The first of our indoor series of club Portsmouth competitions got under way on Saturday 25th November at John Ashby Sports Hall, Moulton. Entries for the event came flooding in very quickly and the membership turned out in force to take part. There are four shoots in the series and members use their best three scores to get their rankings for the trophies at the end of the season. The next shoot takes places on 16th December before our Christmas Party.
The presentation of some great new trophies and medals took place on Saturday 30th March 2013 for the shooters with the best two scores in their classes for the 2012-13 NAC Portsmouth Series. Archers convened to the cafeteria at Moulton College for the ceremony, after shooting at John Ashby that morning; and clearly everyone was pleased with the stylish awards. Congratulations to not only those who received an award on the day, but to all those who have improved their own personal performances over the season. It would be fair to say that this year many archers have done extremely well with sharpening up their shooting skills; and our thanks go particularly to our regular coaches – Peter Bond, Paul Barrett and Leigh Masters who have guided us with our techniques, gently pointed out the errors of our ways and praised us when we get it right. We’re sure that things will only get better. Thanks to Neville for the photo.
On checking the NCAS web-site, it looks like Oliver de Sousa has set a new County record for the Junior Gents Barebow in the Portsmouth Round on Saturday 9th March. The existing record of 240 was set last year, but Oliver has smashed this with a score of 301 – fantastic. Get your claim in. Susan Corless also equalled the present Ladies Recurve County Record with a score of 572 – well done. Claims for County Records should be directed direct to NCAS. They can be done online here.
Another successful event was held at Moulton College yesterday for the fourth round of the 2012-13 Portsmouth Round Series event. New Records were set and several members have improved on their Portsmouth Badge Awards, not least of all Paul Bond who set a new Club record of 579 in the Gents Recurve, beating his old record of 573. He is the first member to achieve a 575 Portsmouth Badge. Other records were set by Robyn Stevens in the Ladies Flatbow, scoring 287, beating her old record of 251.Susan Corless set a new record in the Ladies Recurve with 572, beating the old record of 558. Deaglan Rooney set a new Junior under 14 Flatbow record of 211, beating his old one of 209; whilst Oliver De Sousa set a new gents under 14s Barebow record of 301. A great day was had and congratulations to all those who set new records, set new personal bests and improved on their badge awards.
Our third in the current season series of Portsmouth Club Competitions was held on Saturday 12 January and was another great success with Peter Bond presiding over affairs as Judge. Entries for the competition were snapped up as soon as the event was published and 34 archers took part. The event saw the return to our club of Paul Bond who still holds a Stafford County Record dating back to 1994. We hadn’t got a recent shot of him so we thought the picture above would cause appropriate embarrassment – or maybe not. Paul on this occasion shot a new Club Record of 573 in the Gents Recurve. Leigh Masters also set a new record in the Gents Flatbow with a score of 410, beating his old Club Record of 363. Vaughan Tucker set a new record in the Gents Traditional Recurve with 409 and Robyn Stevens (welcome back home) set a Ladies Senior Flatbow record of 251 (beating her old record of 227 as a junior). Our Records Officers also have to admit to missing a Club Record set by Callum Howes in the Gents under 12s recurve in the December Shoot when he scored 306. A few personal bests were also achieved and Portsmouth Badges are awaiting claims. Well done to you all. We must not however forget that the day was not just about high scores. Archery is for enjoyment as much as winning, and a great day was had by all – except the grumpy ones!
Deaglan, our young junior, is a new name added to our record holders at NAC. Deaglan scored 171 shooting flatbow last Saturday at JASH in the last of our Portsmouth Series. Jacob also shot a new junior record for the recurve with a score of 484. Leigh Masters beat his previous senior record shooting flatbow with a score of 361 and Sarah Fowler-Jardine shooting compound beat her previous record with a new high of 541. Susan Corless beat her old record scoring 525, but this lasted just 24 hours -she scored 531 the following day. Great news and well done. The final positions for the whole series will be published in due course.