It was a time to savour when the Victor Harbor Archery Club hosted the 2019 Easton Australian Open. The World of Archery‘ acclaimed it a great success.
Held over three days from February 28 to March 2, the event was streamed live via YouTube to Australia and the world, presenting the Victor Harbor Archery Club in the best possible way, but it also showcased this wonderful corner of the world, hailed by Archery Australia officials as an area worthy of World Cup status.
Ranking rounds were held at the Victor Harbor Archery Club (VHAC) home ground at Back valley on day one, for both Compound and Recurve Divisions. A total of 90 archers registered for the event including disabled archers, overseas archers and top archers from all Australian States. Representatives from the VHAC included Pat Coghlan, Graham Potts and Rhiannon Mills and Andrew Kuchel from Great Southern Archers.
On day two, elimination rounds were conducted for both individuals and teams. The VHAC’s rustic clubrooms were a hive of activity starting early on both days, catering for both breakfast and lunch.
On day three the Easton Australian Open moved to Soldiers Memorial Gardens situated on the Victor Harbor foreshore.
The support given to the event by the City of Victor Harbor was greatly appreciated by the VHAC.
The day of the finals was full of excitement with the skill of archery demonstrated at very high levels.
Final results: Individual Female Compound - 1. Elizabeth Randle – Westlakes Archers Inc, 2. Tazmin Forrest – Wendouree Archery Club. Individual Male Compound - 1. Andrew Kuchel – Great Southern Archers, 2. Pat Coghlan – Victor Harbor Archery Club. Individual Female Recurve - 1. Belinda Maxworthy – Northern Archers of Sydney, 2. Sarah Fuller – Hobart Archers.
Individual Male Recurve - 1. Ryan Tyack – Sunshine Coast Archery Club, 2. James Gaze – Moorabbin Archery Club. Team - Female Recurve - 1. Alice Ingley, Sarah Haywood, Belinda Maxworthy, 2. Chloe Grabs, Ella Byrne, Jaymie Wood. Team – Male Recurve - 1. Ryan Tyack, Taylor Worth, David Barnes, 2. Alec Potts, Astin Darcy, Alex Smith.
Team – Female Compound - 1. Niamh Jones, Anna Walls, Maddie Boyle, 2. Tazmin Forrest, Jessica Sutton, Liz Randle. Team – Male Compound - 1. Danie Oosthuizen, Danie Louis Oosthuizen, Jonathan Milne, 2. Pat Coghlan, Andrew Kuchel, Rory Blake. The club thanked Tournament Manager of the Victor Harbor Archery Club Pat Coghlan for making the event happen.