Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Thompsons Finish Well At State FITA

Namoi Valley Archers held a club event on Sunday with Range Captain, Matt Wittman, adding a new twist to the day by combining the circular IFAA faces with the 2 round ABA format. Competitors gave the day the thumbs up with some excellent scores recorded. Tamworth veteran, Neville White, turned in a masterful display to finish on top in the Compound division with a fast finishing Ann Stubbs also shooting well to take second place with Karen Hudson in third. John Clark shot very consistently to finish on top in the open division with Greg Donovan doing just enough to take second place by 2 points from Gordon White and Matt Jauja who tied for third. Jackelyn Patrick shot a personal best score on her way to the win in Cub Compound with Haylie Murrell in second and Kaytlyn Murrell in third.

Gunnedah archers, Ken and Shane Thompson competed in the NSW FITA Field Championships held at Armidale over the weekend with Shane shooting extremely well to finish in second place in the Cadet Recurve division with the winner setting a new Australian record. Ken Thomspon finished a creditable 4th in the Adult Recurve event which featured a top class field including Australian Olympic representatives.


Compound – Neville White 682, Ann Stubbs 622, Karen Hudson 610, Nathan Murrell 546, Wendi Murrell 468.

Open – John Clark 784, Greg Donovan 756, Matt Jauja 754, Gordon White 754, Mark Stevenson 702, Peter Bush 694, Denise Stevenson 606, Lloyd Jauja 384, Matt Wittman 370.

Traditional – Darrell Hudson 668, Michael Patrick 592.

Junior Compound – Christopher Patrick 586.

Junior Open – Sebastian Donovan 724.

Junior Traditional – James Bush 340.

Cub Compound – Jackelyn Patrick 558, Haylie Murrell 406, Kaytlyn Murrell 126.

Cub Traditional – Sammy Patrick 260, Emily Murrell 198.

Branch 3D Title Success

Namoi Valley Archers sent 4 teams to the Northern NSW Branch Team 3D Challenge held in Gloucester over the weekend with 2 teams winning their respective divisions. This event is a new concept on the Branch calendar with each 3 member team shooting 2 qualifying rounds on Saturday with the top ranked teams progressing to Sunday’s shootout final. The format for the finals required each team member to shoot just one arrow at a 3D target set up in front of the assembled competitors and the high pressure format bought many teams undone. The team of Ann Stubbs, Karen Hudson and Amy Stubbs finished the qualifying rounds with the top ranking in the Women’s Compound event and progressed to Sunday’s final as a hot favourite but struck trouble in the final when Karen Hudson missed with her arrow but Ann and Amy Stubbs both scored allowing the team to post a score. The Gunnedah team then has a nervous wait as the other teams shot but their score could not be matched giving them the win. Namoi Valley Archers decided to field a composite team in the Mens Compound event with Recurve archers Darrell Hudson and Peter Stubbs joining compound star, Wade Hudson, for the event. The team struggled to match the top flight compound teams during the qualifying rounds doing just enough to make the final and just like the Gunnedah’s team were in a precarious position when Darrell Hudson’s arrow just skimmed the back of the target. Peter Stubbs scored with his arrow and Wade Hudson drove his arrow right into the bullseye giving the team a score. Amazingly, team after team cracked under the intense pressure and the Gunnedah boys celebrated in style when the last team failed to beat their score giving them an unlikely win and bragging rights over their opposition. The focus returns to club activities this weekend with a shoot set down for November 1st.

Monday, October 12, 2009

State ABA, Gunnedah Show The Way

Namoi Valley Archers sent a 16 member team to the NSW State ABA Championships held at Gloucester over the long weekend returning with 7 gold, 6 silver and 1 bronze medal in another top class performance by the club. Competitors faced very difficult conditions over the weekend with steady rain falling on both days and this, added to the tough ranges prepared for the event made top class scores hard to come by. The Gloucester ranges feature some very challenging shots with the ranges set in well forested country with gullies and some steep terrain making distance judgement difficult. The championships were conducted over 2 days with competitors shooting 2 x 20 target rounds on each day.

Wade Hudson reigned supreme in the Masters division finishing the championships as the overall highest Mens compound point scorer recording a comprehensive win. Hudson did not have it all his own way though trailing Robin Huckett by 2 points after the first day of competition but Hudson turned up the heat on the second day turning in 2 brilliant rounds which left Huckett floundering in his wake. Karen Hudson also turned in a quality performance scoring the trophy for the overall highest Womens compound score on her way to winning B grade with Amy Stubbs making it a quinella for the club in this division. Ann Stubbs was another archer to perform well scoring a superb victory in C grade setting the win up with a personal best score in the first round. Matthew Wittman and Ben Stubbs added to the medal haul scoring silver medals in B grade and C grade respectively. Darrell Hudson blitzed the field in the Recurve event scoring a runaway win from Tamworth’s Bruce Sherwood with Peter Stubbs grabbing third for the Gunnedah club. Gordon White had to battle hard for the win in Mens Freestyle Unlimited flight 2 holding off a surge from Kempsey veteran, Cec Apps, over the final 2 rounds to score a narrow 8 point win. Denise Stevenson finished with silver in the Womens Freestyle Unlimited contest and Ken Thompson also had to settle for silver running into a red hot local in Liam Mowbray in the Freestyle Recurve event. Matthew Jauja shot brilliantly over the weekend to score an excellent win in Junior Freestyle Unlimited and must be due for promotion to the top flight in the very near future. Shane Thompson also showed his class shooting very consistently over the four rounds to record the win in Freestyle recurve while Jarrod Stubbs rounded out the medal count with a well deserved second place in Junior A grade compound.

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

NVA Performs Well At State 3D

Namoi Valley Archers scored 3 gold, 3 silver and 5 bronze medals at the NSW State 3D Championships held at Tuggerah over the weekend in another strong club performance. The Tuggerah ranges are located in lush coastal forest with the range designers offering a very challenging layout for the championships. Wade Hudson confirmed his ranking as one of the best barebow compound archers in the country with a brilliant performance over the four rounds to finish the weekend with the gold medal in the elite Masters division leaving the other competitors in his wake after scoring a stunning 390 out of a possible 400 on one round. Gordon White scored an impressive debut win in the Freestyle Unlimited-flight 2 division with a very consistent display over the weekend and this win will give White a real confidence boost for future tournaments. Darrell Hudson showed a real liking for the 3D discipline scoring an excellent win in Recurve - B grade with club mate Peter Stubbs grabbing the bronze medal. Exciting youngster, Matthew Wittman handled the step up to Freestyle Unlimited-flight 1 with ease scoring the bronze medal in a crack field of competitors. Denise Stevenson continued her recent run of good form finishing with the silver medal in Womens Freestyle Unlimited – flight 2. Karen Hudson shot particularly well to finish with silver medal in Womens Compound – B grade with Amy Stubbs finishing with the bronze. Ben Stubbs made a welcome return to the tournament scene finishing with the bronze medal in Compound – C grade. Juniors Matthew Jauja and Jarrod Stubbs rounded out the medal haul with Jauja scoring the silver in Freestyle Unlimited and Stubbs the bronze in Compound A grade. Club members are reminded that the next club shoot will be held this Saturday morning with muster at 9.15am.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Last Round Before Nationals

Namoi Valley Archers held a 2 round ABA event on Sunday with club members taking the final opportunity to prepare for the 2009 Australian Championships to be held at Mildura over the Easter weekend. Competitors took to the Outback range in perfect weather conditions and some excellent scores were recorded. Matt Wittman tuned up for the Nationals putting together two top class rounds to score a narrow 2 point win over John Clark in the Open division with Greg Donovan grabbing third place. Darrell Hudson was in sensational form in the Traditional division scorching round the course to score a comfortable win with Peter Stubbs also shooting well to take second with Michael Patrick in third. James Boxsell was another archer in great form scoring a decisive win in the Junior Open contest with Sebastian Donovan just edging out Cameron Boxsell in a spirited battle for the minor placings. In the Junior Compound division Jarrod Stubbs showed his class to score a good win with Sam Snape taking second place and Sam Zelinski finishing third. The next club shoot will be held on April 26th.

Open – Matt Wittman 784, John Clark 782, Greg Donovan 762, Matt Sinclair 736, Gordon White 724, Matt Jauja 692, Lionel Solomon 392, Denise Stevenson 342, Rob Steele 328.
Compound – Karen Hudson 508, Ann Stubbs 486.
Traditional – Darrell Hudson 608, Peter Stubbs 520, Michael Patrick 376.
Junior Open – James Boxsell 730, Sebastian Donovan 666, Cameron Boxsell 648.
Junior Compound – Jarrod Stubbs 604, San Snape 534, Sam Zelinski 426, Cody Leggett 360.
Cub Open – Jessica Sinclair 590, Jacob Solomon 374, Sophie Donovan 258.
Cub Compound – Jackelyn Patrick 216, Matthew Solomon 126.
Cub Traditional – Sammy Patrick 90.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Season Heating Up As Nationals Approach

Namoi Valley Archers held a 3 arrow round on Sunday with competitors taking to the Boundary range to compete in perfect weather conditions. Matthew Wittman continues to set a cracking pace in the Open division returning another outstanding round to finish on top after a close battle with John Clark. Stuart Dolbel returned to form with a good performance to edge out Greg Donovan for third place. Darrell Hudson shot brilliantly to take top honours in the Traditional division with Michael Patrick and Peter Stubbs finishing tied for the minor placings. Jarrod Stubbs finished the day as the top Junior Compound shooter scoring a good win with Sam Snape just edging out Sam Zelinski in a spirited contest for the minor placings. The next club shoot will be held on April 4th and will feature a 2 round ABA event. This will be the final opportunity for club members to gain vital practice before the Australian Field Archery Titles to be held in Mildura over the Easter weekend.

Open – Matt Wittman 1145, John Clark 1140, Stuart Dolbel 1125, Greg Donovan 1110, Gordon White 1055, Matthew Jauja 970, Mark Stevenson 915, Bernie Hayne 815, Matt Sinclair 810.
Compound – Karen Hudson 670, Ann Stubbs 575.
Traditional – Darrell Hudson 740, Michael Patrick 600, Peter Stubbs 600, Lloyd Jauja 335.
Junior Compound – Jarrod Stubbs 815, Sam Snape 670, Sam Zelinski 655, Chris Patrick 540, Zac Hayne 415.
Junior Open – Sebastian Donovan 985, Hayden Riordan 620.
Cub Open – Jessica Sinclair 775, Sophie Donovan 575.
Cub Compound – Curtis Riordan 340.
Novice – Roy Irvine 460.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

NVA Performs Well At First Major Of The Year

Namoi Valley Archers sent a 10 member team to the Northern NSW Branch 3D Titles held on the Central Coast on the weekend returning with 4 gold, 4 silver and a bronze medal. Over 90 competitors braved the extremely hot conditions to contest the two day tournament hosted by the Moonterra club who provided two top class ranges for the event. The ranges located in coastal rainforest provided a real challenge with the range designers making excellent use of the steep terrain.
Wade Hudson finished the weekend as the top compound archers scoring the win in the Masters division with a superb performance across the 2 days of competition. Amy Stubbs caused a huge boil-over in Womens Compound B grade with a brilliant performance to take the gold medal in her first tournament as a senior archer. Stubbs made the transition from the Junior ranks in style relegating highly rated club mate Karen Hudson to second place to give the club a great 1-2 result. Ann Stubbs added to the medal haul showing great determination to grab the silver medal in Womens Compound C grade while outstanding junior compound archer Jarrod Stubbs was in a class of his own scoring a big win in B grade. Darrell Hudson turned in an outstanding two days of archery to score a dominant win in the Recurve event with Peter Stubbs fighting hard to take second place as the club underlined its’ dominance in this style of archery. Denise Stevenson scored the silver medal in Womens Freestyle Unlimited with a typically determined performance while Mark Stevenson continued his recent run of good form taking the bronze medal in Mens Freestyle Unlimited shooting particularly well on the second day.

Monday, February 09, 2009

First Shoot For 2009

Namoi Valley Archers launched the 2009 season on Sunday with 38 archers braving the hot conditions to compete in a 2 arrow 3D round. This round gave club members their only opportunity to prepare for the 2 day 3D tournament to be held at Moonterra on the Central Coast this weekend. Course designers, Greg Donovan and Lloyd Jauja prepared a very challenging 20 target range which provided plenty of tough shots through clever use of terrain and target choice. Jackelyn Patrick found the course to her liking setting a new Cub Girl Compound record on the day. The Open division had a big field with John Clark edging out Stuart Dolbel for top spot in a close contest. Gordon White showed the benefit of some hard work at the practice butts over the off season to grab third spot from some highly rated archers. Wade Hudson turned in an impressive performance to finish the day as the top Compound archer with Karen Hudson shooting well to take second spot with Ken Hill in third after a solid round. Darrell Hudson scored a great win in the Traditional contest with visiting Tamworth archer, Andrew Springall taking second place and Michael Patrick third. James Boxsell returned the highest score of the day with a sensational round on his way to winning Junior Open with Cameron Boxsell filling second p[lace and Sebastian Donovan third. The next club shoot will be held on February 15th with muster at 8.45am.

Open - John Clark 766, Stuart Dolbel 758, Gordon White 728, Steve Jaeger 700, Greg Donovan 700, Matthew Wittman 698, Mark Stevenson 668, John Muller 646, Terry Lynch 608, Denise Stevenson 462, Bernie Hayne 388.
Compound – Wade Hudson 690, Karen Hudson 518, Ken Hill 480, Ann Stubbs 434, Ben Stubbs 432, Keegan Patrick 354, Amy Stubbs 332, Carly Beazley 262, Taylah Snape 86.
Traditional – Darrell Hudson 532, Andrew Springall 492, Michael Patrick 476, Peter Stubbs 452, Lloyd Jauja 302.
Junior Open – James Boxsell 774, Cameron Boxsell 698, Sebastian Donovan 658, Matthew Jauja 644, Hayden Riordan 420.
Junior Compound – Jarrod Stubbs 542, Christopher Patrick 420, Brody Waterford 348.
Junior Traditional – Zac Hayne 50.
Cub Compound –Curtis Riordan 534, Jackelyn Patrick 444.
Cub Traditional – Sammy Patrick 232, Emily Jaeger 68.