Once again Woking AC Beginners put in a great showing in an AGB Postal event with our very own Sammie James topping the table in the Ladies Beginners Compound and Angus Wilson topping the Gents Senior Barebow – well done both!
In the Gents Compound class of 181 archers, Matt Tuck put in a whopping 588 to claim 13th place. This is a huge result when you realise that the top two scores tied at 598 and the top eleven scores were all 590 or above. Well done Matt!
In the Gents Beginners Recurve we had four entries, well done to Tony Thomas, Andy Harper, Dominic Walker and Joshua Williams and also to Sheila Austin who put in her score for the Ladies Beginners Recurve. It’s great to see archers putting in scores for the first time!
Finally, a mention to our chaps who put in scores for the Gent Recurve. This class contains a staggering 684 archers from around the UK with the top scores, again a draw, at 595! Congrats therefore to Andy Hopkins whose 551 scores placed him 149th, closely followed by Ken Austin, James Woodgate and Anthony Chaddock.
Ask Eleanor who slipped over in the mud at Pentref last weekend and had to wash her trousers in the shower to get the mud off (sorry Premier Inn!). Having rained heavily overnight into Sunday it then rained all Sunday afternoon but that didn’t stop the fun or Louisa from claiming her third U15 Red Peg National Record. Eleanor, despite having such cold hands that her target companions actually had to put on her finger sling and tab for her, managed to finish as leading Senior Lady.
If you have ever fancied Field Archery we cannot recommend a trip to Pentref highly enough, it really is the most amazing club with a wonderful field archery heritage and their catering is truly famous (we’ll be going back in Sept just for another homemade chicken and leek pie and another couple of slices of homemade bread and butter pudding)!
(See if you can spot Louisa in the top of the second picture!)
Ten young archers entered last summer’s AGB Summer Metrics, thanks to our Records Officer Phil Embury, after they all shot a Short Metric during July or August. Amongst the entries were Gold medals for Abi Embury (U12 Compound), Louisa Piper (U14 Recurve) and Eleanor Piper (U18 Recurve) and a Bronze medal for Jessica Hammond (U12 Recurve). Sam Davies also came a reputable 7th out of 21 for U12 Recurve and Alex Ruffle was 10th for U18 Recurve.
A special mention though must go to our fantastic up and coming WAC juniors who put in scores for the first time; a massive WELL DONE to Haider Raja (U14 Recurve), Jibril and Mikhail Moedeen (U10 Barebow) and Florence Dodd (U10 Recurve)!
Congratulations to all our friends at Chessington for putting on another great shoot!
Congratulations also to our WAC team of Eleanor Piper, Roy Watts and James Woodgate who ensured that Woking came away with the coveted King’s Cup. In addition Eleanor won Gold in the Ladies Recurve (her first competition as a “proper grown-up”) and all our juniors medalled; Louisa Piper Gold in the Ladies Cadet Recurve, James Woodgate Silver in the Men’s Cadet Recurve and Jessica Hammond Bronze in the Ladies Cadet Recurve. Andy Hopkins also put in a strong performance but just missed out on nudging James out of the way for a place in the team result!
If you haven’t popped down the A3 to take part in this shoot before then definitely consider doing so next year, it’s great fun.
There may still be frost on the ground but before you know it buds will be out, the sun too if we’re lucky, and the 2017 summer archery season will be upon us!
To make sure that you’re not caught out without any of the WAC kit that you need to look your best on the line we do though need to place orders in what might still seem like the depth of winter.
Fortunately the folks at Kudos have said that we can have until Thursday Feb 2nd to place orders and still have kit in time for shooting.
So get your tape measures out, let us know if you need any help ordering (or in spreading the cost) or want to check out sizes before buying (we can try and find someone with the same size to try) and place your orders as soon as you can!
It was a very traditional archery send-off that saw Sean McArdle leave Woking Archery Club for the last time at last Sunday’s Frostbite!
Sean is off to live in Cornwall where all of his WAC friends wish him the best of luck and hope that he will come back and visit soon.