On a lovely summers morning the team made its way to the Crawley A/C ground at Hazelwick School,Crawley. It was a good field, with plenty of room and some trees along the boundary, which were not needed as the wind was gusting gently from behind.
In my knowledge this is the first time Essex have fielded a complete bow style team for a Target match, Recurve, Compound, Longbow and Barebow and all at conventional distances; York for gentlemen, Hereford for Ladies and Bristol rounds for the Juniors.
Shooting progressed at a steady rate during the morning without any delays. The leader board showed thatEssex recurves, both Senior and Juniors, were establishing a good lead over Sussex, while in the other disciplines Essex were slowly slipping behind Sussex. At lunchtime the senior compounds were some way behind, the junior compounds were close, but the longbow and barebow teams were keeping in touch withSussex. Senior and junior recurve teams had established a good lead.
The afternoon was marred by a slight rain shower, but it did bring the temperature down and it stayed warm and humid for the rest of the match. Essex longbow team overhauled Sussex, and the barebow team was gradually eating into Sussex’s lead when the match ended.
The outcome was Essex winning the Senior Recurve, Longbow and Junior Recurve and Compound, withSussex winning the Senior Compound and Barebow. After tallying the relevant points for all disciplines and ages, Essex won by 374 points
Recurve 3835 4110
Compound 4734 4623
Barebow 1719 1549
Longbow 677 791
Total 10965 11073
Recurve 4459 4694
Compound 3375 3406
Total 7834 8100
Overall 18799 19173
I would like to thank all the Essex archers for their time and efforts on the day, particularly all those making their debut for the county. Special thanks go to the Barebow archers who responded willingly to the challenge of full distance rounds despite the late confirmation by Sussex on this point. It was great to see so many parents there to support the juniors.
Recurve; Yvonne Wade 1100, Martin Skinner 1096, David Turner* 1007, Like Willett 907, Gerri Schaper 891, Richard Pilkington* 835
Compound; Sandra Neal 1176, Jason Pretlove* 1164, Pat Spragg 1145, Steve Spragg 1138, Mitch Vaughan 1128, Cliff Tricker* 1011
Longbow; Dave Adams 309, Tony Maher 242, Ginny Adams 240, Terry Riddick 152
Bare Bow; Neil Bonner* 659, Chris Bushell* 471, Terry Carter* 419, Eleanor Payne* 352
Junior Recurve; Sophie Cole 1204, Sebastion Stedman* 1194, Rebecca Willson 1178, James Howell 1118, Jodie Barnes 1108, Tyler Powell 998
Junior Compound; Anthony Christian 1186, Luke Wiseman* 1131, Reece Powell 1089
Note – “*” indicates debut appearance.
Team Manager 30-6-2009