York Longbow Shoot at Oakfield Archers - 10th June 2008

THIS YEAR SAW THE SECOND FUN YORK ROUND SHOT AT “OAKFIELD ARCHERS” GROUND ON FAIRLOP PLAIN.  AGAIN, SEVEN LONGBOW ARCHERS SET OUT ON A ROUND OF 6 DOZ ARROWS AT 100YDS, 4 DOZ AT 80 YDS AND 2 DOZ AT 60 YDS, SHOOTING ENDS OF SIX ARROWS.   AGAIN ONE OF OUR ARCHERS HAD NOT SHOT A LONGBOW AT 100 YARDS BEFORE.  THE DAY, TUESDAY 10th JUNE 2008, STARTED FAIR, CLOUDY WITH A SLIGHT WIND AND WARM.  IN THE AFTERNOON IT WAS SUNNY AND HOT. 

 

AFTER AGREEING THE SHOOTING ARRANGEMENTS IT WAS DECIDED THE TOURNAMENT SHOULD BE A ONE WAY SHOOT, THE DAY’S CHAMPION BEING THE ONE WITH THE HIGHEST SCORE (NOT HITS).  WITH A SHARP BLAST FROM THE HORN WE STARTED AT 10 AM. 

 

EVERYONE MANAGED TO SCORE HITS AT A 100 YARDS AS THE PHOTOGRAPHS SHOW.  PAT AND IAN MANAGED FOUR HITS OUT OF A SIX ARROW END AT 100 YARDS.  THIS WAS A MOST REWARDING EXPERIENCE.  

 

A COFFEE BREAK WAS CALLED FOR AT 11 AM AFTER THE FIRST THREE DOZEN ARROWS.  LUNCH WAS SOUNDED ON THE HORN AT NOON AFTER COMPLETION OF THE SIX DOZEN ARROWS AT 100 YARDS. DURING LUNCH THE REFRESHMENTS INCLUDED:  DAMSON GIN, HONEY WHISKY LIQUEUR AND SOME OF CHARLIE’S HOOCH.  THIS WAS ANOTHER HIGHLIGHT.  BACK TO THE SHOOTING LINE AT 1 PM AND A TEA BREAK AFTER THE FOUR DOZEN ARROWS AT EIGHTY YARDS.  THE FINAL TWO DOZEN ARROWS AT SIXTY YARDS WERE COMPLETED SHORTLY AFTER 3 PM.

 

 THE RESULTS WERE AS FOLLOWS  : -                                                                                                                                      SCORE          HITS             GOLDS       

TONY  MAHER                          256                  63                    7

STEVE  SPRAGG                        225                  53                    2

PAT  SPRAGG                            213                  56                    2

CHARLIE  BARNES                     175                  65                    3

TOM  MAJOR                            127                  37                    0

BOB  WELBOURN                       127                  29                    2

IAN  CRABBE                             101                  47                    0

 

TONY MAHER WAS DECLARED THE CHAMPION OF THE DAY.  WITH DUE CEREMONY TONY WAS PRESENTED WITH A TROPHY GOBLET, TOGETHER WITH A COMMEMORATIVE SCROLL.  IT WAS AGREED BY ALL THAT THE “FUN” YORK ROUND HAD AGAIN BEEN FUN.

 

Official photographer                                                  Shoot  Organiser

Bob  Welbourn with assistance                                    Ian  Crabbe

From  Ian                                                                     MB BS,  DRCOG,  FRCGP

 

 

Ian Crabbe (Oakfield Archers)