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 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.