On Sunday , 16th February 2014, ten longbow archers from each county assembled at Shenfield School, Brentwood for the annual double Portsmouth match. In a contrast to previous years the weather was nearly perfect so the Cambridgeshire team made good progress to Brentwood and arrived before most of the Essex team.
The first round started at 11am, and proceeded at a very fast pace for the first dozen scoring arrows, but then slowed down slightly, so the first Portsmouth was finished by 1240h. A short break was then taken and at that point Essex were ahead by about 220 points.
The second round was still completed within one hour and thirty five minutes, with some spectacularly accurate ends from both counties being achieved. A buffet was then served while the scores were collated – every score would be included in the final reckoning. When the counting was complete it showed that Essex had triumphed again and had increased their winning lead to 474 points.
Mr Stuart Sartain presented the trophy to Billy Scoltock-Pape, who produced the highest Essex score on the day. Stuart was also part of the team that sorted out the catering on the day – thanks for your help.
My thanks go to the Essex Longbow Team for a fine performance, to the Cambridgeshire team for making us work for our victory, to Mr. Alan Harding for judging the event and to Vince Loss of Burntwood Archers who helped to set up the range for the match.
The final scores were Essex combined 8268, Cambridgeshire combined 7794.
The Essex teams scores were; (hits/10's/total)
Kathryn Sartain 1st round (60/3/414) 2nd round (60/7/425) double (120/11/839)
Billy Scoltock-Pape 1st (60/3/431) , 2nd (60/4/448), double (120/7/879)
Tony Maher 1st (60/6/458), 2nd (60/5/414), double (120/11/872)
Kevin Button 1st ( 60/7/431), 2nd (60/1/432), double (120/8/ 863)
Terry Riddick 1st ( 60/8/419), 2nd (60/6/443), double (120/14/862)
Bob Riley 1st ( 59/6/440), 2nd (60/2/420), double (119/8/860)
Max Room 1st ( 60/5/441), 2nd (60/8/417), double (120/13/858)
Eric Mallett 1st ( 60/4/413), 2nd ( 60/3/410), double (120/7/823)
Mick Wollaston 1st ( 58/6/363), 2nd ( 58/2/345), double (116/8/708)
Eddie Tompkins 1st ( 59/2/356), 2nd (58/6/348) , double (117/6/704)
The highest score on the day was 973, James Bridges (Cambs).