National titles and medals at the National Indoor

A number of Kent archers landed national titles at this weekends national indoor champions along with other success in both the senior and junior events. All results can be found at Senior Event and Junior Nationals Event.

Senior Longbow Men

Adam Nason-Smith of 1066 Archers in Tenterden qualified 2nd, with a score of 379 behind Noak Hills Harry Cossey with 432. This took Adam in to the last 16 head to head matches, where Adam started by beating 15th seed Cameron MacNaughton 7 – 3. Next up Ben Ledwick who Adam beat 6 – 0. In the semi-finals Adam faced Richard Hudson and in a closely though match he triumphed 6 – 4. In the Final Adam meet first seed Harry Cossey with Adam taking the match 6 – 2.

Congratulations Adam on your first place and national title.

Adam with his trophy – Picture Tony Harris

Senior Compound Men

Two Kent archers competed in this category, Steve Griffiths of Medway archers finished 67th with a score of 550 and Ajay Scott of University of Kent archery. Ajay Scott qualified 7th with a score 587 ahead of some notable names in UK compound archery with many more years of experience.

Up first in the head to head matches Ajay faced Liam Peake, the 26th Qualifier, Ajay took the close match with a score of 146 – 145. Next match Ajay was matched against Luke Frearson with Ajay taking a more comfortable 147 – 138 win. Next opponent for Ajay was No 2 seed Adam Carpenter, in a very close match Ajay pipped Adam with a score of 147 – 145. In the semi-finals Ajay faced 3rd seed James Mason, this match went to the wire with both archers finishing the 15 arrow match on 147. On to the shoot off, which seems to be becoming an Ajay speciality. James could only shoot 9 with Ajay shooting a 10.

In the final Ajay faced no 1 qualifier, and current world no 2, Jozef Bosansky. Jozef took the match 147 – 148 leaving Ajay with 2nd place and the silver medal.

BUT….

With Jozef not being a UK resident the title of senior national compound indoor champion went to Ajay Scott. Very good shooting and congratulations on your title.

Ajay Scott – Picture Tony Harris

Senior Compound Women

Three Kent archers competed in the senior women’s compound. Hannah Brown of Medway archers qualified 15th with a score of 567. Erin Barkway of Fox archers scored 542 and finished 51st. Competing as a senior, Sittingbourne Community College Archers, Mia McGuane, qualified a superb 3rd, behind the current world number 1 Ella Gibson, with a score of 583.

In the head to head matches Hannah’s first opponent was Phoebe Paterson Pine. Hannah took the match 142 – 137. Next up 2nd seed and world no 32, Izzy Carpenter, sadly Izzy took the win a very tight match 145 – 144. Hannah finished with a joint 9th place over all.

Having qualified 3rd Mia faced 30th seed Lulia Petre, with Mia taking a tight match 140 – 139. Next for Mia was 11th seed Patience Wood, which Mia won 145 – 144. In the semi finals Mia faced the archer that sadly bought Hannah’s run to an end. Once again only a single point separated the archers after 15 arrows with Izzy taking the match 146-145. This put Mia in the bronze medal match against world number 13 Sarah Prieels, with ends of 30-29, 28-30, 28-28, 29-27 and 29-28 Mia took the bronze medal and 3rd place with a score or 144-142. Congratulations Mia

Mia McGuane – Picture from Mia

Junior Nationals medals

With no head to head matches to report on and with your reporter working on packing away the event I am sorry to say at this time I have no pictures of the medal winners. If I receive them I will gladly update this story.

U21 Women’s Longbow

Congratulations to Lara Green of SCCA who finished 2nd and a silver medal with a score of 250

U18 Women’s Longbow

Congratulation to Niamh Kelly-Halabi who took 1st place and the gold medal with a score of 258

U16 Men’s Compound

Congratulations to Evan Clarke of SCCA on his 3rd place and bronze medal with a score of 549

U16 Women’s Barebow

Congratulations to Simona Mockeviciute from EJA on her 3rd place and bronze medal with a score of 302.

U15 Men’s Compound

Congratulations to Baliey Yates of SCCA on his 1st and bronze medal with a score of 442

U15 Women’s Barebow

Congratulations to Imogen Burns from SCCA Archers on her 2nd place and silver medal with a score of 220

U14 Women’s Compound

Congratulations to Maetha Edwards from EJA on her 2nd place and silver medal with a score of 529.

County Team Selection Procedure

The county team manager with the assistance of the selection committee and county committee are pleased to publish the procedures that will be followed in selecting all future teams to represent the county at all events.

You can find the procedure as a download from KAA Team Selection procedure.

The following is a list of some known typical submission dates

February indoor match – Dec 31st
March field match – Jan 30th
April outdoor match – February 28th
June outdoor match – April 30th
4-Way field – June 20th
National County Team – July 31st

If you want a Golden Records account in order to submit scores please send an email to records@archerykent.org.uk

Questions about the selection procedure should be addressed to the county team manager at captain@archerykent.org.uk

Erin Barkway passes her county judges exam

Kent judge Erin Barkway travelled to Archery GB headquarters today to sit and pass her county judges exam. Having taken and passed her practical exam at the Pocahontas Shoot at Gravesend Archers she is immediately promoted to county judge. Well done Erin we never doubted it.

Erin Barkway

We are always in need of judges. If its something you think you would be interested in trying judging we can arrange a taster day for You. Please contact the Judging Liason Officer at judges@scasarchery.org.uk

Southern Counties trial 3 way inter-county field match

On Sunday 15th October a team of 8 field archers from Kent attended a trial inter county field match. The match was hosted by Overton Black Arrows at their spectacular field venue on the side of the South Downs in Kingsclere, Hampshire.

Photo Steve Allam

Teams were to consist of mixed gender by bowstyle, Compound, Recurve, Barebow and English Longbow. Shooting for Kent, archers were chosen from those that had submitted field scores to the county, where:-

Compound :- Chris Horan and Bob Beaney, due to the latest of confirmation no ladies where available

Recurve : Oliver Sandor-Brown, no other recurves that had submitted scores were available

Barebow: Geoff Barker and Tom Williams

English Longbow: Colin Hind, Michael White and Lindsey Coates

The day started bright, cold and dry as teams from Kent, Hampshire and Sussex shot an initial 12 marked target ranking round.

Lindsey Coates shooting down hill – Photo Steve Allam

After the ranking round archers were ranked in 1st, 2nd,3rd and 4th by bow style and county. Archers then shoot a 4 target head to head match against the similarly ranked archers and bow style from the other counties. After 2 targets the lowest scoring archer dropped out, if we had a tie then a single arrow shot off would have been required. After 3 targets the next lowest scoring archer dropped out leaving us with 2 archers to shoot the final target. points where awarded to each county depending on their placing after the head 2 head matches.

Because of the mixed number of archers available from each county, some matches included more than 1 archer from a county. The results for Kent where:

Longbow Match 1 – Michael White 1st

Longbow Match 2 – Lindsey Coates 1st, Colin Hind 2nd

Compound Match 1 – Chris Horan 2nd and Bob Beaney 3rd

Recurve Match 1 – Oliver Sandor-Brown 4th

Kent places 2nd behind Hampshire

Thank you to all those attended.

Keep an eye on this website for have ago field archery sessions next year as well as information about the Kent Field Archery days that are held at Gore Wood, near Sittingbourne during the outdoor season. Kent are actively trying to arrange inter county team field matches. To be in with a chance to compete in these submit your scores via Golden Record. If you don’t have a Golden Records account contact the Kent Records officer at records@archerykent.org.uk.

Kent, Sussex and Hampshire teams – Photo from Steve Allam
Photo – Steve Allam
Photo – Steve Allam
Photo – Steve Allam

Silver for Chris Horan at the English Field Champs

This weekend, Exmouth Archers hosted the English Field Archery championship as part of their annual shoot near Exmouth, Devon.

The shoot consisted of a World Archery, 2 day mixed round, that is 24 targets, 12 with marked distances and 12 with un-marked distances, using the standard black and yellow field faces. Shooting 3 arrows per target, with scoring from 1 to 6. That means 72 arrows per round.

At the end of day 1, Chris, gents compound, lay 2nd with a score of 374, 1 point ahead of Hampshire’s John Foley.

At the end of day 2, Chris had stretched his lead over John to 16 points, cementing his 2nd place.

Congratulation Chris

All pictures courtesy of Chris Horan

Keep an eye on this website for have ago field archery sessions next year as well as information about the Kent Field Archery days that are held at Gore Wood, near Sittingbourne during the outdoor season. Kent are actively trying to arrange inter county team field matches. To be in with a chance to compete in these submit your scores via Golden Record. If you don’t have a Golden Records account contact the Kent Records officer at records@archerykent.org.uk.

Medals at 2023 National County Team Tournament

The weekend of the 23/24th September saw the National County team tournament held at Liliieshall. Kent Archery sent three teams, Gents and Ladies compound and Gents Barebow.

The shoot took place over 2 days with the medals awarded based on the combined points from both days.

The men’s barebow, consisting of

RIORDAN Jack
SANDERS Ian
WILLIAMS Thomas

Placed 3rd overall, congratulations all.

Individually

Mens Compound

Ajay Scott placed first in the mens compound. Jamie Mackrill placed 27th and Jason Byatt placed 44th.

Women’s Compound

Michelle Sword placed 2nd and Mia McGuane placed 13th.

Mens Barebow

Jack Riordan placed first, Tom Williams Placed 5th and Ian Sanders placed 27th

Congratulations all.

Medal Success for Isabella Bruguier at the European Field championship.

After a field have a go, run by Hannah Brown at Medway archers at the start of the year Isabella Bruguier first field tournament was only in March this year, at Pentref Bowmen in Wales. That Isabella took to field archery, she was already an accomplished compound target archer, under the guidance of a great mentor and accomplished field archer from Kent, like a duck to water is an understatement.

This week Isabella has been competing as part of the GB squad, in the under 21 women’s compound division of the European Field Archery Championship, in Cesana – San Sicario, Italy. What a weeks its been too.

Qualifying 2nd in the division she went into multiple team and individual finals.

Medals

Bronze – Women Under 21 Team Demo Event. Along with Kathryn Moreton and Louisa Piper

Bronze – Compound Under 21 Mixed Team. Along with Ioan Rees.

And the best for last the individual final

Silver – Compound Under 21 Women

Contratulation Isabella

Keep an eye on the this website for more have ago field archery sessions next year as well as information about the Kent Field Archery days that are held at Gore Wood, near Sittingbourne during the outdoor season. Kent are actively trying to arrange inter county team field matches. To be in with a chance to compete in these submit your scores via Golden Record. If you don’t have a Golden Records account contact the Kent Records officer at records@archerykent.org.uk.

Ajay Scott wins silver at the National Tour Final

At the start September the countries best archers gathered at Wollaton Hall, Nottingham, for the national tour finals. Lining up with the best mens compounds was Kents Ajay Scott(Abbey Bowmen).

Qualifing 3rd Ajay faced Dillion Crow in the first round.

Ajays run to the gold medal match wasn’t the easiest, requiring two single arrow shoot offs, the first of which Erol Flynn would have been proud of, Ajay v Dillion Shoot off.

Up next for Ajay was 2nd placed qualifier Adam Carpenter, Ajay v Adam, after drawing the match 143 each after 15 arrows, Ajay produced another 10 to Adams 9.

Last up was James Mason, Ajay v James, the earlier ends were tight but after a couple of loose arrows James took the win 147 v 144

Picture (c) Archery GB and Malcolm Reese

Congratulations Ajay