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Robin Hood strikes again!

On Wednesday 16 August 2017 Tom’s arrow tried to insert itself completely into one of Dave C’s arrows – and almost succeeded!

Hertfordshire County Championships

Yet again, Hinxworth’s archers showed them how it is done on Sunday 23 July 2017. Seven of our archers took home a total of nine gold medals. Our team consisted of 5 seniors and 2 juniors all of whom excelled in the very windy and wet conditions. In the recurve match, our only representative Rob put in a formidable score of 858 placing him in a creditable 5th place.

The most surprising result of the day was when our compound champion Neil Bridgewater mistakenly signed his score sheet for a wrong total of 1091. His actual score was around 100 points more which should have put him in silver medal position making it a 1st and 2nd for Hinxworth. However, due to the scorers’ error he had to settle for fifth place score as signed for. The winner and gold medal went to our chairman David Wayman and David and Neil’s combined score took the golds in the team event. In the longbow Derek came 1st and Dave Chudley 3rd and their combined scores took golds in the longbow team event.

Our two juniors, siblings Jack and Evie each won gold in their separate divisions making it not only a triumph for the Bridgewater family but yet another success for Hinxworth Archery Club. Well done to all!

Success at Home

Our first Home match of the HAA Summer League took place on Sunday 28 May 2017 with Hinxworth Seniors winning against Howard Archers.

Howard did not have any Juniors shooting so we wait for the Junior result as it will be against the average, however, congratulations to Issy, Evie and Jack who both shot new club records on the day.

The results of the Winter Portsmouth and Frostbite Leagues are in

Well done all those archers braving the chill/rain/wind over the winter to submit scores for the Winter Hertfordshire Frostbite and Portsmouth Leagues on the field or in the barn. The results released this week show how successful our club has been.

The results show 1st positions for Hinxworth Compounds and Longbows shooting the indoor Portmouth rounds, with our Recurves coming 4th in the 1st Division.

Again, our Compounds and Longbows achieved 1st position in the Frostbite competition, with Recurves coming 2nd.

HAC AGM

The Annual General Meeting of the Club was held on Tuesday 7 March 2017 in the Village Hall.  16 Members attended.  The Gentlemen’s Improved Handicap Medal was awarded to Ben Rayner and the Lady’s Handicap Improvement Trophy awarded to Evie Bridgewater. Ben and Evie have both significantly improved their handicaps over the past year, with Evie achieving Junior Master Bowman Under 12. Well done both.

The Chairman’s Cup was awarded to David Osmond in thanks for his huge contribution to the running of the Club as he stands down after 18 year’s service as Secretary.  David was also presented with an engraved glass goblet.

Extract from the March 2017 edition of the Hinxworth Village Voice

Hinxworth Archers sweep the board.    Hinxworth’s archers entered 12 competitors for the Herts. annual indoor championships held at the Gosling Sports Centre in Welwyn Garden City on February 12. A total of 108 archers from all Hertfordshire clubs took part in this all day event spread over three sessions starting at 9 am and ending at 6pm. When the results were announced Hinxworth’s Archery Club was mentioned more often than any other, dominating the compound entry with five gold medals, two silver, one bronze. In the longbow categories a total of eight medals, five gold, two silver and one bronze, completed the day’s haul. Individual results: (all Hinxworth archers) Compound Gents Champion: Neil Bridgewater, Compound Lady Champion: Isobel Wayman, Longbow Gents Champion: Derek Bridgewater. Longbow second place: Steve Weston. Longbow third place: Dave Chudley. Recurve Junior second place: Jack Bridgewater.  Team Results: 1st.Compound Team: Hinxworth, 1st.Longbow Team: Hinxworth, 1st Recurve Team: Hertford.”

Thanks to David Osmond for the above report.

Extract from the Junior Representative’s Report to the Hertfordshire Archery Association’s AGM on 30 January 2017

“I have to say a big well done and congratulations to Isobel Wayman who came 3rd in both the indoor and outdoor National Championships and ended the season with a 9th place National ranking in the U18 Cadet category.  A brilliant effort and very well done.  Very proud of you.”

And HAC is very proud of you too.

Congratulations also to Evie Bridgewater, also mentioned in the Report, for achieving her Purple Badge under the Junior Badge Scheme.

Christmas Dinner

28 members attended the Dinner on 6 December at the George IV restaurant in Baldock. Luckily all diners arrived in time despite being challenged by gridlock in the town and an enjoyable evening followed.

Stop press – summer leagues results

Just in from Dave C – the final summer league results!

Herts – Recurve 2nd, Compound 1st, Longbow 1st, Juniors 6th

Selby – Recurve 6th in Division 1, Compound 1st in Division 1, Longbow 5th in Division 1

Well done and thank you to all members and families that supported the club for the Summer Leagues.

dsc_0009Ghostly goings-on on the Rec

The second HAC Halloween Shoot, organised by Rob, saw us aiming at suitably themed targets as well as a superhero!  Evie scored consistently well securing the Junior Trophy with Nick and Daniel runners-up. Longbowman Steve W took the Trophy for the Seniors.   Much fun was had by all – thanks Rob and all those who helped him in any way with creation, setting up and taking down.

 

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2016 HAC Club Championships

Sunday 2nd October saw the 16th annual championship competition, including the New Members Challenge, take place. A dry afternoon favoured the 19 archers shooting ‘though a chilly wind blew across the field. For the second year running we shot our unique ‘Hinxworth’ rounds with an extra arithmetical challenge, set by Tony who organised the event, of shooting at imperial targets but scoring metrically!

Winners of the New Member Challenge were Senior John and Junior Daniel. Evie is this year’s Junior Champion, Neil is Compound Champion, Derek is Longbow Champion and Tony is our Recurve Champion and also Overall Club Champion.  Congratulations to all.

Neil is top compound archer

HAC’s Neil Bridgewater won the 2016 National Series Championship to become the undisputed top compound archer in Britain.

Crowds gathered at Wollaton Hall in the heart of Nottingham on the 24 September to see 32 of the top archers in Britain go head to head. And it was a day packed with drama, right from the start.

Shoot-offs were a feature of the men’s compound competition. Top seeded Adam Ravenscroft secured his place in the gold medal final. There he met defending champion Neil, who had defeated Simon Froggatt. Their semi-final ended at 144-all, forcing the first shoot-off of the men’s competition. Both hit the X-zone – but Neil’s arrow was a few millimeters closer to dead centre, giving him victory.

The final between Adam and Neil was also incredibly close but Neil pulled ahead to secure his second title with a 144-141 win. He said: “I’m absolutely amazed. I didn’t think I was that good. I really enjoyed it, again, and I hope to come back next year to defend my title.”

Well done Neil.

First place on the podium

First place on the podium

Badge beginners

2016 junior beginners Toby and Daniel have taken their first steps on the Hertfordshire Archery Association badge scheme by achieving their green badges. Congratulations – well shot!

Invitation Shoot

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A very windy 16th Hinxworth Archery Club Invitation Shoot took place on  Saturday the 20 August. Archers from Aquarius Archery Club in Muswell Hill, Kestrels Archery Club from Biggleswade and Royston Archers joined Hinxworth archers shooting various Weston rounds followed by the usual excellent afternoon tea.

Welcoming 11 New Archers from the 2016 Beginner’s Course

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Certificates for the beginners who completed their six week course were awarded on the 11th of June. This year’s intake included 8 local juniors from Hinxworth, Ashwell, Gamlingay, Baldock and Letchworth showing how popular archery has become locally.

Neil and David W. compete at UK Masters

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The invitation only UK Masters took place at Lilleshall over the first weekend in June. The event’s format for compound archers was 50 metres for compounds on Saturday followed by an individual head to head and on Sunday a World Archery 1440 round.

Neil, for an unprecedented third year in a row, achieved the top score, taking home the Red Rose Silver Salver trophy. David W. also took part taking 16th place out of the 41 archers competing.

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