--- CLUB NEWS ---
Improvers for the month... :-
- Seb' J' gains his Bowman Classification
- Chris O' gains his 2nd Class Barebow Classification
- David J', Immants G', Stuart H' (L/B), Chris O', Mike Wo' (B/B), Mathew W' & Seb' J' improve their H/C scores
Congratulations to Mike Wo' for completing his last 252 round which means he now has the complete set of 252 badges from 20yards all the way up to 100yards
Two brave Castle Bowmen travelled west a tiny bit to compete at the Short Metric Tournament held by Llandaff City Bowmen. Michelle W' and Chris O', in his first tournament away from the club, had to contend with less than perfect conditions, as Michelle described them
'It was hot all day and quite windy in the afternoon'
But as you will see from Chris's report below they both did extremely well, both coming home with shiny medals. A magnificent Recurve Gold for Michelle and a well deserved Barebow Silver and a PB (Personal Best score) for Chris.
'It was another hot humid day as the archers chased the shade until the sun rose and there was no escaping the sun. After the first round there could have been a number of things to blame for the terrible shoot thus far, the heat, the equipment, the fact that the 50M hates me but in all probability it was the archer! An experienced archer once told me to forget the last arrow, I wish he'd teach me how to forget a whole round!! Pressing on i shot a very good 30M to bring myself back into medal contention. I came away with a little dignity and the silver. On reflection i am glad I've upheld the castle bowmen winning reputation but in the words of Mark H' "I must be better"'
All the JUNE postal results are in and can be viewed on the Postal Page.
SPOILERS !!… Some teams still have a 100% success rate this Season...some do not.
RJD Archers Open UK record status Western tournament was the next destination for the Castle Bowmen archers. Steve C', Wendy W', Mike Wo' and Kathy C' all braved the unseasonably hot heat to bring back the Gold and the Glory...and they succeeded spectacularly.
The day was incredibly hot but the fabulous archers still manged to get through the entire shoot, more or less, to grab the medals at the end.
But It wasn't without the drama. During one end at 50y the ever observant judges blew the whistle even though Steve was still shooting. Steve informed them that he can't have ran out of time, and they agreed they had made a mistake and let him continue to shoot his last arrow, which was shot with such high concentration and precision it could only ever be heading into one colour...yes it hit the blue.
At the end of the day all of Castle Bowmen had scored a SB (Seasons Best score), with Steve also shooting a Glamorgan County record and Wendy taking Gold for the Lady Longbows, Kathy got the top score for the Lady Barebows and Mike took Gold for the Gent Recurves.
Rick S' and Karl C' travelled far away to represent Castle Bowmen at the Cheltenham Archers Annual 2 day Record Status Tournament. But being a kind and sharing sort of club they split it between them and while Rick shot the Double WA70m on the Saturday, Karl then shot the WA1440 round on the Sunday. They both enjoyed bright sunny skies the whole weekend, although the tricky wind conditions did cause a few hiccups.
Here is Rick's report in his own words :-
" A lonesome archer went forth early Saturday morning, a far cry from last year when many Castle Bowmen travelled for the annual Catherine Oldacre Memorial Event. Despite a poor (almost non existent) nights sleep things looked hopeful as cloud appeared on the horizon around 7-00 am – will it be cooler than expected and windless.
Well the answer was a resounding NO!!! It turned out very hot and very windy – the worst kind – head on gusty and slightly to one side. They could have put half faces up on the left side of the target and no one would have lost many points. You could see arrows flying from outside the RH side of the target and landing on the left – my arrars being lighter drifter more . At one point my windage adjustment was right over to the left – the sight pin unwound and I even started to unscrew the sight aperture to get windage.(till it dropped off).
Needless to say scores were awful – 313 and 297.
Had some good ends though and some nice groups at times – How can you do 9,9,8,8,m,m – 10,10,8,7,m,m. Hit on one cunning plan that got me a few golds – I reverse engineered the aim/release process. Wait for it to be still – get a steady aim on 2 o clock black then wait for the wind and release – first attempt X – worked a couple of times after that.
Great day out as usual – but ended up with a touch too much sun. Still that’s my 5 rounds done for ranking although my HC will suffer badly – I shall return !!"
On the Sunday Karl shot very well and ended up in Silver medal position for the Gent Barebows
"I could have done better but It was better than last time so it was alright"
Arrows found by our crack team of professional arrows finders (and sometimes by luck) will be pictured on the new Found Lost Arrow page. The link to which is near the top of the page.('click to find lost arrows')
Tip - The best way to get your arrow back quicker if you lose it - always have your initials on every arrow, as recommended by ArcheryGB.
Juniors Please note that the NEXT Junior Saturday will be 14th July - This is a slight change to the pattern, but will then carry on every 2 weeks from then.
Improvers for the month... :-
- Stephen D' gains his Barebow 2nd Class Classification
- Chris O', Trevor H', Daniel H', Mark H' and Drew M' all gain their 3rd Class Classifications
- Drew M' gains his Archer Classification for Recurve
- Imants G', John H', Trevor H', Kathy C', Steve C', Mark H', Drew M' and Caz' P' improve their H/C score
First confirmed win for one of the JUNE postal teams >> SEE THE POSTAL PAGE << for all the information throughout the season.
Well done to all the Castle Bowmen archers, especially those in their first competition, shooting at our Annual Mid Summer 'Doug Woodley' WA900 Tournament.
Nearly 30 archers from around South Wales came to compete at this annual shoot, and also enjoyed shooting on one of the hottest days of the year.
Castle Bowmen Juniors Sarah I' and Rachel T' both took Gold in their age categories for the Lady Barebows. The Senior Lady Barebows also did extremely well with Sarah R' taking Bronze, Caroline P' taking Silver and Kathy C' collecting the giant Gold medal.
The Gent Barebows did very well too with Paul Y' winning Bronze, Chris O' in his first tournament taking Silver and Andrew P' winning a well deserved Gold.
Wendy W', who also performed the duties of Lady Paramount, took Gold in the Lady Longbow category with a County record. For the Gent Longbows Stuart H' took home the Bronze and Alan G' takes the Silver medal.
In the Gent Recurve category Rick S' fought well to take home an excellent Bronze.
Also taking home a Gold medal and a County Record Michelle W' took the top prize for the Lady Recurves.
The Castle Bowmen Heroes shot at the Annual Neath Archers rose record status York/Hereford Tournament with some excellent if soggy results.
The weather for the tournament started with a rain shower, carried on with some heavy rain, briefly interrupted with some more continuous showers and finished with a spell of rain. But Sarah I', Michelle W', Caroline P', Rick S', Steve C', Mike Wo', Andrew P' & Karl C' battled through to the finish without a complaint... ok there may have been a few complaints … but they did all finish under extremely tricky conditions.
In the end Every Castle Bowmen archer scored a Seasons Best Score with a couple of them also getting PB's (Personal Best scores).
In the Hereford Round Caroline Collected the Gold for the Lady Barebows with Sarah also taking Gold for her age category and Michelle taking Silver for the Lady Recurves.
In the York round for the Gent Barebows Karl took home a well deserved Gold and for the Gent Recurves Mike took the Bronze.
Rick and Steve had a mini battle of their own, with each taking the lead as the distances got closer. It all came down to the final end at the final distance with Rick finally grasping the victory.
FINALLY HERE ARE THE OVERALL FINAL RESULTS FOR THE WINTER POSTAL TOURNAMENTS 2017/2018 SEASON:-
Portsmouth Postal :
Team A... 1st Place in the Division !!! - WINNERS !!!
Team B... 3rd Place in the Division
Frostbite Postal :
Team A...1st Place in the Division !!! - WINNERS !!!
Team B...2nd Place... missed the top spot by just 4 points
Team C...2nd Place in the Division
Team D...2nd Place... Not bad considering we didn't have a December team D
Junior Team …2nd Place in their Division
Excellent results for all those who contributed to Team A and good shooting from everyone else. 2nd place in nearly all the other divisions is a good result.
Extra news from the Winter Postal Leagues:
These are the highest scoring archers in their respective divisions, across the ENTIRE league:-
Portsmouth Postals :
Team A's Division :- Michelle W' (Mar') & Mike Wo' (Nov',Dec',Jan',Feb' & Mar')
Team B's Division :- Kathy C' (Nov' & Jan')
Frostbite Postals :
Team A's Division :- Michelle W' (Feb' & Mar') & Mike Wo' (Nov',Jan',Feb' & Mar')
Team B's Division :- Kathy C' (Nov' & Feb') & Caz' P' (Mar')
Team C's Division :- Caz' P' (Nov' & Jan'), Rick S' (Nov'), Alan G' (Jan') & Steve C' (Feb')
Team D's Division :- Kathy C' (Jan') & Maria V (Mar')
Junior Team's Division :- Sarah I' (Nov' & Feb'), Luke Y' (Jan') & Tomas D' (Feb')
It's been a while since the winter but we have finally heard from the UK organisers of the Winter Postal League, and have the final overall confirmed results of the season... All will be revealed soon but the news is quite exciting for... 2 of our teams … but which 2 ? ...
ArcheryGB have released the first UK Rankings list for the 2018, and Castle Bowmen Recurves have a few entries.
Steve C' is ranked 329th in the UK
Rick S' is ranked 292nd in the UK &
Mike Wo' is ranked 197th in the UK
We'll see if these positions change by the end of the season.
POSTAL LEAGUE's - From now on PRACTICE will start as soon as the field is set up safely (9.15am approx'). SO the earlier you arrive the more practice time you get.
Everyone shooting the Postal Leagues will all start SCORING at 10am on the dot. No exceptions. You can still score if you arrive later but practice time FINISHES at 10am as the scoring will then commence.
This is to keep the tournament running as smoothly as possible and still have a reasonable finishing time for people to get home for lunch.
Also please check how many people are already shooting on a boss if you wish to join it (as mentioned in the Rules of Etiquette (section N). It's always best to join the one with the least amount of archers as it speeds the total shooting time up no end.
At the World Record Status Double WA1440 Tournament at Pembrey Country Park, hosted by Cymric Archers, Mike Wo' battled against the unrelenting sun and heat, the invasion of little bugs all over the field and the total lack of ice creams to compete in a gruelling archery weekend. After more than 300 arrows over 2 days he managed a seasons best score and took home the Bronze medal for the glory of Castle Bowmen.
All the MAY Postal League results are in and listed upon the Postal League page > HERE < .
6 out of the 7 competing Castle Bowmen Teams WON their month's match. SO well done to almost everyone.
Teams for JUNE, that have shot their rounds, are listed under JUNE. Competing teams wont have their team score listed until we receive the opponents score.
Improvers for the month... :-
Luke Y' gains his Junior Bowman Classification
Luke Y' gains his 1st Class Classification
Paul Y' gains his 1st Class Classification
Paul Y' gains his 2nd Class Barebow Classification
Mathew W' gains his 3rd Class Barebow Classification
Trevor H' gains his Archer Classification
- John H', Michelle W', Mike Bar',Trevor H', Karl C', Paul Y', Luke Y' & Stephen D' improve their H/C score
METAL DETECTOR ETIQUETTE:
1- DO NOT LEAVE METAL DETECTORS BEHIND THE TARGETS EVER
2-METAL DETECTORS MUST BE MOVED TO THE SIDE OF THE FIELD WHEN NOT IN USE
3- DO NOT SHOOT METAL DETECTORS
Congratulations to Luke Y' and Heather B' for being presented with their Gold D.of.E Certificates at Buckingham Palace. These are presented to Young People who achieve the Gold Standard of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award. An excellent achievement for both.
The first Postal League shoot of the season was shot under beautiful blue sunny warm skies, which may explain why nearly everyone had an excellent score by the end of the shoot.
All the competing archers made it into teams, and first indications from the Postal League Guardian Katie suggest that we all did very well, with TWO teams already confirmed as taking a win from this first round of the season.
To view our progress in the Postal League and to see which team you made it in to just visit the 'Postal Leagues' page from the main menu. Or >> CLICK HERE << to save scrolling back up to the top of the page. Confirmed results from each match will be posted there as we receive them.
Well done to all our Awesome Junior archers who shot our Annual 'Val Goodman' Junior May Metrics tournament. The sun was shining for the whole day and there was none of that pesky wind to spoil the perfect shots.
Some of the best Junior Archers from almost half a dozen clubs from over South Wales joined us to shoot this important event in the Archery calendar. The Castle Bowmen working party worked hard to ensure the whole day ran as smoothly as possible, with Val G' presiding over preceding's in her role as Lady Paramount.
All of our Juniors did extremely well, with all of them winning their categories and taking home shiny Gold trophies. Very well done to Luke Y', Daniel H', Sarah I', Geoffrey C', Rachel T' and Candice L'.
Extra congratulations to Candice for shooting well under pressure, with her opponent matching her arrow for arrow all day and ending with an unprecedented absolutely equal tie after all 144 arrows has been shot, something you rarely see. But it did mean they both went home with a Gold trophy.
Check out the latest update to the Welsh Rankings - Many Castle Bowmen heroes are in it
***The Welsh Archery Association WA70m & H2H Tournament report ***
On the warmest, sunniest day of the year Castle Bowmen's elite team of archers were competing at the prestigious Welsh Archery Association Annual Head-to-Head tournament.
Caz' P', Andrew P', Steve C', Rick S' and Mike Wo' all shot in the extremely hot conditions, and some of them had some very nice results at the end of the day.
In the initial 70m Qualifying round Caz' and Andrew placed first and second in the joint Barebow category, Mike Wo' came 3rd for the Gent Recurves, and Rick & Steve enjoyed shooting too.
In the important knock-out H2H round Steve came up against his old adversary Nigel, and despite having a good loose was beaten 6-0, but still enjoyed himself at the end of the day, especially after the final results revealed that he didn't come last.
Rick's head-to-head went down to an exciting 1 arrow shoot off tie-break decider match, his opponent shot high into the blue.... unfortunately Rick shot a little higher, but it was a close run thing.
Mike Wo' eventually was defeated by the overall winner in the Gent Recurves, he managed to keep within a few points of his opponent throughout his Quarter Final match, but was finally beaten.
In an exciting mixed Barebow event Caz' and Andrew hung in right to the very end of the day to compete against each other in the dramatic final to see who would take home the Gold. Over the 3 decider rounds it was difficult to see who would take the title, but it became clearer when we used our scopes. In his first H2H tournament Andrew took home a shiny silver medal and Caz' taking home a magnificent Gold with a definitive win. (Caz' and Andrew also won wine in the raffle)
A message from the Postal League Guardian
"A very lovely Summer Postal 2017 winners badge was handed in at the field. I expect the owner of such a sought after badge is very sad that they have lost it" See Kathy to retrieve your lost badge
The Summer Postal League organisers have released the list of opponents we'll be competing against for the outdoor season this year. A tricky match for Team D in June, they'll need to shoot their best for it. Click on the 'Postal Leagues' page to see a list of all the fixtures
.... or click >> HERE << if you can't find the Postals page link (its at the top of the page)
Tuesday evening shooting starts on May 1st
Improvers for the month... :-
Karl C' gains his Bowman Classification for Barebow
Stephen D' gets his Archer AND 3rd Class Classification for Barebow
Mark H' gets his Recurve Archer Classification
Mark H', Stephen D', Karl C' (twice), Mike Bar', Sarah I' and Rachel T' improved their H/C scores
Well done to Karl C' for gaining his Bowman Classification, Only the 2nd Gent Barebow to attain this Classification since 2012.
Castle Bowmen's AGM was well attended and lots of important club business was discussed. The new committee, charged with the smooth running of the club, were sworn in and a full review of the year was given by Rick S', the Chairman. Before during and after the official proceedings the members who attended enjoyed a lovely buffet arranged by Steve C'. This was also the official unveiling of the club's new look website (the one you're looking at now). Rick also wished everyone good shooting in the year to come.
Castle Bowmen's Annual Easter Sunday Double WA70m Tournament was enjoyed by all the competitors who braved the dry, slightly muddy and rather cold conditions.
Excellent shooting, exciting Head-to-Head style tie breaks to decide who got the chocolate spot prize and lots of fun chocolatey prizes throughout the shoot contributed to a good day for all. The Castle Bowmen working party were as awesome as always, setting up and packing away the tournament field with great efficiency.
At the end of the day many of our archers took away many of the prizes.
Our Lady Paramount for the day Caroline P' also took away the top prize for the Lady Barebows, with Kathy C' taking the 2nd place prize egg. Karl C' for the Gent Barebows also ended top with Andrew P' taking the Silver. Sarah I' and Rachel T' both took the top easter egg prize in their Barebow age categories.
Michelle W' came 1st in the Lady Recurve category with Wendy W' coming 2nd, and in the Gent Recurves Mike Wo' also took 2nd prize.
For the Gent Longbows Alan G' took home the silver position prize too.
Extra Chocolate prizes were also won by Steve C, Michelle W', Shaun T', Rachel T', Mike Wo', Karl C', Kathy C' & Andrew P'
Improvers for the month… :-
Karl C’ gains his ‘E’ Classification
Betty N’, Doug N’, Mark H’ and Daniel H’ gain their Indoor ‘F’ Classifications
Paul L’ gains his ‘G’ Indoor Classification
Rick S' gains his 'H' Indoor Classification for BAREBOW
Michelle W', Stephen D', Andrew P' & Peter W improve their H/C scores
The indoor shooting winter season has now effectively ended. So now we look forward to Outdoor shooting at the field. The first Weekday session will be on Wednesday 4th April, with sessions also on Friday Evenings and the usual Sunday Morning. These will carry on until the end of September.
Latest update from the Winter Postal Leagues:-
Portsmouth League Team A is currently #1 in their division. Mike Wo' has been the highest scoring Gent for November, December and January in the whole division.
Portsmouth League Team B is also currently #1 in their division. Kathy C' has been the highest scoring Lady for November and January in the whole division.
Frostbite League Team A, Team C & Junior Team are all currently 2nd in the division with Team B and Team D are both 3rd in their divisions.
For Team A - Mike Wo' was the highest scoring Gent for November and January.
For Team B - Kathy C' was the highest scoring Lady for November
For Team C - Caz' P' was the highest scoring Lady for November & January with RIck S' the highest scoring Gent for November and Alan G' the highest Gent for January.
For Team D - Kathy C' was the highest scoring Lady for January
Junior Team - Sarah I' was the highest scoring Lady for November and Luke Y' the highest scoring Gent for January
In one of the final tournaments of this Indoor Season Kathy C’ and Andrew P’ travelled to a little competition in the far West of Cardiff to see if they could bring home the Gold and the Glory for Castle Bowmen.
A fun but challenging day was ahead of them, full of interesting opponents, sheep, questionable toilets, bacon rolls and talk of dragons.
At the end of the day they both , of course , prevailed to take away the treasures.
Kathy took Gold for the Lady Barebows and almost claims her Red Dragon achievement Badge (1 point off).
Andrew claims his Red Dragon badge, takes the Gold for the Gent Barebows and shoots a magnificent PB (Personal Best score). So congratulations all round for some awesome shooting.
“Neither snow, nor rain, nor gloom of night stays the courageous from the swift completion of their appointed rounds”…..Herodotus - 500 b.c
Improvers for the month… :-
Michelle W’ gains her ‘C’ Indoor Classification for Recurve
Daniel H’ gains his Indoor ‘G’ Recurve Classification
Mike Bar’, Andrew P’, Caroline P’ and Michelle W’ improve their H/C scores
Castle Bowmen (Club of Champions) once again hosted the Glamorgan County Indoor Championships for the 12th consecutive year, and as always the whole day was a great success.
It was enjoyed by Archers, spectators and judges alike, earning the club much praise.
“Thanks for a great shoot” Nick -Cambria Bowmen
“Surprisingly Enjoyable” Mike - Castle Bowmen
“ It was a pleasure..” Griff - Judge
“ Thanks for everything today “ Paul - Judge
“ Thoroughly enjoyed the shoot “ Matthew - Pentref Bowmen .
The super efficient Castle Bowmen working party helped ensure the whole event ran as smoothly as possible, and the Awesome Castle Bowmen archers ensured we picked up a few medals at the same time.
Caroline P’, Kathy C’, Michelle W’, Sarah I’, Mike Wo’, Mike Bar’, Andrew P’, Rick S’, Dave M’ and Alan G’ all did an excellent job of helping to run the shoot and also Shoot the shoot too. With Steve C’ and his excellent catering team providing refreshments to all the hungry competitors.
At the end of the long competitive day both Castle Bowmen’s Barebow team (Caroline, Kathy & Andrew) and Recurve team (Michelle, Mike & Mike) did very well to both come in 2nd place.
Michelle W’ came in 2nd place for the Lady Recurves and took away a Silver medal.
Kathy C’, for the Lady Barebows, (also performing the Lady Paramount duties for the tournament) took home the Bronze medal after finishing in 3rd place.
But the biggest congratulations of the day must go to Caroline P’ for coming in 1st place to win the Gold and Trophy to become Castle Bowmen’s latest County Champion.
Improvers for the month… :-
Mike Bar’ gains his Indoor ‘D’ Classification
Peter W’ & Shaun T’ gain their Indoor ‘E’ Classification
Alzbeta S’ gains her ‘F’ Indoor Classification
Rachel T’ and Stephen D’ gain their Indoor ‘G’ Classifications
Kathy C’, Stephen D’, Sarah D’ and Sarah I’ improved on their H/C Scores
In the greatest traditions of the greatest explorers Castle Bowmen had a busy weekend, travelling to the East like Marco Polo along the silk road and West like Christopher Columbus to the New World. All in search of Gold, treasures, meeting new people and bringing back great riches and glory.
And much like the explorers of old they came back with tales of great victories, arduous struggles and interesting exotic smelling foreign goods.
Rick S’, Kathy C’ and Andrew P’ indeed travelled East along the trade route known as M4 and competed in the mighty Llantarnam Double Portsmouth Tournament against the most fearsome of foes. The day was long but some success was gained by our awesome archers; they won some excellent raffle prizes in the form of fluffy slippers and a candle which has a delicate aroma that has been described as “not nice”.
The day was won however by Kathy for the Lady Barebows who won the highest prize of a Gold medal, and overall everyone enjoyed the day.
To the West Mike Wo’ was forging new ground and meeting new peoples by competing in RJD Archers very first indoor tournament, a UK record Status WA18m round.
In a slightly competitive competition against adversaries familiar and unknown Mike prevailed and ended the day victoriously taking away the Gold prize, as well as some nice Welsh Cakes.
Latest News from the Winter Postal Leagues :-
After the first round in both the Postal Leagues (Frostbite & Portsmouth) we had four of our teams in first place positions in their respective divisions.
For the Frostbite League in November, in the whole of the Uk wide tournament :-
Mike Wo’ was the Overall highest scoring Gent in Team A’s division,
Kathy C’ was the Overall highest scoring Lady in Team B’s division,
In Teams C’s division Rick S’ was the highest scoring Gent and Caz’ P’ the highest scoring Lady in the whole division,
In Team D’ Alan H’ was the highest scoring Gent in the whole division,
For the Junior Team Sarah I’ was the highest scoring Lady in their Whole Division for November.
For the Portsmouth Postal League :-
In November Mike Wo’ was the highest scoring Gent in the whole of Team A’s division
& Kathy C’ was the highest scoring Lady in the whole of Team B’s division.
Castle Bowmen archers started the year in good form at the Welsh Indoor Championships held at the Welsh Institute of Sport in Cardiff.
Kathy C’, Sarah I’, Andew P’ and Mike Wo’ were all in attendance for one of the most prestigious shoots on the Indoor season calendar.
All shot very well (obviously) at this highly competitive tournament with Andrew scoring a PB (Personal Best score) and Kathy taking home the Bronze medal for the Lady Barebows. Kathy was also presented with her medal from the Welsh Archery Association Chairman for finishing top of her category in the Welsh Rankings last year.