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.