Victor Harbor Archery Club hosts world class tournaments this weekend

Archers march upon Victor Harbor: The Victor Harbor Archery Club will once again welcome archers from all around the country to take part in three events to be held over the next week at Back Valley. Photo: Supplied.
Archers march upon Victor Harbor: The Victor Harbor Archery Club will once again welcome archers from all around the country to take part in three events to be held over the next week at Back Valley. Photo: Supplied.

The stage is set, the weather is looking ideal, interstate officials are ready to go, flag poles are in place, target butts are ready and many dedicated Victor Harbor Archery Club (VHAC) members are working at an incredible pace to ensure the 2020 National Easton Archery Open Tournament will be another big success.

In 2019, VHAC hosted this same event together with the National Matchplay Finals, held on the Victor Harbor foreshore in Soldiers' Memorial Gardens.

These two major events will be followed by three days of Olympic trials, so there is a lot at stake for participating archers.

This year, over 60 archers are expected to travel to the event from all over Australia, along with competitors from New Zealand.

The Easton Open will run from this Thursday February 20, to Saturday 22 and ranking rounds will be followed by elimination Matchplay rounds and finals on Saturday.

The National Matchplay Finals will be held on Sunday February 23, and the Olympic Trials will run over three days from Monday 24 to Wednesday 26.

All events - the Easton Open, the National Matchplay Finals and the Olympic Trials will be held on the VHAC grounds on Back Valley Oval and a warm invitation is extended to anyone interested in archery, to pop in and spend time watching Australia's elite archers perform at their best.

Dedicated: Founding member of the VHAC Pat Coghlan, has worked tirelessly to secure world class events for the region.

Dedicated: Founding member of the VHAC Pat Coghlan, has worked tirelessly to secure world class events for the region.

The opportunity for VHAC to host these events has come mainly through the hard work of Pat Coghlan, himself a world class archer and original founder of the VHAC.

Pat has worked tirelessly with Archery Australia over many years to raise the profile of the sport and will serve as director of services for the events, while also competing himself, as the countries' top compound archer.

VHAC president Graham Potts said the club was honoured to host the events and thankful for the support of Archery Australia.

"Hosting these world class tournaments has exposed Victor Harbor Archery Club to the world of archery overseas, in Australia, South Australia and Victor Harbor," Mr Potts said.

"It has given South Australians the opportunity to compete in world class events, and to experience first-hand how to organise and compete in high level competition."

As well as this, Mr Potts said it has allowed competitors to resume and make new friendships with elite archers from other states and countries.

With a week of busy activity, VHAC members will be working overtime to provide meals, treats and drinks to keep up with much needed energy that will be expended by all during these events.