Monday, December 17, 2012

Friday, December 14, 2012


Namoi valley archers rounded out a stellar 2012 year of archer prowess, when it held its presentation night recently at the Wandobah Rd range. The clubhouse was delightfully decorated with festive rows of tinsel and x-mas lighting, all contributing towards an enjoyable night had by all. The club has again this year, showed why it is such a dominant force in Australian Archery , with outstanding results in local, state, national and world events. The clubs executive remains the same with the president being Peter Stubbs, secretary John Clark and treasury being Stuart Dolbel, all leading the club into a year full of optimistic promise of future archery glory. This year’s awards night coincided with a sleep over at the range , followed by a novelty shoot on the Sunday, consisting of all rabbit targets on the boundary range, cunningly arranged by Bernie Hayne ,newly elected range captain, resulting in low scores and upsets being the order of the day. The 2012 awards presentations, saw Bernie Hayne receiving the coveted, club person of the year perpetual trophy for his tireless work at the club. The two other major awards are the Dave Dickson shield for most improved , which this year went to a most deserved recipient, Lachlan Boyd. The hotly contested party animal award went to Phill Greenwood. The shooting awards give bragging rights for the next full year of competition, and again this year Greg Donovan has taken out the hotly contested top male open division, edging out his son Sebastian, closely followed by Gordon White. The women’s open division was won by Denise Stevenson with Melissa Sinclair in 2nd place. Jarrod Stubbs did a David v Goliath feat by edging out Australian Representative Wade Hudson for the title of best male compound, with the perennial veteran, Neville White taking out 3rd placing. In the closely fought men’s traditional section, Darrell Hudson was 1st, Peter Stubbs 2nd and Phill Greenwood 3rd.These three have traded places all year, ensuring an intriguing battle for top spot. Karen Hudson returned to the top in women’s compound, squeezing out Anne Stubbs for 2nd with Wendi Murrell finishing in 3rd.In men’s Olympic , Mark Stevenson made it back to back wins with Ken Thompson finishing 2nd.Stevenson has been going from strength to strength since his most improved award last year. In the junior sections, boys open was won by Lachlan Boyd, showing that he deserves his most improved award, beating off close rival Zac Hayne, with Ethan Mansfield rounding out the top 3 spots. Sophie Donovan made it a family affair, winning junior girl open. In cub girl compound , it was an all Murrell show, with Haylee finishing first, just ahead of her sister Kaytlyn, with Emylie coming a valiant 3rd.Two encouragement awards were handed out this year, with the first going to Connor Wheatley and the second to Rhegan Jaeger, with both these little archers showing great potential for the future. Lastly , but certainly not least, Matt Sinclair has shown he is the most proficient hunter by taking out the bowhunter of the year award for the second year running. Mat has claimed some great trophies ,with the highlight being a buffalo recently shot while hunting in the Northern Territory.


RABBITS OUTFOX SHOOTERS Namoi Valley Archers recently held their Christmas shoot, which was the final shoot for the year. This shoot was a novelty round, conducted on the morning after the awards night. Starting earlier than usual, in a bid to beat the heat, the entire boundary range consisted of rabbits, made up of both colour and 3D targets, they were placed cunningly by range captain Bernie Hayne to trap the unwary, or the over confident, at distances that some found hard enough to see let alone shoot. Scores for the shoot were low, as was to be expected from this type of round, but with some surprising results being recorded. In a dominant shooting display Karen Hudson beat son Wade in the compound division for family x-mas bragging rights. Wade is just back from the world IFAA c/ship’s in Argentina and was claiming he is still suffering from jetlag. Ann Stubbs was a close third. Sebastian Donovan must have taken exception to his father beating him out of top spot in the men’s open division at the awards the previous night, and proceeded to give him, and the other sighted shooter’s, an archery lesson, going on to win by a wide margin, better put some practice in over the x-mas break for next year Greg. Stuart Dolbel was just squeezed out, finishing in third spot. Darrell Hudson took out men’s traditional, easily accounting for his rivals, who will be hoping the new years shooting see’s a change of luck in store for them, as Hudson has been in the ascendency this year. While Mel Sinclair reversed her fortunes from the previous night’s presentations, beating out Denise Stevenson in a tough tussle for women’s open dominance. The club will now be in recess until next year when shooting will resume at the end of January. If anyone would like to find out about next year’s calendar, or the clubs activities in general you can contact the president, Peter Stubbs on 02 67431559. Sighted Div: Sebastian Donovan-615,Greg Donovan-575,Stuart Dolbel-565,Bernie Hayne-535,Gordon White-520,Matt Sinclair-515,Brad Mulherin-480,Mel Sinclair-330,Denise Stevenson-295,Lachlan Boyd-255,Brett Wheatley-105 Compound Div: Karen Hudson-410,Wade Hudson-330,Ann Stubbs-295,Gordon Harris-250,Jarrod Stubbs-90,Sharon Boyd-65,Kate Harris-30 Traditional: Darrell Hudson-305,Phillip Greenwood-255,Peter Stubbs-205 Ungraded: Craig Poeschl-390,Greg Capper-180,Andrew Poeschl-70

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Heatwave Conditions Prove Challenging

Namoi Valley Archers held a 3 arrow ABA round at their last club shoot with a big field taking to the Boundary range in extremely hot conditions . The club had originally scheduled a 2 round event but organizers decided to shoot only 1 round due to concerns about the excessive heat. Despite the extreme weather conditions some outstanding rounds were recorded. Greg Donovan turned in a superb performance to record a big win in the Sighted division missing the bullseye just 3 times over the 20 target round. Lloyd Jauja and Gordon White finished a thrilling tie for the minor placings. Wade Hudson was in a class of his own in the Compound event streeting the field to score a massive win with Karen Hudson taking second and Wendi Murrell third. Darrell Hudson was in top form dominating the Traditional contest after recording a brilliant round with Phil Greenwood doing just enough to grab second from Peter Stubbs in a close contest. Haylee Murrell won the Cub Compound division after a close battle with sister, Kaytlyn, with Emylie Murrell taking third to make it an all family affair. In other club news, John Finn and Lloyd Jauja scored the quinella at the Northern NSW Branch 3D tournament held at Singleton recently. Finn won the event by just 2 points with a great come from behind performance. The pair were level after round 1 with Jauja easing to a 4 point lead after the second round but Finn would not be denied in the final round doing just enough to score the win. Krystal Jauja also shot well to take the Junior Girl Bowhunter Unlimited title shooting extremely well. The club will be holding the AGM and presentation night at the range this Saturday with the AGM starting at 5.00pm. Sunday will see the final club shoot for the year with a novelty event to be shot. Further details can be obtained by ringing 67423220. Scores Sighted - Greg Donovan 394,Lloyd Jauja 382, Gordon White 382, Craig Mansifield 380, Sebastian Donovan 378, James Bush 378, Bernie Hayne 374, Nathan Murrell 372, Peter Bush 372, John Finn 370, Stuart Dolbel 368, Ethan Mansfield 368, Matt Sinclair 366, Brad Mulherin 364, Denise Stevenson 344, Mark Stevenson 332. Compound - Wade Hudson 376, Karen Hudson 338, Wendi Murrell 328, Ken Hill 276, Sharon Boyd 240, Amy Stubbs 232, Kate Harris 162. Traditional – Darrell Hudson 340, Phil Greenwood 282, Peter Stubbs 270, Alistair Wall 208, Bernice Hart 206. Junior Sighted – Krystal Jauja 338, Lachlan Boyd 336. Cub Compound - Hayley Murrell 338, Kaytlyn Murrell 330, Emylie Murrell 250. Little Archer – Connor Wheatley 328. Ungraded - Brett Wheatley 364, Ben Hope 344, Andrew Hope 194, Alisha Hayes 100, Rory Chambers 78.