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.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

First Shoot for 2011

Namoi Valley Archers started the 2011 season on Saturday afternoon with a very well attended 3 arrow ABA round followed by a b-b-q. The Outback range took on a different look with the late afternoon sun streaming through the trees making some targets extremely difficult to shoot. The club was joined by 3 members from the Lake Glenbawn club who dropped in for the shoot. Karen Hudson started the year in fine form winning the Compound division with a handy score. Ann Stubbs did just enough to hold off Wendi Murrell in a close battle for the minor placings. Lake Glenbawn’s Simon Gallen and local archer John Clark finished the day tied for first in the Sighted contest with another Lake Glenbawn archer, Gary Dawson just 2 points behind in second and local, Greg Donovan a further 2 points back in third. Sebastian Donovan led a crack Junior Sighted field home with Zac Hayne taking second and Lachlan Scott in third. The next club shoot will he held on February 13TH.


Compound – Karen Hudson 340, Ann Stubbs 310, Wendi Murrell 306, Nathan Murrell 252, Ben Stubbs 204.

Sighted – Simon Gallen 388, John Clark 388, Gary Dawson 386, Greg Donovan 384, John Finn 382, Gordon White 380, Matt Wittman 380, Bernie Hayne 374, Lloyd Jauja 374, Greg Scott 368, Peter Bush 366, Bruce Moran 358, James Bush 344, Matt Hodgman 338, Kim Jauja 328, Denise Stevenson 328.

Traditional – Darrell Hudson 330, Peter Stubbs 294, Matt Sinclair 178, Sharon Boyd 132.

Junior Sighted – Sebastian Donovan 364, Zac Hayne 360, Lachlan Scott 352, Lachlan Boyd 276.

Junior Compound – Stacey Scott 268, Jarrod Stubbs 242.

Cub Sighted – Sophie Donovan 352, Krystal Jauja 254.

Cub Compound – Haylee Murrell 308, Kaytlyn Murrell 260, Emylie Murrell 238.