For 3 Essex Juniors from Oakfield and Colchester it was their first time shooting abroad at the 39th Malta International FITA Star in March along with a couple of Adult Compounds as well.
Friday afternoon is for practice and registration which runs from 1430 to 1700 and although it’s was warmer than at home it was cool and very windy.
Saturday was much warmer and less windy and it was a pleasure to be shooting outdoors. Tony Ikel (Oakfield Archers) was the Director of Shooting once again and the timing was by count down clock instead of traffic lights to which the juniors quickly adjusted.
Shooting moved along quickly as there is only one detail but there were long breaks at the change of distances, while the scores were checked! Plenty of time to enjoy the free water and orange, which is always provided for the archers and officials?
Edward Kearse got stung by a wasp but it did not stop him shooting. During the lunch break the Essex archers were interviewed by the reporter from the Malta TV. Shooting finished for the day at 1600, so it was back to the Hotels and the swimming pools.
Sunday started cool, but it soon started to warm up in spite of some clouds, and the archers soon got down to some real shooting, shooting finished at 1615 and we had the presentation on the field, every one was away by 1730, back to their Hotels and those swimming pools again.
Scores for the Essex Archers
Recurve Cadet Girl – Louise Devlin 639 + 693 Total 1332 Place First
Recurve Cadet Boys – Andrew Devlin 1120 + 1163 Total 2283 Place Second
Edward Kearse 1058 + 1134 Total 2192 Place Third
Ladies Compound - Christine Higgins 1137 + 1213 Total 2350 Place First
Joan Ikel 1088 + 1174 Total 2262 Place Second.
Andrew Devlin Edward Kearse
Louise Devlin Christine Higgins
The Essex Archers with John Schembri the President of the Malta Archers Association.
Louise came in for a lot of attention because they were intrigued that such a small 10 year old was shooting 60 Metres – she is the youngest competitor ever at the Malta FITA Star.
Andrew and Edward are claiming their FITA Cadet 1000 and 1100 awards. Christine is claiming her 1200 FITA Star award.
That’s it for another year, only to say they are already taking entries for the 40th International in Malta and they haven’t set the date.
Joan Ikel (Oakfield Archers)