Calling all junior archers. KAA needs your scores

KAA hope to be able to submit a team of junior archers for a county match to be held on the 8th June. Archers wishing to be considered for a place should submit their scores no later than the end of May 12th 2024.

Scores, with attached, signed score cards or results sheets, should be submitted via Golden Records. If you would like a Golden records account you can contact the county records officer via records@archerykent.org.uk.

Tournament Dates

We have updated the tournament dates on the Home page. Currently we have tournament organisers for the 720 with H2H, a junior tournament, Kent Para champs and the Kent Field champs. We are looking for volunteers to help organise the County Championship on the 18th August and a 1440 with the date TBC.

You can find links to local club events on the clubs tournaments page https://kentarcheryassociation.co.uk/club-tournaments/

Kent Indoor 4 way team selection

The following archers have been selected to shoot for the county on the 2nd of March at the 4 way intercounty indoor match. Archers were selected based on those who had submitted qualifying indoor scores from this season via the Golden Records software. If you wish to be considered to shoot for Kent and do not have a Golden Records account please contact the records officer @ records@archerykent.org.uk.

CompoundRecurveBarebowLongbow
Ajay ScottAntony KiteTom WilliamsAdam Nason-Smith
Mia McGuaneDan SimsIan SandersMichael White
Steve GriffithsJamie VosChris BrownColin Anderson
Erin BarkwayLewis BrownCharlotte KentNiamh Kelly-Haladi
Jason Byatt – ReserveLeanne Kite – ReserveJill Harper – ReserveCliff Gadd – Reserve

Kent Field Championship date

Due to the on going wet weather it has been decided to move the Kent Field championship to a time when hopefully we will have no issues with parking at the site. Those of you that attended last year will be aware of how wet the parking area was and we do not wish to further upset the land owner and risk having no where to park. We will notify the date as soon as confirmed.

Hannah Brown and Derrick Lovell recognised by World Archery

Two Kent members were recently presented with awards by World Archery for there services to World Archery and the international archery community.

Hannah Brown received a silver plaquette for her time on the World Archery and 3D and Field Committee. As an international judge Hannah has a lot of other accolades to her name including being the first female chair or judges at the Olympics.

Derrick Lovell MBE, one of the countries most respected, Judges and previous president of Archery GB was awarded a Diploma by World Archery. During his time with World Archery Derrick severed on both the Field and 3D committees and most recently the Constitution and Rules committees. Derrick has now retired from judging and is greatly missed by all.

For more information see https://archerygb.org/news/gb-athletes-and-judges-recognised-by-world-archery

31st December 2023 – Last submission date for scores.

Sunday the 31st December 2023 is the last date to submit scores if you want to be considered for selection to shoot for KAA at the upcoming 4 way inter-county indoor match, to be held on Saturday 2nd March 2024 at the Sittingbourne Community College. Submittions must be via Golden Records. If you require an account please contact the records office @ records@archerykent.org.uk.

Tenzone Targets @ Ashford Indoor

Tenzone Targets Devastated by Fire

For those of you that shot any of the Kent target events last year you will recall that KAA hired in layered foam targets from Tenzone targets. It was our hope to do so again this year. Sadly Tenzone’s workshop, along with a number of other businesses were destroyed by a fire. This took with it all of their tournament hire bosses, supplies, machinery and current customer orders. Steve is hoping to rebuild the business in time to support the archery community this summer. A lot of tournaments can only run now because they hire in these targets. Locally that includes the Crystal Palace shoot in April. In order to get up and running again as quickly as possible Tenzone have launched a GoFundMe page. If you would like to contribute you can find the page at Tenzone Targets GoFundMe

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.