Four archers from the county took part in the first ever UK Face2Face Tournament held on 2nd & 3rd December at Telford International Centre.
The format of the competition consisted of a first phase group stage with archers placed in groups of six, shooting 12 arrow head to head matches. The top two from each group with the most match points automatically qualify for phase two, along with the highest scoring runners up.
Paul Blamire of WOAC found himself in one of the toughest Gents Compound groups, facing some top international names including Peter Elzinga, John Stubbs and Reuben Bleyendaal. Despite putting up a good fight Paul didn’t manage to qualify for the next phase.
David Forster of Nene Bowmen shot well and came through his group in 2nd place winning all of his matches other than the one against Michael Peart.
Dean Edwards of WOAC and Gyorgy Zsiga of LBAC found themselves in the same group alongside GB archer Mark Nesbitt, and top irishman Keith Hanlon. Dean won four of his matches and drew one to finish joint top with Keith Hanlon on match points. Gyorgy shot well winning three of his matches to finish 3rd in the group, qualifying through to Saturdays second phase as one of the highest place runners up.
Saturdays second phase once again consisted of another group stage. This time David Forster and Gyorgy Zsiga were paired in the same group. David couldn’t continue his good form from the day before, But Gyorgy managed to win 3 of his matches and was unlucky to finish 3rd in the group with again only the top two progressing to the next phase.
Dean’s group included GB archer Alan Will’s, England team member Gavin Sutherland, national series finalist Andrew Randall, former Scotland team member Mark Forster and Jamie Adams. Starting well Dean won his first match against Gavin Sutherland and drew in his match against Andrew Randall before losing his other matches to finish 5th.
The full results can be found on the ArcheryGB website.