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At the HEA 2017 Sunburn Shoot on Sunday 6th August, the weather was uncooperative, to say the least! Leaden skies produced the forecast rain just as the assembled archers completed their sighters and then blustery wind blew it about as it fell. Although the eleven hardy souls who took part were undeterred by the weather, the planned round was shortened to just one and a half dozen arrows at 40 yards and one and a half at 30, all with barebow club bows, added to which it was completed as quickly as humanly possible!
When the scores were gathered in, Coach Graham announced them in ascending order. It was Chairman Paul in 3rd place and Club Secretary Ralph in second, but coming in 1st place by a narrow margin it was Barry (on the right) who received the new Sunburn trophy. So congratulations to longbowman Barry who now has both the Sunburn trophy and the Frostbite trophy on his mantelpiece!
It was certificate day on Sunday 1st October for our 2017 Autumn beginners course. This third and final instructional session was moved indoors to Ince because of the weather forecast (totally inaccurate, as it turned out, but never mind - it gave the beginners a look at HEA's winter quarters).
After the range safety briefing at Altcar in week one, the trainees started with bare target bosses, moving on to barebow archery and, in week two, freestyle archery, finishing with an introduction to shooting in a tournament in week three.
The course attendees showed good progress throughout the course and we look forward to seeing them for their fourth session shooting alongside HEA members.
As always, the last item on the agenda before presentation of certificates was the ever popular burst-the-balloons free-for-all!
Five HEA archers - Graham, Karen, Lisa, Lee and Paul - competed at the morning session of Chorley Bowmen's 2nd Annual Portsmouth Tournament on Sunday 15th October 2017 at South Ribble Tennis Centre, Bamber Bridge.
Billed as a friendly informal competition, the event attracted an impressive number of archers from across the region for the morning session, with even more due to attend in the afternoon.
Shooting with her flatbow, Karen was pleased to achieve a third place in the Ladies Barebow category.
Congratulations are due to HEA member Dave who was successful at the year's last 252 Challenge event (3 dozen arrows at the archer's chosen distance) on Sunday 15th October. Shooting with his recurve, Dave scored more than 252 points to earn his 40 yard badge.
HEA's 2017 outdoor season ended with the Ken Harris Clout Tournament on Sunday 22nd October when fourteen hardy souls braved the strong winds to compete for the Ken Harris trophy.
Clouts were set at 90 and 120 yards with most of the assembled archers opting to aim for the far clout, shooting with club bows and traditional bows.
After everyone had shot their six ends (three dozen arrows) and before the scores had been totted up by coach Graham, Chairman Paul took the opportunity to present Karen with her 3rd place ladies barebow medal from the previous Sunday's Chorley Bowmen Portsmouth Tournament.
Photos courtesty of Greg Grogan.
When the clout scores were added up the results were: at the long distance, Lee in 3rd place, Graham in 2nd and Lisa in 1st. Shooting at the shorter distance, previous winner Karen scored the most points overall and so took the trophy back home again!
New junior member Luke, shooting recurve barebow (pictured receiving his certificate from Chairman Paul) and new member Laura, shooting recurve, both put in their three scores during the season to qualify as 3rd Class archers.
Michael (on the left) and Peter, both shooting recurve, also earned their third class for the first time during the season.
Junior member Heather, shooting barebow recurve this season rather than recurve, earned her 2nd Class for the first time in that category. Lee, shooting barebow, also earned a 2nd class.
With the outdoor season at an end, the list of HEA archers who have earned classifications this year is now complete. The following is a summary:
All of this year's 1st Class certificates went to HEA members requalifying this year, having originally earned their 1st Class in previous seasons.
Pictured, from left to right, top to bottom, are Graham, Ralph, Lee (again), Lisa and Linda, all shooting recurve, followed by Karen, shooting barebow, and Paul and Alex, both shooting longbow.
On 17th September, after submitting his third qualifying round, shooting longbow, Graham was presented with his Bowman classification certificate and coveted green badge, becoming the only current HEA member to hold a Bowman classification.
Very well done to all our members who have earned classifications this year.
By all accounts, HEA's 2017 Halloween Fun
Shoot on Sunday 29th October lived up to its
name. The target bosses were covered with
various halloweeny pictures (pumpkins
featured heavily), and the scoring system, as is the tradition on such occasions, was completely random. Halloween-themed chocolate spot prizes were also on offer for hitting certain pictures or even for not hitting any at all!
After everyone had filled up their score sheets, a break for nibbles and cakes allowed the scores to be added up. The winners, receiving chocolate oranges and pumpkins from Chairman Paul, were Emma in 3rd place, Mike in 2nd and Ralph (centre) in 1st.
Various other presentations followed, including a trophy and certificate for the Most Improved Archer (Junior) for the outdoor season, going to Heather who this year was shooting barebow rather than recurve.
Graham (far left) and Mike tied for Most Improved Archer (Senior), Graham shooting longbow and Mike shooting recurve.
The last award to be presented was the Wooden Spoon, going this year to Paul for the most arrows broken on the range during the outdoor season.
After the presentations, a few HEA members decided to get out some zombie targets left over from a previous Halloween fun shoot and practised saving civilization from a zombie apocalypse!