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.
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.
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.
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
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.