him some downhill training after a good stalk using the hilly terrain as cover.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Delta Targets Challenge

Thirty four archers took to the range on a cool day to test their skills against the difficult Delta targets. These particular type of coloured animal targets are a challenge due to the life like location, size and shape of the kill and wound zones. For instance the turkey target would have a kill zone no larger than a fifty cent piece and with the kill zone invisible from 20+metres makes the target very testing. On the larger targets the heart or kill zone is often much lower that one would expect and with a very small margin for error on the low side if you go low you will often score a miss instead of getting even a hit for a minimum score of ten points.
The format consisted of a three arrow all count with each score zone being recored as 20 points for a kill, 15 for a wound and 10 for a hit.
The mens open division was close with John Clark edging out Steve Jaeger and Ben Ireland who deadheated for second place. Michael Rommer was back to his old form and took out the cubs barebow easily.
With the tougher delta targets scores were well down on what a standard 3 arrow shoot on ABA paper would result in but it was deffinatley good practice for the Branch 3D titles to be shot at Wyong nex tweekend.


Vera Banks Womens Traditional 285

Cassie Neuendorf Womens Open 645

Karen Hudson Womens Compound 390

Neal Morris Mens Traditional 305
Rob Banks Mens Traditional 160

John Clark Mens Open 895
Steve Jaeger Mens Open 855
Ben Ireland Mens Open 855
Shane Donovan Mens Open 640

Ken Thompson Mens Compound 765
Philip Porter Mens Compound 725
Collin Hall Mens Compound 710
Ken Hill Mens Compound 505

Stuart Dolbel Mens Bowhunter Limited 940
Greg Donovan Mens Bowhunter Limited 795
Matt Krug Mens Bowhunter Limited 770
Scott Porter Mens Bowhunter Limited 750
Lloyd Jauja Mens Bowhunter Limited 280

Janice Banks Cub Girl Traditional 205
Jackelyn Patrick Cub Girl Traditional 130

Shane Thompson Cub Boy Traditional 445
Ben Morris Cub Boy Traditional 440
Samuel Jauja Cub Boy Traditional 60

Mathew Jauja Cub Boy Open 755
Sebastian Donovan Cub Boy Open 620

Michael Romer Cub Boy Compound 740
Shaun Boyd-McCaw Cub Boy Compound 640
Christopher Patrick Cub Boy Compound 320

Dan Morris Boy Junior Traditional 270

Josh Dolbel Boy Junior Open 845
Robbie Porter Boy Junior Open 745
Cameron Hill Boy Junior Open 350

Wade Hudson Boy Junior Compound 700
Keegan Patrick Boy Junior Compound 445

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Aussie Field Round

An Aussie Field round was competed on the deceptive Boundary Range at the Wondobah Archery Field this Sunday. Scoring is simply 5 - 4 - 3 for the black and white faced tagets set at varying distances as per the ABA range.
Forty Three archers competed making it one of the larget fields in some time for a normal club shoot. The Mens Open grade saw some stiff competition with the winner only doing so by 1 point after 20 targets.
A large number of record scores were also set on the day with Ken Thompson, Lisa Buckingham, Cassie Neuendorf, Wade Hudson and Sebastian Donovan all making the benchmarks a little higher in their respective grades.


Cassie Neuendorf Womens Open 193

Karen Hudson Womens Compound 132
Helen Woodward Womens Compound 95

Lisa Buckingham Women Bowhunter Limited 207
Norma Culley Women Bowhunter Limited 170
Jill Saunders Women Bowhunter Limited 165

Michael Patrick Mens Traditional 161
Niel Morris Mens Traditional 155
Peter Stubs Mens Traditional 92
Rob Banks Mens Traditional 60

John Clark Mens Open 286
Ben Ireland Mens Open 285
Steve Jaeger Mens Open 281
David Buckingham Mens Open 271
Shane Donovan Mens Open 176

Ken Thompson Mens Compound 253
Philip Porter Mens Compound 238
Collin Hall Mens Compound 198

Stuart Dolbel Mens Bowhunter Limited 263
Gerry Culley Mens Bowhunter Limited 239
Greg Donovan Mens Bowhunter Limited 239
Rob Porter Mens Bowhunter Limited 229
Scott Porter Mens Bowhunter Limited 209
Lloyd Jauja Mens Bowhunter Limited 96

Krystal Jauja Cub Girl Traditional 78
Janice Banks Cub Girl Traditional 34
Jackelyn Patrick Cub Girl Traditional 31

Georgia Buckingham Cub Girl Compound 22

Dan Morris Cub Boy Traditional 81

Sebastian Donovan Cub Boy Open 183
Mathew Jauja Cub Boy Open 143
Jackson Howes Cub Boy Open 124

Michael Romer Cub Boy Compound 164
Shaun Boyd-McCaw Cub Boy Compound 154
Joel Boorer Cub Boy Compound 120
Christopher Patrick Cub Boy Compound 90

Ben Morris Boy Junior Traditional 134
Ben Stubs Boy Junior Traditional 84

Josh Dolbel Boy Junior Open 245
Jordan Carter Boy Junior Open 168

Wade Hudson Boy Junior Compound 244
Damian Woodward Boy Junior Compound 102
Keegan Patrick Boy Junior Compound 83