A Fitting Tribute…

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The Funeral of our County Chairman Chris Mason took place on Monday 20th October in his home town of Kettering. The day was a tribute to his life and he was given a great send off, including a fitting six arrow tribute at Kettering Cricket Club in the afternoon. As the sixth arrow was loosed, friends and family gave the call ‘Chris Mason, Archer of England’.

We would like to thank everyone who came to Chris’s funeral for helping to make it such a wonderful tribute and celebration of his life. It really meant a lot to us, his family, to see so many friends and people who knew Chris and who wanted to be there to pay their respects on the day.

Angie, Stephanie and James.

Posted in Chris Mason

Archery GB 2014 UK Ranking Lists

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Congratulations to those Northants archers who made it onto this years Archery GB UK Target Ranking Lists.

To qualify, archers must complete three ladies/gents WA 1440 rounds and two WA 70m rounds all from shoots with World or UK Record Status. If more rounds than required are shot, the best scores are submitted. In addition archers are required to shoot an associated Olympic round head to head, but the score is not included in the total.

Lizzie Cantopher of NAC topped off a great season finishing in 12th place in the Ladies Recurve list. Susan Coreless of NAC finished 25th in the Ladies Compound list in just her first season after switching from Recurve. Also in the Ladies Compound list, Frances Bull of Targetcraft Archers finished in 38th place. In the Gents Compound list, James Mason also of NAC, made it into the top 10 in 7th place. Jon Bull of Targetcraft made the top 20 in 18th place. And Ian Hannaford of NAC ended up 97th in the Gents Recurve list.

Archery GB 2014 UK Ranking List

Posted in Acheivements, Archery GB, Frances Bull, Ian Hannaford, James Mason, Jon Bull, Northampton AC, Susan Corless, Targetcraft Archers, UK Rankings

Chris Mason

It is with great sadness that we let you know our dear County Chairman, Chris Mason passed away on Friday 10th October. He’ll be greatly missed by everyone who knew him.

Chris has been a huge part of archery within the county for many years, working tirelessly not least as Chairman but in everything from running shoots to simply helping others whenever they needed it. This is just a little of what he did for us all. He will be sorely missed and his absence will be felt by many many people.

We would like to pass on our deepest sympathies to Chris’ children Jamie and Steph, and to Chris’ partner Angie. So many of you will be sending your love and thoughts to them at this sad time.

Details of the funeral will follow as soon as possible. Please feel free to share any of your own condolences and thoughts in the comments below.

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John Finds Gold at Wicken

Clive Trundle sent in this great photo of John Glendinning at Wicken Sports field. Looks like John found the gold at the end of the rainbow.

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Posted in Photos, Wicken Archery Club

L&RCAA v NCAS County Team Match 2014

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Congratulations to the Northants county team, who on beat Leicestershire & Rutland for the first time in several attempts over the past few years!

The annual match took place on Sunday 28th September, at Bowmen of Rutland’s ground at Greetham Valley Golf Club near Melton Mowbray.

Northants won the Gents Compound division 5342-5142 with great scores from Jon Bull, James Mason, Martin Ross and Tim Bull. The county also won the Ladies Compound 2619-2381, with Susan Corless and Frances Bull coming first and second respectively.

The Gents Recurve team narrowly lost 6959-6853 despite some high individual scores from John Inkley, Shahram Montasser and Jeremy Beesley. The ladies were also narrowly beaten 3475-3253.

The Leicestershire Longbow team won their event 1334-1063.

The junior recurves where on great form, winning 7154-6585. Will Ross of Long Buckby shot really well in the junior compounds but was beaten 1376-1289 by Mia Agar.

The overall team scores ended… Northants 27573 – Leicestershire 27176.

Team Results
Individual Results

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Posted in County Squad, Events, General News, NCAS v L&RCAA, Results

NCAS County & Open Clout Championships 2014

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The Entry Form is available for the Northamptonshire County & Open Annual Clout Championships 2014, on Sunday 2nd November 2014, hosted by Kettering Archers.
The shoot is also incorporating the regional EMAS Annual Clout.

Entry Form

The rounds will once again be Record Status & Metric Tassel Award, Senior FITA & Junior Metric Double One-Way Clout.

Venue: Kettering Cricket Club, Northampton Road, Kettering NN15 7JT.

Posted in Clout, County Championships, Events, General News, Kettering Archers, Tournament

NCAS County & Open Outdoor Championships 2014

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On Sunday 14th September, the 2014 Northamptonshire County & Open Championships were once again hosted by Wellingborough Open Archery Club.

Record Status & Rose Award Tournament.
Rounds: York, Hereford, Bristols I-V and National rounds in the afternoon.
The weather was overcast for most of the day with some sunny spells.

Several great scores were shot on the day along with at least two new county record scores. Russell Faulkner of Wellingborough OAC won the Gents Longbow category with a new county record score of 347. Susan Corless of Northampton AC won the Ladies Compound trophy with a record score of 1236. Shahram Montasser of Kettering Archers shot another great score of 1116 to win the Gents Recurve Trophy. Derek Bett shot an impressive 824 to win the Gents Barebow. Tim Bull of Targetcraft won the Gents Compound Trophy with 1106. Christine Marshall of Wellingborough OAC won the Ladies Recurve Trophy with 870. Katie Bayliss of Archers of Raunds won the Junior Ladies Recurve Bristol II with 991. And Neve Spence of Corby Archers won Junior Ladies Bristol V with 1124. Well done to the other medal winners on the day.

The county would like to thank Wellingborough OAC for once again doing a great job in organising and hosting the event.

Results

Posted in Acheivements, Archers of Raunds, Christine Marshall, Corby Archers, County Championships, County Records, Events, General News, Junior News, Kettering Archers, Results, Russell Faulkner, Shahram Montasser, Tournament, Wellingborough OAC

56th EMAS Senior Inter-Counties Team Tournament 2014

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On Sunday 7th September, the Northamptonshire team competed in the 56th EMAS Senior Inter-county Team Tournament, otherwise known as The Thoresby Shoot.

Individually our archers shot extremely well, with several personal best scores achieved on the day. Five of our seven gents recurve archers, finished in the top eight. Shahram Montasser of Kettering Archers won the gents recurve, John Inkley of Nene Bowmen came third, Ian Hannaford of Northampton AC was fourth, Jeremy Beesley of Branbury Cross Archers was fifth, and Dean Edwards of Duston Bowmen came eighth. Simon Stubbs of Branbury Cross Archers finished in 14th place, and Simon Wright of Wellingborough OAC came 17th. So all in the top half of the results.

James Mason of Northampton AC won the gents compound with a new county record score. Team Captain Martin Ross of Long Buckby AC finished in seventh.

In the ladies recurve, Christine Marshall of Wellingborough OAC came 15th scoring a new personal best. Jennifer Ives of Banbury Cross Archers also shot very well in 19th place. Anita Stubbs also of Banbury Cross Archers finished 22nd shooting barebow.

Our two Longbow archers, Russell Faulkner and John Marshall finished 7th and 10th respectively.

As we were unable to field full teams for most of the categories. we weren’t able to challenge for any of the team trophies this year, finishing 5th in all three categories. Derbyshire won both the recurve and the compound trophies, with Leicestershire & Rutland winning the Longbow trophy.

Full Results

This year, the shoot also acted as a selection shoot for the up coming EMAS Senior Team match against the West Midlands, to be held on 12th October at Lilleshall. NCAS members initially picked for the team are: Shahram Montasser, John Inkley, Ian Hannaford, Jeremy Beesley, Dean Edwards and James Mason. Congratulations to those archers.

Posted in Acheivements, Anita Stubbs, Banbury Cross Archers, Christine Marshall, County Squad, Dean Edwards, Duston Bowmen, East Midland Archery Society, EMAS Senior Squad, Events, General News, Ian Hannaford, James Mason, Jeremy Beesley, John Inkley, John Marshall, Martin Ross, Russell Faulkner, Shahram Montasser, Simon Stubbs, Simon Wright, Thoresby, Tournament, Wellingborough OAC

NCAS County & Open Championships 2014 – Target List

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The provisional target list for Sunday’s Northamptonshire County and Open Championships is now available.

Please note that there are a couple of amendments to the original entry form as follows:
• The National rounds are now also UK Record Status.
• Since the entry form was produced the ruling relating to the timing of ends (Rule 304(f)(I) Method 2) has changed, the lead in time is now 10 seconds and not 20 seconds as stated.

Target List

There are still some spaces available, please contact the tournament organiser if you wish to shoot. Entry Form

Posted in County Championships, Events, General News, Tournament, Wellingborough OAC

Lizzie Gets Bronze in Nottingham!

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Northants Archers Lizzie Cantopher of Northampton AC and Jon Bull of Targetcraft Archers, took part in the Nottingham Building Society, National Series Grand Final this weekend, 30th & 31st August, at the spectacular Wollaton Hall.

The Grand Final is made up of eight archers for each discipline; Gents Recurve, Ladies Recurve, Gents Compound and Ladies Compound. To qualify, the archers must gain enough points from several series events during the summer, with the top eight making it through.

On the Saturday, Lizzie shot fantastically well in the Ladies Recurve event. Making it to the semi finals and eventually winning the bronze medal by beating Ruth Welsh 6-2. When asked about her achievement she said: “It’s brilliant, I didn’t think I could do it and it just shows that archery is not just for young people.” ”It just shows what you can do when you break out of your comfort zone. It doesn’t matter how old you are, anything is achievable!” She also thanked her coach, Maggie Squires.

Jon shot in the Gents Compound event on the Sunday, but was beaten 146-134 by Matt Arnold in their quarter final match.

Read the news feature on the Archery GB website.

Full Results for the day.

You can watch all of the matches on the National Series live streaming youtube channel.

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Posted in Acheivements, Archery GB, Jon Bull, Lizzie Cantopher, National Series, Northampton AC, Targetcraft Archers