All archers who shot at the Tri-counties match back in October 2014, can all those who won a Trophy at the shoot, please return back to me at the county champs! Or bring to the shoot on this years match on 25th September 2016 if you are selected for the squad.
Due to various reasons outside my control I have decided to not put a team into the upcoming Thoresby Match which was to take place on the 04/09/2016. For those archers who have accepted the invite and were able to shoot please except my sincere apologies as I know you will be disappointed.
I hope this will not be a sign of things to come and as such I would like to know what the archers think in regards to the following. If we as a county are not able to fulfil the required quantity to make up a team for such an event as for example ‘Thorseby’ (which has never reduced team size if a county who cannot field a full team on the day)
Do I as the Captain.
1. Instruct those who have agreed to represent the county – that we are not able to fulfil the required team
a. Let the archer decide if they still want to shoot
i. If they do still send them to the shoot
2. Have the archers agreed to shoot vote on do we still send whom we have and take the majority and go with the result.
3. Pull the team and send no one.
I’m more than happy to discuss this with anyone or you can let your club Representatives ‘Selectors’ now and they can pass your verdict onto me.
This is a question to all Northants archers those who have shot on the squad and for those who will soon be shooting at competitions and may be asked to represent the county one day.
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.
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.