Archery club toasts UK rankings success

St George's Archery Club's record-holding members.
St George's Archery Club's record-holding members.
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The UK clout archery rankings for the 2012 calendar year have just been released and St George’s Archery Club of Harrogate have 14 members featuring in the top rankings, the highest of any club in the UK.

Clout is a form of the sport where archers shoot at a 12 inch square flag from 180 yards for gents, 140 yards for ladies and various distances according to age for juniors

The flag is surrounded by circular scoring zone and archers score points depending how close each arrow lands to the flag. The rankings are based on the sum of an individual’s top three scores in open competitions held throughout the year.

Carol Fairbrother is the number one ranked lady barebow archer for the fifth time. This reflects another excellent year for Carol in which she has won the British, English, Northern Counties and Yorkshire Championships. Moira Salmons continued her good form from 2011 to be ranked seventh, narrowly holding off the challenge from Hazel Ketley whose improvement is reflected in her jumping 11 places up the rankings table from 19th to eighth.

The club’s junior barebow archers fared exceptionally well. Tom Ketley is ranked second in the UK. In 2012 he set eight new Yorkshire records, won the U14 Northern Counties Championship, and took bronze in the British Championships. third-placed Ben Daniel had an equally successful year. He set a new UK record for the u12 two-way single clout as well as setting nine new County records, winning the U12 Northern Counties Championship, and finished fourth in the British Championships.

Chris Hill, in his first season in the sport, shot exceptionally well to be ranked fifth. He has claimed both imperial and metric black tassel awards and, in his first ever metric clout competition, set an U14 Yorkshire record for the single 90m round.

In a very competitive gentleman barebow category Club President, Clive Roebuck, achieved his best ever ranking of fourth. In 2012 Clive regained his Yorkshire title and also took first place in the Northern Counties Championship, winning a gold tassel award in doing so for his score of 159. In his first season of shooting Mike Stretton has been ranked 15th. Mike only took part in his first competition in August and improved his personal best at each of the three competitions he entered, culminating in him winning the York Archers’ Society Open Clout in October and claiming a blue tassel award. Dennis Ketley improved from 22nd last year to 18th, and Mike Salt and Dave Strike round off St George’s strong showing in the category with rankings of 20th and 26th respectively.

Longbowman Clive Woolley improved from ninth in 2011 to sixth. Clive shot a personal best at the British Championships to take the bronze medal and, together with Geoff Oliver who is ranked 18th, was part of the St George’s longbow team who were crowned British team champions.

Steve Lilley also continued his good form from last year to achieve a very creditable ranking of 32nd.

St George’s travel to Baldersby St James this weekend for the friendly Brass Monkey Clout season-opener against neighbouring club Thirsk Bowmen before the competition season commences in earnest with the Yorkshire Championships in April.

Anyone interested in taking up archery can find full details on the club’s website: www.harrogate-archery.co.uk.