Hampshire Archers go Abroad Again

For the second year in a row, Hampshire archers went off to shoot in Malta then six days later Julian & I set off to Bhutan, in search of some traditional archery! As archery being Bhutan’s national sport. Once we were out of the airport with our guide & driver, I spotted an archery event, in the next village. The gents were dressed in their national costume, participating in a match between a neighbouring village. We were surrounded by mountains, but the little valley floor had just enough flat land for their ground. The club was in the grounds of the Uni of Business Management and to our surprise, our driver just drove straight in. We bundled out of the car and were beckoned to across to meet the teams. Their wives and children were at the middle of the range, picnicking and barracking the teams and what looked like a mass of stray dogs sleeping everywhere.

Our guide explained the basic principles of the match. They shoot 2 way at a target (plank of wood) at 150 m using a traditional bamboo bow. Fast and heavy poundage. Each target has a scoring zone similar size to a 6 ring 18m (single face) If the target is hit, the archer collects the matching coloured scarf. This is then worn around their belt. The team mates then perform a dance and chant, while the opponents laugh and taunt them. All very light heartedly.

The host village elder came across and we explained that we do archery in the UK and that we have bought from our County of Hampshire a small gift. The gent said “Hampshire, as in Portsmouth” “yes” we replied, “oh I know it” as I study at the University there. He accepted our gift of the Hampshire Team shirt and medals and said that the archer with the most flags through the day would be given the shirt and the winning team the medals.

As we drove around the valleys, each of the villages had their grounds. Most had a permanent pagoda alongside the range, which in truth was not very wide and the archers were happy to walk up towards the far target, while there were still others to shoot. Day 3 took us to Thimphu the capital city and the other side of the road from out hotel was the National sports stadium, comprising of a football pitch and archery ranges. We managed to watch the archers from our hotel, whist having dinner, as the ranges were floodlit. Traditional archers were practising on one range and compound archers on the other. So, after dinner we walked around the perimeter fence and again, we were encouraged to go inside. We chatted to the archers and one explained, he was getting in some last-minute practise for the Country’s championships the following evening. Only 1 archer was using a release aid, but they are not permitted in actual matches. The club house and the archery shop looked very pretty, built in the style of their houses and matching score board. Julian was offered to have a go, but having never shot a compound, weighing over 60lbs off his fingers and the bow being used for the championships next day, thought it was safer to say politely “no thank you and that we were just happy to watch” so we sat inside the concrete blinds and watched several ends being shoot.

We did see the Olympic archery practise ground, which was the other end of Thimphu city, but no one was practising there. Interesting its only the gents that participate in the traditional archery, but a few ladies shoot the Olympic bow.

Carla & Julian Piper

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For the second year in a row, Hampshire archers go off to shoot in Malta.

This year the weather was so much kinder, and Leander and I managed to go on some hikes, while the gents were competing.

Sadly we were missing Charlotte but Daddy Chris made sure that baby Baigent to be had some presents bought home.

 

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HAMPSHIRE JUNIOR STAR AWARDS

 

If you wish your competition to be entered into the Junior Start initiative please download the form, fill it in and send it to the Records Officer. 

This allows the record officer some time to prepare for the claims!

The Form can be found along with all the rules and the relevant scores by clicking the link below: 

Current Competitions with STAR Status:

Bowmen of Guernsey 7th and 8th September

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Many Thanks to all of the archers who represented Hampshire in the County Match against Sussex at Crawley on Sunday 28th April.

Hampshire recorded a resounding win overall and once again we were victorious in all disciplines - Recurve, Compound, Barebow and Juniors!

Because of your phenomenal performance I am proud to say that my 100% record remains intact!

Mixed teams of best 4 scores for Recurve & Compound, best 3 scores for Barebow and mixed discipline team of 7 juniors. Scores for the other members of the Hampshire team who also took part are shown at the bottom.

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RECURVE

Chris Baigent...……………..1184

Richard Buckner...….……...1090

Symon Davis...……………..1075

Hannah Mitchell...………….1055

TOTAL...…...………………..4404...SUSSEX.....4200

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COMPOUND

Vicky Loader...……………..1328

Mark Haldane...……………1322

Ruth Watson...……………..1308

Lee Miller......……………….1304

TOTAL...…………………….5262...SUSSEX.....4946

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BAREBOW

Alan Holder...……………….831

Richard Heathcote...……….718

Gemma Stafford...………….656

TOTAL..................………….2205...SUSSEX.....1959

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JUNIORS

Luke Davis...……...………...1350

Jodie Buckner...…………….1170

Abi Creese...………………..1128

Juliet Malbon......…………...1128

Saskia Meyrick...…………...1127

Charlotte Williams...………..1009

Paul Williams...…………..…..667

TOTAL...….........……………7579...SUSSEX.....6763

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RESULT.....HAMPSHIRE 19450...….SUSSEX 17868

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James Wrigley...……………1009

Lynsey Taylor...………….…...847

Sophie Meyrick...…………..1273

Gen Witham...………………1218

Nick Hayball...…………..……620

Donna Davis...……………….507

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Many Thanks to everyone involved for another awesome day!

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The final set of results for the SCAS Postal League have now been confirmed. It is all over bar the shouting and the name that is being shouted loudest is HAMPSHIRE!

March results with final league placings in brackets:

Recurve...…...1st Place...…(1st)

Compound......1st Place......(1st)

Juniors...……..1st Place......(1st)

Barebow...……2nd Place....(2nd)

Longbow...…...3rd Place.....(3rd)

An awesome performance by all of the archers who contributed scores over the last 3 months! Also many thanks to those who collated the scores and sent them to me.

The plan is to start again in October with a full 6 month competition and I will keep everyone informed of the arrangements.

Full team and individual results will be available soon on the SCAS website at https://scasarchery.org.uk

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About

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.