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