8th July 2018
Once upon a time.... Raven Field Archers received an invitation from a very friendly archery club, Talisman Bowmen, to bring a team of four to shoot their Strawberry Invitational AGB Imperial target shoot. The field archers were so pleased to be invited that they really wanted to accept, and so with varying amounts of persuasion and juggling, they managed to form a team. The promise of strawberries and cream may have had something to do with it!
Roll on 8th July, a swelteringly hot day, and the little band of field archers, Steve Palmer, Sue Kenworthy, Archie Crawford and Jamie Cole arrived in Park Gate to shoot 48 arrows at 60/40 yards and 24 arrows at 50/30 yards (adults/juniors). For three of the archers, it was the first round of this type they'd shot, and for Archie, the first target competition he'd done.
For field archers, they didn't do too badly....
Archie won the Supreme Archer award, and Junior Compound Unlimited gold for his top (perfect) score of 648, equalling the National record. Jamie won gold for Gents Compound Unlimited, with 4 points off the National record, despite feeling unwell and having an equipment failure. Sue was melting but took gold for Ladies Longbow. And the team took team bronze.
Not bad for a bunch of field archers, and that's no fairy story! Thanks to Talisman Bowmen for their hospitality.