Tuesday, December 20, 2011

AGM & Awards Night 2011

Namoi Valley Archers wrapped up a hugely successful 2011 season with the presentation of club medallions for the respective division winners. During the year club members have competed in World, Pacific Region, Australian, State and regional tournaments with great success reinforcing the club’s reputation as one of the powerhouses in Australian field archery. The club hosted the 2011 NSW 3D championships in August receiving high praise from both competitors and State officials for the quality of the ranges used and the smooth running of the tournament. The club heads into 2012 with an unchanged executive of Peter Stubbs - President, Stuart Dolbel – Treasurer and John Clark – Secretary, at the helm and the new year is shaping up as another busy season of field archery in Gunnedah.
The prestigious 2011 Club person of the Year was awarded to Peter Stubbs. This award was a well deserved recognition of the hard work and dedication Peter put in over the entire year in leading the club both on and off the range. The 2011 season was marked by some very close competition with many divisions decided by just a few points. Greg Donovan was the winner of the Mens Open division for 2011 finishing as the overall highest point scorer in the club just edging out Stuart Dolbel after an absorbing year long contest with Gordon White grabbing third place. Wade Hudson capped off a stellar season by finishing as the top Mens Compound archer despite a limited club schedule due to university commitments. Jarrod Stubbs filled second place with veteran, Neville White in third. A delighted Wendi Murrell captured top spot in Womens Compound for the first time by the smallest of margins with Karen Hudson in second and Ann Stubbs in third. Darrell Hudson stamped his class on the Traditional contest finishing the year as number one with Peter Stubbs taking second and Phil Greenwood third. In the Olympic division there was a new number one with Mark Stevenson coming out on top with Ken Thompson in second and Steve Jaeger finishing third. In the Junior ranks the Boys Open contest top spot went to Sebastian Donovan with Zac Hayne in second and Lachlan Boyd in third. The Cub Girls Compound was a family affair with the Murrell sisters filling the top three places. Haylee finished the year as number one with Kaytlyn second and Emylie in third.
The most improved trophy was awarded to Mark Stevenson with Bernie Hayne a popular winner of the Party Animal of the Year trophy for the second successive year. Matt Sinclair was awarded Bowhunter of the Year receiving a hand crafted hunting knife for his efforts. Club stalwart, John Clark, was honoured with life membership of Namoi Valley Archers in recognition of his contribution to the club over many years. Since joining the club in 1989, Clark has held virtually every position in the club at one time or another and is the longest serving continuous member of the club.

Cub Girl Traditional -1st Place Sammy Patrick 3134

Cub Girl Compound -1st Place Haylee Murrell 14312,
2nd Place Kaytlyn Murrell 7730,
3rd Place Emylie Murrell 5153

Cub Girl Open - 1st Place Sophie Donovan 10806,
2nd Place Stacey Scott 7205

Cub Boy Open - 1st Place William Loftus 3894,
2nd Place Callum Urquhart 2925

Junior Boy Compound - 1st Place Christopher Patrick 1712

Junior Girl Open -1st Place Meg Jaeger 3185

Junior Boy Open - 1st Place Sebastian Donovan 17641,
2nd Place Zac Hayne 14544,
3rd Place Lachlan Boyd 7621

Womens Traditional - 1st Place Sharon Boyd 3556

Womens Compound - 1st Place Wendi Murrell 15091,
2nd Place Karen Hudson 15055,
3rd Place Ann Stubbs 12261

Womens Open - 1st Place Denise Stevenson 12187,
2nd Place Jodi Dolbel 2935

Mens Compound - 1st Place Wade Hudson 7158,
2nd Place Jarrod Stubbs 6934,
3rd Place Neville White 6264

Mens Traditional - 1st Place Darrell Hudson 15117,
2nd Place Peter Stubbs 10063,
3rd Place Phillip Greenwood 6024

Olympic - 1st Place Mark Stevenson 8454,
2nd Place Ken Thompson 4426,
3rd Place Steve Jaeger 4211

Mens Open - 1st Place Greg Donovan 18450,
2nd Place Stu Dolbel 18389,
3rd Place Gordon White 16757

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Namoi Valley Archers have dominated the Australia wide 2011 Eco Shoot with 16 first, 7 second and 4 third placings.

The Eco Shoot was introduced this year to enable competition between clubs from all over Australia without the need for travel.

To be eligible for the event archers were required to shoot 2 rounds consisting of 40 arrows each round at their home club in August.

Namoi Valley Archers club members embraced the concept with the club entering on mass having the largest participation in the 200 strong entry list.

Among the highlights was the performance of Greg Scott and Nathan Murrell who scored a 1-2 finish in the Bowhunter Unlimited Flight 2 division with Wendi Murrell and Ann Stubbs also finishing 1-2 in the Womens A grade compound event.

The club’s Recurve archers also got in on the act with Darrell Hudson first and Peter Stubbs third in the A grade contest.

Gordon White was thrilled with his second placing in the Freestyle Unlimited Flight 2 division.

Among the juniors, Lachlan Scott, was a standout winning the Bowhunter Unlimited event returning the overall highest score by a junior archer.

Sebastian Donovan also finished number one in the Freestyle Unlimited contest

The last club shoot for 2011 was held on Sunday and keeping with tradition the day provided something different. A team event was debuted and judging by the positive reaction of competitors will be on offer again in 2012. Score Recorder, Stuart Dolbel, worked overtime to give each archer a handicap and this was added to the score shot on Sunday.

After the smoke had cleared from the calculators a final team score was posted and the winners declared among the ten teams competing.

Girl Power won the day with the team of Ann Stubbs, Sharon Boyd and Emylie Murrell victorious.

Second place went to Peter Stubbs, Peter Bush, John Woolaston and Lachlan Boyd with the team of John Clark, Denise Stevenson and Haylee Murrell taking third.

The club will be back in action in 2012 with the shoot calendar now being finalized.

Anyone seeking a copy can contact Club President, Peter Stubbs on 67431559

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Boundary Range Harder To Handle Than A Dead Possum In A Water Tank......well nearly.

Namoi Valley Archers held a 3 arrow club event on Sunday with a good field taking on the Boundary range in hot and windy conditions.

Stuart Dolbel was in scintillating form scorching round the course to record an impressive victory in the Sighted division. Greg Scott and john Clark had a close battle for the minor placings with Scott doing just enough to grab second place by the narrowest of margins.

Karen Hudson proved too strong in the Compound contest recording a dominant victory with Ann Stubbs in second and Ken Hill taking third.

The Traditional division was a very close affair with Peter Stubbs shooting consistently to take top spot by just 10 points from Darrell Hudson with John Woolaston in third. This was the first time John Woolaston has shot in several years and he was not far off the pace in his comeback shoot suggesting he will be competing for top honours in the very near future.

Ethan Mansfield confirmed his growing reputation with an impressive performance in winning the Junior Sighted division with Sebastian Donovan in second and Zac Hayne in third.

The final club shoot for the year will be held on December 11.

The AGM and presentation night is set down for December 10. Club members seeking further information can ring Peter Stubbs on 67431559.


Compound – Karen Hudson 735, Ann Stubbs 660, Ken Hill 580, Wendi Murrell 485, Sharon Boyd 155.

Sighted – Stuart Dolbel 1135, Greg Scott 1105, John Clark 1100, Gordon White 1030, Matt Sinclair 1025, Nathan Murrell 1025, Greg Donovan 1020, Bernie Hayne 1000, Lloyd Jauja 945, Denise Stevenson 745, Mark Stevenson 715, Mel Sinclair 675, Matt Wittman 610, Matt Kersley 300.

Traditional – Peter Stubbs 685, Darrell Hudson 675, John Woolaston 620.

Junior Sighted – Ethan Mansfield 1000, Sebastian Donovan 945, Zac Hayne 925, Lachlan Boyd 435.

Cub Compound – Haylee Murrell 800, Kaytlyn Murrell 470, Emylie Murrell 155.

Cub Sighted – Stacey Scott 730, Sophie Donovan 560.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

NNSW 3D Titles: Great Result for NVA

Namoi Valley Archers was represented by a 20 member team at the Northern NSW 3D Championships held at Singleton.

The Singleton club was hosting a 2 day tournament for the first time and competitors praised the testing 3D layout and hospitality of the club. The tournament was conducted over four tough rounds with Namoi Valley Archers winning 7 gold, 6 silver and 2 bronze medals in a powerful display.

Karen Hudson scored a dominant win in the Womens Masters compound event shooting well over the four rounds with clubmate, Wendi Murrell, taking the bronze in a very competitive A grade contest.

Jarrod Stubbs also finished with bronze in the Mens A grade contest.

Darrell Hudson had to work extremely hard to secure the win in A grade Recurve division. Hudson trailed fellow Gunnedah archer, Peter Stubbs, at the conclusion of the first 2 rounds, held on Saturday, by 84 points. Hudson surged during the third round to cut the deficit to just 10 points and then put together a brilliant final round to score a memorable win with Stubbs having to settle for silver.

Bernie Hayne showed great character to finish with the silver in Freestyle Unlimited Flight 2 after easing past Kempsey archer, Glenn Freeman, by just 6 points in a spirited battle for the minor placings.

Lloyd Jauja also shot exceptionally well over the 2 day event to secure the silver medal in Bowhunter Unlimited Flight 1 while Nathan Murrell was thrilled with his silver medal in Flight 2 holding off Ed Hayes from Tuggerah Lakes by a very narrow 4 points.

The club’s young archers performed extremely well with Lachlan Scott shooting with incredible precision on his way to top spot in Junior Bowhunter Unlimited Flight 1 while newcomer Adam Loftus scored a memorable win in Flight 2 with a consistent performance over the 4 rounds.

Zac Hayne finished with silver in Junior Freestyle Unlimited after running into a red hot archer from Singleton in Jake Collins who recorded a perfect score in the final round.

The Murrell girls were in fine form with Haylee winning Cub A grade Compound, Kayltyn grabbing silver in B grade and Emylie winning D grade. Haylee Murrell continues to show great improvement returning the best score by a Cub compound archer by a significant margin.

William Loftus rounded out the medal haul scoring an impressive win in Cub Freestyle Unlimited with a superb performance across the four rounds.

The focus returns to club activities with a 3 arrow round set down for this Sunday.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Delta........with a twist

Namoi Valley Archers held a Delta round On Sunday with a good field taking to the Outback range in perfect weather conditions.

The club trialled a new scoring system on Sunday with archers allowed to shoot 3 arrows at each target with the only the highest scoring arrow counted.

The new scoring system worked well allowing competitors the opportunity to attack the very small bullseye on the Delta targets with the end result some very close finishes in the various divisions.

Tamworth veteran, Neville White scored the victory in the Compound event just doing enough to defeat Karen Hudson who just edged out Wendi Murrell in a very tight contest for the minor placings .

Darrell Hudson led the field home in the Traditional event with Peter Stubbs and Phil Greenwood finishing tied after a very tense battle.

John Clark found the scoring system to his liking to record a very narrow win in the Sighted contest with Gordon White in second and Greg Donovan and Greg Scott deadheating for third.

The close scoring continued in the Junior Sighted event with Zac Hayne and Sebastian Donovan unable to be separated in the battle for top spot with Lachlan Boyd grabbing third.

Due to a change of date for the Branch 3D tournament at Singleton the club 3D shoot set down for November 6th has been moved to this Sunday, 30th October starting at 9.00am


Compound – Neville White 305, Karen Hudson 300, Wendi Murrell 295, Ann Stubbs 275, Taylah Snape 270, Jarrod Stubbs 265, Ken Hill 240.

Traditional – Darrell Hudson 310, Peter Stubbs 295, Phil Greenwood 295, Sharon Boyd 175.

Olympic- Steve Jaeger 325, mark Stevenson 320.

Sighted – John Clark 390, Gordon White 385, Greg Donovan 375, Greg Scott 375, Nathan Murrell 370, Bernie Hayne 350, Matt Sinclair 350, Gordon MacAuley 325, Mel Sinclair 285, Denise Stevenson 285.

Junior Sighted – Zac Hayne 360, Sebastian Donovan 360, Lachlan Boyd 285.

Cub Compound – Haylee Murrell 340, Kaytlyn Murrell 280, Emylie Murrell 195.

Novice – Jess Griffin 275, Cliff Griffin 260, Leda Greenwood 220, Amanda Hynes 130.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Eco Shoot

Namoi Valley Archers debuted a new concept at the range on Sunday holding a round of Australian Eco Shoot. This concept involves clubs all over the country holding a round at their home range during August with all scores forwarded to the National score recorder with the highest pointscorers in each division receiving medallions. Greg Scott set a cracking pace in the Sighted division turning in two excellent rounds with Gordon White also shooting well to grab second place from the rapidly improving Nathan Murrell. Karen Hudson was the top pointscorer in the compound division with Wendi Murrell taking second place and Jarrod Stubbs in third. Darrell Hudson was in great form taking the Traditional event by a big margin from Peter Stubbs and Michael Patrick. Lachlan Scott shot superbly to win the Junior Sighted event with Zac Hayne and Sebastian Donovan grabbing the minor placings. Stacey Scott was the pick of the Cub compound archers with Haylee and Kaytlyn Murrell filling the minor placings. The next club shoot will be held this Saturday afternoon with registration at 12.30 pm


Sighted – Greg Scott 1558, Gordon White 1540, Nathan Murrell 1530, Matt Sinclair 1520, Stuart Dolbel 1518, Greg Donovan 1512, Jodi Dolbel 1412, Bernie Hayne 1418, Darren Loftus 1400, Denise Stevenson 1164, Mark Stevenson 1048.

Compound – Karen Hudson 1238, Wendi Murrell 1068, Jarrod Stubbs 1134, Ann Stubbs 952.

Traditional – Darrell Hudson 1320, Peter Stubbs 1058, Michael Patrick 944, Steve Jaeger 648, Andrew Springall 630.

Junior Sighted – Lachlan Scott 1564, Zac Hayne 1498, Sebastian Donovan 1492, Ethan Mansfield 1372, Adam Loftus 1276, Meg Jaeger 730.

Junior Compound – Jackelyn Patrick 606.

Cub Compound – Stacey Scott 1196, Haylee Murrell 1132, Kaytlyn Murrell 962, Emylie Murrell 332.

Cub Sighted – William Loftus 1324.

Cub Traditional – Sammy Patrick 450.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

EcoShoot Sunday 28th August 9am

Half IFAA Round

Namoi Valley Archers held a 14 target IFAA round on Sunday with the windy conditions keeping scores down. The IFAA round requires competitors to shoot 4 arrows at each target with all distances marked at the shooting peg.

Darrell Hudson turned in the top barebow round of the day with an impressive performance in the Traditional event, with Peter Stubbs in second and Sharon Boyd in third.

Karen Hudson led the field home among the Compound shooters after putting together a tidy round with Wendi Murrell in second and Ann Stubbs taking third.

John Clark did just enough to finish on top in the Sighted contest with a very tight battle for the minor placings with Stuart Dolbel and John Finn finishing in a dead heat.

Brothers, Adam and William Loftus also returned good scores in their respective divisions.

The club has added an extra event to the shoot calendar this Sunday with the 2011 Australian Eco Shoot to be contested. The Eco shoot is a new innovation with clubs all round Australia conducting a shoot at their own venue in August with the results to be sent in to the National score recorder and overall winners decided. The format will see archers shooting 2 x 20 target rounds on the day with 2 scoring arrows at each target.

The shoot set down for Saturday 3rd of September will proceed as normal.


Traditional – Darrell Hudson 193, Peter Stubbs 123, Sharon Boyd 66.

Compound – Karen Hudson 187, Wendi Murrell 145, Ann Stubbs 130.

Sighted – John Clark 246, Stuart Dolbel 240, John Finn 240, Nathan Murrell 238, Gordon White 237, Bernie Hayne 221, Anthony Morris 206, Darren Loftus 200, Peter Bush 188, Mark Stevenson 160, Denise Stevenson 140.

Junior Sighted – Adam Loftus 147, Lachlan Boyd 121, Kye Morris 66.

Cub Sighted – William Loftus 228, Nick Smyth 201, Taylah Jones 71.

Cub Compound – Haylee Murrell 215, Kaytlyn Murrell 136, Emylie Murrell 94.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

State 3D Wrap up

Namoi Valley Archers hosted a highly successful NSW State 3D Championships over the weekend attracting a quality field of 109 competitors for the 2 day tournament. Tournament director, Peter Fairhall, lavished praise on the Gunnedah club for the organization of the event rating the ranges the best he had seen for a 3D event in this country.

Course designers, Greg Donovan and Stuart Dolbel provided 2 ranges that required maximum concentration on every shot with meticulous target placement making clever use of the varying terrain. The difficulty of the courses resulted in the last group walking of the range after the second round on Saturday at 4.45 pm in fading light. Shoot organizers were forced to change Sunday’s program to a 2 arrow round due to the slow progress on the range to get the event finished on time.

Local archers performed extremely well with many outstanding performances.

Highlights included Wade Hudson continuing his unbeaten run in major tournaments in 2011 scoring a very hard fought win in the Mens Masters division after a spirited contest with Rob Salter from Maitland. Salter held a narrow 2 point lead after the first round but Hudsonresponded to ease in front after the second round and was too consistent over the closing round to secure the win.

Other Compound winners included Karen Hudson in Womens Masters and Ann Stubbs scoring a great win in Womens A grade shooting a score that would have won the Mens event.

Darrell Hudson finished as the top Recurve archer scoring a fine win in A grade with Michael Patrick winning B grade.

The club showed the incredible depth it has after an amazing performance in the Mens Bowhunter Unlimited event with Stuart Dolbel shooting brilliantly all weekend to finish with the State Title in the top division Flight 1, with club mates Lloyd Jauja and John Finn taking the minor placings.

The club repeated the clean sweep in Flight 2 with Greg Scott shooting superbly to take top spot with youngster James Bush and Nathan Murrell completing the trifecta.

Lachlan Scott and Adam Loftus continued the run in Junior Boys Bowhunter Unlimited taking the gold in Flight 1 and Flight 2 respectively.

The standout performances among the Cub ( under 13) archers came from Haylee Murrell who turned in a stunning display to finish as State Champion in Girls Compound A grade and William Loftus who shot with great precision to win the boys Freestyle Unlimited crown in his first ever tournament.

Namoi Valley Archers Placegetters

Mens Masters - Wade Hudson 1

Womens Masters – Karen Hudson 1

Mens A – Steve Jaeger 2 (happy now)

Womens A – Ann Stubbs 1, Wendi Murrell 3

Mens B – Ken Hill 3

Womens B – Amy Stubbs 2

Recurve A – Darrell Hudson 1, Phillip Greenwood 3

Recurve B – Michael Patrick 1

Mens Freestyle Fl 2 – Gordon White 1, Bernard Hayne 3

Womens Freestyle Fl 2 – Jodi Dolbel 1

Freestyle Recurve – Mark Stevenson 1

Womens Freestyle Limited – Denise Stevenson 2

Mens Bowhunter Unlimited Fl 1 – Stuart Dolbel 1, Lloyd Jauja 2, John Finn 3

Mens Bowhunter Unlimited Fl 2 – Greg Scott 1, James Bush 2, Nathan Murrell 3

Mens Bowhunter Limited Fl 2 – David Buckingham 2

Junior Bowhunter Unlimited Fl 1 – Zac Hayne 2, Sebastian Donovan 3

Junior Girls A grade – Jackelyn Patrick 1

Junior Girls Freestyle Limited Fl 2 – Meg Jaeger 1

Junior Boys Bowhunter Unlimited Fl 1 – Lachlan Scott 1

Junior Boys Bowhunter Unlimited Fl 2 - Adam Loftus 1, Ethan Mansfield 2

Cub Girls A Grade – Haylee Murrell 1

Cub Girls B Grade – Emily Murrell 2

Cub Girls C grade – Kaytlyn Murrell 1

Cub Girls D grade – Emylie Murrell 1

Cub Girls Recurve C grade – Sammy Patrick 1

Cub Boys Freestyle Unlimited Fl 2 – William Loftus 1

Cub Girls Freestyle Unlimited Fl 2 – Stacey Scott 1

Cub Boys Freestyle Limited Fl 2 – Lachlan Boyd 2

Cub Girls Freestyle Limited Fl 2 – Sophie Donovan 1

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

3D Shoot 7/8/11

Namoi Valley Archers held a 2 round 3D event on Sunday with a big field taking to the range with competitors taking the last chance to prepare for the 2011 NSW State 3D Championships to be hosted by the club this weekend.

The day saw showers sweep across the range with competitors taking the conditions in their stride with some excellent scores posted including new club records from Stacey Scott and Haylee Murrell.

Tamworth archer and 3D specialist Brad Smith was in superlative form scoring a brilliant win in the Sighted division shooting with incredible precision on the testing layout. Gordon White was another archer in good form staging a very tense battle with Greg Scott grabbing second place by just 2 points.

Another Tamworth archer, veteran Neville White, scored a good win in the Compound division showing a clean pair of heels to the chasing pack to score a memorable win. Steve Jaeger and Wendi Murrell couldn’t be separated in the race for the minor placings finishing tied after the 40 targets.

Darrell Hudson showed he will be right in the mix for a State title this weekend scoring a fine win in the Traditional contest with Phillip Greenwood taking second with Peter Stubbs in third.

Lachlan Scott finished the day as the top Junior Sighted archer after putting together 2 fine rounds with Sebastian Donovan in second and Stacey Scott shooting well to finish third.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

ABA On Outback Range

Namoi valley Archers held a 2 round ABA event on Sunday with a big field taking to the Outback range to compete in perfect weather conditions.

Wade Hudson was once again in superlative form smashing his own club record as he romped away from the field to score a decisive win in the Compound division underlining his status as one of Australia’s finest archers.

Karen Hudson also continued her recent good form shooting a personal best score to take second place with Tamworth veteran, Neville White grabbing third place.

Greg Scott monstered the field in a very competitive Sighted contest to score an impressive win putting together 2 rounds of precision archery. Stuart Dolbel had to call on all his experience to hold of Narrabri’s John Finn by just 2 points in a very close battle for the minor placings.

Darrell Hudson put together a very impressive showing to finish the day on top in the Traditional ranks with a top class score with Peter Stubbs also in good form taking second with Michael Patrick in third.

Zac Hayne shot extremely well to score the win in the Junior Sighted division from Sebastian Donovan with the rapidly improving Lachlan Boyd in third.

Other archers to impress included Haylee Murrell, William Loftus and Kaytlyn Murrell.

The club will be holding a working bee this weekend to prepare for the upcoming NSW State 3D championships with the next club shoot set down for August 7th. This shoot will be a 2 round 3D event and will be the final hit out for club members before the State tournament.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Taree Branch Championships: NVA Medal Haul.

Namoi Valley Archers scored 9 gold, 6 silver and 3 bronze medals at the Northern NSW Branch ABA Championships held at Taree over the weekend. The championships were held over 3 rounds with competitors shooting in light rain during Sunday’s closing round.

Wade Hudson started the event as a strong favourite to win the Masters Compound division and showed all the attributes of a champion to win by 76 points after putting together 3 superb rounds. Hudson also received the honour of being elevated to the elite Grand Master Bowmen status after this shoot. This highly sort after award is given to barebow archers who shoot over 700 points at 3 consecutive official shoots, a very rare feat.

Karen Hudson was the standout female barebow compound archer winning the Womens Masters event in style in a welcome return to form. Officials believe this is the first time a mother and son have won the Masters divisions at a Northern NSW Branch championships.

Ann Stubbs shot well to take the silver in the Womens A grade compound event with Jarrod Stubbs finishing with the bronze in the Mens A grade contest.

Wendi Murrell scored a convincing win in the B grade division and must be on the verge of promotion to A grade in the very near future.

Ben Stubbs added to the medal haul taking the silver in C grade.

Darrell Hudson was pushed all the way by Taree’s Karl Peck but pulled away for an impressive win in Recurve A grade with Peter Stubbs taking the bronze. Mark Stevenson won the Freestyle Recurve division with a consistent performance over the 3 rounds.

Namoi dominated the Bowhunter Unlimited event with John Finn shooting brilalliantly to win the Flight 1 contest with Lloyd Jauja turning in a griity performance to grab the silver.

Greg Scott defeated some quality archers to take top spot in the Flight 2 section and will be moving up to Flight 1 based on this performance.

Denise Stevenson finished with the bronze after a spirited contest with 2 archers from Gloucester in Freestyle Limited.

Lachlan Scott finished with the silver after a very tense contest with Newcastle archer, Jarrod Morrissey, in the Junior Bowhunter Unlimited event. Scott held a narrow lead after the first 2 rounds but Morrissey just did enough during the last round to edge in front.

Haylee Murrell shot well to finish second in Cub Compound B grade with sisters, Kaytlyn and Emylie finishing first and second in D grade.

Stacey Scott rounded out the medal haul with a fine win in Cub Freestyle Unlimited after 3 solid rounds.

The club will be back in action this Sunday with a 2 round ABA event set down for a 9.00am start with a sausage sizzle between rounds.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Delta Targets On The Outback Range

Namoi Valley Archers held a 3 arrow Delta round on Sunday with a big field taking to the Outback range in perfect winter conditions with Ken Thompson, Darrell Hudson, Zac Hayne and Haylee Murrell all setting new club records on the day.

The full colour Delta animal targets provide a unique challenge with anatomically correct score zones giving a very small margin of error with archers having to decide on taking a safer shot for less points or going for maximum points and risk dropping out of the scoring zone by just a few centimetres and receiving no points.

Wendi Murrell scored an impressive win in the Compound division to edge out Karen Hudson in a tight contest with Steve Jaeger grabbing third.

John Clark did just enough to score the win in the Sighted contest with Stuart Dolbel grabbing second place with Narrabri’s John Finn finishing in third.

Haylee Murrell won the battle of the sisters finshing on top in Cub Compound with Kaytlyn Murrell in second and Emylie Murrell in third.

The next club shoot will be held on July 10 and will be the final opportunity for archers to prepare for the Northern NSW Branch ABA Titles to be held at Taree.


Compound – Wendi Murrell 665, Karen Hudson 645, Steve Jaeger 635, Ann Stubbs 600, Jarrod Stubbs 600, Ken Hill 590, Jack Hammond 460, Denise Stevenson 285, Ben Stubbs 215.

Sighted – John Clark 1035, Stuart Dolbel 1010, John Finn 1005, Zac Hayne 990, Greg Scott 935, Greg Donovan 935, James Bush 895, Sebastian Donovan 885, Lloyd Jauja 880, Wade Hudson 865, Lincoln Frazer 860, Peter Bush 855, Gordon White 840, Nathan Murrell 840, Ken Thompson 815, Bernie Hayne 805, Brad Lawson 770, Mark Stevenson 675, Matt Lawson 625.

Traditional – Darrell Hudson 745, Peter Stubbs 645.

Junior Sighted - Meg Jaeger 480.

Cub Sighted – Sophie Donovan 605.

Cub Compound – Haylee Murrell 590, Kaytlyn Murrell 365, Emylie Murrell 285.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Namoi Valley Archers sent a 12 member team to Gloucester for the Pacific Region IFAA Championships which were held over 4 days. Competitors faced some of the toughest shooting conditions seen at a major tournament with the big wet soaking the ranges and competitors over the event with some areas of the venue resembling a quagmire by the time the event was completed. The International Field Archery Association (IFAA) competition is a very technical test of archery ability with competitors required to shoot 4 arrows at 28 targets each day at distances extending out to 80 yards.

Wade Hudson finished the tournament as the top barebow archer scoring a wonderful win in Mens Bowhunter A grade finishing with a 36 point winning margin outscoring his nearest opponent in 3 of the 4 rounds. This win confirms Hudson as the best barebow archer in Australia across all disciplines after winning the World Bowhunter title and the Australian ABA title earlier in the year. This is a remarkable feat given the difference in the 3 events and underlines Hudson’s ability to adapt to each different discipline. Ken Thompson has also enjoyed a fantastic year and scored a fine win in Freestyle Limited Recurve B grade shooting with great consistency across the 4 rounds with club mate Mark Stevenson taking second. Karen Hudson was another archer to perform extremely well taking the win in Womens Bowhunter B grade by a big margin with Ann Stubbs finishing with the silver in A grade after a tenacious performance. Jodi Dolbel was ecstatic with her bronze medal in the Freestyle Unlimited division returning to competition after an extended break. Dolbel thought her tilt at the titles was over after her bow failed in preparation for the event. Undaunted, Dolbel was fortunate enough to quickly source replacement and worked overtime to get the new bow ready for the championships. Phillip Greenwood showed great mental toughness to finish with a hard earned silver medal in a very competitive Recurve B grade contest with just 17 points separating the top four competitors. Junio,r Shane Thompson, rounded out the medal haul with a very well deserved win in Freestyle Limited Recurve B grade adding another medal to his overflowing trophy cabinet.

The next club shoot will be a Delta round set down for June 26th. Club members are advised there will be no indoor archery this Thursday as the PCYC hall is unavailable.

Copy of the scores here. http://www.ifaa-archery.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=124&Itemid=271

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Boundry Range Afternoon Shoot Scores

Shooter Grade 3 Arrow
Sebastian Donovan Boy Junior Open 1035
Ben Martin Boy Junior Open 835

Hayley Murrell Girl Cub Compound 740
Kaytlyn Murrell Girl Cub Compound 570
Emylie Murrell Girl Cub Compound 270

Neville White Mens Compound 800
Ken Hill Mens Compound 670
Shane Martin Mens Compound 420

John Clark Mens Open 1100
Gordon White Mens Open 1090
Stuart Dolbel Mens Open 1085
Mathew Wittman Mens Open 1085
Greg Donovan Mens Open 1055
Peter Bush Mens Open 995

Mark Stevenson Mens Olympic Recurve 810

Darrell Hudson Mens Traditional 665
Grant Cawthhorne Mens Traditional 305

Karen Hudson Womens Compound 855
Wendi Murrell Womens Compound 785

Denise Stevenson Womens Open 745

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

World 3D Wagga Wagga

You know what they say "pics or it never happened".

After a very successful World Championship campaign Namoi Valley Archers competitors had just one rest day before launching into the 2011 Australian ABA Championships at Wagga Wagga. The championships were held over two days with competitors shooting 2 rounds each day. The Gunnedah club had it’s biggest ever representation at an Australian tournament with 27 archers competing bringing home an amazing 10 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze medals in a dominating performance.

Wade Hudson backed up his World championship success to win the elite Masters Compound division with a brilliant 54 point margin. Hudson, the defending champion, stamped his authority on the event from the first round to score an imposing win. Hudson has show incredible mental composure over 6 days of competition in both the World Bowhunter and Australian Championships refusing to allow the weigh of expectations or the pressure of the big occasion affect his performance. Hudson made it double gold as a member of the winning Northern NSW Branch outfit in the Branch Teams competition.

Ken Thompson scored the gold in Freestyle Recurve with a top class performance over four rounds to score a big win.

Wendi Murrell was ecstatic with her first Australian gold medal after winning the Compound B grade event by 26 points. Murrell has been the big improver at club events over the last few months and with this performance must be on the verge of a well earned promotion to A grade.

Phillip Greenwood also showed fine form to take the gold in the Veteran Barebow event. Greg Scott scored a fine silver medal at his first Australian Championships finishing just 4 points from top spot in an ultra competitive Bowhunter Unlimited contest.

Bronze medals went to Darrell Hudson in Recurve A grade, Ann Stubbs in Compound A grade and Mark Stevenson in Longbow C grade.

The club’s junior archers performed extremely well with Sebastian Donovan bouncing back from equipment problems to win the Junior Freestyle Unlimited Flight 1 gold medal with Zac Hayne taking silver in Flight 2 missing the gold by just 2 points with Lachlan Scott in third.

Shane Thompson continued his superb World Championships form to claim the Australian title in Junior Freestyle Recurve with Bonnie Hayne winning the Junior Freestyle Limited event.

Jarrod Stubbs showed incredible courage to take the silver in Junior Compound A grade using crutches to walk between targets after an accident had threatened to derail his campaign. Stubbs also claimed a well earned gold as part of the winning Northern NSW Junior team.

Haylee Murrell scored a big win in Cub Girls Compound B grade with club mate, Stacey Scott, finishing third. Sister act, Kaytlyn and Emylie Murrell scored a 1-2 finish in the Cub D grade Compound event.

Sophie Donovan rounded off a wonderful week of competition claiming the Australian title in Cub Freestyle Limited shooting very consistently over the four round tournament

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

World 3D Results

Namoi Valley Archers sent a 23 person team to the 2011 World Bowhunter Championships held in Wagga Wagga scoring an incredible 4 World Titles , 3 silver and 2 bronze medals in a wonderful team performance.

The tournament was held over 4 days, consisting of two 3D and two paper targets rounds and competitors faced four very difficult courses with designers making clever use of the terrain.

Wade Hudson was crowned World champion in the Bowhunter Compound division after recording a superb 78 point win. Hudson held the lead after the first round but slipped back to second at the conclusion of day two. Undeterred Hudson came out firing on day three surging back into the lead and showing all the qualities expected of a World champion Hudson shut the opposition out with a brilliant final day performance to claim a well deserved win.

Ken Thompson claimed the World title in Freestyle Recurve with a gutsy performance over the four rounds to edge out Jan Van Dijck from the Netherlands by 20 points. Thompson was outscored by the Dutch competitor in three of the four rounds but put together a brilliant 3D round to secure enough points for a very memorable win. Thompson freely admits that 3D is not his favourite discipline but he showed real mental toughness to secure his first World title.

Shane Thompson, competing in his second World Championship event in 12 months, added to the family celebrations by grabbing the World title in Junior Freestyle Recurve with the foundation of the win built on 2 top class paper target rounds.

Sophie Donovan made it four World titles for the Gunnedah club taking out the Cub Freestyle Limited event with a very consistent display of archery over the four day tournament.

Denise Stevenson grabbed a silver medal in Freestyle Limited turning in top class display over the four rounds, a very well deserved reward for hours spent at the practice butts.

Phillip Greenwood also won a silver medal in Veterans Bowhunter Recurve with a determined performance across four tough rounds.

Stacey Scott turned in her best ever performance to score a wonderful silver medal in Cub Girls Compound. Scott thrived on the pressure of the big occasion improving each day the tournament progressed finishing second by just one from the third placed competitor in a superb display.

Junior, Lachlan Scott, won the bronze medal in Freestyle Unlimited after an incredible three way contest with the event won by Quirin Knaack from Switzerland with Anton Dreyer from South Africa taking second. In a brilliant performance Scott finished just ten points from the winner and only four points from second place in an incredibly tense contest that left the competitors mentally drained.

Jarrod Stubbs rounded out the medal tally with a wonderful bronze medal in Junior Bowhunter Compound. Stubbs was not even expected to compete in the event after an accident left him on crutches, the bronze medal a wonderful testimony to his desire to get onto the range for such a big event.

Local results.

Mens Bowhunter Compound – Wade Hudson -1

Womens Bowhunter Compound – Wendi Murrell -6, Karen Hudson 7, Ann Stubbs 15, Amy Stubbs 18

Mens Freestyle Recurve – Ken Thompson -1

Mens Freestyle Unlimited – Bernie Hayne 29, Greg Donovan 44

Mens Bowhunter Unlimited – Greg Scott 29

Mens Bowhunter Limited – Nathan Murrell – 19

Mens Bowhunter Recurve – Darrell Hudson -5, Peter Stubbs – 17

Womens Freestyle Limited – Denise Stevenson – 2

Historical Longbow – Mark Stevenson – 6

Veterans Bowhunter Recurve – Phillip Greenwood – 2

Junior Boys Freestyle Unlimited – Lachlan Scott – 3, Zac Hayne – 4, Sebastian Donovan – 8

Junior Boys Bowhunter Compound – Jarrod Stubbs – 3

Junior Boys Freestyle Recurve – Shane Thompson – 1

Cub Girls Freestyle Limited – Sophie Donovan -1

Cub Girls Compound – Stacey Scott – 2, Haylee Murrell - 4

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

3D: Testing The New Outback 3D Range

Namoi Valley Archers held a 2 round 3D event on Sunday in very windy conditions. Adding to the challenge competitors were shooting on a newly constructed 3D range which featured some very challenging uphill and downhill shots which made high scoring very difficult.

This event was the last opportunity for competitors to gain valuable practice leading into the 2011 World Bowhunter Championships to be held in Wagga Wagga with Ken Thompson and Haylee Murrell showing their preparation is right on track with both setting new club records in their respective divisions.

Wendi Murrell scored a confidence building win in the Compound contest with Karen Hudson taking second and Ann Stubbs third.

Darrell Hudson finished the day as the top Traditional archer after compiling two tidy rounds with Matt Sinclair shooting well to take second and Mark Stevenson shooting a personal best to finish third.

Stuart Dolbel led the field home in a hotly contested Sighted division securing the win by just 2 points from John Clark with Lloyd Jauja also shooting well to finish third.

Zac Hayne was the best of the Junior Sighted archers with Sebastian Donovan just 2 points away in second with rapidly improving newcomer Ben Martin in third.

Haylee Murrell secured a big win in Cub Compound with Kaytlyn Murrell in second and Stacey Scott in third.


Compound – Wendi Murrell 604, Karen Hudson 582, Ann Stubbs 458.

Traditional – Darrell Hudson 598, Matt Sinclair 506, Mark Stevenson 486.

Sighted – Stuart Dolbel 764, John Clark 762, Lloyd Jauja 732, Greg Donovan 730, Phillip Porter 726, Scott Crouch 726, Gordon White 722, Greg Scott 716, Jodi Dolbel 714, Bernie Hayne 700, Adam Laws 680, Ken Thompson 674, Nathan Murrell 662, Kyle Ridley 640, Travis Marr 640, Caleb Bullock 602, Denise Stevenson 548, Shelley Porter 360, Gordon MacAulay 318.

Junior Sighted – Zac Hayne 716, Sebastian Donovan 714, Ben Martin 674.

Junior Compound – Stephanie Everson 494, Thomas Everson 248, Samuel Jauja 182.

Cub Sighted – Sophie Donovan 352, Krystal Jauja 314.

Cub Compound – Haylee Murrell 628, Kaytlyn Murrell 394, Stacey Scott 272, Emylie Murrell 214, Kaitlyn MacAulay 66, Cody MacAulay 42.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Namoi Valley Archers held a 2 round ABA event on Sunday with another big field on hand to tackle the revamped Boundary range in excellent weather conditions.

Haylee Murrell and Sammy Patrick set new club records on the day with Murrell breaking the mark for Cub Girl Compound archers that has stood for over ten years.

Greg Donovan recorded the highest score of the day with a top class performance scoring a very impressive win in the Sighted division. Stuart Dolbel had to work hard to grab second spot from Greg Scott in a spirited contest.

Coonabarabran archer, Phillip Greenwood has put together a string of good performances since joining the club at the beginning of the year and returned his best result of the year on Sunday scoring a superb win in the Traditional contest taking first place withan excellent 2 round score. Darrell Hudson finished in second with Michael Patrick also shooting well to take third place.

Wade Hudson was in sensational form scoring a big win in the Compound contest putting together 2 brilliant rounds with Karen Hudson finishing second and Wendi Murrell third.

Lachlan Scott finished the day as the number one Junior Sighted archer after a very close battle with Zac Hayne with Sebastian Donovan also shooting well to take third place.

Haylee Murrell was in unstoppable form in the Cub Compound contest scoring a big win with Stacey Scott also shooting well to take second with Kaytlyn Murrell in third.

The next club shoot will be held on March 27th.


Sighted – Greg Donovan 774, Stuart Dolbel 766, Greg Scott 762, Gordon White 752, Bernie Hayne 742, Josh Whitbread 730, Nathan Murrell 714, Lloyd Jauja 708, Andrew Stubbs 640, Ken Thompson 590, Andrew Springall 588, Kim Jauja 574, Corey Squires 536, Denise Stevenson 522, John Clark 380, Chris Collett 372, Chris Usher 372.

Compound – Wade Hudson 728, Karen Hudson 614, Wendi Murrell 586, Ann Stubbs 562, Shane Martin 384.

Traditional – Phillip Greenwood 636, Darrell Hudson 604, Michael Patrick 540, Peter Stubbs 500, Matt Sinclair 458, Mark Stevenson 412, Sharon Boyd 204, Chris Simeon 204, Isaac Ford 158.

Junior Sighted – Lachlan Scott 758, Zac Hayne 744, Sebastian Donovan 704, Ben Martin 652, Lachlan Boyd 462.

Cub Compound – Haylee Murrell 644, Stacey Scott 550, Kaytlyn Murrell 240, Emylie Murrell 172.

Cub Traditional – Sammy Patrick 408, Leif Simeon 258.

Cub Sighted – Sophie Donovan 482.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

3D Tester

Namoi Valley Archers held the first 3D event for the year on Sunday with a big field competing in perfect summer weather conditions. The competition was held over 2 rounds with the day starting with a 3 arrow round followed by the high pressure 1 arrow round. Course designers Greg Donovan, Lloyd Jauja and Stuart Dolbel presented a top class layout for the day with superb target placement testing archers of all abilities. The Sighted division was hotly contested with John Clark returning two solid rounds to claim the win from Stuart Dolbel who just held off a much improved Greg Scott in a tense battle for the minor placings. Wendi Murrell continued her recent run of good form scoring an impressive win in the Compound contest with Karen Hudson taking second place with Ann Stubbs in third. Darrell Hudson continued his dominance in the Traditional event with Phillip greenwood grabbing second with Michael Patrick in third. Sebastian Donovan showed his liking for the 3D format recording a good win in Junior Sighted with Zac Hayne taking second with newcomer Ben Martin in third. The next club shoot will be held on March 13th.


Sighted – John Clark 772, Stuart Dolbel 756, Greg Scott 752, Bernie Hayne 744, Lloyd Jauja 734, Greg Donovan 730, John Finn 728, Anthony Morris 714, Gordon White 712, James Bush 712, Petr Bush 668, Denise Stevenson 628, Andrew Springall 620, Gordon MacAulay 586, Matt Hodgman 302, Kim Jauja 282.

Compound – Wendi Murrell 588, Karen Hudson 574, Ann Stubbs 478.

Traditional – Darrell Hudson 620, Phillip Greenwood 524, Michael Patrick 518, peter Stubbs 502, Mark Stevenson 396, Matt Sinclair 342, Sharon Boyd 156.

Junior Sighted – Sebastian Donovan 730, Zac Hayne 720, Ben Martin 620, Lachlan Boyd 372.

Junior Barebow – Jarrod Stubbs 520, Christopher Patrick 418, Alex Boyd 310.

Cub Barebow – Stacey Scott 512, Sammy Patrick 340, Haylee Murrell 326, Kaytlyn Murrell 232, Cody MacAulay 146, Kaitlyn MacAulay 100, Emylie Murrell 50.

Cub Sighted – Callum Urquhart 652, Sophie Donovan 320.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Maitland ABA Results. 3D This Weekend.

The 2011 Northern NSW regional archery circuit kicked off over the weekend with 120 competitors on hand for the first 2 day tournament of the year held at Maitland in very hot and oppressive conditions. 22 archers from Gunnedah made the trip returning with 10 gold, 7 silver and 2 bronze medals underlining the depth of archery talent in the local club.

The tournament was an ABA event commencing on Saturday morning with a 3 arrow round followed by the high pressure 1 arrow round on Saturday afternoon with the event wrapping up on Sunday with a 2 arrow all count round.

Darrell Hudson was in brilliant form scoring an impressive win in Recurve A grade winning by over 200 pints from Taree’s Karl Peck with another Gunnedah archer, Peter Stubbs in third. Hudson put his stamp on the event from the beginning setting a new Branch record in the 3 arrow round and finishing the weekend with a stunning display in the 2 arrow round.

Denise Stevenson was another archer in record breaking form setting a new record in the Bowhunter Limited division for the 1 arrow round on her way to a superb win over a duo from Gloucester.

Mark Stevenson scored a good win in Longbow C grade while Greg Scott scored the silver in a crack Bowhunter Unlimited Flight 2 field missing the win by just 2 points after a hard fought battle with Tony Gavan from the Central Coast. Peter Bush took silver in Bowhunter Unlimited Flight 1 after a very solid performance.

The club’s female compound archers performed extremely well with Karen Hudson taking gold in the Masters contest, Ann Stubbs finishing 3rd in A grade and Wendi Murrell shooting brilliantly to take B grade.

Nathan Murrell grabbed the silver in A grade in the Mens competition.

The strength of Gunnedah’s junior archery program was evident with Sebastian Donovan taking gold in Freestyle Unlimited Flight 1 and Zac Hayne and Lachlan Scott finishing 1 -2 in Flight 2. Both Hayne and Scott must be on the verge of a well deserved promotion to the elite Flight 1 category based on their recent outstanding form.

Jarrod Stubbs scored the silver in the A grade Compound event while Stacey Scott and Haylee Murrell scored the quinella in Cub Compound B grade with sisters Kaytlyn Murrell and Emylie Murrell also scored a 1-2 finish in Cub Compound D grade.

Sophie Donovan showed her liking for the Maitland layout scoring a runaway win in the Cub Freestyle Limited contest setting a new Branch record in the 3 arrow round with an outstanding display of precision archery. Donovan now holds the Branch record for both the 3 arrow and 1 arrow ABA rounds with both record scores shot at Maitland.

The focus returns to club activities this weekend with a 2 round 3D event set down for Sunday with a sausage sizzle between rounds.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

47 Archers For Local 3 Arrow Round

Namoi Valley Archers held a 3 arrow animal round on Sunday with a big field taking to the redesigned Boundary range. Course designers, Matt Wittman and Gordon White completely overhauled the range during the summer break presenting a top class course that tested the competitors abilities to the limit. The big talking points after the event were the opening shot which featured a long shot across the dam and a very cleverly placed uphill shot which managed to bring several competitors undone. Darrell Hudson led home a very competitive Traditional field turning in a very impressive round with Peter Stubbs bouncing back to top form to take second with Coonabarabran’s Phillip Greenwood taking third. Wade Hudson proved far too strong in the Compound division scoring a good win from Tamworth veteran, Neville White with Wendi Murrell shooting very well to take third. Matt Wittman had to use all his local knowledge to hold off a very strong field in the Sighted contest just edging out Tamworth duo, Robbie Austen and Ben McCulloch in a very tense contest. Zac Hayne showed his class scoring a good win in the Junior Sighted event with Sebastian Donovan in second and Kai Morris third. Stacey Scott showed great form to win the Junior Barebow division from Christopher Patrick with Layne Jobson third. The next club shoot will be held on February 27th and will be a 2 round 3D event.


Compound – Wade Hudson 955, Neville White 850, Wendi Murrell 755, Karen Hudson 695, Ann Stubbs 695.

Traditional – Darrell Hudson 750, Peter Stubbs 650, Phillip Greenwood 600, Michael Patrick 560, Matt Sinclair 495, Mark Stevenson 410, Sharon Boyd 280, Kane Morris 270, Andrew Stubbs 178.

Sighted – Matt Wiitman 1135, Robbie Austin 1130, Ben McCulloch 1130, John Clark 1105, Greg Donovan 1090, Gordon White 1085, Dave Buckingham 1005, Greg Scott 1005, Stuart Dolbel 980, Josh Whitbread 970, Bernie Hayne 935, Peter Bush 925, Anthony Morris 850, Gordon MacAuley 815, Denise Stevenson 740, Corey Squires 695, Issac Ford 590, Kim Stubbs 280.

Junior Sighted – Zac Hayne 1015, Sebastian Donovan 935, Kai Morris 705, Ben Martin 585, Lachlan Boyd 500.

Junior Barebow – Stacey Scott 645, Christopher Patrick 515, Layne Jobson 230, Jackelyn Patrick 225.

Cub Sighted – Sophie Donovan 850.

Cub Barebow – Haylee Murrell 610, Kaytlyn Murrell 465, Emylie Murrell 225, Sammy Patrick 200, Kaitlyn MacAuley 160, Cody MacAuley 85.