ARCHERY: Bride Valley stars set new records

NEW BEST SCORE: Reuben Kingston

NEW BEST SCORE: Reuben Kingston

First published in Sport

JUNIORS from Bride Valley Archers set Dorset and Wiltshire records at the Lytchett Owl Tournament in Wareham.

Reuben Kingston (recurve), Alice Hobbs (compound), Luke Hopkins-Andrews (compound) and Reuben Sparke (longbow) achieved new best scores as they all won their sections.

First places were also claimed by Jess Hobbs and George Larcombe (both Barebow), while Rosie Cathcart, Fred Cathcart and Imogen Day (all barebow) and Hannah Corfield (longbow) finished second.

Alice Hobbs and Kingston faced each other in the final of a junior knockout tournament.

Both hit the gold in a one-arrow shoot-off, but Hobbs’ shot was closer to the centre and she claimed the title.

Kingston had travelled to Wareham on the back of winning his section at the Salisbury FITA, setting a county record for the Metric 3 round of 1,205.

He also won a senior event at Dunster Castle in Somerset with a county record for a National round (484).

Back in March, four Bride Valley members competed at the Barnstaple Indoor Tournament, shooting both Vegas and FITA 18 rounds.

The highlight was Rosie Cathcart’s new national junior barebow record (113) for the Vegas round – that saw her become the eighth club member to achieve a national record.

Kingston (recurve) and Larcombe (barebow) set new county records for the Vegas round and Fred Cathcart (barebow) shot well to finish second.

Members went to the Osprey Archers Triple in Weymouth, with archers shooting target, field and clout events.

The field archery had a 12 target woodland course and the clout saw archers shooting at a flag up to 100 yards away.

Kingston won the junior recurve event and set a new county 100-yard clout record (120), only seven points short of the national best.

Larcombe won the junior barebow event, with Fred Cathcart second and Daniel Wilkinson third.

Hopkins-Andrews won the junior compound section and Rosie Cathcart the junior girls’ barebow.

Jenny and William Stazicker have specialised in field archery this season and achieved notable successes at the Mere Archers Tournament and at Overton in Hampshire, setting some new county records along the way.

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