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Archery Round-Up

Tue, 10 Mar 2015

The Isle of Man Archery Club met at Onchan on Sunday to shoot a Portsmouth round as part of the Club’s Scratch league. Many of the archers had attended the coaching sessions of the previous weekend and were hoping to put the tips they had received into practice.

The Gents Compound division was a face-off between Pete Mumford and Colin Moore. At the end of the first dozen there was only one point in it but while Moore’s shooting was good, Mumford’s was better. At the end of two dozen Peter had opened up a 6 point lead. A dip in concentration by Colin in the third dozen effectively ended his chances and Mumford finished strongly 20 points clear of his opponent.

Joy Gough was once again left without anyone to shoot against but managed to put in some very consistent arrows to post a decent score.

The Gent’s Recurve division saw another head to head shoot off, this time between Danny Cowin and Rhys Moore. Rhys had been struggling with his form this season with his arrows either being brilliant or awful. Unfortunately Sunday was no exception and Rhys’ erratic form was no match for Cowin’s consistency, which saw Danny run out the winner by over 60 points.

It was a closer run thing in the Ladies Recurve match. Barbara Harris, whose season has been truncated due to illness, took to heart the coaching she had been given the previous weekend and finally found some form. Karen Lott, who has been enjoying a glittering season, found her stride early and had a 5 point lead by the end of the first dozen. This lead had stretched out to a 12 point difference by the end of the third dozen. However Harris was improving just as Lott began to lose the centre of the target and by the end of the fourth dozen Barbara was just 3 points behind. Karen then recorded her lowest dozen total score of the day, while Barbara put in her second highest to take the win by 8 points. Harris’ score equalled her pb for the round and was the highest Recurve score of the day.

Barbara’s daughter Charlotte was also having a good day breaking in her new bow. Charlotte made light work of the changes in both bow and draw weight to post a score just 1 point below her pb.

The largest field of the day came in the Junior Gents Recurve with five archers competing. Bradley Layton had a welcome return to form and record his highest score for the Portsmouth for almost two years. Layton was just edged off the top spot by Josh Trafford who has had a great indoor season. James Hill who was shooting with a clicker for the first time took the final place on the podium. Joseph Reaney also shooting for the first time with a clicker found it a little harder to get used to and finished in fourth. Newcomer Jacob Brookes was shooting for the first time and posted a respectable score.

Results Porstmouth: - Gents Compound 1. Pete Mumford 60/570/30, 2. Colin Moore 60/550/15. Ladies Compound Joy Gough 60/556/17. Gents Recurve 1. Danny Cowin 60/544/20, 2. Rhys Moore 60/491/10. Ladies Recurve 1. Barbara Harris 60/557/24, 2. Karen Lott 60/549/23. Junior Ladies Charlotte Harris 60/544/20. Junior Gents 1. Josh Trafford 60/535/17, 2. Bradley Layton 60/532/17, 3. James Hill 58/405/3, 4. Joseph Reaney 59/391/6, 5. Jacob Brookes 50/228/0pb.

Apologies to Danny Cowin whose score for the WA18 three spot was omitted from the results table a fortnight ago. Danny broke 500 for the three spot for the first time. He added 22 points to his pb and his final adjusted score of 1456 (60/516/18) put him in second place.

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