Thursday, September 26th, 2019
Our archers have been out and about to catch the last few weeks of outdoor season, and having great success! Detailed writeup below, but to summarise: five shoots, two Master Bowmen, two trophies, several medals, all in three weeks!
Over the 7th/8th September weekend, Lydia Sinnett-Smith was down in Basingstoke for the final leg of the National Tour. As the last chance to earn Tier 1 points, the field was particularly strong, and a touch of end-of-season weariness resulted in a 15th place ranking and 17th place in the H2H.
The same weekend, Jack Atkinson was at Meriden Double WA1440. Finding the weather just as chilly as it was in Basingstoke, Jack nonetheless shot two good MB scores to claim his 1300 star and finished 7th overall.
No rest for the wicked as the following weekend saw a split of CCB archers across two shoots again. Jack was joined by Anke Hannemann at the Jolly Archers Autumn York/Hereford shoot. It was unseasonably warm for September (mixed reviews on whether this was a nice surprise, or too hot). Despite the heat there were strong performances from Anke and Jack, both pipping friendly rivals to first place and claiming trophies for their efforts.
Ladies’ recurve was particularly close with Anke being second by one point at the halfway stage but putting in a strong back end to secure victory by one point!
It was a particularly good day for Jack as, in addition to a trophy and claiming his 1200 Rose, he also claimed his final Master Bowman score of the season (the third in just nine days!).
This is a big achievement and the paperwork now needs to be sent off to ArcheryGB for ratification and a nice shiny badge.
Also enjoying the warm weather were Lydia and Patrick Sinnett-Smith at the Bowmen of Glen WA1440. Coping with the strange up-and-downs of the field, both shot well. Patrick took home the gold medal in the Gents Masters category (best not to question the number of entrants) while Lydia got silver in Ladies Compound – and more importantly a Master Bowman score, only 1 point off GMB. This was good prep for the following weekend which saw Lydia, Anke and Jack in action representing the county versus Essex.
The final shoot of the season, this match was a bit varied in weather, ranging from wet on arrival, to hot during the second distance, wet and breezy after lunch, and thankfully dry for 30m and results! This does highlight why outdoor season is drawing to a close… Despite the varying conditions our archers shot well, helping both the compound and recurve teams to better scores than Essex. Sadly the unsighted and junior teams didn’t manage to match up to our rivals and the overall victory went to Essex – however, CCB didn’t contribute to those, so as a club we were victorious! Lydia also shot her third MB score to claim the classification – managing a PB and a GMB score, which bodes well for the following year!
It has been a busy and successful year for CCB – well done to all our archers who shot, whether it be one shoot or one every week (or so it feels…). If this has tempted you to give competitions a go next year but you don’t know where to start, please ask, as it is really fun and a good experience for everyone to try out.