The Championship was held at West Essex Bowmen’s ground on the 17th August 2008. The weather was initially rainy, but this cleared leaving the junior archers to contend with a blustery wind.
Essex entered both Recurve and Compound teams, having a full compliment of Recurve archers including a reserve, but struggling to find any more than the minimum number required for a team of Compound shooters. The shoot being in the middle of the school holiday season does not help.
From the SCAS region eight Recurve teams and four Compound teams were competing, and both Essexteams came second in their category, collecting trophies and silver medals. Congratulations to all team members on their efforts during the difficult conditions on the day. Special congratulations to Dan Atkinson, who on his debut appearance for County topped the overall recurve table with a score of 1200. Both Rebecca Willson and Jodie Barnes were second highest junior ladies scores in their age categories.
Daniel Atkinson – 1200, Andrew Devlin – 1144, Tyler Powell – 1126 and Edward Kearse – 1122. Total – 4592
Rebecca Willson – 1108*, Jodie Barnes – 1023*. * - scores not included in Team.
Harry Abbott – 1212, Callum Wheatley – 1164, Reece Powell – 1118. Total - 3494
1st Sussex 4622 Norfolk 3506
2nd Essex 4592 Essex 3494
3rd Berkshire 4292 Sussex 3396
Congratulations to all archers involved for a fine performance, and my thanks to Joan Ikel for looking after the team on the day in my absence.