Hampshire Archery Association is the home of archery in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands in the UK. The Association is affiliated to SCAS (Southern Counties Archery Society) and Archery GB (GNAS) who are the governing body for the sport in the UK.
Archery is a sport for all ages and abilities and is great for families. There are over 50 archery clubs in Hampshire and most offer beginners courses. If you interested in trying archery get in touch with one of the clubs listed here.
Archers from Hampshire made it through into the top three at most events held in Dunster this year. Dunster has always had a reputation as a windy venue but this year the breezes were trickier than ever. Despite that there were some good scores shot.
Here are some of the medal winners:
|FITA (Monday)||Longbow (Wednesday)|
|Barebow||1st||Marc Bunyard, AC Delco|
|1st||Ciaran Finn, Standford||2nd||Dickie Summers, AC Delco|
|3rd||Janet White, FOB||Clout (Thursday)|
|Field (Tuesday)||1st||Dickie Summers, AC Delco|
|Compound||1st||Roz Smith, AC Delco|
|1st||Brian Chandler, FOB||3rd||Margaret Bunyard, AC Delco|
|3rd||Trevor Smith, Sway||Western (Friday)|
|1st||Dickie Summers, AC Delco||3rd||Marc Bunyard, AC Delco|
|Albion (Tuesday)||1st||Ciaran Finn, Standford
|2nd||Adrian Dawes, AC Delco||Double York/Hereford (Sat & Sun)|
|2nd||Janet White, FOB||Recurve|
|3rd||Charlie Cassidy, FOB
||1st||Chris Baigent, AC Delco|
|2nd||Julian Piper, Soton|
|3rd||June Allen, Winchester AC||1st||Roz Smith, AC Delco|
|Longbow||2nd||Christine Pennell, IBM|
|3rd||Christine Pennell, IBM||1st||Marc Bunyard, AC Delco|
There are two Tassel Status Clout events in the area. The first is the Sarum Clout at Salisbury on the 28th September and the second is the HAA County Clout Championships at Waterside Archers grounds in Exbury on the 5th October. Now if there was a club willing to put on a third Tassel Status Clout in the area you wouldn't have to travel all over the country for your tassel! Any offers?
On the 21st and 22nd of June the All British Field Championships were held in Ballywalter Park, Ards, County Down, Northern Ireland. There were about 120 entries from all over the United Kingdom. Fort Purbrook had 3 archers competing, and Forest Of Bere had 2, making 5 archers from Hampshire in all.
We had Duncan Elm (FP) and Brian Briggs (FoB) in the Gents Traditional category, Daniel Hawley (FP) in Gents Longbow, Charlotte Hawley (FP) in Ladies Traditional, and Paul Briggs (FoB) in U18 Boys Longbow.
The Fort Purbrook archers decided to stay in the Boys Brigade hostel that was arranged by the organisers, and whilst the beds could have been more comfortable the rest of the facilities were good, and the food was superb, especially on Sunday evening when we were served a full roast dinner including the mashed potato and spring onion mix that the Irish call Traditional Champ, which was very appropriate for one of our party!
The competition was split over two separate courses, the unsighted archers shot the marked course on Saturday and the unmarked course on Sunday. Both courses were well set up with challenging shots using the terrain well to provide a tricky course that was very enjoyable to shoot.
The marked course was set mostly in the gardens of Ballywalter House providing an open course but with some shots from bright sunshine into the dark shadows provided by trees and bushes, and a shot across a lake to keep things interesting.
The unmarked course was in the ancient woodland with maximum use made of dead ground and fallen trees to make distance judging as awkward as possible.
The Hampshire archers did very well with Paul, Daniel and Duncan all taking home the Gold medal in their respective categories, and Duncan getting a last minute call to shoot for the England team, putting in a superb score to help England win the Home Nations trophy making a total of 4 gold medals coming home to Hampshire, not a bad haul for a National Championships!Click here for the full results are on the Lough Cuan Bowmen website