15 Essex Archers over 5 disciplines and 1 new team Manger headed to Lillishall National sports centre, Shropshire to take part in the 2 day National team event 2014.
With the threat of heavy rain looming Saturday started with a heavy down pour but soon cleared to stay dry but overcast for the rest of the day, spirits were high as the qualification round got underway and by lunch time Essex were sitting in a very good position.
Rec men – 6th
Rec Women – 2nd
Long bow men – 5th
Comp Men – 3rd
Comp Women – 2nd
The afternoon consisted of the team H2H event and with some excellent shooting by all, the Men’s recurve and compound teams finished 1st, ladies recurve 2nd, ladies compound 4th and men’s long bow 5th.
After a good night’s sleep and a few drinks to calm the nerves (medicinal of course) the team were fighting fit ready for the WA1440 round, the weather was much brighter on Sunday but the famous Lillishall breeze had once again shown its ugly head causing some tricky shooting conditions but this was no problem for the Essex archers who dealt with it in their usual manner.
After some strong positive shooting by all and of course the traditional sweetie runs throughout the weekend, what a result!
Recurve men – 1st overall – Michael Judd, Ian Harris, Tim Davies (debut for county)
Recurve ladies – 2nd – Nicky Hunt, Jaspreet Sagoo, Susi Atkinson
Compound men – 1st – Phil Glover, James Sinclair, James Howell
Compound Women – 2nd – Helen Harris, Daisy Clarke, Sophie Brown
Long Bow Men – 5th Tony Maher, Mick Wollaston, Max Room
My thanks go to the whole team for shooting so amazingly and for making my job so easy and for Tim Davies who stepped in at the last minute as Simon Powell was called away on GB duty.
A magnificent weekend was had by all, bring on 2015!
Essex Team Manager