Today I had the privilege of standing in for Martin Ross as county captain as the NCAS junior team took part in the EMAS inter counties tournament for the Sydney Bond Trophy (Recurve) & Bingham Ceramics trophy (Compound).
After a wild day of weather on Saturday I was relieved to wake up to a calm breeze and the early signs of a sunny Sunday. At least I could be sure I wasn’t going to loose any of my junior team to Wizard of Oz style winds which had been my concern on Saturday!!
As we arrived the sun disappeared and as assembly started we saw the beginnings of some heavy rain!!
The juniors stayed in good spirits and got on with it and were rewarded with the return of the sunshine with scattered showers. The rain was bearable it was the mud that was the bigger issue!!
Throughout the day our recurve team maintained a steady 3rd position whilst the compounds shot well but were in last place.
As always the spirit of the Northampton team shone through and I am proud to have been their captain today. No complaining and lots of supporting each other, as teams should do.
Congratulations to Northamptonshire’s Junior Recurve team for winning this years Syndey Bond Trophy at the EMAS Inter-county team tournament! The event was held on Sunday 27th July, hosted by Aequus Archers in Loscoe in Derbyshire.
The recurve team, made up of Imogen Neville, Amber Wilkins, Katie Bayliss, Ruby Paul, Neve Spence and Daniel Nixon, scored 5451 points overall, ahead of Lincolnshire who scored 5306, Leicestershire & Rutland 5296, Nottinghamshire 5140 and Derbyshire 4666.
Katie Bayliss won the ladies Bristol II round with a new county record score of 1104. Amber Wilkins come second with 943. Daniel Nixon came third in the gents Bristol I with 864. Imogen Neville was just short of a ladies Bristol III record with 1145 finishing in second place. Ruby Paul won the ladies Bristol IV with 1136. And Neve Spence won the ladies Bristol 5 with a fantastic score of 1202, just two points short of the current county record.
The compound team shot well also but were unfortunately unable to field a full team. Kayleigh Dunkley shot a new Bristol II county record with 1068. And George Stubbs finished in second place in the gents Bristol II with 1100.
This is a great results for Northamptonshire, and show’s the great progress being made by our junior archers. A special mention should go to Archers of Raunds who are doing a great job in bringing their junior archers through.
Our juniors shoot very well finishing 2nd overall in the Recurve event and 3rd overall in the Compound.
Katie Bayliss, Isabelle Croyden, Bradley Denny, Finlay Lancashire, Lyla Lancashire, Daniel Nixon, Louis Paul, and Lauren Phillips
Millie Bott, Josh Hall, Will Ross, and George Stubbs.
The county would like to thank WOAC for their hard work in organising the event, along with everyone who helped out on the day. A special thank you also to all the parents for making these junior events possible.