Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Storm Hudson hits Branch IFAA's at Tuggerah

Namoi Valley Archers sent a 7 member team to the Northern NSW Branch IFAA Championships held at Tuggerah Lakes over the weekend. The Tuggerah layout is one of the best in the country and competitors shot in perfect weather conditions. Wade Hudson won the Bowhunter Compound division after a titanic battle with Maitland’s Rob Slater. Hudson was 13 points adrift of Slater after the first round but showing the class and mental toughness that he is renowned for he turned in a sensational second round to forge to the front and win by 5 points. This was the final tournament for Hudson before he travels to Argentina in October to represent Australia at the 2012 World IFAA Championships and such a close contest will stand Hudson in good stead for the upcoming event. Karen Hudson won the Womens Bowhunter Compound A grade event finishing 43 points in front of her nearest competitor with Ann Stubbs taking the bronze in the B grade section. In a great weekend for the Hudson clan, Darrell Hudson scored a very convincing win in the Bowhunter Recurve division setting up the win with a great first round with another Gunnedah archer, Peter Stubbs, taking the silver. Mark Stevenson claimed the gold in Freestlye Limited Recurve while Denise Stevenson also claimed gold in Freestyle Limited Compound to round out the medal haul. The second competition round of the PCYC Indoor series is on starting at 6.30pm. 11. The regular PCYC archery activities will resume on October 11th. The next club shoot will be held at the Wondoba range on Sunday 23rd, September with registration at 9.00 for a 9.30am start on the range.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

IFAA Warm Up

Namoi Valley Archers held an IFAA Field round on Sunday with competitors taking the opportunity to fine tune their form for this weekend’s Northern NSW Branch IFAA titles to be held at Tuggerah Lakes. Karen Hudson was in stunning form winning the Compound division by a massive margin after a very consistent round with Tamworth veteran, Neville White, in second place. James Finlay made a successful return to archery shooting well to finish in a tie with Ann Stubbs for third. Greg Donovan recorded the overall highest score of the day on his way to winning the Sighted division with Stuart Dolbel grabbing second place and John Clark doing just enough to grab third after a very tight contest with Bernie Hayne. Darrell Hudson proved too classy for his opposition in the Traditional division scoring an impressive win from the consistent Phil greenwood with Brett Wheatley in third. The next club shoot will be held on September 23 and will be a 3 arrow animal round. Scores Compound - Karen Hudson 210, Neville White 143, James Finlay 134, Ann Stubbs 134, Mitchell Finlay 121. Sighted - Greg Donovan 248, Stuart Dolbel 242, John Clark 230, Bernie Hayne 229, Peter Bush 228, Sebastian Donovan 223, Denise Stevenson 218, Mark Stevenson 181, Peter Stubbs 80. Traditional - Darrell Hudson 188, Phillip Greenwood 159, Brett Wheatley 65. Cub Compound - Connor Wheatley 177. Novice – Luke Edwards 73, David Edwards 64.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Archery Over The Last Fortnight

Namoi Valley Archers dynamic duo, Darrell and Karen Hudson travelled to Wagga Wagga for the NSW State 3D Championships with both archers showing their class scoring comprehensive wins. The courses were extremely tough with the very icy conditions making top quality archery difficult. Despite the conditions both archers produced top class performances. Karen Hudson won the Masters Compound title finishing as the overall top compound archer, showing her male counterparts how it is done. Darrell Hudson won the A grade Recurve title also finishing as the top recurve archer overall with another quality performance. At the last club shoot competitors took to the Outback range for a 2 round ABA event in excellent weather conditions. Wade Hudson dominated proceedings in the Compound division shooting brilliantly to score a big win from Karen Hudson with Jarrod Stubbs holding off some determined challengers for third. Darrell Hudson and Peter Stubbs were locked for the lead after the first round but Hudson shot extremely well in the second round to secure the win from Stubbs with Brett Wheatley in third in recurve. John Clark scored a very narrow win in the Sighted contest after a very close battle with Greg Donovan with Steve Jaeger also shooting well to take third. The next club shoot will be held on September 9th and will be an IFAA event. This will be the final opportunity for archers travelling to Tuggerah for the Branch IFAA Titles to gain valuable match practice. ABA Scores Compound - Wade Hudson 754, Karen Hudson 584, Jarrod Stubbs 550, Amy Stubbs 538, Ann Stubbs 536, Wendi Murrell 300, Alistair Wall 176. Traditional - Darrell Hudson 604, Peter Stubbs 538, Brett Wheatley 124. Sighted - John Clark 780, Greg Donovan 778, Steve Jaeger 770, Sebastian Donovan 758, Gordon White 736, Mark Stevenson 686, Denise Stevenson 580. Junior Compound - Hayley Murrell 324. Cub Compound - Kaytlyn Murrell 304, Emylie Murrell 216. Cub Traditional - Rhegan Jaeger 256. Novice – Luke Edwards 362, Jess Griffen 316. A new concept was trialled at the Gunnedah PCYC last Thursday with 12 archers competing in an IFAA Indoor event. The night was rated a huge success by organisers and the plan is that the IFAA Indoor event will be shot monthly. Organisers are looking at the possibility of starting the night 30 minutes earlier to allow for an extra round to be completed. The event gave archers a chance to enjoy a new discipline with many surprised how intense this style of archery can become. Greg Donovan recorded the highest score on the night with an impressive 197 out of 200. Indoor Scores Greg Donovan 197, John Clark 193, Craig Mansfield 191, Gordon White 189, Sebastian Donovan 182, Ethan Mansfield 180, Will Loftus 172, Adam Loftus 169, Denise Stevenson 168, Darren Loftus 161, Peter Stubbs 157, Mark Stevenson 114