Namoi Valley Archers kicked off the season in fine style on Sunday with a big field taking to the completely rebuilt Outback range under overcast skies. Range designers, Darrell Hudson and Peter Stubbs, brought a fresh new look to the range which proved a real test for all competitors. Ken Thompson, who has worked hard on his form in the off season set a new club record on the day with a very impressive round. The battle for honours in the Open division went right down to the wire with Ben Ireland finishing the day on top just failing to match his own club record in a brilliant display of archery. John Clark pushed Ireland all the way but had to settle for second place with Steve Jaeger grabbing third. Wade Hudson scored a comfortable win in the Compound division with Phillip Porter taking second place with Karen Hudson shooting well to take third. Darrell Hudson won a hotly contested Traditional division with Michael Patrick shooting well to take second place with Peter Stubbs third. Matthew Jauja turned in a superb performance to score a big win in Junior Open and looks set for a big year. Cameron Boxsell shot well to take second place with James Boxsell in third. Amy Stubbs started the year in great form finishing the day as the top archer in Junior Compound with Keegan Patrick just easing past Jarrod Stubbs to take second place in a very even Junior Compound division. Sebastian Donovan was another archer in very good form setting a cracking pace in Cub Open with Jess Sinclair holding off Meg Jaeger in the battle for the minor placings. The next club shoot will be held on February 17th and this will be the final shoot before the Tamworth ABA tournament to be held on February 23rd and 24th.
Open – Ben Ireland 1160, John Clark 1155, Steve Jaeger 1135, Stuart Dolbel 1085, Lloyd Jauja 1070, Matt Sinclair 1030, Josh Dolbel 955, Matthew Whitman 935, Cassie Ireland 865.
Compound – Wade Hudson 925, Phillip Porter 795, Karen Hudson 620, Ann Stubbs 275.
Bowhunter – Greg Donovan 985, Ben Stubbs 510.
Olympic – Ken Thompson 830.
Traditional – Darrell Hudson 595, Michael Patrick 510, Peter Stubbs 485.
Junior Compound – Amy Stubbs 535, Keegan Patrick 530, Jarrod Stubbs 510, Brodie Waterford 350, Hayden Riordan 330.
Junior Open – Matthew Jauja 1060, Cameron Boxsell 675, James Boxsell 445, Beau Gardner 390.
Cub Compound – Mitchell Finlay 715, Jackelyn Patrick 255.
Cub Open – Sebastian Donovan 1030, Jess Sinclair 565, Meg Jaeger 490.
Cub Traditional – Christopher Patrick 315, Sammy Patrick 205.