Victor Harbor Archery Club members compete at national championships in Perth

STATE REPS: Victor Harbor Archery Club members Sherry Gale and Graham Potts, in the front middle, proudly represented their state in Perth.
STATE REPS: Victor Harbor Archery Club members Sherry Gale and Graham Potts, in the front middle, proudly represented their state in Perth.

The final competitions of 2017 have kept archers occupied. This includes the Victor Harbor Archery Club, who recently completed their end of year club championships.

The Archery Australia National Championships were held at the WA Archery Centre near Perth, from  November 5 to 9. 

Among the team from South Australia were Graham Potts and Sherry Gale from the Victor Harbor Archery Club (VHAC). 

Weather conditions were hot and windy for most of the events, making it a difficult and trying few days of competition.

The National Championships consist of four events – Short Distance Target: 60 metre distance with 900 arrows shot, Clout, Target: 90 metre distance with 1440 arrows shot and a 24 marker Field event.

Sherry Gale, shooting in the Master Female Compound division, made a clean sweep by coming first in all events. 

Graham Potts in Open Male Compound division had a mixed, but bravely fought, outcome amid strong opposition:15th in Short distance, 4th in 180 metre Clout, 12th in Target and 14th In Field. 

It is always a thrill for the VHAC when an archer from the club competes in big tournaments. 

Regardless of the final placing of any archer, the fact that they are there and giving it their ‘best shot’ shows their commitment to the sport and their good-natured competitive spirit, which provide great role models for future young archers. 

Graham Potts was no sooner back from the heat of Western Australia, when he found himself in similar conditions when shooting at the SA Archery State Field Championships, held on Sunday, November 12.  

The Eden Hills Archers, based in the Shepherds Hill Recreation Park were the host club for this event.

A total of 65 archers from various clubs around South Australia competed, which included four from the VHAC. The rivalry and competition was at a high level, but it was also a fun event.

Final scores for the Victor Harbor archers were: Under 20 division: Callen Ineson 2nd, Open Female Compound: Kerren Black 1st and Open Male Compound: Graham Potts 2nd and Fred Brehin 8th.