Bray II County Records

Bray II County Records

James Mason of WOAC has taken the Gents Compound county record for the Double Bray II round, just a few weeks after it was previously broken by Pete Waterton of Targetcraft Archers. James improved the record by 3 points with 564, while shooting at Targetcraft Archers open club night on 10th December 2010.

On the same evening, Dean Edwards also of WOAC broke both the single Bray II and Double Bray II Gents Recurve county records. The previous single round Bray II record of 284 had stood for 32 years, held by Robert Jolley of Broad Green Archers since October 1978. Dean’s score of 285 improves the record by just a point. The record for the Double Bray II round of 535 was previous held by Glenn Taylor of Long Buckby Archery Club since December 2009. The new record set by Dean is 567.

Northants Archers at the Indoor Nationals

Northants Archers at the Indoor Nationals

Several archers from the county took part in this years National Indoor Championships held for the first time at the Telford International Arena on 4th & 5th December 2011. This year, over 800 archers entered the event, and the size of the venue meant that both the junior and senior events could take place on single days.

Five of our top junior archers shot on the Saturday for the Junior Nationals. Leonie Allen (recurve) and Jon Bull (compound) of Targetcraft Junior Archers, Josh Hall (compound) of WOAC, David Forster (recurve) of Nene Bowmen, and Bradley Denny (recurve)
of Archers of Raunds. 

The competition format was a single Portsmouth round shot in 1 of 2 sessions in the day, with archers split into relevant age categories. Leonie shot very well finishing 12th in the junior ladies recurve under 16’s with 523. Josh continued his good season with a great score of 561 placing him in 5th place in the gents compound under 16’s, just a few points ahead of Jon who shot a great score of 553 to finish in 8th. In the under 18 gents recurve, David had an excellent round finishing in 8th place scoring 570 with a miss, just 7 points behind the eventual winner! 

Last but not least, Bradley doubled up his national champion titles by winning the under 14’s gents recurve category in style with a score of 558. This means Bradley is now both the indoor and outdoor under 14’s junior national champion!

On the Sunday, Dean Edwards and James Mason of WOAC both shot in the early morning FITA 18 qualifying session. Both shot well and made the last 32 cut-off’s for the head to heads in the afternoon. 
Dean shot 547 with a miss which placed him 31st in the gents recurve. James shot a great round equaling the gents compound record of 572, putting him in 17th place. Dean went out in the 1/16’s to 2nd place seed Mark Nesbitt 7-1. 

James won his first round match, beating commonwealth games competitor Geraint Thomas of Wales in a close match 6-4. In the next round he met 1st seed and commonwealth games gold medalist Duncan Busby. James took the UK’s no.1 compound archer all the way to 5 sets, with the match having to be decided by a one arrow shot-off. Both shot 10’s with their final arrows but unfortunately Duncan’s 10 was just a bit closer to the centre than James’ putting him through in an exciting finish.

Northamptonshire Win Close Match!

Well done to the Northamptonshire county team for winning todays indoor match against Bedfordshire.

The match took place during the first session of the Bedfordshire World Record Status FITA 25m and Open County Championships. The win was especially good as Beds fielded a strong team. Yet Northants came out winners of a close match, 4277 overall points to 4247.

Special congratulatons to young Josh Hall whose recent form saw him called up to shoot as one of the three Compound archers in the team. Josh also shot a new Junior Gents Compound county record at the shoot. Well done also to David Forster who also shot a new Junior Gents Recurve record.

The team consisted of Josh Hall, James Mason, Martin Ross (Captain), Ian Hannaford, Dean Edwards, Hedley Williams, Juliette Longland, Julia Draper, Lizzie Cantopher, Bradley Denny, David Forster and Todd Burlington.

Four New Indoor Records for Josh

Four New Indoor Records for Josh

Josh Hall of WOAC has broken four junior gents compound county records. At the WOAC Indoor Open on the 13th November, Josh shot a new Portsmouth record of 569, beating the previous record of 566 held by James Mason since November 2006.

The next came at one of Targetcraft Archers open Friday club nights on 29th October. Josh improved on his own Bray II and Double Bray II county records with 279 and 519 (previous score were 272 and 519 both shot in Dec 2009).

The third came while shooting for a full county team during the recent match against Bedfordshire on 28th November. Josh again improved upon his own county record of 539 (Apr 2010) with and impressive 554 FITA 25m, helping the team beat Beds for the second time in two years.

Josh’s mum Jude Hall has also shot a new Bray II county record. Jude improved on her own ladies compound score of 272 (Oct 2009) with 280 points. Jude shot this great score during the same Friday club night with Targetcraft Archers on 29th October.

David Forster of Nene Bowmen also shot a new county record score during the Beds v Northants indoor county match. David shot 545 points for a new FITA 25m junior gents recurve record despite two missed arrows! The previous record of 544 was held by George Avil since Fedruary 2010.