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Mar

1st FITA 18 Tournament, 10th and 11th March 2012

The scores from the tournament can be downloaded by clicking here.

No medals were awarded, but the highest scores in each bow style from the weekend receive a free entry to one session at our next tournament.

The principal purpose of the tournament was to provide archers with an opportunity to make the qualifying scores for the 2013 European Indoor Championships selection shoot. Congratulations to Tim Nash and Daisy Clark for doing so. Daisy also improved on her current UK national record by four points with a score of 583 in the final session on Saturday.

Three others – Adam Outram, Pip Tucknott and Alistair Whittingham – finished short of the scores they required by just four points. Despite their obvious disappointment, all three deserve congratulations for some high quality shooting over the weekend.

Outstanding scores among the recurve archers came from the Sussex duo of Gavin Sutherland and Gerry Deak, who were members of the victorious Brighton Bowmen team at last weekend’s Sussex Indoor Team Championships.

Several others shot county records and personal bests but, regardless of scores, thanks to everyone who supported the tournament.

Possible dates for future tournaments are:

  • Saturday 3rd/Sunday 4th November 2012; and
  • either Saturday 23rd/Sunday 24th February 2013 or Saturday 9th/Sunday 10th March 2013.

If you’d like to shoot at St Aubyns again, please let us know your preferred dates as soon as possible.

Current thoughts are that the schedule at the next tournament will probably comprise five sessions on the Saturday and four on the Sunday, with the first session each day starting at 9 am. Single details with a maximum of 12 or 14 archers in each session should ensure a sensible finishing time on both days, while giving everyone an opportunity to shoot up to three sessions each day with a decent interval for tea and recovery between sessions. But those are just thoughts at the moment and yours are welcomed.

Juniors

The final session on Saturday hosted a match between the juniors of Sussex and Essex, who have been keen and close rivals at the SCAS Junior Inter-Counties Championships in recent years.

The recurve competition saw a resounding victory for Essex by 1744 to 1557, with Alex Brody (474) top scoring for the visitors. Sussex’s Bryony Pitman (520) took the honours for the highest score from both teams.

The compound match was closer, going down to literally the final arrow. Once again, Essex prevailed by a score of 1686 to 1677. Daisy Clark’s 583 led the way for Essex, ably supported by Luke Wiseman (561) and David Fall (542).

Congratulations to Essex. We hope to be able to stage this match once again in 2013.

Thanks

It was a small tournament, but numerous people need to be thanked for their part in enabling it to take place.

I’ll begin by expressing gratitude to our hosts, St Aubyns School, with a special mention for Iain Marcusson, the site manager, who has gone more than the extra yard to make Brighton Bowmen feel welcome at their still newish home. To say we’ve been lucky is the greatest understatement of this year or any other.

It’s unusual for a first time tournament to be given record status, but Karen Hodgkiss at Archery GB listened to our case and obtained the necessary authorisation. Thank you, Karen. You have my sincere promise that I won’t bother you again for at least, um, a month.

The target butts and stands for the shoot were provided by Worthing AC and County Oak AC for little more than pennies, kindness that won’t be forgotten. Union, Trueheart and Courtesie isn’t dead; you just have to know where to look for it.

No archery tournament in Sussex would be complete without the Chairman of Brighton Bowmen, Roger McMullan, officiating in some capacity. He and Richard Hillier performed their duties with customary efficiency and good humour on both days. Assistance was provided on Saturday by candidate judge Paul Clark, who impressed everyone as he went about his duties. Quite a team.

Julia Tucknott, Diane Hillier and Zillah McMullan were as dependable, level-headed and patient as ever, picking up and completing all the tasks that your correspondent always leaves until the eleventh hour, taking care of refreshments for archers and officials alike and providing good company throughout the tournament. Thank you, ladies.

Two members of the Brighton Bowmen team that won the Sussex Indoor Team Championships at the K2 the previous weekend, Gavin Sutherland and Gerry Deak, provided the necessary muscle to collect and return the target equipment. A third, Pip Tucknott, slip-streamed behind the tournament organiser and made short work of clearing up the chaos that he left in his wake. Quite a team once more.

Gary Kinghorn helped out in many ways, from borrowing an urn for tea-making to helping set up the range to carrying out field crew duties and all kinds of stuff between and beyond those three. A good bloke and still a very fine archer. Cheers.

Everyone at St Aubyns at the end of the shoot seemed to play a part in clearing the range. Thanks to everyone who helped, especially our Treasurer, Roger Wolff, who got stuck in even though he hasn’t been in the best of health recently.

The final mention and much gratitude must go to Steve “Trufflemeister” Allen. Not only did Steve bake some very tasty muffins on Sunday, he also provided the target equipment and safety net that enabled us to start shooting at St Aubyns in February 2011. That’s another example of how unbelievably lucky we’ve been over the last 12 months or so. Thanks, Steve.

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