Northants County Archers Excel in Sydney Bond Competiiton…..
On Sunday 22nd July a junior archery team from Northants took part in the annual Sydney Bond inter county competition.
The Compound Team consisting of Jon Bull. Josh Hall and Leonie Allen held on to a narrow lead from the first to last dozen winning the competition by 6 points. This was an excellent achievement considering tricky conditions and strong competition. This was the first time for a number of years that Northamptonshire have been able to field a full compound squad in this competition and the victorty was well deserved.
All three shot brilliantly to hold off their closest rival Derbyshire, and Josh deserved his award as highest scoring Compound with a score of 1270 (out of 1296). Jon, who has shot in the Sydney Bond since 2006. finally got to pick up a winner’s medal in this his last year.
The Recurve Team cosisting of Teigen Allen, Katie Bayliss, Benjamin Cunningham, Daniel Cunningham, Finley Lancashire, Katie Langton, Daniel Nixon and Lauren Philips also put up a magnificent performance coming second to Lincolnshire.
There were some terrific individual performances with new PB’s scored by Teigan (up 116 points from her score in the 2nd Caswell), Daniel Nixon, Katie Bayliss, Katie Langton and Finley. Also six Rose Awards were claimed ranging from the 900 to the 1250.
Whilst the results were brilliant it was also great to see how the juniors helped, supported and encouraged each other .
So it’s a BIG WELL DONE to our Junior Teams………….
Also Thanks are owed to the parents who got them to Washingborough in Lincs, who supported and encouraged them.
It was a great effort by all involved securing Northamptonshire one of our best results at the Sydney Bond for many years.
Jon Bull of Targetcraft Archers was in Denmark at the beginning of July with the GBR Junior Archery Team. He was one of the three Cadet Gent Compound Archers in the team, taking part in the Junior European Target Archery Championships.
The team travelled to Nykobing on Saturday 30th June and the competition began on the following Tuesday with a FITA 720 ranking round.
Jon was the highest ranked GB Cadet gent in 4th place. This won him a place in the MIxed Team with the highest placed GB Cadet Lady Daisy Clark.
Next it was into knockout head to head matches. Jon had a Bye in the 1/24 and won his head to head in the 1/16 against Demir Cagatay of Turkey 139 to 127 points. In the 1/8 final he won against Carisson Isak of Sweden 139 to 136 points. In the 1/4 final he lost to Yakali Samet Can 140 to 135 points.
The Cadet gent compound team got through to the Semi-finals and finished with a Bronze medal from their match against the Denmark team which they won 220 to 214 points.
Jon and Daisy beat teams from Russia and Ukrain on their way to the final. The finals were shot by the harbour across a stretch of water! This made things more difficult. They put up a good fight but were beaten by Denmark, and finished with the Silver medal.
Jon’s 2 medals were added to the Bronze team medal he won in Croatia in May.
During the week of 25th -> 29th June there was a competition at Stoke Mandeville for disabled archers. It was the British Wheelchair Archery Association (B.W.A.A) National Champs and International shoot and was in the format of 70m ranking round and Head to Heads for both compound and recurve bow styles.
Having obtained my disabled classification last indoor season this allowed me to join the B.W.A.A and enter the shoot as an independent competitor shooting alongside the international squads from Norway, Malaysia, Ireland, Switzerland, Poland, Spain, Finland, Turkey, South Africa, Italy, Hong Kong, Canada, Mexico, U.S.A, and our very own GB squad.
The week started very hot but very windy Monday was the men’s ranking rounds, on Tuesday the
ladies shot their ranking rounds by which time the wind was getting very tricky. I finished ranked 7th
above one of the U.S.A squad members in 8th and Ireland in 9TH with other B.W.A.A members below
them, so all in all I was pleased. Unfortunately the windy conditions became gradually worse by the
Head to Heads on the Thursday and Friday with some of the top ranking archers missing at 70m, me
included. So sadly I was knocked out of the Head to Heads at the first round. On a more positive note
I did bring home the Silver medal in the B.W.A.A Championships section for which the ranking round
scores were used for all B.W.A.A members from both the Independent and G.B squad members.
All in all it was a fantastic experience, shooting alongside the top Paralympic Archers from across the world, many of whom will be in London in September for the Paralympics.
I would like to draw the attention of all disabled archers to the B.W.A.A. They run the above competition annually and also in the winter months have training weekends at Stoke Mandeville. All of which are open to any disabled archer who meets the classification criteria. Once you have been formally classified (an assessment of your disability by a qualified classifier, often Pauline Betteridge of the B.W.A.A) you can join the B.W.A.A for £15 a year. This will give you access to the coaching sessions and the competition. They are a very friendly bunch with a wealth of knowledge and experience to help any disabled archer with almost any disability, from the novice archer to those wishing to climb the ranks towards the paralympic squad. Some other coaching methods are not always flexible to take into account physical limitations, they are on hand to offer advice and help to work with and around your personal disability.
Derek Bett of Kettering Archers has achieved a new gents barebow county, regional and national record (yet to be ratified) for a FITA 900 round. Derek shot a fantastic score of 688 at Targetcraft Archers record status FITA 900 tournament on 1st July 2012 at West Lodge Rural Centre, Desborough. The previous county record of 649 was held be Mark Corstin also of Kettering Archers since July 2010.