11th Junior and 3rd Senior WA1440 Southern Counties Tournament 2018
On Saturday 21st July Rayleigh Town Archery Club hosted the Southern Counties World Record Status competition. 50 archers in total took to the shooting line to compete with compound, recurve and barebows.
Representing Braintree on the day were the Moir family. Jo shot in the Ladies WA1440 round and James competed in the Metric 1 round with son's Sam and Ben going head-to-head with other county junior archers in the Metric 3 competition.
The weather on the day was HOT! Without a cloud in the sky and highs of 35C the conditions were brutal and many archers struggled to maintain their concentration through too much sun and lack of shade. Despite the extreme heat the competition was fierce and all rounds went down to the last few ends before the champions could be crowned.
Following on from excellent outdoor seasons both the Moir boys at times held the lead and boasting rights but it was Ben that finally squeaked the advantage over his older brother at the end of the day by taking the Gold medal by just 3 points. Both the boys also clocked up Junior Master Bowmen scores which means Sam has now completed 3 JMB scores for the season and officially holds that classification. Ben just needs one more JMB score to catch up.
James also took Gold on the day in the Metric 1 round and Jo just missed out on a medal finishing 4th in her competition.
All in all it was a hard fought but rewarding day for Braintree Bowmen. Well done to James, Jo, Sam and Ben.
Havering 45+ Windsor Tournament
Abbey Bowmen opened their doors to their new ground on Saturday 27th July 2018 to 'the old men' of archery. Having recently moved to the new venue this was the first tournament held by Abbey at the new ground and there was no better occasion than the annual over 45's Windsor competition to get things started.
Despite being a County shoot this tournament has the reputation of being a rather more relaxed affair with senior archers from far and wide proving they still have what it takes when it comes to shooting arrows.
30 archers in total competed on the day and to stay it was a struggle would be a massive understatement. What a difference 24 hours can make. Friday saw continuing high temperatures, no breeze and perfect archery conditions. On Saturday however we woke to the aftermath of electric storms with light rain and very windy conditions. By the time the first arrow was shot the wind had climbed to gale force with gusts in excess of 40 miles per hour. This made shooting almost impossible at times and every archer was having to time their shots to perfection to try and release their arrows at just the right moment when the gusts dropped. Chairs, tents and equipment were often seen rolling off to the distance as swirling winds picked up everything that wasn't nailed down.
But the 'old boys' stood firm and battled on.
Braintree Bowmen had 3 archers competing on the day. Richard Whiteley and Paul Logan were shooting in their first outdoor competitions having only recently taken up the sport. James Moir was also in attendance shooting in his first 45+ tournament. When the arrows had been found/collected, the scores calculated and the debris cleared from the gales, both Richard and Paul scored very creditable PB's for their Windsor rounds. James, despite a shaky couple of ends managed to collect third placed and the bronze medal.
Most impressive of all was that with 2 debutante tournament archers in the team Braintree Bowmen claimed the silver medal for team score on the day!
It looks like both Richard and Paul have very bright tournament futures ahead of them flying the Braintree Bowmen flag.
Well done 'old men' :-)