Records Officer Report – October

10/11/2019

Welcome to the (slightly late, Simon’s fault) October Report. As expected, Indoor season has picked up, with the number of indoor classifications earned and regained spiking.

You can still pursue outdoor classifications and 252s on Sundays, as the outdoor season officially ends in December. I’ll need all outdoor scorecards filled in and given to me by then, so I can calculate end-of-year handicaps, etc.

The Postal Leagues begin soon (Friday 1st for Indoor/Portsmouth and Sunday 3rd for Outdoor/Frostbite), as does the inaugural Grand Prix (the first round is a WA18, with scores to be shot on Tuesday 5th or Friday 8th only – unless approved by me in advance). Please ensure you get your scores into me as soon as possible and on official score sheets. Just as a heads up, the December round for the Grand Prix is a WA25, so if you are taking part, make sure you get a 25m sight mark in advance.

If you are unsure about anything, feel free speak to me in person or via the club email or Facebook page.

Here’s what members achieved in October.

Indoor Classifications

  • James Baker earned his ‘F’ for Longbow.
  • Simon Bench regained his ‘D’.
  • Darren Bennion earned his ‘D’ for Recurve.
  • Bruce Cox regained his ‘D’.
  • Marvin Doncaster regained his ‘D’.
  • Jonathan Ingram regained his ‘C’.
  • Jim Lakeman regained his ‘E’.
  • Iain Lees regained his ‘D’.
  • Jamie Pruden regained his ‘E’.
  • Oliver Pruden earned his ‘G’.
  • Linda Wright regained her ‘E’.

Tables with the required scores for classifications can be found here.

252 Scheme

  • John Batten earned his 60 yards.
  • Jinine Cox earned her 20 yards.
  • Nick Tripp earne dhis 20 yards,
  • Iain Wardhaugh earned his 20 yards for both Recurve and Barebow.

An updated version of the 252 score sheet has been added to the 252 page on the website. This has two score tables per page, reducing paper usage. Ideally both successful attempts at a given distance will be on a single sheet. Please switch to using this new sheet as soon as possible. A new example photograph of a completed sheet has also been added.
Details of the 252 scheme can be found here.

Club Records

  • Andy Axworthy (Gentleman Recurve Senior): Junior Windsor – 890.
  • Darren Bennion (Gentleman Compound Senior + Master): WA Field 24 Target Unmarked – 356, WA Field Two Day event – 722,
  • Karen Ingram (Ladies Barebow Senior + Master): Junior Western – 479.
  • Jim Start (Gentleman Barebow Senior + Master): St Nicholas – 618.
  • Sarah Watson (Ladies Recurve Senior): Junior Windsor – 683.
  • Linda Wright (Ladies Barebow Senior + Master): St Nicholas – 546, Short Western – 526, Western – 423.

The most recent tables of club records can be found here.

Competition Results

Darren Bennion shot at the two day Exmouth Archers Open Field Shoot, which included the DCAS and GWAS Championship on the second day. Day one was the Unmarked round, where he placed sixth and set a club record. Day two was the Marked round and he improved his result to second on the day, also setting a club record for the two day event. In the end, he came third overall for the weekend, second in the GWAS Championship and he won the DCAS Championship.

Congratulations.

Take a look at the DCAS events calendar and see if there are any competitions you fancy trying. Indoor season is a great opportunity to try a competition, as the distances are obviously a lot shorter. If in doubt, speak to the hosting club’s tournament organiser.

If you attend (or are planning to attend) a competition, please let me know (and add the round to your score card!). Also, let me know if you earn any badges (Roses, Stars, etc) or if you manage to attain the lofty ranks of Master Bowman and Grand Master Bowman.

Thus ends the Records Report for October. Please let me know if there are any errors, omissions, etc and I hope that you continue to provide me with material to put into these reports. If you don’t want to be mentioned in reports, please let me know.

Records Officer Report – September

02/10/2019

Welcome to the September Report. Indoor season has begun, so naturally the number of outdoor classifications and 252 have reduced, as the indoor classifications become the priority.

Don’t forget that you can still pursue outdoor classifications and 252s on Sundays and the outdoor season officially ends in December, so I’ll need all scorecards filled in and given to me by then, so I can calculate end-of-year handicaps, etc.

Here’s what members achieved in September.

Indoor Classifications

  • Andy Axworthy earned his ‘D’.
  • Ricky Munt earned his ‘F’.
  • Sarah Watson regained her ‘E’.
  • Karen Ingram regained her ‘F’.

Tables with the required scores for classifications can be found here.

Outdoor Classifications

  • Darren Bennion regained his Master Bowman.
  • Oliver Pruden earned his 2nd Class.

Tables with the required scores for classifications can be found here.

Club Records

  • Andy Axworthy (Gentleman Senior Recurve): Junior Western – 788.
  • Karen Ingram (Ladies Senior + Master AFB): Portsmouth – 293
  • Karen Ingram (Ladies Senior + Master Barebow): St Nicholas – 357.
  • Ricky Munt (Gentleman Senior Barebow): Windsor – 554,
  • Oliver Pruden (Gentleman U12 Recurve): Short Metric 4 – 498.
  • Alister Smith (Gentleman Senior Longbow): Hereford – 561.
  • Sarah Watson (Ladies Senior Recurve): Junior Western – 579.

The most recent tables of club records can be found here.

Competition Results

  • Darren Bennion was part of the DCAS county team who attended the GWAS Intercounty championships in Exeter. For the fourth year in a row, the DCAS team came away as regional champions.
  • The final National rankings were released in September with Marcus Yeoman placing an impressive 23rd in the country. Take a look here for the full men’s Compound rankings and at the bottom of this page for links to the men’s Recurve and women’s Compound/Recurve.

Congratulations to all.

Take a look at the DCAS events calendar and see if there are any competitions you fancy trying. Indoor season is a great opportunity to try a competition, as the distances are obviously a lot shorter. If in doubt, speak to the hosting club’s tournament organiser.

If you attend (or are planning to attend) a competition, please let me know (and add the round to your score card!). Also, let me know if you earn any badges (Roses, Stars, etc) or if you manage to attain the lofty ranks of Master Bowman and Grand Master Bowman.

Thus ends the Records Report for September. Please let me know if there are any errors, omissions, etc and I hope that you continue to provide me with material to put into these reports. If you don’t want to be mentioned in reports, please let me know.

Time to go indoors!

05/09/2019

Some will say “yay!” others will have a tear in their eye. Either way, the outdoor season is almost over and it’s time to go indoors. For those members new to indoor shooting (and those who need a reminder), here’s a few things you should know.

Dates and Times

Indoor evenings will start on Tuesday 10th September and last until April 7th, with a break for Christmas. We have a later start time of 19:30 for evening sessions due to hall availability. We generally finish around 21:15 but this can vary a little depending on what people are doing.

Please be on time, or preferably early, and help to set up targets. Nobody should be taking a bow out of a case until the hall is setup and ready for shooting. We are limited by hall availability, so we want to get as much shooting done as possible.

As always, Sunday shooting is outdoors year-round, starting at 09:30. We have the field all day on Sundays, although most people tend to pack up around lunch. As long as you and a key holder are present however, you may shoot for longer.

Location

Indoor shooting is across the road from the school, in the YMCA.  From the YMCA car park, walk down the side of the halls nearest to the road and go into the second entrance at the end of the ‘driveway’; This is the main reception. Turn left and then left again next to the changing rooms.

Scorecards, Classifications and 252s

If you’re only able to shoot at evening sessions, then the start of the indoor season marks the end of outdoor. In which case, please fill in and hand over your outdoor (blue) scorecards to the Records Officer, so that they can calculate your year-end handicap and classification. If you are going to continue shooting outdoors on Sundays, then the outdoor year is still ongoing and you have until the Christmas break to achieve any outdoor classifications. You can also continue to pursue your 252s year round.

As with outdoor shooting, there is an indoor classification scheme with a series of ‘ranks’ from ‘H’ to ‘A’.  Classifications must be renewed each year, so everybody who earned their indoor classification last year must do so again from next week. To obtain a classification you must submit 3 scores reaching the qualifying classification score. Details of which rounds you can shoot can be found on the Rounds & Classifications page.

Remember to switch to your yellow indoor scorecard, if you don’t have one ask Jonathan.

Postal Leagues and other stuff

Each year, Devon and Cornwall Archery Society run a Postal League. Archers shoot a Portsmouth round and the top three scores for each bow type form a team. These scores are sent to DCAS and clubs compete against each other from November to March. This is a great reason for club members to score, as everybody has the opportunity to contribute to the club’s success. Please let the Records Officer know well in advance if you are interested in entering scores, as he will have to officially enter teams in the near future.

In addition to the Postals, this year we will be trialling the Yelverton Bowmen Grand Prix. This is a handicap-based multi-round competition that will be run for club members. Please look out for an email in the next few days with full information on the Postals and Grand Prix.

As usual, the Social Secretary will be running fun shoots for Halloween, Christmas and Easter. These are always great fun and Iain’s costumes are something to behold. Speak to him for more details.

Indoor Competitions

Don’t assume that inexperience means you can’t enter competitions. Archery events are as much about the atmosphere as the shooting. It’s also an opportunity to look at all the different equipment that people have. Indoor competitions don’t go beyond 30m (most are 20yd or 18m), so this is the ideal season to try out competitions, as you don’t need long range accuracy to hit the target. Give a competition a go and see how what happens.

The club also hosts the Devon and Cornwall Archery Society Indoor Championship in February, so as well as members taking part, we’ll be after volunteers to help run the day. Be sure to check out the Devon and Cornwall Archery Society events calendar to see what’s going on in the two counties.

Regardless of the result, let the Records Officer know how you did and they’ll mention it in the monthly Records report on the website.

Records Officer Report – August

01/09/2019

Welcome to the August Report. It was a quieter month, as things start to calm down after the earlier rush of the season. New beginners are just joining and the indoor season is about to begin, so expect a busier September. Here’s what they’ve managed in August

Outdoor Classifications

  • Andy Axworthy earned his 2nd Class.
  • Ricky Munt earned his 2nd Class.
  • Jenny Woodards earned her 2nd Class.

252 Scheme

Members continue to progress through the 252 scheme

  • Stan Axworthy earned his 30 yards.
  • Jim Lakeman earned his 50 yards.
  • Gavin Lewarne earned his 30 and 40 yards.
  • Ricky Munt earned his 50 yards.
  • Dan Norman earned his 20 yards.

Club Records

These are the club records achieved during August

  • Andy Axworthy (Gentleman Recurve Senior): St Nicholas – 666.
  • Linda Wright (Lady Barebow Senior and Master): Bristol 3 – 917, Hereford – 668, Long National – 270, Long Warwick – 225, Long Western – 374, Warwick – 267,
  • Marcus Yeoman (Gentleman Compound Senior): Individual Match Round (50m) – 147, WA50 – 697.

New for September the club Record Certificate has been updated to reflect our brand.  Who will have the honour of getting their hands on the first one!?

Competition Results

Mid month, Marcus Yeoman attended the Exmouth Archers WA50 and head to head. He qualified first in the morning, setting a club and county record in the process. He then went on to win the head to heads, setting another club record.

 

Congratulations to all.

Take a look at the DCAS events calendar and see if there are any competitions you fancy trying. If in doubt, speak to the tournament organiser.

If you attend (or are planning to attend) a competition, please let me know (and add the round to your score card!).  Also, let me know if you earn any badges (Roses, Stars, etc) or if you manage to attain the lofty ranks of Master Bowman and Grand Master Bowman.

Thus ends the Records Report for August. Please let me know if there are any errors, omissions, etc and I hope that you continue to provide me with material to put into these reports. If you don’t want to be mentioned in reports, please let me know.

Records Officer Report – July

11/08/2019

Welcome to the July Report. Apologies for the slightly later post but our Webmaster ran away to deepest, darkest Cornwall for a couple of weeks for a well earned holiday. July was a hot month for shooting, both literally and metaphorically, with some of our archers getting out to maximum distance and earning the awards to prove it. Here’s what they’ve managed in July.

Outdoor Classifications

  • Andy Axworthy earned his 3rd Class.
  • James Baker earned his 2nd Class.
  • Jonathan Ingram earned his Bowman.
  • Karen Ingram earned her 1st Class.
  • Iain Lees earned his 1st Class.
  • Alister Smith earned 1st Class for his Recurve (having earned it for Longbow in June).
  • Linda Wright earned her Bowman.

252 Scheme

Members have continued to progress through the 252 scheme, preparing themselves for the distances allowing better classifications.

  • Andy Axworthy earned his 50 yards.
  • Jonathan Ingram earned his 80 yards.
  • Cheyenne Jones earned her 20 yards.
  • Gavin Lewarne earned his 20 yards.
  • Ricky Munt earned his 40 yards.
  • Jim Start earned his 60 yards.
  • Linda Wright earned her 60 yards.

Club Records

These are the club records achieved during July, as well as those I managed to find from the Redruth Double American last month. Congratulations to all.

  • James Baker (Gentleman Recurve Senior): St Nicholas – 660
  • Bruce Cox (Gentleman Recurve Master): American – 572, Double American – 1020
  • Karen Ingram (Lady Barebow Senior and Master): Long National – 134
  • Alister Smith (Gentleman Longbow Senior): Double American – 891
  • Linda Wright (Lady Barebow Senior and Master): Albion – 521
  • Marcus Yeoman (Gentleman Compound Senior): WA50 – 695

Competition Results

I finally managed to get hold of the full results of the Redruth Double American held in June. In addition to what I posted a month ago, here’s how our guys did:

  • Alister Smith came 2nd in Gents Longbow and set a club record for the Double American
  • Jonathan Ingram came 4th in Gents Recurve and set a club record for the Double American.
  • Iain Lees came 6th in Gents Recurve and won a number of raffle prizes. As he likes to say “You can’t drink a medal”.
  • Simon Bench came 8th in Gents Recurve.
  • Bruce Cox came 10th in Gents Recurve and set club records for the Recurve Master Single and Double American.

Congratulations again to those who braved the weather that day.

Darren Bennion and Marcus Yeoman attended Stage Two and Three of the National Tour in mid July.

  • At Stage Two, Darren qualified 31st and Marcus 11th. They went on to compete in the head to heads, where Darren came joint 17th (having reached the 1/16 round) and Marcus came joint 9th (having reached the 1/8 round).
  • At Stage Three, Darren qualified 30th and Marcus 7th. In the following head to heads, Darren and Marcus repeated their Stage Two results.

Darren and Marcus attended the Cleve Metric Weekend at the end of the month.

  • On day one, there was a WA50 with head to head. Marcus set a club and county record for the WA50 and qualified first. In the head to heads, Marcus reached the 1/4 round and Darren the 1/16.
  • On day two, there was a WA1440 with Marcus coming 7th, with Darren in 8th just a single point behind.

Congratulations to all.

Take a look at the DCAS events calendar and see if there are any competitions you fancy trying. If in doubt, speak to the tournament organiser.

If you attend (or are planning to attend) a competition, please let me know (and add the round to your score card!). Also, let me know if you earn any badges (Roses, Stars, etc) or if you manage to attain the lofty ranks of Master Bowman and Grand Master Bowman.

Thus ends the Records Report for July. Please let me know if there are any errors, omissions, etc and I hope that you continue to provide me with material to put into these reports. If you don’t want to be mentioned in reports, please let me know.

Records Officer Report – June

08/07/2019

Welcome to the June Report. It’s been a quieter month, mainly due to that glorious British summer weather… can you feel the sarcasm? Despite the weather, our members have been pursuing their awards and attending competitions. Here’s what they’ve managed in June.

Outdoor Classifications

  • John Batten earned his 2nd Class.
  • Jamie Pruden earned his 3rd Class.
  • Oliver Pruden earned his 3rd Class.
  • Alister Smith earned his 1st Class for Longbow.

252 Scheme

Members continue to progress through the 252 scheme:

  • Andy Axworthy achieved 40 yards.
  • Sarah Watson achieved 30 yards.
  • Jenny Woodards achieved 40 yards.

Club Records

These are the club records achieved during June. Congratulations to all.

  • John Batten (Gentleman Barebow Master): Warwick – 241.
  • Jonathan Ingram (Gentleman Recurve Senior): Double American – 1414.
  • Oliver Pruden (Gentlemen Recurve Under 12): Short Metric V – 428.
  • Alister Smith (Gentleman Longbow Senior): Albion – 402.

Additional records from the Redruth Double American are likely but I’m waiting for the full results before I can confirm. Keep an eye out for a June report update.

Something I forgot to mention previously; Any new records will now be updated on the website monthly. Updates will be passed to the Webmaster around the same time as these reports, so check in the first week or so of each month if you are interested in seeing an accurate list.

Competition Results

  • Darren Bennion and Marcus Yeoman attended the UK Masters at the start of the month. On day one, Marcus qualified 26th and Darren was 35th.
    • Also on day one was the pairs qualification round. Marcus (with Adam Shaw) qualified 7th and Darren (with Matthew Wong) qualified 11th.
    • On Day two, there were head to head matches. Marcus finished joint 9th overall and Darren was joint 33rd.
    • Also on day two was the pairs head to heads. Marcus (with Adam Shaw) and Darren (with Matthew Wong) both finished in joint 9th.
  • Simon Bench, Bruce Cox, Jonathan Ingram, Iain Lees and Alister Smith braved the wind and rain (so much rain…) to attend the Redruth Double American at the end of the month:
    • Bruce set club records for the Recurve Master Single and Double American (to be confirmed).
    • Jonathan set a club record for the Double American.
    • Iain won a number of raffle prizes. As he likes to say “You can’t drink a medal!”.
    • Alister came 2nd in Gents Longbow and set club records for the Single and Double American (to be confirmed).

Alister is currently the only person whose position I can report on and Jonathan’s is the only confirmed record, as I have not seen the full results tables yet. I shall issue an update when they arrive.

Well done to all who competed during June and congratulations to those who came away with trophies and other awards.

Take a look at the DCAS events calendar and see if there are any competitions you fancy trying. If in doubt, speak to the tournament organiser.

If you attend (or are planning to attend) a competition, please let me know (and add the round to your score card!). Also, let me know if you earn any badges (Roses, Stars, etc) or if you manage to attain the lofty ranks of Master Bowman and Grand Master Bowman.

Thus ends the Records Report for June. Please let me know if there are any errors, omissions, etc and I hope that you continue to provide me with material to put into these reports. If you don’t want to be mentioned in reports, please let me know.

Records Officer Report – May

02/06/2019

Welcome to the May Report. Outdoor season has properly got underway with people attending competitions and pushing for 252s and classifications.

Addendum to the April report

At Grand Day, I was presented with certificates and badges for our winning teams from the Winter Postals. The top three contributing archers from the winning teams received a DCAS badge and the club received a certificate. Congratulations to James Baker, Simon Bench and Iain Lees (Portsmouth B Team), plus James Baker, Jonathan Ingram (yes I’m congratulating myself) and Alister Smith (Frostbite A Team).

Additionally, Alister Smith achieved the highest Longbow score in our Frostbite division with 229. Marcus Yeoman did the same for the Portsmouth Compound division with a score of 598. Both received a certificate and a badge.

Congratulations to all who took part in the postals.

New 252 page on club website

At the same time as this report goes out, there is now a new page on the website dedicated to explaining how the 252 Scheme works and the required scores. There is also a new version of the 252 scoresheet, the link to which is on the 252 page. There are likely to be some of the old format lying around but, once these are gone, could everybody please switch to the new one.

Outdoor Classifications

With the outdoor season into full swing, the gains and regains have started to come in:

  • John Batten earned his 3rd Class.
  • Simon Bench earned his 2nd Class.
  • Jonathan Ingram regained his 1st Class.
  • Iain Lees earned his 2nd Class.
  • Alister Smith earned his 2nd Class for Longbow, having previously earned it for Recurve.
  • Jenny Woodards earned her 3rd Class.
  • Linda Wright earned her 1st Class.

252 Scheme

Members continue to progress through the 252 scheme:

  • Andy Axworthy achieved 30 yards.
  • Stan Axworthy achieved 20 yards.
  • Karen Ingram achieved 40 yards.
  • Iain Lees achieved 60 yards.
  • Jamie Pruden achieved 40 yards.
  • Alister Smith achieved 60 yards for his Longbow, having previously achieved it for Recurve.
  • Sarah Watson achieved 20 yards.
  • John Williamson achieved 30 yards.

Club Records

These are the club records achieved during May. Congratulations to all.

  • John Batten (Gentleman Barebow Senior + Master): Short National – 454.
  • Jonathan Ingram (Gentleman Recurve Senior): WA70 – 548, WA70 (double) – 1072.
  • Karen Ingram (Lady Barebow Senior + Master): American – 324, Bristol 2 – 443.
  • Alister Smith (Gentleman Longbow Senior): American – 480, Two Way National – 268/64hits/4golds, Warwick – 268.
  • Jenny Woodards (Lady Recurve Senior): Junior Warwick – 350.
  • Linda Wright (Lady Barebow Senior + Master): National – 351.
  • Marcus Yeoman (Gentleman Compound Senior): WA50 – 692, WA50 (double) – 1375. – Due to a recent rule change, there is also the possibility that Marcus’ Double WA50 score will be a record at various higher levels. We will need to wait and see though.

Competition Results

Five of our members attended the DCAS Grand Day at the start of the month. The morning session was a two-way Longbow National, in which Alister Smith came 10th and Jim Start came 15th. The afternoon session was a conventional National for all bow types and our members placed as follows:

  • Jonathan Ingram came 7th in Gents Recurve and won the ‘best gold’ trophy for Recurve.
  • Alister came 9th in Gents Recurve.
  • Simon Bench came 14th in Gents Recurve.
  • Jim Start won the Gents Barebow.
  • Linda Wright came 4th in Ladies Barebow.

Jonathan Ingram and Marcus Yeoman attended the Redruth Double WA720 the week after Grand Day.  Jonathan came 8th in Gents Recurve, setting club records for the single and double WA70 and earning his White FITA Target badge. Marcus won the Gents Compound and set club records for the single and double WA50. These are possibly also higher level records.

Marcus attended Exmouth Archers’ York shoot mid-month and came 2nd, only missing out on the win by a gold count.

Marcus attended Brixham Archers’ ‘Open Rose’ York shoot at the end of the month and won.

Rob ‘Pasty’ Cain attended the NFAS 3D Championships in Newark at the end of the month and placed 29th in Gent’s Barebow on day one. Unfortunately he wasn’t able to shoot on day two.

Well done to all who competed during May and congratulations to those who came away with trophies and other awards.

Coming up next month Darren Bennion and Marcus Yeoman will be attending the UK Masters in Lillishall  (in fact, they will have done so by the time this report is out).  At the end of the month Alister, Bruce, Iain, Jonathan and Simon will be attending the Redruth Double American. Good luck to all members competing in June and keep an eye out in the next report for results.

If you attend (or are planning to attend) a competition, please let me know (and add the round to your score card!). Also, let me know if you earn any badges (Roses, Stars, etc) or if you manage to attain the lofty ranks of Master Bowman and Grand Master Bowman. Take a look at the DCAS events calendar and see if there are any competitions you fancy trying. If in doubt, speak to the tournament organiser.

And finally

Could I also take the opportunity to remind people to add any scored rounds to their scorecard and hand these in to me on a fairly regular basis. I think there may even be a couple of cards from the indoor season still to come to me (the indoor year officially ends on the 31st of June. Can I please have any indoor cards before then). Little and often is a lot easier for me to process (and quicker to hand out any badges), rather than everything at once.

Thus ends the Records Report for May. Please let me know if there are any errors, omissions, etc and I hope that you continue to provide me with material to put into these reports. If you don’t want to be mentioned in reports, please let me know.

Records Officer Report – April

08/05/2019

Welcome to what I hope will be the first of many updates on the achievements of club members. I felt that, while we make announcements whenever somebody achieves something, the whole club doesn’t necessarily know about it, just those there on the day. Likewise, competition/league results don’t have as wide an audience as they could.

Some of the sections are fairly long, covering substantial periods. They will not be so in future but I wanted to be thorough and make it up to date.

Please provide feedback, so I can improve future reports. If anything is missing or if you don’t want to be mentioned in reports, please let me (Jon) know.

Winter Postal League and the Tavistock Trophy

As you’re hopefully aware, the club took part in the Winter Postals run by DCAS, which are divided into Portsmouth (indoors) and Frostbite (outdoors). The top three scores from each club formed a team (next three formed a 2nd team, etc) and faced other clubs over five months. We entered three teams for the Portsmouth postal (two Recurve and one Compound) and two teams for the Frostbite (no bowstyle distinctions). The results for our teams are as follows:

Portsmouth teams:

  • Recurve Division 3: ‘Yelverton Bowmen Team A’ came 2nd
  • Recurve Division 4: ‘Yelverton Bowmen Team B’ won the division,
  • Compound Division 1: ‘Yelverton Bowmen’ came 2nd

Frostbite teams:

  • Division 3: ‘Yelverton Bowmen Team A’ won the division
  • Division 3: ‘Yelverton Bowmen Team B’ came 2nd

Thank you to all who entered scores and congratulations to those who were part of the winning teams.
With two wins and three 2nd places, I believe this is the most successful postal year we’ve had. This shows that our members are getting better every year and we should be proud of that. We also have newer archers who are building up their skills and could very well contribute to next year’s leagues. I hope we do just as well, if not better in the 2019/20 season!

As usual we ran the Tavistock Trophy parallel to the Portsmouth Postals. The highest cumulative score over the five months in each category was awarded with a small trophy and bragging rights until the next indoor season.

This year our Webmaster, and general tech guru, Simon Bench designed and crafted a set of 3D printed trophies. Thanks go to him and we look forward to seeing next year’s version.

Congratulations to: Pasty Cain (Barebow), Bruce Cox (Recurve), Alister Smith (Longbow) and Marcus Yeoman (Compound).

If you want to see a more detailed breakdown of the Postal and Tavistock Trophy scores, let me know.

Indoor Classifications

The following are all the classifications earned by members during the 2018/19 indoor season. Congratulations to all.

  • Simon Bench, Bruce Cox, Marvin Doncaster, Iain Lees and Alister Smith regained their ‘D’ classification.
  • Jonathan Ingram regained his ‘C’ classification.
  • Darren Bennion and Marcus Yeoman regained their ‘A’ classification.
  • Stan Axworthy, Karen Ingram and Jim Start earned their ‘F’ classification.
  • Andy Axworthy, Jim Lakeman, Jamie Pruden, Sarah Watson and Linda Wright earned their ‘E’ classification.
  • James Baker, Holly Bench, Robert ‘Pasty’ Cain and Jenny Woodards earned their ‘D’ classification.
  • Martin Bawden earned his ‘C’ classification.

Outdoor Classifications

Since outdoor evenings have only recently started, there haven’t been many classification gains/regains yet. Those hardy individuals who continued to shoot outdoors on Sundays during the winter have had a head start:

  • Jim Lakeman regained his 3rd Class.
  • Karen Ingram earned her 2nd Class.

252 Scheme

From its introduction a couple of years ago, the 252 scheme has proven to be very successful, with all new members and many existing members progressing through the distances, demonstrating their increasing proficiency. The current standing for active members is as follows:

  • Bob Dakin (LB), Oliver Harris (R), Jim Lakeman (BB) and Brian Woodman (R) have achieved 20 yards.
  • Jamie Pruden (R), Jon Batten (R), Holly Bench (C), Jonathan Ingram (C), Karen Ingram (BB), Jenny Woodards (R) have achieved 30 yards.
  • Jim Lakeman (R), Iain Lees (R), Sharon Rostock (BB) and Shaun Rostock (BB) have achieved 40 yards.
  • Jon Batten (BB), Alister Smith (LB), James Baker (R), Simon Bench (R), Jim Start (BB+LB) and Linda Wright (BB) have achieved 50 yards.
  • Bruce Cox (R) and Jonathan Ingram (R) have achieved 60 yards.

Additionally in April, Alister Smith (R) achieved 60 yards and John Williamson (R) achieved 20 yards.

Club Records

This is a list of the club records that have been awarded since I took over Records Officer last April. The does not include the pre-2018 records I discovered during my overhaul. Please see the Club Records for anything before then, as well as the current (30/04/19) standing for all rounds.

  • Martin Bawden (Gentleman Recurve Master): Portsmouth (single face) – 562.
  • Simon Bench (Gentleman Recurve Senior): Bray 2 (single face) – 266.
  • Darren Bennion (Gentleman Compound Senior): Individual Match Round 50m (18 arrows) – 146, WA Field (24 Target Marked) – 380.
  • Darren Bennion (Gentleman Compound Master): Frostbite – 346, Individual Match Round 50m (18 arrows) – 146, Portsmouth (three spot) – 595, St George – 938, WA Field (24 Target Marked) – 380.
  • Robert ‘Pasty’ Cain (Gentleman Senior Barebow): Frostbite – 270.
  • Robert ‘Pasty’ Cain (Gentleman Master Barebow): Frostbite – 270, Portsmouth (single face) – 516, WA18 (single face) – 401.
  • Bruce Cox (Gentleman Recurve Master): Worcester – 246, Bray 1 (three spot) – 213, Bray 2 (three spot) – 230, Bray Combined (local round) (three spot) – 443.
  • Karen Ingram (Lady Barebow Senior): Short National – 210, Worcester (single face) – 101.
  • Karen Ingram (Lady Barebow Master): Short National – 210, Worcester (single face) – 101.
  • Jonathan Ingram (Gentleman Recurve Senior): Bray 1 (three spot) – 276, Bray 2 (thee spot) – 268, Bray Combined (single face) (new local round) – 520, Bray Combined (three spot) (new local round) – 544, Portsmouth (three spot) – 552, WA18 (three spot) – 511.
  • Jim Lakeman (Gentleman Recurve Senior): Short Metric 3 – 561.
  • Jim Lakeman (Gentleman Recurve Master): Short Metric 3 – 561, Short Western – 541.
  • Alister Smith (Gentleman Longbow Senior): Frostbite – 229, Portsmouth (single face) – 480, Portsmouth (double) (single face) – 864, WA18 (single face) – 352.
  • Alister Smith (Gentleman Recurve Senior): Bristol 2 – 1004.
  • Linda Wright (Lady Barebow Senior): Frostbite – 215, Portsmouth (single face) – 463, Short Warwick – 281, WA18 (single face) – 353.
  • Linda Wright (Lady Barebow Master): Frostbite – 215, Portsmouth (single face) – 463, Short Warwick – 281, WA18 (single face) – 353.
  • Marcus Yeoman (Gentleman Compound Senior): Bray 1 (single face) – 289, Portsmouth (three spot) – 598, Worcester (five spot) – 300, Worcester (double) (five spot) – 600.

Competition Results

This is as complete a list of results as I could compile. Starting on January 1st means a mix of indoor and outdoor results.

  • Marcus Yeoman attended the Brixham Clipper in January, where he came 1st in the Portsmouth and 2nd in the head to head.
  • As usual, we hosted the DCAS Indoor Championship on February 24th. Nine of our members took part, across five categories.
    • Simon Bench came 13th in Recurve Gents,
    • Iain Lees came 19th in Recurve Gents,
    • Darren Bennion came 3rd in Compound Gents,
    • Pasty Cain came 2nd in Barebow Gents. He also set the Masters club record,
    • Alister Smith came 16th in Recurve Gents and 6th in Longbow Gents. He also set the club record for the Longbow WA18,
    • Jim Start came 11th in Longbow Gents,
    • Andrew White came 4th in Compound Gents,
    • Linda Wright came 3rd in Barebow Ladies,
    • Marcus won the Compound Gents,
    • The team of Pasty Cain and Linda Wright came 2nd in the Barebow team,
    • The team of Darren Bennion, Andrew White and Marcus Yeoman won the Compound team.
  • Marcus attended the Newquay Bowmen Combined FITA (or WA Combined if you prefer) and won, setting club and county records.
  • Darren and Andrew attended the Royal Navy Indoor Championships at HMS Sultan in March. They came 1st and 2nd respectively.
  • Darren attended a marked WA Field round in April at Merlin Field Archers. He placed 4th and established a club record for that particular round.
  • Darren attended the Bath Archers Double 1440 in April. The first day was cancelled but the second day went ahead and Darren placed 3rd.
  • The first of the year’s national rankings were released on April 25th. Darren is placed 106th, with Marcus sitting in 21st.

Congratulations to all who competed.

Take a look at the DCAS events calendar and see if there are any competitions you fancy trying. If in doubt, speak to the tournament organiser.

If you attend a competition, please let me know how you get on, so I can share it with the club (and add the score to your records card!). Also, let me know if you earn any badges (Roses, Stars, etc) or if you manage to attain the lofty ranks of Master Bowman and Grand Master Bowman. For those unfamiliar with record status awards, I hope to have a dedicated page on the website in the near future.

Thus ends the inaugural Records Report. As I mentioned above (several times), please let me know if there are any errors, omissions, etc and I hope that members continue to provide me with material to put into these reports.

Jon

Easter Outing

On Easter Saturday 11 Club members and family gathered at the car park between Sharpitor and Leeden Tor on Dartmoor for an informal social walk. We set off to the disused Yelverton to Princetown railway on a warm sunny morning. On reaching the railway we turned towards Princetown with the possibility of hearing a cuckoo. At Ingra Tor we entered the disused quarry to look at the quarry and remains of the workings.

Moving on along the old track bed we heard a cuckoo way off to our left and as we progressed we managed to locate the bird and see it in a tree to give us a good view of it through binoculars. We rounded a bend where the original tramway took a different course and took a short cut to Foggintor Quarry, an ideal place for our picnic.

After we had our picnic lunch in the peaceful quarry we returned the the railway track and made our way towards King’s Tor and Swelltor. On this stretch we stopped to inspect worked granite corpels that were made as spares when London Bridge was widened in 1903.

After marvelling at the size and amount of work to make these corbels only to be left on the moor we continued along the track to near Leeden Tor where we turned off the track and made our way up to Leeden Tor and down to the car park past a sizeable Bronze age settlement of hut circles. Back at the car park some of us took the opportunity to treat ourselves to an ice-cream.

We were lucky with the weather, the good company and with the interesting historical features on the route which made for a very enjoyable walk capped by the sighting of a cuckoo.

Following this enjoyable outing another walk is planned for the Spring Bank Holiday Saturday 25th May, start time 10:30. This will be on Dartmoor again and will take in the Bronze Age monuments at Merrivale. We will gather at the Four Winds car park on the B3357 Tavistock to Postbridge road, grid reference SX 5606 7489. From there we will explore the area around the stone rows and further afield as time weather and stamina allows. Appropriate clothing will be needed, walking boots and waterproofs and a packed lunch plus drinks, no dogs please as it is lambing and ground nesting bird time. The car park is the one with trees around it.For further information please ask Jim.

2019 AGM review

05/05/2019

Thank you to everybody who attended the AGM on Tuesday and thank you to all the committee members for giving your time and effort to running the club. The newly elected committee remains mostly the same with only a few changes. You can see our full committee here.

The club account is currently healthy and we’re looking to spend some money on new foam bosses in the near future. We’ve also obtained a trio of bag targets for use at events such as the Cornwood Show in August.

Many records and awards were handed out following the audit of the records system and the recent winter postal leagues. There are still a few to hand out though, due to some people not being able to make the AGM. For up to date records, see the Club Records page. Also keep an eye out at the start of May for the first Records Report.

Simon has been working behind the scenes on the website (including supporting the updated records). With the records now updated and more easily done so in future, we hope that people will visit them and look to set/break some records this year. As always, the rounds and classifications are available from this page.

In addition to the Cornwood Show on August 8th, we will be attending another show at Hatt on June 15th. We will run a have-a-go stall at both, which can provide the club with extra money, as well as hopefully encouraging members of the public to give our sport a try and do a beginners course with us. We will be looking for volunteers to help run the stalls on both days, so please consider helping the club. If you can help, speak to the Public Relations Officer (Jim) for more details.