Namoi Valley Archers introduced a first for the club on Sunday staging a 20yd round at the range. Competitors were required to shoot 60 arrows from 20 yards for seniors and juniors with cubs shooting at 10 yards. The round was broken into 3 games of 20 arrows with 5 arrows shot at each end. This is the format which will be used for the Northern NSW Branch Indoor Championships which is to be held on July 12th and 13th at Tamworth and club officials scheduled the round to help club members prepare for the upcoming Indoor tournament. The new concept proved an outstanding success with 22 competitors filling the modified practice range to capacity and judging by the comments of competitors at the end of the event this round looks set to become an annual fixture on the club shoot calendar.
Stuart Dolbel recorded the highest score of the day scoring a convincing win in the sighted division. Dolbel was one point behind Greg Donovan after the first game but really hit his straps over the last two games to score a decisive win. Donovan could not match the pace set by Dolbel over the concluding stages but did just enough to edge out John Clark in the battle for the minor placings. Wade Hudson went head to head with accomplished Newcastle archer, Robin Huckett, who was visiting the club for the day in the barebow division and the two were neck and neck midway through the event but Huckett buckled under the relentless pressure applied by Hudson with his challenge fading away over the last game leaving Hudson a clear winner. Karen Hudson showed plenty of ability in this format to grab third place with an impressive performance. Competitors attending the Northern NSW Branch Indoor Championships in Tamworth this weekend are advised they must be at the venue by 8.30 am to nominate. The Tamworth club has organised a dinner and social evening on Saturday night at a popular local venue and any club member wishing to attend the dinner should contact 67423220 for further details.
Sighted – Stuart Dolbel 291, Greg Donovan 284, John Clark 283, Gordon White 263, Ken Thompson 262.
Barebow – Wade Hudson 276, Robin Huckett 247, Karen Hudson 212, Darrell Hudson 204, Peter Stubbs 203, Ann Stubbs 177, Ben Stubbs 172, Taylor Snape 63.
Junior Sighted – Sebastian Donovan 243, Shane Thompson 239.
Junior Barebow – Jarrod Stubbs 215, Amy Stubbs 150, Sam Zelinski 98, Hayden Riordan 97, Sam Snape 94, Brody Waterford 66, Kym Mieger 34.