Lizzie & Susan Picked For England!

Lizzie & Susan Picked For England!

Congratulations to Lizzie Cantopher and Susan Corless of NAC. Both archers have been picked to represent England at this years National Indoor Championships in Coventry on 7th December.

This is the second year running that Lizzie has been selected for the ladies recurve team. Having shot for England at last years event, she helped England to victory over the other home nations.

For Susan to be selected for the ladies compound team is a fantastic achievement. Having only switched from shooting recurve to compound less than a year ago, when she thought she might have to give up shooting completely.

James Mason has been named as a reserve for the gents compound team.

The full England team can be viewed here.

2013 National Indoor Championships

It was a great 2013 National Indoor Championships for Northants archers, held on Sunday 8th December in the Jaguar Hall of the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.

Lizzie Cantopher and James Mason of Northampton AC represented England on the day in the Home Nations event. Both helping their national teams to win their respective team matches.

The England recurve team, including Lizzie shooting for her country for the second year running, won the Easton Cup with 2344 points, over Northern Ireland 2151, Scotland 2146 and Wales 1076.

The compound England team with James won the Scottish Trophy with 2251 points, over Scotland 2217, Northern Ireland 2213, and Wales 1680.

Lizzie’s ranking score of 532 put her in 17th place in the ladies recurve main individual competition. In the first round of head to head matches she faced 16th ranked Angelina Measures who unfortunately for came through the match 6-2 to progress to the next round. Susan Corless also of Northampton AC finished 24th in the ranking round with 518. She went on to meet 9th ranked Nicola Turner in the first round, but Nicola come through the match 6-0.

In the gents recurve competition, Bradley Denny of Archers of Raunds shooting in his first senior national indoor championships, finished in 20th place in the ranking round with 556. In the first round Brad came up against England team member and 13th ranked Michael Judd, who unfortunately out shot Bradley 6-0 to progress. Bob Kaminski of Wellingborough OAC finished in 86th place in the ranking round with 514.

Jon Bull of Targetcraft Archers, finishing the ranking round in 22nd place in the gents compound event with a score of 573. Jon met 11th ranked Tim Nash in the first knock-out round, who he beat 7-3 to progress. In the next round Jon came up against 6th ranked Chris White who was in formidable form, shooting a clear round to win the match 6-0.

Alan Course of Wellingborough OAC finished in 103rd place in the gents compound event with 529.

Archie McDougall Targetcraft Archers finished in 14th place in the gents longbow ranking event with 279. Archie went on to beat 19th ranked Luke Hagon in the first round 6-4. In the next round her meet 3rd ranked David Cartwright narrowly losing the match 6-4.

The great triumph of the day came for James Mason. Having already had a great day representing England for the first time, James went on to become National Indoor Gents Compound Champion! His ranking round score of 582 placed him in 9th place in a very close top 15 field. In the first round of head to heads he beat 24th ranked Rodney Groom 6-2. In the second round James beat 8th ranked Stuart Wilson by the same score of 6-2. In the quarter finals James found himself facing no.1 ranked James Bingham. The match proved very close indeed, both reaching 5 set points each, so it had to be decided by a one arrow shoot-off. James held his nerve to progress into the semi finals to meet 4th ranked Matthew Arnold. Once again the match was extremely tight going to 5-5 and had to be decided by a nerve racking one arrow shoot-off which again went in James’ favour. Every compound archer must imagine what it would be like to face Chris White in a head to head final match. Chris dominated this event for many many years which makes this final even bigger for James. Unbelievably, this match was also tied after several hard fought sets 5-5. Once again a one arrow shoot-off, and once again amazingly James held it together to win the match and this time win the title too.

Northamptonshire would like to congratulate all the archers who took part in this years event. A special well done to Lizzie Cantopher for representing England for the second year running. And of course a special congratulations to James Mason on what was a truly momentous day.

Full Results

A great weekend for NCAS archers at the 2012 National Indoor Championships

A great weekend for NCAS archers at the 2012 National Indoor Championships

Once again the Junior and Senior Nationals were held on the same weekend, this year at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena.

Junior National Indoor – Saturday 1st December 2012

Northants were well represented at the Junior Nationals with 10 juniors attending all of which shot well and did the county proud. The Junior Nationals is a Portsmouth round.

A few of the Archer’s put in exceptional performances and managed to bring back some medals and trophies.

Jon Bull of Targetcraft Archers, continued his great form and won the Junior Gents Compound U18 category with a score of 580. This was also the highest compound score of the day making him Junior Gents Compound national champion!

Brad Denny from Archers of Raunds, won the Junior Gents Recurve U16 category with a very impressive 589. This was also the highest Recurve score of the day beating the winning score in the U18 category, making him overall Junior Gents Recurve national champion!

Katie Bayliss also from Archers of Raunds, came 2nd in the Junior Ladies Recurve U16 category with a score of 537.

Katie and Brad were also a part of the EMAS Recurve team that finished 3rd.

Brad was also representing England in the Home Nations event. He achieved the highest score in the team and England won the Home Nations.

Finlay Lancashire of Corby Archers came 3rd in the U12 gents recurve.

The other junior archers from the county who also deserve a mention are Lauren Phillips of AOR, Daniel Nixon of Targetcraft Archers, Josh Hall of WOAC, Katherine Langton of Wicken AC, Max Weston and Emily Rose Stubbs of Banbury Cross Archers, Teagan Allen and Curtis Allen of 1st Long Buckby Scout, and Zak Crawford of Corby Archers. Many of who took part in their first national indoor championships.

Congratulations to everybody and I hope the success continues into 2013.

Junior Results

Senior National Indoor – Sunday 2nd December 2012

The county were also well represented at the Senior Nationals with 13 archers attending. The Senior Nationals is a slightly different format from the Junior Nationals, with a FITA 18m used as a ranking round followed by Head to Head matches to determine the national champion .Many of those archers were attending the Nationals for the very first time .Out of the 13 in attendance 6 of our archers made it through to the Head to Head section of the shoot (top 32 in each category go into the Head to Heads).

Once again we had an archer from the county representing England in the Home Nations event. Lizzie Cantopher from Wellingborough Open Archery Club was a member of the England team that won the Home Nations. Lizzie scored 545 which meant she finished 7th in the Ranking Round. Lizzie won her 1st match in the Head to Head 6-2 but lost her 2nd match 7-1 and finished Tied 9th.

Ian Hannaford from Wellingborough Open Archery Club was shooting at his first National Indoor and scored an impressive 559 in the ranking round and seeded 13th. Unfortunately Ian lost in his 1st round match 7-3 and finished Tied 17th.

Jon Bull of Targetcraft Archers shot at the Senior event as well as the Junior Nationals. Jon once again showed good form to shoot 578 and qualify 10th. Jon won his 1st match 6-0 in convincing style but unfortunately lost a very close match against Alistair Whittingham 7-3 losing in the 5th and final set. Jon finished Tied 9th.

James Mason from Wellingborough Open Archery Club, qualified in 15th after scoring 575 in his ranking round. James won his 1st match 6-2 and narrowly lost his 2nd match. James came from 5-3 down to take the 5th set and tie the match. This resulted in a 1 arrow and although he scored a 10 his opponent was closest to the “X”. James also finised Tied 9th.

James and Jon were also members of the EMAS mixed compound team that won the Regional Merlin Bows trophy along with James and Rikki Bingham. EMAS beat WMAS by the narrowest of margins both teams scored 2309 but EMAS had 151 tens and WMAS only had 150 tens. EMAS won, by 1 ten!

Chas Wilson of Corby archers finished 9th in the ranking round for Gents Longbow with a score of 306. Chas won his 1st match 6-0 but narrowly lost his next match 6-4 to eventual winner Steve Gamble. Chas finished Tied 5th.

Brad Denny from Archers of Raunds, shot in his first Senior Nationals and was in terrific form after his success at the Junior event. Brad scored 567 in his ranking round ( just 1 point short of the current Gents county record) this was good enough to rank him 6th. Brad won his 1st match 6-4. In his 2nd match he faced Conor Hall (Ian’s Conqueror) and he won the match 7-1. His 3rd match was the Quarter Finals and Brad shot against Tom Barber, someone who has represented Great Britain on several occasions. Brad once again showed top form and won a very close match 6-4. This put Brad into the Semi-Finals against Patrick Huston a member of the Northern Ireland Team. Both Archers shot very well but unfortunately for Brad, Patrick won most sets by the odd point to win 7-1. Brad still had one match left to shoot, the Bronze medal match. This match was against Gavin Sutherland, a member of the England team that had won the Home Nations. Brad tried his hardest and shot very well despite being fatigued but Gavin won 6-0 hardly dropping a point in the 3 sets. Brad finished 4th which is a fantastic performance especially as it was his 1st ever Senior National Indoor.
Congratualtions to everyone and hopefully we can do even better next year.

Senior Results

Reports by James Mason