A number of county archers shot at this weekends Hawks AC World Record Status FITA 18m Tournament taking place at Ampthill Beds.
Lizzie Cantopher of WOAC shot a new ladies recurve county record in Saturday’s seeding round to rank 1st for the afternoon head to head matches. She went on to finish in 3rd place overall after winning the bronze medal match by beating her opponent 6 sets to 0. Jude Hall shot well in her seeding rounds of the ladies compound with 546 (and 532) to rank 6th. Paul Hyde of NAC also shot both rounds with 481 (and 477) to rank 14th in the gents recurve. Gary Hall, Paul Blamine and Daniel Watt for WOAC all took part in the Saturday gents compound competition. As did Jon Bull of Targetcraft who ranked in 7th place with a new junior gents compound county record of 570. Paul shot 558 (and 556) to rank 13th. Gary scored 553 (and 563) to rank 15th, and Daniel scored 545 to rank 17th. In the head to heads Daniel was unlucky to lose his first round match 6-2. Paul had a bye in his first round match but lost his match in the last 16 by 7 sets to 3. Gary won his first round match convincingly 7-1 before then winning his next match against highly accomplished archer Tim Nash 6-0 in the last 16. Gary’s next opponent in the quarter finals was Jon Bull. Jon had a bye in the first round before winning his last 16 match 7-3 to line up the all county match with Gary, which went Jon’s way 6-0. Jon’s next opponent in the semi finals was Alistair Whittingham who proved too strong winning the match 7-3. Jon went up against fellow EMAS squad member Thomas Taylor for the bronze shoot off but lost out 6 sets to 3.
No head to head’s on the Sunday, with three FITA 18 rounds instead. Lizzie Cantopher returned to shoot 519 to finish in 3rd place overall in the ladies recurve. In the gents recurve Paul Hyde also returned for day two and improved his two rounds with 496 and 491. Ian Hannaford, James Mason and Dean Edwards all of WOAC all shot well. Ian scored 539 to finish 8th. James shot very well to finish in 4th place with his first round score of 559, and scored 552 for his second round (with a miss). Dean scored 568 to finish in 3rd place, and scored 561 for his second round for a new Double FITA 18 county record. Daniel Watt returned for his second day and shot all three gents compound rounds scoring 531 (to finish 14th), 549 and 549.