Last Sunday we held our ‘at home’ friendly against Malden Bowmen and, for some 20 minutes, the weather outlook was decidedly unencouraging. As we sheltered beneath the oak tree, by the shooting line, it looked as though an early tea was on the cards. Providentially, fortune favoured the brave and the sun emerged - allowing battle to commence.
 
The opposition was on form and there was a particularly strong turnout by the Malden stick-wielders (sorry, longbows). Although Allison Bristow (who also supplied a delicious tea) fought back with a 160 National, Malden still managed to achieve a total of 501 against our 395. However, all was not lost as our recurve team came in with a total score of 2,357 against Malden’s 2,118. Here we benefited from a strong Long National performance by Messrs Antill and Higgs, with scores of 530 and 504 respectively.
 
Adding the scores together, I am pleased to report that RPB won the day with a total of 2,752 against Malden’s 2,619. Well done and thank you to all those who attended and made it a most enjoyable afternoon’s shoot.
 
Whilst we were shooting at Weirmead our stalwart compound archer, Justin Phillips, was making his presence felt over in Kent. Justin was, in fact, competing at the Kent Target Championship & Open Tournament and, as the saying goes, didn’t he do well! With a York score of 1214, Justin won the KAA Shield, the Whitworth Trophy and the M & P Virani Cup. Our congratulations go out to Justin and I have no doubt we shall see more of his triumphs in tournaments to come.
 
The next event to mention is our Club Championships, on Sunday 12th September. We shall be gathering at 9.30, for sighters at 10.00, and as this is an all day event you will need to bring your lunch. As we shall be shooting 12 dozen arrows, at rounds to suit all tastes and expertise, this is a superb opportunity to experience the feel of a full tournament shoot. Please let me know whether you hope to attend.