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For the love of Archery!

February 14th eight eager Longbow Archers headed of on a cold early morning to Cambridge to take part in the annual Intercounty match, this year held at the home of Ramsey Raverns .

The Hosts were very Hospitable providing bacon rolls and tea and coffee on arrival to warm us all through.

The round was a double Portsmouth and by the end of the first round which took one and half hours, Essex was a staggering 224 points ahead of Cambridge.  After a tea break and doughnuts the second round began. Essex were looking good and Kathryn Sartain was well on her way to breaking the double county record and after just under three hours (how amazing was that!)  we were finished.  The match ended with Essex winning by over five hundred points and Kathryn Sartain breaking the county record by 104 points, well done Kathryn!

Congratulations to the whole team for an excellent result, I personally had a great day with a fantastic bunch of archers, I am still curious to know how Bob got everyone into his car, thanks for making it enjoyable, bring on next year!

Essex Results:-

Kathryn Sartain   946Tony Maher   944Bob Riley     871Terry Riddock       796
Kevin Button       789Max Room     778Tom Major  708Eddie Tompkin      695

Rayleigh Town archer and Level 1 coach Simon Harding has been selected to shoot for Great Britain in the European Horseback Archery Grand Prix competition taking place in Grunwald, Poland in April 2015. Simon (together with his horse Thistle) has recently enjoyed great success in competition, contributing to Team GB's silver medal in stage 3 of the 2014 European Grand Prix in September, and placing 3rd overall in the BHAA Championships in Oct. For more information see http://www.horsebackarchery.info/ Congratulations to Simon on his selection, and the very best of luck out in Poland. 

Ken Gray Memorial Tournament

The annual Ken Gray Memorial shoot took place at Mayflower Archers on 7th February. The shoot is intended for new junior archers in their first years of shooting to give experience of competition archery in a friendly environment.

This year saw another full entry for the Portsmouth round with representatives from around the county. Winning this year’s shoot was the junior team from West Essex Bowmen, with Rayleigh Town Juniors in second place and Mayflower Juniors in third place. Our congratulations to the West Essex Junior team.

The shoot concluded with its ever popular balloon popping session.

Our thanks to Neal and Lesley Howell who took over the organisation of this shoot for the first time as tournament stalwart Alex Purser stepped down.

Paul Clarke (seen here talking to Mick Pearce) completed  the final section of his Regional Judging assessment by actually turning up at the SCAS Judges Conference in Stevenage.

He had already passed the field and written assessments earlier in the year and just needed this to be promoted to Regional judge which means Paul can take charge of UK record Status shoots.

This means Essex now have two National judges, two Regional judges, three County judges and three Candidates - all of whom can be contacted through the Judges page.

Well done Paul. 

Longbows - by Tom Major

Some of you might know that Tom has not been well recently and during this enforced rest his mind has wandered to the subject of Longbows.

The article attached is Tom's experience over many years and covers such topics as purchasing your first longbow, what arrows you need for your longbow and how to shoot it.

I would have been glad of this advice when I bought mine last year.

R.

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