On the 6th September, Hampshire Archery Association (HAA) held the counties first 3D field archery championships; hosted by Overton Black Arrows at their field archery range in Kingsclere, north Hampshire.
3D field archery involves shooting a course of 24 animal targets, at unmarked (unknown) distances between 5m and 30/45m, depending on bow style. Archers move around the course in groups of 4, rather like golf shooting 2 arrows at each target and then moving onto the next one.
Planning for this event started in November 2019, but was put on hold during the Covid pandemic, not least because an order was placed for new targets from a company in Italy, just before the start of the pandemic. HAA received the targets at the end of July and the event was scheduled for September!
31 Hampshire archers and 28 from other counties entered, shooting under the current Archery GB social distancing rules. The weather was fantastic – a bit of cloud, but plenty of sunshine making it hard work on what is a very steep and hilly course.
Hampshire Archers took first place overall in 12 of the 20 categories, with some good scores. More than 10 county records will be claimed as a result.
Full results can be found here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1OCkr0unhU7AEKqAJeXhVVWjqeZitFfkG
Winners in the Hampshire championships are as follows:
Gents: 296 - James Catchside (Fort Purbook co of Bowmen)
Gents: 423 – Richard Heathcote (Talisman Archers)
Junior Gents (U12): 143 – Noah Littlechild (Fort Purbrook co of Bowmen)
Junior Ladies (U15): 216 – Faith Littlechild (Fort Purbrook co of Bowmen)
Gents: 502 - Owen Blackmore (Southampton AC)
Ladies: 438 – Elizabeth Blackmore (Southampton AC)
Junior Ladies (U12): 111 – Katy Hawley (Fort Purbook co of Bowmen)
Gents: 263 – Dan Hawley (Fort Purbook co of Bowmen)
Junior Gents (U18): 86 – James Baker (Overton Black Arrows)
Gents: 378 – Richard Buckner (Overton Black Arrows)
Junior Gents (U12): 147 – Tom Hawley (Fort Purbook co of Bowmen)
Junior Gents (U15): 298 – Henry Maule (Fort Purbook co of Bowmen)
Ladies: 314 – Ffion Edgeley (Forest of Bere)
Junior Ladies (U15): 357 – Freya McCallum (Fort Purbook co of Bowmen)
Junior Ladies (U18): 296 – Jodie Buckner (Overton Black Arrows)
Gents: 228 – Paul Creamer (Fort Purbook co of Bowmen)
Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions and requirements, both the HAA Outdoor and the Hampshire Clout Championships have been cancelled.
With regard to the Hampshire Clout, Record & Tassel status has been granted and will be transferred to next year as appropriate.
Watership Down Open competition (with social distancing)
Results can be found here: WD202results.pdf
On the 11th and 12th July, Overton Black Arrows hosted their annual field archery competition in the Warren and Peter Hastings woods. This year was to be a celebration of 50 years shooting at the warren, with a hog roast, live music and a fun clout shoot. All that will have to move to next year!
We had been working with AGB for the last few weeks to agree a format by which we could pilot the first field competition post-lockdown. The major change was staggered starts – meaning we could bring people onto the site in a managed way, get shooting groups together, and keep them together (and away from others) for the whole day. No catering, but extra hygiene station with wipes and gel were on hand, along with a whole bunch of signs telling people where or where not they could be!
The course was laid out as 12 unmarked and 12 marked targets, in three loops of eight – one loop in the woods, with some tricky long shots through trees and two loops out on the slopes of the warren. No difficult 60m downhill shot this year, instead an ‘easy’ 47m uphill shot instead. The “Peter Turner challenge” shot was a 55m uphill target in the woods.
The weather was slightly windy on Saturday, but sunny, and very hot on the Sunday. In all, sixty-eight archers competed over the two days, and Hampshire archers broke 9 county records for the WA combined round.
We have had some amazing comments from archers who were VERY happy to be out and shooting – in turn, the club is very grateful to those archers that attended and pleased that the event was such a great success.
The following information is as a result of a direct telephone conversation between Archery GB and our Chairman Reg Press -
"Due to the coronavirus situation all archery should be suspended. Anyone deciding to shoot will be doing so without Archery GB insurance cover."
The Hampshire and West Sussex ‘Junior Performance Pathway’ sessions have been established for several years now and take place once a month on a Saturday morning throughout the winter season (typically October through to end Feb/Early March). These sessions take place at Havant and South Downs College, Waterlooville PO7 8AA. Currently the cost of each session is £15, payable on arrival.
The sessions are aimed at archers age 8 – 18 (although some continue to come after 18), from across Hampshire and West Sussex, who are interested in meeting other young archers and learning how to improve their technique to shoot at a higher standard in competitions.
Session plans vary from month to month, building on work done in previous sessions. Coaching is tailored to varying individual abilities and each session has a specific theme. Archers are expected to have the commitment and enthusiasm to progress in the sport.
Archers will learn more about:
• making an individual development plan
• the latest skills and drills
• aspects of physical readiness
• mental preparation for competitions
• aspects of their individual shooting technique, with constructive feedback from coaches about areas to work on.
Club coaches are also welcome and encouraged to come with their juniors. If the coaches have any questions we’re very happy for them to get in touch.
The juniors who attend currently say that their technique, accuracy and strength has improved as a result. Those who benefit most commit to attending all of the sessions throughout a winter season. Many come back year after year. They also enjoy the social aspect of it, getting to know other junior archers who they then see at competitions in the region.