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.