British Team Selection Event at Lilleshall – Superb Shooting and all in contention!
More than 150 British Archers competed in challenging conditions over the weekend at Lilleshall , shooting for places on British teams competing at:
- The World Archery Youth Championships in Yankton, USA. The championships run from 8 to 14 June.
- The Para Archery world ranking event being held in the Netherlands from 16 to 23 May.
- Stage two of the Archery World Cup in Antalya from 26 to 31 May.
- The World University Games in Gwanju, South Korea, from 3 to 14 July.
In addition, the weekend is the first of two shoots to decide places at:
The World Archery Championships and Olympic qualifier in Copenhagen from 26 July to 2 August.
- The World Archery Para championships and Paralympic qualifier in Donaueschingen, Germany, from 23 to 30 August.
The performances of our 4 representatives James and Tom Howse, Lucy Mason and Phoebe Pine were nothing less than staggering, and all have placed them selves in a great place to be selected for one or more of the above events!
There were winning performances for Phoebe Pine and James Howse , who comprehensively outperformed their competition and second place finishes for Tom and Lucy. The teams will be announced in the next few days.
Ontarget National inter-Club Team Competition
Deer Park v Tyndale Archers 26/04/2015 – Report by Team Manager Dave Sandles.
The official team representing Deer Park in the first round of the OnTarget Club competition away at Tyndale was made up of Andy and Nicola Cramb shooting recurve and another family pairing of Alex and Callum Fraser shooting compound.
There was also an informal team of longbow archers along side captained by John Craigie with Dave Ponton, Lynn Benfield and Martin Hutchings.
The competition, shot at 50m, is split up into sections firstly a team round with all scores added together, then a pairs round (compound and recurve), and finally an individual round with archers shooting in a head to head style. The winner of each round gets 2 points with the other side getting 1 point.
The team round went well and started the competition off with Deer Park scoring 723 against a score of 589 by Tyndale. 2 points in the bag. A banker with individual’s confidence on the up.
The pairs round next and Andy and Nicola, recurve, scoring 301 over their rivals 223.
Alex and Callum scored 425 in the compound round against another family pairing from Tyndale of Chris and Heather Brown who scored 318. At this point the overall score was now 6-3 in our favour.
There was now a break in proceedings for some refreshments very kindly put on by the host club and we were very well looked after with a very nice curry meal and cakes. Made it worthwhile getting up early on a Sunday.
Back after the break to the individual round, the top scoring archer representing each club from each discipline now went up against each other. And so forth for the other archers too in a head to head format. Deer Park took all four matches taking the full 8 points. That gave us the match with a maximum score of 14 points to Tyndale’s 7 points.
Credit goes to Andy Cramb for shooting consistently with rounds of 177, 189 and 184. Also to Callum Fraser scoring 214, 215 and 211 respectively.
This is a good team event with scope in the future for other bow types as there is a definite interest. The longbow contingent from Deer Park performed well and enjoyed the format of the competition.
They took the team round 379 to 258. It was a little closer in the pairs but it was still the same result with Deer Park taking all the points. In the head to head competition Deer Park lost just 1 point taking victory 13 – 8.
Everyone had a good time and enjoyed the format. This was at least partly due to our hosts who made us so welcome, we are hoping to organize a home event to return the hospitality. The extra longbow archers shot well and from both sides there was a feeling of why are we not included anyway along with a barebow section too?
Team selection for the next round will commence immediately, unlike previous years archers with international experience are not eligible.
A 12th May visit to our new ground from Arran Coggan Archery GB Development Manager and a visit on the same day to the Forrest District Primary School Games Level 2 Finals has been arranged to recognise the Club’s and member’s contribution to Ontarget Programmes. All will be revealed on the day. It will also be a great opportunity to show off our new home and there is no doubt that being a member of the Ontarget Programme has helped us to achieve this.
Community Open ‘Turn up and Play’ weekly sessions about to start.
A new grant scheme from Gloucestershire County Council is encouraging more sport and physical activity across the county. Called Active Together, the grant scheme is open to community groups from sports clubs to scout groups and to parish and town councils and schools.
Deer Park Archers would like to record their thanks to the Council for supporting this programme. It is hoped that it will become our main source of new members from the local community. All ages and abilities are welcome. Once individuals have established basic skills and confirmed archery is for them, they can elect to do an abridged beginners/Improvers course.
The sessions will take place every Saturday morning from 10:30 to 12 and will run throughout the summer. First session will be Saturday 9th May, a small charge will be made. This is an excellent family activity and a great way to try our sport and get some good exercise at the same time. We will also be running holiday camps. More details to follow.
Throughout our existence we have strived to look after our environment and having purchased our own land we have an even better opportunity to do so. We have already planted 1500 hedging plants and 65 semi mature native trees. And started to clear our brook and begin the long process of managing scrubland which will form our field course.
To optimise our efforts we have now opened discussions with the Gloucestershire Bat Conservation Trust, RSPB and the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust!
New Ground – Summary of key actions.
We have submitted an application to Tewkesbury Borough Council to revise one of our planning conditions which if successful will allow us to leave some bosses out overnight.
Grass cutting, the field is drying out so 2/3 of the playing area can now be cut using a ride on mower. The remaining area is being cut by hand! We have applied to the Gloucestershire Environmental Trust for a grant to help solve this problem which does make it very difficult for those with restricted mobility and will restrict the use of the ground.
We are also applying for funding to install a porous shooting line, which will facilitate high usage and ease of mobility.
Fund raising is still in full swing and the next initiatives will be announced following this week’s committee meeting.
A full review is being conducted and work to modernize the site will be led by John Dalton.