After a glorious day on Saturday, Sunday was not looking good weather wise, with some hard work Rayleigh Town archery ground was set up and ready to go. Thanks to Neill Boatman of imageOn for bringing the new Essex & Suffolk shirts, the team looked very smart.
Undeterred by the weather we had a full turn out of archers raring to go, Shooting got underway on time using the new county timing system, thanks to our three judges, Mick Pearce, Paul body and Richard Pilkington.
As we were shooting one detail all day the shoot was flowing along very smoothly and lunch was soon upon us, by which time Essex had a the comfortable lead of over 300 points. Kent were not down trodden by this and were upbeat for the start of afternoon season.
After some settling in on the individual target faces in the afternoon, we continued with 6 arrows per end, the shoot was finished by 4pm, there was a great atmosphere all day with plenty of banter between the two teams, the wind caused some tricky shooting but we stayed dry for most of the day.
After shooting had finished we proceeded to the club house were we enjoyed afternoon tea supplied by Runwell social club whilst the results were read and thank yous given.
I would like to thank John Willson and Rayleigh Town archery club for loaning us the grounds and for all their hard work to make it a fantastic day. To our three judges who did above and beyond their normal duties and for Perris Archery for their kind sponsorship of the target faces.
Next year this event will be hosted by Kent and I will publish the dates in the new year.
Final results : OVERALL TEAM Score
1st ESSEX 20646
2nd KENT 19769
Team Essex :
Susi Atkinson, Daisy Clark, Tim Davies, James Howell, Michael Judd, Anna King, James King, Tony Maher, Eric Mallet, Steve Morris (debut), Simon Powell, Paul Ramos (debut), Kathryn Sartain, James Sinclair, Matt Webb
Lauren Bann, Alex Body, Tom Boatman (debut), Rhiannon Easton, Adam Harris (debut), Emily Mallion, Imogen Newby (debut)