Welcome to the July issue of news and views, I hope everyone is having a good year so far and the shooting is going well.
As it’s only a week before the Notts county championships 10th July 2022, can I remind all archers that if shoots are not supported, they will probably disappear from the calendar, I predicted a rush to tournaments in April, how could I have been so wrong. Attendance has been very mediocre to say the least with only the usual suspects entering. Come on people, get out there, we are waiting for you. The county organised tournaments have gone ahead even with reduced numbers. My view, archers are still a little wary with regards to covid-19. We have many new archers within the county but are not yet ready to throw themselves into the affray.
It is nice to see the number of candidate judges climbing within the region and especially this county, hopefully we will not have to draw in judges from outside the region. The better grade of judges within the region, the higher ranked tournaments can be held. Who knows, maybe even a WA720 H2H eventually. The county with its clubs is committed to organising tournaments of varying levels. Therefore, for those that are a little intimidated by the so-called elite archers, there are shoots specifically organised for you, with a mixture of metric and imperial rounds.
Thanks to Welbeck Archers for offering to piggyback the EMAS championships to their WA1440 shoot on the 17thJuly 2022, so if you fancy a pop at the region’s top archers, this is the one for you. Get in quick as Welbeck has limited space on their new ground.
I had a little dabble at judging a run archery event held by Newark Castle Archers in conjunction with AGB as a tester. AGB are interested in promoting this discipline and will probably hold another in one of the southern regions. The day went well and I’m glad to say the judges do not need to run, (phew, that was close).
The new committee members have settled in well and the committee is up and running as normal, next meeting is Monday 11thJuly 2022, come along, all are welcome. Contact Mike Thomason County secretary for the zoom link if you wish to attend.
Crossbow has now been welcomed into the Notts league tournaments, it was nice to see Sue and Bryan Haynes at the Greasley Castle Archers shoot although I feel reception was a little cool. I hope everyone can now see that they are not the deadly all-powerful machines that certain television programs make them out to be. If you caught the latest series (Sherwood) recently, I could remember walking my dog in those very woods while they were looking for the guy and it was strange hearing my local towns and villages being mentioned so often on TV. Although I do know somebody who lived in Newstead at the time and tells me the story was severely altered.
That’s to much jabber, hope to see many of you next week at Greasley for the county championships, until then.