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.