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.
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.
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 email@example.com.