St George’s archers dominate

Archers at St George's Road. (S)
Archers at St George's Road. (S)

Harrogate’S St George’s Archery Club hosted the Northern Counties Clout Archery Championships last weekend on St John Fisher School’s sports field.

More than 100 archers from Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cheshire, Cumbria, Northumberland and Durham took part and members of the Harrogate club won an unprecedented four individual and two team titles.

Archers Tom Woolley, Helen Woodcock, Steve Lilley and Rod Spink. (S)

Archers Tom Woolley, Helen Woodcock, Steve Lilley and Rod Spink. (S)

St George’s took gold and silver in the lady barebow competition with Carol Fairbrother winning a fifth Northern Counties title and Moira Salmons claiming second place.

Moira’s score of 155 was a personal best and gained her a coveted gold tassel award.

Hazel Ketley, in her first year of shooting, smashed her previous best score and claimed a white tassel award.

In the gents barebow class Nigel Cockshott took third place, again with a personal best score.

The club also claimed a one–two in the highly competitive gents longbow class.

Steve Lilley took gold and claimed a blue tassel award and Rod Spink won the silver medal.

Tom Woolley won the U-16s longbow competition for the second year in succession with an excellent score, just two points short of the current UK record.

Junior barebow archer Tom Ketley shot superbly to win the U-12s competition.

He claimed two Yorkshire records with scores of 67 for the single clout and 120 for the double and was awarded a blue tassel.

Both the St George’s barebow team of Carol, Moira and Tom Ketley and the longbow team of Steve, Rod and Tom Woolley won their respective team regional titles.

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