Archers shoot the Waterloo Challenge
PUBLISHED: 14:28 22 June 2011
GORDANO Valley Archers take on their annual Waterloo Challenge.
GORDANO Valley Archers took on their annual Waterloo Challenge, a competition open to all club members and those on beginner’s courses.
The Waterloo Challenge is a knockout competition that is handicapped by distance and shot over short rounds. The senior men shoot from 60m or 70m depending on bow type and senior ladies from 40m or 50m, while beginners and juniors shoot distances from 10m to 40m depending on ability and bow type.
The morning shoot allowed everyone to be ranked before the knockout stages commenced. The knockout stages was then set up to pit the highest ranked archers against the lowest. This then divided the field into two of which the winners were to shoot for the Waterloo Shield and the losers to shoot for the Waterloo Plate.
Each round had pairs of archers shooting head-to-head over four ends, but at their prescribed distances, each end giving the winning archer a point.
The quality of the shooting was such that in many cases the judge had to be brought in to decide the closest arrow and in some cases the difference was only a couple of millimetres.
As the afternoon progressed, the final three archers were left for both trophies. The Waterloo Shield was to be contested by three compound bow archers, while the Waterloo Plate was to be contested by three recurve archers.
The Waterloo Shield was won by Ethan Mustin-Twells (junior), shooting his compound over 20m, second was Tim Mustin-Twells (senior) compound 70m and third was Ellie Boulton (junior) compound 20m.
The Waterloo Plate was won by Kirsten Hill-Nixon (senior-beginner) shooting recurve barebow over 30m, second was Connor Hill (junior-beginner) recurve barebow 20m and third was Connor Williams (junior) recurve freestyle over 40m.
Nearly 40 archers turned out for the competition and all went home with smiles on their faces especially those new to the sport that managed to knock out senior archers and even their coaches.
For more information about the club please go to its website www.gordano-valley-archers.co.uk
n Photos: Derek Brown.
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