Archery in Australia has entered its busy season of tournaments and competitions, which also means a busy time for members of local clubs and specifically the Victor Harbor Archery Club (VHAC).
It was a perfect spring day for the annual Archery SA Tyro and AJ Barter Tournaments held at Mylor Oval on Saturday, September 30.
The Tyro event is for archers who have been shooting for up to 18 months since becoming members of Archery Australia for the first time - it provides the novice archer with an introduction to the rules of competition in Archery.
This year there were 19 registered archers in the Tyro event and VHAC had one of its members, Brett Love compete.
Brett shot in the Open Male Recurve division, shooting the Short Canberra in great style and consequently taking out first place. A well deserved win.
The AJ Barter Tournament for Veteran archers (Masters included) was simultaneously held with the Tyro event. Associate member of VHAC Atilla Balla, made the big step up by gaining eligibility into this tournament shooting as a Master.
The AJ Barter is a handicap event, so although Attila's score was good, he had to settle for third place.
Lydia Strutton of VHAC competed and shooting on target 14, had as her companions, two long bowmen from Adelaide Archery Club - Jeff Nicole and Alan Chapple. It was like the three Musketeers - 'all for one and one for all!' The long bowmen enjoyed the challenge and Lydia came away with a first in Veteran Female Recurve division, bettering her score of last year.
On Sunday, October 7, Archery SA held the State Target Championships. Most archery tournaments the world over run short competition rounds, the most popular being a total of 720 arrows, which can be further subdivided into various distances.
The State Target Championship is one competition where 1440 arrows are shot with distances varying from 90 metres to 20 metres depending on class and division. This is an endurance and accuracy test and quite a challenge for any archer.
VHAC had a small representation that included Rhiannon Mills who came first in the Open Female Compound division and Lydia Strutton (making her first appearance in this contest) also coming first in the Veteran plus class - Recurve division. Graham Potts, shooting in the Open Male Compound division was fourth among a strong group of archers. Sherry Gale took out first place in the Veteran Female Compound division and established several records that will be very difficult to beat for future female veterans.
Following the State Target Championships, Archery SA President Ian Dall presented details regarding the 2019 Australian Masters Games that Adelaide will be hosting in October 2019.
The games will see several Fleurieu Archery clubs hosting various events.