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