Namoi Valley Archers was represented by a four member team at the Northern NSW IFAA Championships held in Gloucester over the weekend, with the team having a 100 percent success rate, returning with four gold medals. Competitors enjoyed reasonable weather on Saturday but things turned dramatically on Sunday with extremely cold temperatures and high winds making precision archery very difficult. The IFAA event is a very technical round with competitors required to shoot 4 arrows at 28 targets each day at marked distances ranging from 11 yards to a maximum of 80 yards.
Ann Stubbs scored a memorable victory in Womens Bowhunter Compound holding her composure to edge out Narelle Bailey and Amanda Huckstadt with a fine performance. Ann Stubbs has been making steady improvement in the last couple of months and the weekend victory is just reward for her hard work at the practice butts. Peter Stubbs proved far too good in the Bowhunter Recurve contest putting together two very consistent rounds to take the gold in am impressive performance. Matthew Jauja did just enough to secure the win in Junior Freestyle Unlimited in his first IFAA tournament and showed signs that he will quickly come to grips with this discipline in the future. Amy Stubbs finished the weekend as the top Junior Bowhunter Compound competitor with a typical hard working performance to finish well clear of her nearest opponent. Stubbs goes about her archery with a minimum of fuss and continues to rack up an enviable record in Branch tournaments.
The focus returns to club activities this Sunday with a 3 arrow animal round scheduled at the club’s Wandobah Road facility.