Wednesday, June 28, 2006

3D Shoot

Namoi Valley Archers had a great day of 3D last Sunday, 34 archers took to the 14 target 3D range to shoot a modified round. The first round was a two arrow round scoring 20 for a kill, 15 for a wound and 10 points for a hit. The second round was a one arrow round with the same scoring. It was a bit of a challenge for those archers in the club who have been concentrating on IFAA lately as 3D is not marked distance but it was still great fun. No records were broken on the day but good scores were posted in every division, the range is quiet challenging as the layout does offer a lot of deceptive shots through dead ground.

Jodi Dolbel 725 Womens Open
Cassie Neuendorf 600 Womens Open

Karen Hudson 320 Womens Compound

Cassie Taylor 125 Ungraded

Peter Stubbs 370 Mens Traditional
Darrell Hudson 360 Mens Traditional

Ben Ireland 770 Mens Open
Steve Jaeger 700 Mens Open
Simon Marquett 610 Mens Open
Lloyd Jauja 355 Mens Open

Philip Porter 600 Mens Compound
Ken Thompson 580 Mens Compound
Col Hall 560 Mens Compound

Stuart Dolbel 745 Mens Bowhunter Limited
Greg Donovan 640 Mens Bowhunter Limited
Scott Porter 550 Mens Bowhunter Limited
Amy Stubbs 340 Girl Junior Compound

Katie Patrick 230 Cub Girl Traditional
Sammy Patrick 160 Cub Girl Traditional

Emelia Dolbel 215 Cub Girl Open

Meg Jaeger 475 Cub Girl Compound

Jackson Howes 550 Cub Boy Traditional
Brody Waterford 385 Cub Boy Traditional

Sebastian Donovan 665 Cub Boy Open
Shane Thompson 620 Cub Boy Open
Hayden Riordan 355 Cub Boy Open

Shaun Boyd-McCaw 575 Cub Boy Compound
Jarrod Stubbs 575 Cub Boy Compound

Josh Dolbel 770 Boy Junior Open
Nicholas Bacon 630 Boy Junior Open
Mathew Whitman 535 Boy Junior Open

Wade Hudson 750 Boy Junior Compound
Ben Stubbs 535 Boy Junior Compound
Aydan Wharton 315 Boy Junior Compound

Next shoot is on the 9th of July with the Branch 3D at Moonterra on the following weekend.


Wide Bay Archers done an exceptional job to organise such a large event, canteen, ranges, practice butts and bar was all without fault for the entire week, well done Wide Bay Archers.

The practice butts were packed in the mornings, at first light there was always at least 50 archers ready to go, within an hour of shooting the practice range would often have up to 500 archers warming up, even when it rained.

Teams from 15 different nations competed at an individual and a national team level, the uniforms were something to see.

The next WFAC in 2008 will have Namibia as the host. Promises of exceptional hunting trips to coincide with the shoot where easily negotiated.

In Estonia they rarely shoot outdoors due to the cold, we were told that the target are located in a wagon wheel fashion around a club house which they stand in to shoot out into the cold and then quickly run out and score and pull their arrows before running back to the warmth.

As usual there were some craftsman around, mostly in the lowbow division.

Cub Girls had a great time and always finished three hours before the seniors and junior ranks, more time for more important things, like chasing boys no doubt.

The freindship shown between archers of all nationalities was exceptional and many will keep in contact with members of their shoot groups for years to come.

Here is Jodi Dolbel on her way to a gold medal in FSU B grade, Jodi shot exceptionally posting PB's on almost a daily basis.

There are always a few characters to watch out for on the range, these two have a bloke in a fox hat bailed up.

Sam Bates and Ben Ireland were in the thick of it in the most competitve division of FSU, both were happy with their overall performance but saw a side of archery that only a global event can demonstrate.

Wade Hudson was on fire for the WFAC, blazing the field daily on his way to a gold medal and cementing himself as the best barebow archer of his age in the world.

There were many familiar faces on the ranges, some of the badges were old but showed what and where archery has come from in Australia.

The Australian team came second to the US in the Team Of Nations event, local club member Steve Jaeger shot well for the week to finish forth and will find his time on the Australian team an invaluable learning experience.

Shane Thompson was exstatic to win the cub FSR division, a WFAC gold medal in front of a big home country audience, it doesn't get much better than that.

Wade accepting his gold medal from the international delegates.

Jodi Dolbel has improved at a rate many archers envy to pick up a gold in FSU B grade, imagine what she'll be like when she actually practices occasionally.

Josh Dolbel also rose to the occasion to shoot well and grab a silver in Junior FSU B grade.

Stuart Dolbel, finished the week a lot stronger than he started, grabbing a bronze in BHL A grade by one point on the last day.

The US team won the Team Of Nations event..........again.

Sniff !!!, Wednesday night..........I'd rather forget it thanks.

Australian Team.

WFAC 2006

Five Gold At World Field Archery Championships

Hervey Bay was the location for the IFAA World Field Archery Championships hosted by the Wide Bay Archers club between the 12th and 16th of June. Terrential rain on the days leading up to the event made for wet conditions, turning the usually flat terrain into what can only be termed a swamp in some places. After five day’s shooting for up to seven hours per day and over six hundred competitors, from 15 different nations, shooting in these conditions the ranges held up remarkably well.

Namoi Valley Archers sent a fifteen member team to what was and will probably be the largest event these archers may ever get the opportunity to compete in. The WFAC is the pinnacle event in field archery and is the closest thing this style of archery has to an Olympic comparison. After many months of training and at great individual expense the event had arrived and the representatives done Namoi Valley Archers club proud.

Wade Hudson smashed the competition and set a new world record to take out the gold in Junior Boys Bowhunter Compound Class A, Wade stamped his superiority in this division from the first day and never looked like being threatened winning by 45 points after the five days, Wades first World gold medal will hang proudly next to his Australian title claimed in April this year.

Jodi Dolbel shot superbly to take out the gold in Womens Freestyle Unlimited Class B, Jodi has only been shooting competitively for just over a year now and has improved at a rate many archers envy, Jodi shot personal best scores on almost every day and blitzed the field with a huge personal best on the last day to cement the win and undoubtedly put herself in place for a well deserved move into the A Class ranks in future shoots.

Jamie Thompson shot well to take out gold in the Junior Boys Bowhunter Limited Class C group narrowly beating fellow Australian Ben Hanrahan by two points in a tough competition.

Not to be outdone by the Junior and Senior shooters the cubs also performed well in this global event, Shane Thompson shot outstandingly shooting a new world record to take out gold in Cub Boys Freestyle Limited Recurve. Emelia Dolbel also shot well to take out gold in Cub Girl Freestyle Limited Compound. The experience will make these two archers a force to be reckoned with as they progress into the Junior ranks in the near future.

Joshua Dolbel shot above his grade to take silver in Junior Boys Freestyle Unlimited Class B, Josh found his feet in the muddy conditions to shoot a number of personal best scores but just fell short of securing the gold, Josh is another archer that will find himself moved into class A after this sterling performance.

In Bowhunter Limited Class A Stuart Dolbel finished well with a bronze, after being ranked sixth on the third day Stuart strung two strong days together and on the last day beat the current Australian champion in the division by one point to take the third place on the world podium, a sweet victory after a narrow loss to the fourth place archer at the National titles earlier this year.

Steve Jaeger shot well but was against the best Freestyle Limited shooters in the world and after shooting a number of PB’s came in at number four, a huge effort in such a quality field. Cassie Neuendorf, Darryl Hudson & Rob Porter all competed well to take out fourth place in their respective divisions an effort well worth a mention. Other rankings included Ken Thompson eleventh, Sam Bates thirty second, Ben Ireland thirty fifth and Dave Buckingham forty fifth.

A full list of the results can be seen on the Australian Bowhunter Association IFAA WFAC website at

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Last Practice Before World Titles

Thirty six archery enjoyed a perfect mornings practice of IFAA Animal this Sunday. A spectacular winters day saw some good scores handed in with both Sam Bates and Steve Jaeger unlucky to miss out on perfects by two points.
Ben Ireland also shot well with his new Trycon but was robbed of a perfect as a result of a less than forgiving cam.
Jodi Dolbel and Karen Hudson both lifted the benchmark for the ladies, shooting new club records in their respective divisions.
Phillip Porter was also on fire smashing the old club record in the process of winning convincingly in the barebow ranks.

Next weekend see's a large number of the club members making the treck to Hervey Bay to compete in the World Field Archery Championships for IFAA, the pinicle event of field archery, this is as good as it gets. The club is hopefull of bringing home a few medals but the competition at this level will test all competitors and to finish in the top 5 at this level of competition is something to be proud of, keep an eye out for updates on this website as the event unfolds between the 12th and 16th of June.

Jodi Dolbel Womens Open 556
Cassie Neuendorf Womens Open 502

Karen Hudson Womens Compound 408

Janice Jaeger Ungraded 440

Darrell Hudson Mens Traditional 488
Michael Patrick Mens Traditional 422
Peter Stubbs Mens Traditional 408

Steve Jaeger Mens Open 558
Sam Bates Mens Open 558
Ben Ireland Mens Open 556
Bryen Bates Mens Open 554
John Clark Mens Open 530
Lloyd Jauja Mens Open 518

Philip Porter Mens Compound 536
Ken Thompson Mens Compound 524

Stuart Dolbel Mens Bowhunter Limited 550
Greg Donovan Mens Bowhunter Limited 544

Katie Patrick Cub Girl Traditional 258
Sammy Patrick Cub Girl Traditional 198
Jackelyn Patrick Cub Girl Traditional 48

Emelia Dolbel Cub Girl Open 194

Sophie Donovan Cub Girl Compound 294
Meg Jaeger Cub Girl Compound 220

Jarrod Stubbs Cub Boy Traditional 450
Brody Waterford Cub Boy Traditional 414
Jackson Howes Cub Boy Traditional 348

Sebastian Donovan Cub Boy Open 540
Hayden Riordan Cub Boy Open 300

Shane Thompson Cub Boy Olympic 172

Christopher Patrick Cub Boy Compound 320

Josh Dolbel Boy Junior Open 554
Mathew Whitman Boy Junior Open 434

Wade Hudson Boy Junior Compound 496
Keegan Patrick Boy Junior Compound 428
Dean Pickett Boy Junior Compound 398
Ben Stubbs Boy Junior Compound 396