Good Evening all,
Please find below my images from the AoR open. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and hope you enjoy the pictures.
Good Evening all,
Please find below my images from the AoR open. I thoroughly enjoyed the day and hope you enjoy the pictures.
There was some great shooting across the board last Sunday and I’m pleased to confirm that the results from the Archers of Raunds 39th Annual Portsmouth Open Tournament (say that after a few drinks), are now online.
The results can be obtained from the Events -> Results Page link on the site or simply by clicking here.
These should be sufficient to claim and county and national records, but please contact AoR if you need any more support in those claims.
Also, just a reminder that the photographs from the event are online (on www.m4photo.co.uk), please email Martyn if you would like copies. In addition, Matthew and Michelle took some great photographs and they will be uploading some more images to the blog over the next few days. All in all, another very successful and enjoyable tournament.
The Archers of Raunds Open Annual Portsmouth tournament is one of the highlights of the club’s indoor calendar. The club usually hosts three Portsmouth rounds during the day, giving archers of all abilities and ages a chance to undertake a single round, a double round and for the most ambitious amongst us, the gruelling triple round.
The preparations for the event began well in advance with Richard (our tournament officer) putting in a lot of hard work promoting and organising the event. Then the work to setup the hall started on Saturday which meant cutting short the usual shooting session. The setup was quick and painless thanks to Geoff being able to take this role on with his eyes closed, one arm tied behind his back and singing … well I don’t know what he sings really, but you get the point – with his guidance and a good AoR crew around him, the laying out of the hall was quick and easy.
The big day arrived which meant an early start. The first task for most of us was scraping ice off of the car and for some a long journey as well. However, Leza soon had the bacon sizzling to warm everyone up and the smell wafting through the hall.
The assembly for the first session was just before 9:00 and Martyn opened the address with a welcome and the usual housekeeping items. He then handed over to Heather and Val who would be our brilliant judges for the day.
Session one passed with some very competitive shooting, smiles, some frowns and a few reports of personal best scores being placed during the session. Session two and session three passed in a similar way with Geoff only being called on for a couple of equipment failures, the day just ran beautifully.
After the final round was shot, Richard cracked on with collating the scores while the AoR team packed the shoot away. With the raffle completed the awards were presented with Ruby as our Lady Paramount and then people went on their way – hopefully happy and satisfied with their achievements through the day.
A few interesting things to note
Young Archie really puts the time into his archery and his performance really showed during his amazing triple round shoot. He left with a raft of medals and the Junior Gents trophy, but the highlight for him was shooting alongside high flyers Ruby Paul and Brad Denny. Brad (Archie’s idol) surprised most of us by joining the shoot for one round and then went on to shoot all three. It made Archie’s day and I even caught him on camera taking down the target face that he and Brad shot on. It’ll be a wonderful keepsake and thanks goes to Brad for making a young man very happy indeed.
Towards the end of the event I also learned that Kevin had been shooting a very (VERY) special bow and set of arrows. A little over a year ago, the club lost a great friend and supporter. Phil Rhodes was one of those guys that was always ready to help despite having not been well for some time. Kevin and Phil became great friends and often traveled to clubs to shoot together. When Phil sadly passed away, he inherited Phil’s bow and arrows and during session three Kevin shot Phil’s bow and arrows in memory of his friend. A fabulous gesture as I am sure everyone will agree.
With four national champions and at least one NCAS past county champion shooting in the room, the competition was going to be tough. As a result, I heard of many personal best scores being posted throughout the day and some being broken more than once. With the recent rule changes each round now counts and any of the rounds can count as an archers best score.
In addition, I’ve also heard that a national record might also have been broken, not once but twice during the event. Congratulations to Debbie on that amazing achievement and I look forward to hearing about that being officially confirmed in the fullness of time.
It was also great to see so many archers undertaking their first tournament with us. I’d like to thank all of you for joining us and supporting AoR and we look forward to shooting with you and welcoming you back in the near future.
Martyn, from M4Photo was also on hand to capture a few hundred images from the day. For those of you who attended, those images are now available from www.m4photo.co.uk in the Archers of Raunds gallery.
Just a quick note to let anyone that is shooting the 39th Annual Portsmouth at Archers of Raunds this coming Sunday, the provisional target list is now available on our website. As always, this will be subject to change between now and the event, so please double check the target lists in the hall on Sunday.
Good luck to everyone shooting and we hope that you have a great day.
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Good afternoon readers,
The coaching team has been encouraging our newer members of Archers of Raunds to compete in the AoR open Portsmouth on the 22nd and I am delighted to see that so many have entered.
My intention with this blog post is to try and help you with your first competition and give you some hints and tips on what you can expect.
So lets get started!
Before the competition
After the competition
Most importantly enjoy the day. Archery is a fantastic sport full of lovely people. Your aim for the day should be to enjoy yourself and shoot the best you can.
Do you have any tips worth sharing? Have I missed a few? comment below. I would love to hear your thoughts.
Edit: Some Great comments below. Please be sure to read them for some tips i missed!
Please also feel free to share this blog with anyone you may feel will benefit from it.
I look forward to seeing you on the line this Sunday!
p.s. I was offered a bacon roll if I opened this post with “Dear Diary”. I could not refuse such an offer and look forward to collecting my prize from Ruby…
It was with some trepidation that awoke this morning, packed up the AoR Fun Shoot targets and other paraphernalia and of course my camera case. When I first suggested this shoot, someone said to me “Don’t over complicate things”, but me being me, that is exactly what I’d done. Mixed with trying something completely new and untried, the session was therefore set to be either a mitigating disaster or the best laugh ever.
However, there really was nothing to worry about because the morning session went wonderfully well with people laughing and enjoying themselves from the off.
This was a shoot where “Anything Goes” and that became clear from the outset. I’d promoted this as a 20m shoot but then realised that the usual line that we shoot on is blank across part of the hall (a line on a badminton court). So a quick last moment decision and the first of many, saw the shooting line moved back by about 3 or 4 meters. So what about everyone’s sight marks, well you get sighters right to sort that one out????
After a short welcome address, we got straight into shooting, and I mean straight into shooting. Yup, the second surprise of the day, NO SIGHTERS, now that’s not normal. Where was this shoot going???
With that the archers set about putting some scores on the board. Now, Matthew had given me an idea on Friday. He’d asked me whether the scores could go into minus. Of course, without giving the game away, I said of course – afterall this is a shoot where anything can happen and probably will. So, everyone shot their 12 arrows per team and we had plenty of nice scores, nice groups in the gold and everyone came back from the targets looking a little too happy with themselves. Enter twist number three.
The targets that we were shooting on were enhanced with pictures that put you in jail, one you chance cards, jokers, etc. I’d decided on the way over that IF all of the teams did the usual archery thing and simply shoot for the gold, well, I’d mix thing up a little and set the tone for the shoot. Yup – I zero’d everyone’s score sheets for the end – Hey we had an end of sighters anyway <rofl>.
Yes the rules were a little complicated but with the help of four strong team captains people soon got over their apprehension and the idea behind this shoot slowly began to dawn on people, well quite quickly actually because by the third end we were earning and playing chance cards and the teams could then see what I meant by the fact that “I was NOT in control of what happening in this shoot. It was up to the teams to earn, claim and play cards that changed everything.
You really needed to be there to understand the cards that were being played and how they affected the teams scores. However, our visiting team, up from Milton Keynes, SALT, quickly took a strong lead and on many occasion I noticed them checking what the other teams were doing. Tactics were already beginning to play their part.
However, how to you play your tactics where a whole team plays a joker and finds themselves shooting a club barebow, when most of the team had not shot barebow in a long time, leaving the team captain to coach barebow on the line. Like I said anything goes.
Matthew did a great job and his team were rewarded with a nice haul of points for the end. Annoyingly, they got to play the card again later and knowing that misses now scored 50 points, Eddie (English Longbow archer) stepped up to shoot all of the teams 12 arrows, perfectly legal and again tactics playing their part. Tony’s team noticed what was going on and in the spirit of the event, he decided to shoot one of his arrows straight into the gold of Matthews target. That confused us for a moment when we came to score, but nice one Tony, I really enjoyed that moment.
Another moment that I thoroughly enjoyed was one of Amanda’s (from SALT) shots. She’d never taken out the X and for a few anxious moments see studied the boss from the waiting line trying to see whether she’d hit that elusive X on the boss. It’s hard to tell evening with a scope because the hall lights cast awkward shadows on the boss form the arrows.
Going forward full of anticipation, I was hugely pleased to see her arrow firmly embedded in the X and we had to celebrate her achievement with a impromptu round of applause.
At AoR, it’s not always about the big wins, the club and county records. Those are important to archers as they progress but, for me, it’s those small personal achievement moments that make archery so much fun.
The shoot continued to score sheets being swapped back and forth, much to Matthew and Tony’s annoyance, delight, bewilderment (I’m not quite sure which). Score sheets were amended with additions and subtractions from the Chance Cards and then the Jokers started to come out.
On one end, Martin’s team played a Joker which had them sit out and quietly not shoot, much to the amusement of the SALT team to quickly noticed and began pondering on what was going on. Neil, there was no need for the binoculars on this one, your team might have been doing well, but Martin’s team claimed a whole heap of points for doing nothing and it actually became a Fun Shoot winning end for the team. With SALT well out in the lead for so long and reminders form me that “Anything can happen”, the whole shoot turned on its head at the end.
Another of my classic and favourite moments from the shoot was where partners Matthew and Michelle came to blows, literally. I missed the actual event, but with lots of laughing going on I had to find out what the nature of the amusement was. Matthew had done something (annoying I can’t recall what but maybe someone will fill in the details in a comment below) which obviously Michelle was not too happy about and she marched over to his team and gave him a good slap or six. All if good part and what fun, this really is what this shoot is all about.
All along the shooting line were smiles, laughs, confused faces and bewilderment, oh and a little exasperation at time. So, was I worried. Not any longer, the shoot was going really well and the moment that I knew that we’d got the balance right was when the team captains began sharing the deeds of their cards in front of the archers and best of all was when the SALT captain took to the floor and addressed the other teams with a nice thank you for making them feel so welcome and giving them 200 points each, yup another chance card to mix things up a little. I think that this is the first time that I have seen a visitor jump out and take control and it was immensely warming to me to see this happen and it really summed up the whole event for me:
RELAXED – IMMENSLEY FUN – SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT
Finally and by no means last a few thank you notes from myself.
Firstly to Leza for taking time out of a very busy day to lay on the catering and especially the bacon rolls which were the icing on the cake. I know that you needed to be in Lilleshall to pick up Ruby in the afternoon, so I was hugely grateful for you taking this time out to support the club.
To Cate for helping me to keep the rules in check and to help keep things running smoothly. Yes, I did notice that you asked me a lot of qualifying questions for the first couple of ends and then cruised the waiting line helping the teams.
To Lauren, who (without reading too much into what I was planning) helped me to finalise the shoot in my head and then who helped to create the countless cards and the target faces.
Finally, to all of the archers who came along to support the club’s fun shoot and especially the team from SALT.
So what next? Well I’ve already had reports from young and not so young that they want to do this shoot again VERY soon. Plus, the one person that had been asking me to put on this shoot ended up having to shoot at ArcheryGB in Lilleshall this weekend and I believe that she was very disappointed to miss this one. Let’s do this again in January or February at a time when young Ruby can also join us.
Thoughts in a comment below please.
Please be aware that the shooting times for December 24th and 31st have been changed to accommodate early closing of the college. The college have kindly let us have the morning on these two days and we will therefore be shooting between 10.00 am and 12.30pm on both days.
Also, the AoR Fun Day is fast approaching. Shooting the Fun Day on the 27th November will be by prior application only. I need application forms and your payment by the end of Sunday 20th November and I do not plan to cater for people turning up on the day. This is because I need to create special targets and make other arrangements for the shoot.
I will be at the club on Friday (17th) so please bring your entry forms along and catch me at the end of the session.
Please also share these time changes and the fun shoot with other people shooting at the club. This will help to avoid people turning up to shoot and being turned away or finding that we have finished shooting.
Archers of Raunds have always prided themselves in offering good basic coaching from day one of the beginners course. This was drummed into me by Roy who was my brilliant mentor and senior coach for the first few years of my short coaching career. Now, I work with Senior Club Coach Tony and Candidate Coach Neil to deliver those same high standards that we hope will set people off on the right track with regards to their archery.
Every once in a while, we see someone special come along and it is an absolute joy to be able to set someone off on the path of success. For me, this came early in my coaching career. I’d been working with Ruby’s brother for a while and one day she asked to have a go. From that session, we knew that she could go on to great things. She joined the beginners course, listened, worked hard and the results soon came in great arrow groupings. Geoff quickly took over what I had started and he continues to mentor and work with Ruby today. Yes, she’s been coached by much better coaches than I and those people have taken her on to shoot much better than I could, but I always think of those often frustrating fledgling days when the basics are put in place for the better coaches to build on.
What’s really nice, is when your past beginners (now experienced archers) come over to a new course and share some time with the new intake of beginners. This is something that Ruby ‘always’ does and it is hugely welcome. Sometimes it can even make your day. Just a couple of weeks ago, I was working with a new archer and explaining about using her back muscles to draw the bow for more power and control. Behind me, Ruby watched and listened and then commented that she remembered an exact same conversation that I’d had with her at the beginning of her career and what a difference it made. Well, they say that archery is all about consistency and I guess I’m consistent in my teaching.
Anyway, I was hugely proud of Ruby to learn that she has recently taken her archery to the next level. With lots of records in the bag and a technique that just gets better and better, she spent the last year with the National Talent and Development programme with Archery GB. Last month, she was called back for a profiling day at Lilleshall and she has since learned that she has been picked to join the Archery GB Academy. This is nearing the top flight and some of the best coaching available in the UK. I just know that she’ll embrace the coaching, building on her archery knowledge and develop into an even better archer under their stewardship.
People often ask why I give up my Friday evenings to coach adults and children. This, amongst other similar stories (yes I’m watching Archie), is just one of the reasons. To see the joy from such an accomplishment from someone so young and that you started out on the road is second to none.
I wish Ruby all the success and I’ll keep watching her progress, even though she is now well beyond my basic coaching skills.
If you would like to have a try at archery and you live in the Raunds, Rushden, Wellingborough, Thrapston area, please contact Tony or Martyn on email@example.com and we’ll set something up for you as soon as possible.
Dunstable Bowmen are holding a special fun day to celebrate the 601st Anniversary of Agincourt. The poster below has full details and this should be a fun day out for any AoR archer.
This is an event that any archer will not want to miss. Whether you are an experienced archer with many years of experience, or a fledgling wannabe Robin Hood with only a handful of sessions experience, this is a shoot for you.
On Sunday 27th November 2016, the normal shooting round will be replaced with a very Special Fun Shoot. To avoid spoiling the
surprise, I mean fun, I will not go into too many details. However, some of the sketchy details that I can share with you are:
REMEMBER: This shoot is for experienced and new archers. If you can hit white inwards on a 122cm target face at 20 yards, then this will be a session that you will definitely enjoy. In fact, even if you have the occasional miss, you just might be your teams hero for that end.
Finally, this will be a team event with a maximum number of eight teams of six archers. There will therefore be a limit of 48 spots available. The cost of the session is just £5.00 per archer, so please register your interest as soon as possible because I’ll be assigning places on a first come first served basis.