Armidale Archers host successful state competition

Armidale Archers pulled off a stellar state championships when NSW’s best travelled to town for the annual field event. 

The successful event saw 76 competitors from as far as Canberra and Brisbane travel to take part, including 10 from the local club. 

Very successful, both in results and in numbers, it was the most I have seen at a state field championships I have seen in six or seven years. - Dennis Carson

Armidale Archers president Dennis Carson praised the efforts of the club for hosting a superb state competition and said no competitor could find any criticism. 

“Very successful, both in results and in numbers, it was the most I have seen at a state field championships I have seen in six or seven years,” he said. 

“All positive, we have not had a comment that wasn't positive all weekend.”

Carson expects the club will have the chance to host the event in the future. 

“We enjoy a reasonably good reputation in Armidale for running good events so this will just help with that reputation,” he said. 

“If we decide we want to do it again, I imagine it will help with that as well. 

“I daresay we will be offered this again next year if we want it, whether we have it or not will be up to the members.”

At the Archers’ range, Cessnock’s Scott Buscombe earned the weekend’s highest score with 396. 

Buscombe took out the gold medal in the men’s open compound division with his high score and another of 383 too tough to chase down. 

Armidale’s Jeffrey Carson won the bronze in this division with 761. 

Dennis Carson continued his form with the bow in the masters compound division to take the gold. 

Seven other Armidale Archers finished on the podium. 

Ella-Rose Carson won the intermediate division with scores of 376 and 367.

Teena Hooper not only snagged the silver in the masters ladies compound, but put forward her personal best scores in her first archery tournament. 

Eva Strucken collected bronze in the ladies recurve, Yan Laurenson took silver in the men’s recurve with Matt Wolcott third. 

Dan Alter also finished with a silver in the veteran men’s compound division. 

In the under 20 men’s compound, Matthew Hooper took silver. 

Michael Zahner in the men’s compound just missed out a top three finish with fifth. 

The club don’t have any events planned in coming month but Carson expects a host of members will be at next month’s state target championships. 

“State target championships will be on again in about a month and I suspect there will be a couple of us go to that,” he said. 

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