Wednesday, March 12, 2008

New 3D Targets & Range Layout

Namoi Valley Archers held the first 3D event of the season on Sunday with the biggest field of the year on hand to compete in perfect weather conditions. Sunday’s two round event was the first opportunity for club members to try the club’s recently upgraded selection of 3D targets and range designers Lloyd Jauja and Greg Donovan added to the challenge with a completely redesigned 3D range. The new range proved a big hit providing challenging shots while still giving archers the security of safe backdrops for any overshot arrows.
The new range proved no barrier to good scoring with six club records set on the day with Ken Thompson, Amy Stubbs, Shane Thompson, Jackelyn Patrick, Katie Taylor and Jessica Sinclair all setting new records in their respective divisions.
Steve Jaeger showed all his international experience with a brilliant first round to set up the win in the Open Division with John Clark taking second and Stuart Dolbel grabbing third after holding off a determined challenge from Lloyd Jauja and Matt Sinclair. Ben Stubbs scored a narrow win in the Compound division just edging out Ken Hill with Karen Hudson in third. Greg Donovan was in top form in the Bowhunter contest with Scott Porter shooting well to take second with Cameron Hill third. The Traditional contest was a typically hard fought affair with Michael Patrick coming out on top after first round leader Darrell Hudson struggled through the second round with Peter Stubbs third. Amy Stubbs showed her liking for 3D scoring a big win in Junior Compound in a superb performance with Jarrod Stubbs and Hayden Riordan filling the minor placings. The Junior Open contest was very keenly contested with Sebastian Donovan grabbing the win from Matthew Jauja with Cameron Boxsell turning a top class second round to finish third.
The next club shoot will be held this Sunday with a two round ABA event scheduled. This will be the last opportunity for club members to gain valuable practice before the Australian Championships to be held in Hervey Bay, Queensland over the Easter weekend.

Open – Steve Jaeger 782, John Clark 772, Stuart Dolbel 752, Lloyd Jauja 750, Matt Sinclair 746, Kim Solars 718, Matthew Wittman 712, Josh Dolbel 668, Mark Stevenson 680, Phillip Porter 672, Denise Stevenson 456.
Compound – Ben Stubbs 544, Ken Hill 538, Karen Hudson 466, Ann Stubbs 430, Steve Taylor 386.
Bowhunter – Greg Donovan 748, Scott Porter 688, Cameron Hill 558.
Traditional – Michael Patrick 506, Darrell Hudson 488, Peter Stubbs 432.
Olympic – Ken Thompson 648.
Junior Compound – Amy Stubbs 660, Jarrod Stubbs 566, Hayden Riordan 492, Keegan Patrick 458.
Junior Open – Sebastian Donovan 724, Matthew Jauja 706, Cameron Boxsell 694, James Boxsell 684, Matt Gibson 680, Ethan Thompson 488.
Junior Olympic – Shane Thompson 686.
Cub Compound – Christopher Patrick 658, Dylan Solars 626, Jackelyn Patrick 438.
Cub Open – Jessica Sinclair 682, Sophie Donovan 640.
Cub Traditional – Katie Taylor 446, Sammy Patrick 400, Curtis Riordan 214.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Tamworth Invitational Shoot A Huge Success

Namoi Valley Archers turned in a powerful performance at the Tamworth Invitational ABA tournament returning with 11 gold, 9 silver and 4 bronze medals. The tournament drew 115 competitors from as far afield as the Central Coast, Newcastle, Taree and Gloucester. The competition was held in perfect weather conditions with the program featuring a two round ABA event on the Saturday concluding with a two arrow round on Sunday.
Wade Hudson was in a class of his own winning the Masters compound division and leading the local charge in the barebow ranks returning the highest barebow score of the weekend. Phillip Porter powered home to take the A grade compound division with a brilliant final round. Karen Hudson was the leading female compound competitor at the tournament after scoring a very hard fought win in C grade with Shelley Porter taking the silver in D grade. Ken Hill and Ann Stubbs adding to the medal haul with bronze medals in their respective divisions. Darrell Hudson was in unstoppable form in A grade Recurve turning in a superb final round to score a decisive win. Peter Stubbs celebrated his promotion to B grade finishing with the silver medal after a tense battle with Tamworth’s Bruce Sherwood.
The club’s sighted shooters also dominated the competition with Ben Ireland, John Clark and Steve Jaeger taking a clean sweep in Freestyle Unlimited. Greg Donovan shook off an indifferent first round to power away for a big win in Mens Bowhunter Limited (flight 1) with Scott Porter taking the Mens Bowhunter Limited (flight 2) division after making a miraculous recovery from a major bow failure during the second round. Porter turned in a sensational final round with a borrowed bow to score a most remarkable win with Jillian Porter finishing with gold in Women’s Bowhunter Limited. Tamworth’s Robert Jones was in untouchable form in Mens Bowhuner Unlimited with Gunnedah’s Stuart Dolbel and Lloyd Jauja going toe to toe in a tense battle for the minor placings with Dolbel calling on all his experience to finish ahead of the rapidly improving Jauja. Cassie Ireland finished with silver medal in the Women’s Bowhunter Unlimited contest.
The club’s junior archers were also well represented in the medal count with Matthew Wittman scoring an impressive win in his first ever tournament in Junior Freestyle Unlimited with Matthew Jauja taking second place with an encouraging performance in the Junior ranks. Siblings, Amy (B grade) and Jarrod Stubbs (A grade) finished with the silver medals in their respective Junior Compound divisions to add to the medal haul. Sebastian Donovan turned in another high class performance to score a runaway win in Cub Boys Freestyle Limited with Meg Jaeger and Sophie Donovan scoring a 1-2 win Cub Girls Freestyle Limited to round off a great performance by the club’s younger archers.
The next club shoot will be a 3D event to be held on March 9th with registration closing at 8.40 for a 9.00 start on the range.