On the afternoon of Saturday 4th January a group of intrepid archers gathered at the range on the coldest day of the year so far.
Those of us who had accepted Chairman Mike’s invitation to join in the After Christmas New Year’s Soup Shoot, had a range of bow styles including Recurve, Compound, Longbow and Hungarian Horse Bow.
Mike and Richard organised us into two teams based on our handicaps and we shot a Portsmouth round with a difference. Starting off with the normal layout and scoring ten down from the centre it seemed quite simple. This was followed by having ten on the outside ring and one in the centre – not so simple although one of our beginner archers surprised everyone, especially herself, by scoring 29 on the first end. Subsequent ends included scoring only odds or evens and different quarters of the target, no names mentioned but you can probably guess who managed to get two arrows in a quarter of the ten ring and one just outside. These different target areas challenged even some of our experienced archers at times. At the end of this round Mike and Richard had the task of sorting out all the scores and handicaps for both the two teams and individual archers which turned out to be quite accurate with Stevie’s team winning the round with a score of 7961 and Terry’s team scored 7858. Not that we were competitive or anything but Team Two’s scores may have been a little different if the line cutting rule had been clarified at the beginning rather than near the end of the round :-)
Team one won a box of chocolates which was opened for the whole team (actually both teams) to dive into and the individual winner was Peter who I think won a box of fruity things, not entirely sure about this. He and Gabor had to leave early as did Terry.
Thanks to everyone who bought nibbles such as hot and cold sausage rolls, crisps, biscuits and cakes which kept us all fed during the afternoon and for the Mulled Wine – how many bottles did we go through between us?
After the Portsmouth round and whilst our scorers were doing their adding up those of us who did not have to get off decided to play darts, with arrows! Instead of sticking to the original teams Stevie and Kevin, who were as I mentioned earlier not being competitive all all, (!!!) took turns to pick team members, which again worked out pretty even. First Game was 301, which went to Stevie, Gail and Christine. Then Mike and Richard joined us for a 501, which was close, but if I remember correctly was won by Kevin, Claire, Derek and Mike.
The final game of the day was a 1-20 then the bull. Each team had its time in the lead and by the time we got to the bull we were all going for the same target. Richard (with his fat arrows) directed his arrow straight into the centre, it was a tense time as Kevin’s team still had an archer to go. It all went very quiet as Claire took her place on the line where she also scored a bull to the cheers of all present. Then it was down to everyone to shoot again and the winner would be closest to the bull. Richard managed to hit just under the bull but his feathers were blocking the view of it for the rest of his team who had to go to the side to be able to see it. On Kevin’s team Mike just managed to pip the rest of us and get closest to the centre which was a great finale to a very close competition and enjoyable afternoon/evening out.
Hopefully we will have more of these fun sessions with more members joining us .
Thanks to Claire for her whistle skills – I think the pea may have fallen out though.
Text – Mike and Christine
Photos – Gail