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Our FITA-18 tournament last weekend has hit the new stands with a write up in the Cambridge Evening News.

Details with some great pictures can be found here.

Our FITA 18

On the 10th of November we held our first UK Record Status FITA-18 tournament. It was well attended with 38 of our members competing alongside members from 14 other clubs from around East Anglia.

There was success for many of our members who took silver and bronze medals home, but a special congratulations go to Imogen Grant, James Bridges and Sarah Austin for winning the gold medal in their respective classes. Our Mayor, Paul Saunders attended to award medals at the presentation and collect a cheque from proceeds of our raffle for his chosen charities; Centre 33 and Blue Smile.

On behalf of all competitors, Netherhall Archers would like to thank our Lady Paramount, Imogen Grant and our judges, Pat Kerrigan, Sean Fox and Kieran Carr. We'd also like to thank Clickers Archery and TenZone Targets for their sponsorship, and finally everyone who was involved in helping the tournament run so smoothly.

Results from the tournament can be found here and selection of pictures from the day here.

Club members at Mayflower Archers FITA 18 Tournament

Onel, Ken, Simon and Sarah attended Mayflower Archers FITA 18 shoot on the 27th October in Essex. It was the first indoor tournament that we had attended as a club of the indoor season and there was some surprise at it being a 3 spot face than a 40cm face but all coped well! Sarah came away with a silver medal in the ladies recurve section setting a PB with Simon also shooting a PB in the gents recurve class.

EOM Indoor Shoot: Oct, 2013

The start of the half-term break brought members out in strength to shoot the end of month round which this time around was a FITA-18 in preparation for our external competition in two weeks time.

Thirty two members shot the round with thirty four in the room. Thanks from me on your behalf to Joanne & Mark Garner for judging and explaining the slightly different approach to timing the shoot.

The detailed results are attached with the handicap adjusted scores giving the following 1, 2, 3.

1st place       - Diana Cox (Handicap adjusted score 1569)
2nd place      - Will Foster (Handicap adjusted score 1537)
3rd place       - Peter Cox (Handicap adjusted score 1509)

Special mention to Isabel & Nicholas for setting new club records and to Peter for beating his existing record by 39 points! Also to Nigel for equalling the existing club record.

Thanks again for turning out and making the morning such an enjoyable one.


Full results.

End of 2013 outdoor season shoot

The sun shone and a fabulous turnout of members were there to ensure that we gave a proper send off to what has been an excellent 2013 outdoor season.

Fatefully, while the World Archery Congress were debating the future of the Half-FITA round we had chosen it as our end of season round and had great fun shooting it!

Our juniors were clearly on form taking five of the top ten places with a whitewash in the  podium slots!

The handicap adjusted scores were:-

1st place: Nicolas Segonds-Pichon (1592)

2nd place: Peter Cox (1514)

3rd place: Imogen Grant (1480)

19 club records were shot so congratulations also go out to Jack Kelly, Will Foster, James Bridges, Jenny Allcock, Simon Davies, Peter Cox, Vanessa Cox, Rachel Jacobs, Isabel Lee, Colin Grant, Imogen Grant, Nicolas Segonds-Pichon, Zachary Grant, James Farrell, Charlie Davis, Joel Forman, Jonathan Penemala, Dave Thomas & Caitlin Jacobs!

Very special mentions for Nicolas and Isobel who both shot their first Junior Bowman scores!

Full results from the morning can be found here.

New coaches expand the team

Congratulations and welcome to James, Joanne, Mark & Pia who have been working hard behind the scenes on their Level-1 coaching qualification and passed their final assessment yesterday with flying colours. Well done and very much deserved.

Congratulations too, to Mary & Philip two of our current L1 coaches who have been beavering away on their Level-2 qualification for the last six months and passed their final assessment yesterday too!

With a magnificent five L1 and two L2 coaches the club has an excellent coaching team with another L1 coach in training.

The coaches can be reached via email on

We'll be sorting out the coaching roster over the next few weeks and will let everyone know about the duty coach scheme as we go indoors for the winter season.

August '13 EOM ROUND RESULTS (Nationals)

Well done to everyone who took part in the August end of month round. On what was a breezy but sunny late summer morning the turnout was fabulous and everyone enjoyed the company and the familiar National round.

The handicap adjusted scores were very close indeed but gave the following 1,2,3,4...

1st place: Jane Newman (1545 adj.)

2nd place: Peter Cox (1530 adj.)

3rd place: Phil Bramford (1455 adj.) just pipping...

4th place: Ruth Watson (1451 adj.)

Five club records were shot so congratulations also go out to Mark Brear, Ruth Watson, Peter Cox, Isobel Lee & Zak Grant.

The full results from the morning can be found here.

LIVING SPORT Sports Awards 2013

LIVING SPORT is now seeking nominations for its prestigious annual Sports Awards to recognise and celebrate the achievements of talented sportsmen & women, coaches, volunteers, organisations and clubs from all across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.


Individuals, organisations or clubs can now be nominated by the general public for 11 categories including Sports Performer of the Year, Team of the Year and Services to Sport to be awarded at the annual Sports Awards Celebration on 14th November 2013.   Nominations can be made by downloading a form from  The LIVING SPORT website or completing a form online at the Cambridge News Website.  The nomination process closes at 5pm on 4th October.


Simon Fairhall, Chief Executive of LIVING SPORT said, ‘Our annual LIVING SPORT Sports Awards ceremony provides an excellent opportunity to honour the significant contributions to sport development made by so many people across the county on a voluntary basis, without whom community sport would not happen, as well as of course recognising and celebrating the success and achievements of our talented sportsmen and women and teams.  We are urging everyone to nominate their local sporting heroes to receive an award at this year’s ceremony’.


LIVING SPORT is part of the County Sports Partnerships Network, one of 49 County Sports Partnerships (CSP’s) across England, formed in 2006 to raise the profile, and engagement, of sport with local strategic partnerships, and to increase community participation in sport.

Its’ vision is "active and healthy communities where everyone can play, achieve and enjoy" and aim to be a catalyst to building dynamic and effective partnerships to create an active Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

LIVING SPORT is responsible for delivering a number of Olympic legacy initiatives including Sportivate, Sport Makers and School Games.

For more information on the LIVING SPORT Sports Awards contact Carla Brown on 01487 849926 or by emailing

Bank holiday success at OOBAC's tournament

Five of our archers attended OOBAC's Windsor round Bank Holiday shoot on a gloriously sunny August day. Despite gusty fenland conditions all our archers came away with a medal and Jenny, Phil, Simon and Sarah convincingly won the team award over the home team. Special congratulations go to Jenny who beat the longstanding club record from 2002 in the process. Results from the Windsor round were:

Anthea Bramford - Ladies Short Windsor - 2nd place

Jenny Allcock - Ladies Windsor - 1st place

Sarah Austin - Ladies Windsor - 2nd place

Phil Bramford - Gents Short Windsor - 1st place

Simon Davies - Gents Windsor - 2nd place

July '13 EOM round results (Long Metrics)

Congratulations to everyone who took part in July's end of month round. On what was a hot and humid morning the turnout was fabulous and the Long Metric round was a nice alternative to the Imperial rounds we often shoot.

The handicap adjusted scores were very close indeed but gave the following 1,2,3...

1st place: Will Foster (1463 adj.)

2nd place: Jenny Allcock (1446 adj.)

3rd place: Simon Davies (1443 adj.)

Nine club records were shot so congratulations also go out to James Farrell, Ruth Watson, Tori Helmer, Kevin Jacobs, Philip Watson, Simon Davies, Rachel Jacobs, Vanessa Cox & Caitlin Jacobs!

The full results from the morning can be found here.

Western victory

Western victory

Sarah with her Bronze medal

They went, they shot, they conquered!

A determined group of members visited our friends at Jolly Archers in Huntingdon for their 51st annual Westerns tournament last Sunday and came away with an impressive medal haul!

Congratulations go to:-

  • Sarah Austin:- Bronze medal (Snr. Ladies Recurve, Western)
  • James Bridges:- Gold medal (Snr. Gents Longbow, Western)
  • Simon Davies:- Gold medal (Snr. Gents Recurve, Short Western)
  • Brian White:- Silver medal (Snr. Gents Recurve, Short Western)
  • Phil Bramford:- Bronze medal (Snr. Gents Recurve, Short Western)
  • Anthea Bramford:- Gold medal (Snr. Ladies Recurve, Short Western)

A special mention too for James & Simon for breaking club records in the process!

The best day of my life...

When one of our junior members (Caitlin) was asked by her teacher to write about the best day of her life, we were delighted to hear she'd decided to use the experience of her first ever competition as inspiration.

We checked with Caitlin and her Mum & Dad and they kindly agreed to let us reprint it here exactly as she wrote it.

The best day of my life

The best day of my life is when I did my first archery competition. This is where it began.

Saturday 8 of June 2013

I got out of my bed at 7am and left the house at 8am. We drove to Peterborough (me, my mum and my dad) it took us about 1 hour. I felt really nervous I didn’t want to go but my mum said you will love it when you get there. Eventually we got there it looked very airy but smelt a bit of cow poo because of the field next door.

We had an hour to settle in while my dad was setting up our equipment. I was wondering around and tucking into some of the little nibbles that were meant for our lunch.

Once every one was there the people that run the shoot called us over and talked through the rules and the time table of the day. Then the competition was on!!! Everyone was very eager but I was really excited and nervous at the same time. I was excited because I wanted to win a medal and nervous because it was my first ever competition so my heart was pumping fast.

After a couple of arrows were shot I felt more comfortable and relaxed and began to enjoy the shooting. And before I knew it, it was lunch time. We had a half an hour break and then we were back shooting but shooting at another distance. First I shot at 30yrds, and then I shot at 20yrds.

When the shoot was finished we all took down our bows and gathered round for the medal ceremony. I was crossing my fingers while waiting for the results to be announced. It took them half an hour to figure out the results. It was a nerve-wracking wait but soon they called the results out.

They said “The Under 12 Girls winner goes to………..Caitlin Jacobs

I was delighted to be presented with the Gold Medal.

And that was one of the best days of my life.


June '13 EOM round results (Westerns)

Congratulations to everyone who took part in June's end of month round. Conditions were almost perfect and it was great to see so many members enjoying what was probably the longest round (8-doz.) that they'd ever shot!

The handicap adjusted scores gave the following 1,2,3...

1st place: Diana Cox (1560 adj.)

2nd place: Jenny Allcock (1519 adj.)

3rd place: Vanessa Cox (1515 adj.)

Seven new club records were shot so congratulations also go out to Renato Golin, Diana Cox, Mark Parry, Nicolas Segonas-Pichon, Anita North, Caitlin Jacobs and Simon Davies!

The full results from the morning can be found here.

Club success at OOBAC's tournament


Fourteen Netherhall members travelled to OOBAC's Queen Birthday Shoot on the 8th June for their Queen Birthday Shoot.
It was a first tournament for many of our members and despite the gusty and chilly conditions we came away with seven medals and narrowly lost out (by 20 points!) in the inter-club competition with OOBAC's home archers.

Well done to all with a special mention to Brian and Caitlin who shot personal bests.


Sad news as archery looses a friend

We recently heard the sad news that the President of our County Association, Den Smith, passed away last weekend.

Our thoughts are with his family and with all his friends throughout the archery world.

He was a founder member of Jolly Archers with whom we've had many a fine day's shooting. A more detailed obituary can be found on their website here.

Congratulations on tournament success

Congratulations are in order for two Netherhall members who travelled to Parkfield archers today (Sunday 2nd June) for their annual Westerns tournament and came away with medals!

Ken and Onel certainly have good reason to be pleased with themselves are they have only been shooting for a year and are already winning in local shoots.

Well done to both of them and best of luck at your next shoot!

End of Month and End of Season Shoot

Although strictly speaking we have one more indoor shoot of the season, we held our End-of-Month and End-of-Season Indoor shoot today, which was a Portsmouth.

We had an excellent turn-out - 29 archers taking part - and quite a few people managed to score their personal bests. The final results are here.

Given that the weather this weekend was so horrendous, we can only hope that it improves by the time we have our first outdoor shoot.

Archery GB announce 2013 talent selection programme

Under 20yrs old on the 27th of July? Fancy your chances at becoming the next archery Olympian? Archery GB have announced their 2013 talent selection programme which gives archers of all abilities to try out for the GB development squad.

No previous experience required, just the desire to be the best and the willingness to follow ArcheryGB's development programme.

For more information follow this link to the ArcheryGB website where you can find more details and an application form.

End of month round: February shoot report

End of month round: February shoot reportWhat better way to relax on a Saturday morning than to get together with the rest of the club and shoot a round. That was clearly the thinking for a good many members as the club turned out in force to shoot the regular end of month round which this time was a FITA 25.

Pushing the shooting line back to the necessary 25m did make things cosy behind the waiting line, but rubbing elbows  and the occasional 'oops' only added to the morning's entertainment.

Some outstanding scores were shot and while the final standings can be found here the highlights are...

Gents Snr. Compound, Mark Garner, 560

Ladies Snr. Compund, Joanne Garner, 522

Gents Snr. Recurve, Kevin Jacobs, 524

Ladies Snr. Recurve, Ruth Watson 423

Ladies U18. Recurve, Vanessa Cox, 272

Gents, U16. Recurve, Ciaran Tunmer 245

Gents, U14. Recurve, Peter Cox, 266

Gents, U12. Recurve, Nicolas Segonas-Pichon, 101

Ladies, U12. Recurve, Caitlin Jacobs, 135

Note... New club records are indicated in italics.

Members make three a magic number

Members make three a magic number

Ruth, Philip & Sarah show off their medals

Sunday saw the County indoor Championships, hosted by Jolly Archers at OneLeisure Recreation Centre in St. Ives.

A small but determined group of Netherhall archers set their sights on gold and met with 100+ archers from around the County to compete for titles in each of the major disciplines (Recurve, Barebow, Compound and Longbow).

Philip, our Chairman this year, drew boss 4B along with a nervous but excited archer from OOBAC who was at his first ever competition. As always, banter and conversation between ends was great fun and learning about other archers and their clubs is a big part of the joy of competition.

The sight of 50+ archers on the shooting line was pretty impressive and after three rounds of fierce competition we were delighted when the results were announced and Netherhall Archers had bagged three medals. The full results can be found here.

Recurve Men, Bronze Medal... Philip Watson

Recurve Ladies, Bronze Medal... Sarah Austin

Recurve Ladies, Double Portsmouth, Bronze Medal... Ruth Watson


Update: Just been confirmed by the tournament organisers that Netherhall Archers also took the Bronze medal in the Recurve Team event too! Well done to Philip, Ruth & Sarah.