Entries are now invited for the Northampton Archery Club’s Open Portsmouth competition to be held on Sunday 25th February 2018 at John Ashby Sports Hall, Moulton College, Northampton. The event at this great venue has become popular over the years and the Club’s competitive but friendly atmosphere always ensures a great day.
Well done to all who shot in the Interclub Challenge, run outdoors this season between four clubs in the County. Northampton AC came third overall, and it was great to see archers shooting rounds they had never tried before. 22 archers from NAC took part.
After the American round (Round 1) at Wellingborough we were down in 4th place, behind the leaders, Long Buckby AC, with Wellingborough OAC 2nd and Kettering AC in 3rd. Mick Lovell was our top scorer with 646, coming 3rd overall behind two Compound archers, so great shooting from Mick.
The Field shoot at Daventry (Round 2) was hosted by LBAC. Here we did a lot better and came first with 260 points in front of LBAC, with KAC in 3rd and WOAC in 4th. This raised us to 3rd overall, only 4 points behind 2nd place. Dave Quemby shot the highest score of the day with a 193. The Clout, Round 3, saw NAC in 2nd place behind KAC, LBAC in 3rd and WOAC in 4th. This left us still in 3rd place overall – now 28 points behind second place, and 412 points behind first place. NAC’s young Hazel Dalley, showed up all the Northampton crew by shooting the highest score for the team with 103, which was 8th overall and maybe a county record. Excellent shooting Hazel. In the final round – the Pope Young, at our home ground – Sywell, Northampton AC did well coming in 2nd – 253 points behind Kettering, the winners of this round. LBAC were in 3rd and WOAC in 4th. There was outstanding shoot from NAC’s top shooter for the day – Paul Walters with a score of 156 – 2nd overall by 2 points.
In the final reckoning the archers from Kettering shot extremely well and took the Top Spot by only 23 points, with the overall positions: First – Kettering 6284, Second – Long Buckby 6261, Third – Northampton 6003 and Fourth – Wellingborough 5216, Congratulations to Kettering. It was an excellent series and everyone enjoyed the fun of the challenge. Look out for next years, hope you will enter again. Thanks to Dave Q for the write up.
Congratulations go to NAC Junior Compound Archer, George Bond who has been selected to represent the County for the first time at “The Sydney Bond Tournament’ to be held on Sunday 23rd July 2017 at Lincoln Archers, Washingborough, Lincoln. He will be shooting Bristol Rounds at this Record Status Shoot. All the best George.
In the meantime at The Archery GB National Series – Stage 3 hosted by the County of Surrey Archery Association at Kingston University, Surrey from 08-07-2017 to 8-07-2017, Susan Corless senior compound of our Club won stage 3, and is now sitting 3rd in the overall rankings – there are two more stages to go. Well done Susan.
The last of the four rounds of the inter-club challenge between Kettering Archers, WOAC, Long Buckby AC and NAC took place at Sywell shooting grounds on Saturday 30th July. The final round was a Pope Young that turned out to be both fun and frustrating – with a few lost arrows in the process. Friendly banter kept the afternoon moving along, and at the end of the shoot, held on a fantastic sunny day that was none too hot, everyone feasted themselves on a grand barbecue. A tombola was held for the Vaughan Tucker fund in aid of a defibrillator for NAC and over £60 was raised. The series of four shoots in the challenge started off on 21st May with a Target Shoot hosted by WOAC, and Long Buckby and Kettering Clubs subsequently hosted Field and Clout Rounds respectively. Results will be posted very shortly, but suffice it to say that Kettering took the trophy for the whole series, and John Bosworth was the proud recipient on behalf of Kettering Archers of the oddly coloured PINK shield.
The seeds of the idea for the challenge had been sown by David Quemby of NAC, who subsequently took care of the admin/organisation work. It is planned to hold a similar series of shoots next year.
Thanks on the day to everyone who took part and helped NAC host the final round – including those who helped set up the targets and run the shoot, those who contributed to and ran the tombola, not least of all to those who laid on the fantastic barbecue, and those that helped tidy away afterwards. A great day for all four clubs; and a grand finale to a brilliant idea that brought the four clubs together.
Entry Forms for the 6th NAC Open Nationals Tournament on 21st August are now available. This event is to be held at our great Sywell Range with club house and a field width shelter to protect you and your kit in between ends. Don’t miss this shoot.