the association of target archery clubs in Hertfordshire, England
Due to circumstances beyond our control I must inform you that there will be no clout tournament this year 2013. Please also bear in mind that if it wasn't for the late intervention of several people within the county this year, neither the County Championships nor the County Western would have taken place. Unless archers from within the County are prepared to step forward and get involved then we cannot guarentee to provide the tournaments, leagues and matches currently enjoyed by so many county archers. This is not a moan, it is a fact.
You may notice that some of the pages have been tidied up, there again you may not. However, for the County Outdoor Champions, if one of you had dropped me an e-mail, I would have updated your details a lot sooner. For everyone else, if there is something you see that is out of date or just downright wrong please let the Webmaster know. E-mail address is on the Contacts page.
Now that was a busy weekend. Not only did we have the County Western on Sunday, a week later than usual I know, but it was that or not at all. We really do need more people and more clubs to get involved with these things. But it was also the SCAS Inter-Counties Match. This year we had entered three teams, Senior Recurve and Compound and Junior Recurve. With not enough archers submitting scores or declaration forms the selectors were unable to put together either a Senior Longbow team or a Junior Compound team, a great pity for those that had submitted scores.
So how did we do? well the junior Recurve team all shot well but against the winning Essex team and second place Kent team (1 point behind) both averaging over 1130 per archer we were always going to struggle. However, the Senior Recurve did manage a brilliant second place, well done to them. And as I had hoped, the Compound team finished on 4824 ahead of second place Essex, a full 66 points ahead, now that is what I call a result. Well done to all of you for representing the County so well and thank you for Tony Dawson for being thrown in at the deep end as Team Manager, I hoope they behaved themselves. Full results to appear when I have them
So what about the Western? well it did get a little damp at one point, ok twice, but I think most archers enjoyed themselves. Now we need to spot the talent that is going to challenge for places at next years SCAS. While the official results are being prepared you may like to see a few photographs from the day, just go to the Gallery page and look for the Western 2013 photo album.
So many things happening over the last couple of months and nothing on the website to tell you. I am very sorry about that but you will be pleased to know that the County will have a new webmaster very soon so you can expect to see some big changes to the site. It has been interesting keeping it together for the last 5 years but it is really in need of a facelift and hopefully that is what it is going to get. If you see things you like then let the webmaster know, it is good to get feedback. Similarly if you see misteaks just do the same, let the webmaster know, don't just sit on it and tut, lets get more involved and see how good we can make the site.
So what have you missed, well go to the junior pages for information about current recipients of the County Badge scheme. Did you know we have now awarded 147 purple badges! Well maybe not that many but details of those who have claimed the badge should be on the junior pages in the next day or so. Well done to all the juniors who are claiming badges.
I believe we had a clean sweep at the annual Herts versus Beds match this year, hosted by Bedfordshire we had Senior Recurve, Compound and Longbow teams and a combined Junior team as well. You know what you have to do to be considered for the County team, if not, ask.
Did you know that Adrian Blewett was awarded the President's Cup this year. This was in recognition of all his work for the County over many years and a very deserved recipient he is as well. I might even be able to get a photo of him receiving it, just need to do a bit more photoshopping.
I found out recently about the sad death of Mr. Mike King several months ago. Many of you will have already been told, but we do have a couple of communication problems at the moment and the news didn't get to me, I know it was sent. And to his family may I say what a gem he was. This was the man who taught me to shoot about 17 years ago. I never did pass the mars bar test. He is especially missed by those who knew him at Green Dragon Bowmen.
Finally to finish on a high note, after a great deal of work by candidates and tutors alike, last weekend saw the end of the assessments for the recent County Coach course. Mr David Leader had already been up to Lilleshall two weeks ago for his assessment, and the rest of the class including the other Hertfordshire candidate, Phil Lambert enjoyed their assessment over at Bricket Wood. All passed and many thanks go to Tony and Malcolm for their patience and persistence. Again we have photos and hope to get them up here soon.
Well is it the end of the whiskers for grandad? After coming up against the difficult to pronounce Turkish archer Rebecca Blewett found the going just a little too tough on her first International. Having said that, it was an excellent 10th seeding that pitted her against the 7th seed Ecem Cansu Coskun. However, in the Junior Women's Compound, along with Daisy Clarke and Georgina Brown, Rebecca took the team bronze after beating the Romanian team. First time in a GB shirt, first european medal. Well don Rebecca, enjoy the disco this evening, but get them to turn that music down! try http://www.emau.org/ for all the details.
Phew what a scorcher as they say. This weekend was probably the busiest for top flight sport since the Olympics and Paralympics of last year. Tennis, could the Scot become a true Brit by winning Wimbledon? Formula 1, would the drivers actually agree to race using their remoulds? Could the Lions scorch the Wallabys? And would Froome still be getting chased through the French countryside by a cavalcade of cyclists trying to steal the very shirt from his back? All became insignificant as the true drama unfolded, would the Hertfordshire County Championships take place at all. For most archers, the frantic preparations behind the scenes were invisible and they knew nothing of the efforts being made by the organiser to get some response to his requests for help. All clubs had been e-mailed, with the County President even having to phone around the local clubs to try and get bodies able to help set the field. Anyway, back to the sweltering arena that was the62nd County championships. Assembly was preceded by an introduction to our latest Junior selected to represent the country, Rebecca Blewett from Hertford Company of Archers, on behalf of the County our President, Mrs. Barbara Anscombe congratulated Rebecca on her achievement and wished her good shooting next week. And with a follow on from that, three junior archers were presented with their Purple awards. The first Archer to claim a Purple badge (Under 18) was in fact Rebecca Blewett, we can only assume that the impetus built up for her to achieve this badge had been responsible in some small way for her National selection. Second up was another third generation archer, Jack Bridgewater (Under 12) now ready to move on to the next age group, I have no doubt he will be after the full set, it’s only a matter of time. And thirdly, Luke Dyer (Under 14), submitting all his claims at the same time made up the trio. Don’t forget juniors, the scheme is for you all, ask your club records officer for details, if they cannot help just visit the Junior pages or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org A full set of results can be found Here, but in the mean time, how many times have you heard from your coach, every arrow counts? Well in the gents recurve third and fourth place was decided by just one colour band, but the County Recurve Champion took the title on the number of hits, getting the same score as second place. Sincere thanks go to our Judges, who, as usual kept a careful eye on us all, it was a long hot day to be standing there. To our President and Lady Paramount for her hard work and support, to those who helped with field layout and clearance, there were only a few of you but you did a good job. And especially to Tony Ferguson, for organising the event and turning a little more grey in the process. We do now have two further County tournaments this years currently in danger of not going ahead. There is no organiser for the County Western at the beginning of September. I understand we have a venue and possible working party, but no one to organise things. And we do not have a venue for the County Clout in October. An organiser we do have, but nowhere to shoot. Do you know somewhere, someone, so that these two events can go ahead? We need to know and soon.
This is a call to all club members in the County. We have the County Championships next weekend and with lots of entries already received, the organiser is in urgent need of two things. He needs people to offer to help set up the field next Saturday. If you could spare some time please let Tony know, his contact details are on the tournament entry form and he does need your help. The second thing is, all clubs have been requested to donate raffle prizes but to date only three have acknowledged that they will bring some along. So rather than asume your club is one of the three, why not asume it is not and let him know you are bringing something. Don't forget, the raffle helps to keep the cost of tournaments down and without prizes, the raffle will be over with very quickly.
Many congratulations to Hertford Company of Archers' Rebecca Blewett who was up at Lilleshall at the weekend. Thanks to some hard work over the last couple of years and a lot of support from her parents and club, Rebecca has been selected as part of the GB Junior compound team who will be competing at the second leg of the European Junior Cup in Romania in the middle of July.
The entry form for the 2013 County Indoor Club Team Championships is now available. And an entry form for a National to be held at Stortford in August, have a look on the Diary page.
The entry form for the 2013 County Championships is now available. Please be aware that this year the tournament is just the Sunday championship, with reduced entries over the past few years it was decided that it was no longer viable to hold a two day tournament. The committee regrets having to make this descision, however, if archers do not enter, there is little option. Click MSWord or PDF for required version of entry form.
There has been an update regarding submission of scores for county selection, in short it requires each archer to submit all their own scores. Please see the Selection Policy for full details.
Final results for the winter leagues are now listed. Congratulations go to Hinxworth, HCA, Abbey A, GDB. Now all you have to do is just have to look and see who has won which ! looking forward to the summer league, so dont forget to get your entry forms into me asap. (if you havent already).
Results of the 2013 Herts v Middx County Match are available Here.The Compound, Longbow and Junior teams all faired well with wins, however the senior recurve team lost for the second year in a row, Middlesex will start to think the trophy is theirs to keep. Calling all recurves for 2014, have a look at the scores and if you think you can do better please get your name down for next year. YOUR COUNTY NEEDS YOU.
A new year means all you budding county archers need to fill out your selection form, and make sure your scores are being sent in.
The selectors will pick the teams from these forms and the scores submitted, so make sure your name is in the pot.
For more details please take a look at the Selection Policy pages.