The 9th Ken Gray Memorial shoot was held on Saturday 12th February at the first home site of the club at Mayflower School.
The shoot is held each year to mark the work of Ken Gray who sadly died in 2002 and was much loved by juniors and seniors alike for all the work he put in to developing our successful Junior Club.
The shoot is intended as a light hearted first tournament for junior novice archers and is a gentle way to ease them in to tournament shooting. The round is a Portsmouth with invitations going to local junior clubs. Nothing is taken too seriously, especially by the judges Graham Sibley and Mick Pearce. This year we not only had the hideous multi coloured socks from Mick, but a strange duck whistle to control the shooting line.
At the end of the match, targets are replaced with balloons to shoot at and a bucket load of sweets are dished out to those kids each time they pop a balloon.
Scoring is arranged to take an average from each club – the fairest way to even out those clubs who do not have enough archers to fill a full team and Compound scores are downgraded by 10% and longbows upgraded by 10%.
This year the winning team was from Broxhill Archers, with Clements Bowmen in second place and Mayflower Juniors in third place.
Our thanks go firstly to Alex Purser who has organised these shoots over the years, both as a junior and now as a senior. Thanks also to Shirley Purser for organising the catering (bread pudding would have been nice, but I guess I’ll have to wait until the November shoot now!). Thanks again to Graham and Mick for judging the shoot and also for entering the true ‘fun’ spirit of the event. Ken would be delighted to know that so much fun has been brought to kids over the last 8 years in his name.
Robert Markham – Mayflower Archers