Every year the Royal Toxophilite Society hosts an invitational shoot, where archers are invited to represent either The Worshipful Company of Bowyers or The Worshipful Company of Fletchers.
Simon Wright of Wellingborough Open Archery Club was one of the Northamptonshire archers invited. Here’s his short report from the day.
“We received an invite quite some time ago, having been put forward by our team Captain Martin Ross to the Bowyers Prize Day, so not really knowing what to expect both myself and Bob Kaminski duly arrived at 9am in Burnham. Also present where Shahram Montasser from Kettering, Jeremy Beasley and Jennifer Ives from Banbury.
The venue was fantastic, very secluded surrounded by trees. The round we shot was a York. We all started precedings with tea on the lawn against the backdrop of their very ornate clubhouse.
With the company of archers from surrounding counties some had come from Devon! We shot the 1st distance and where all treated to sherry followed by a lavish lunch. We shot the York tox rules! we are still not sure what those are! Members of the Bowyers Association came round during the shoot to view proceedings they had very kindly sponsored the whole day. At the end of the day we had the prize giving and were treated to cakes and scones and tea!
I have to say it was a fantastic day and we where made to feel most welcome. Really was a fantastic day that will stick in my mind for a long time to come.”
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.
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.
Lincolnshire were the winners of the coverted Thoresby Trophy at this years EMAS Senior Inter-counties Team Tournament held on 4th September at Washingborough near Lincoln. The host county won the event for the first time in the 53 year history of the shoot.
Northamptonshire were once again short of a full team which might have seen us put in a good challenge. Dean Edwards and James Mason finished 1st and 4th respectively in the gents recurve standings. Shahram Montasser also shot very well finishing in 6th place with a new PB of 1027.
Jude Hall finished in 3rd place in the ladies compound with 1208. Helen Nuemann shot really well in here first county shoot with 1109. Frances Bull finished in 7th place overall in the ladies recurve with 1028. Lizzie Cantopher finished 13th with 963.
The NCAS Team