Bristol Bowmen and
Golden Phoenix Archers

The dates for the following competitions are all 'weather permitting'. Rounds to be shot will be Nationals for all experienced adults with shorter distances for juniors and beginner adults, followed by a BBQ and the presentation of awards. Lady/Santa Paramounts to be confirmed - anyone fancy wearing either of the pointy hats?

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Friday 15 December. Based on a Portsmouth round, each competitor to shoot six arrows at each of 10 different target faces in rotation.

Will we have a Lady Paramount this year, or will our tournament organiser, Bob Taylor be drafted back in as Santa Paramount?

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To be announced.

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Sunday 10 September, featuring the Vic Williams Shield. This is awarded annually by ballot to the member who has done most for the clubs during the preceding year.

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Sunday 7 May; featuring the Andy Friend and Bob Taylor Challenge Trophies for the highest handicap adjusted scores at 60 yards and 50 yards respectively, the cup for the highest non-handicap adjusted score of the day and the 'compound gold' trophy. If more than one person is shooting compound bows, this will be awarded as the best gold between those shooting. If there is only one or no compound shooters it will be awarded to the first person who has an arrow within the compound 10 zone. As we've had no New Year's Day shooting for a few years we also decided to use the two best gold cups.

In a complete contrast to the floodlit shoot, the weather was hot, dry and above all, daylight. The good conditions saw a high turnout across the various bow types and ages: 1 x compound; 6 x barebow; 1 x longbow and 4 x recurve, split across: 7 x gents; 3 x ladies; 1 x junior gent and 1 x junior lady.

The day ended with the trophies being awarded by the tournament organiser Bob Taylor.

And the results were:

The first figure is the handicap adjusted score, the figure in brackets is the actual score.


Gents' recurve: 1 James Powell-Chandler, 1379 (335).

Gents' barebow: 1 Dave Collingbourne, 1492 (339); 2 David Smith, 1451 (392); 3 Bob Brooks, 1331 (145).

Gents' compound: 1 Rob Edwards, 1398 (476).

Gents' longbow: 1 Pete Brown, 1437 (92).

Ladies' barebow: 1 Sheena McCullagh, 1390 (139).

Short National:

Gents' recurve: 1 Jim Edmondson, 1438 (278).

Ladies' barebow: 1 Rebecca Callan, 1501 (357).

Junior National:

Ladies' barebow: 1 Lizanne Harland, 1474 (250).

Gents' under 16 recurve: 1 Luke Johnson, 1408 (248).

Ladies' under 12 recurve: 1 Erin Collingbourne, 1432 (224).

Andy Friend Challenge Trophy: Dave Collinbourne.

Bob Taylor Challenge Trophy: Rebecca Callan.

Highest score of the day cup: Rob Edwards.

CPO adult best gold cup: Rebecca Callan (sixth end).

Mr Happy junior best gold cup: Luke Johnson (seventh end).

First arrow in the compound 10 zone shield: David Smith, barebow (first end).

Junior ladies' medal: Erin Collingbourne.

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Tanzy holding the cup she shot up to the light, so that you can see the hole her arrow made in the bottom of 
the cup and the woodpecker trophy she won because of this.

Friday 14 April. 7pm meet. Yes we are shooting after dark. This year seven adults and two hardy juniors braved the less than clement conditions: this was the first year we've had rain, albeit short lived. Unfortunately it happened at distance change and with the majority of adults wearing glasses, visibility was very much hampered.

Due to a combination of both the temperature and the hardness of the ground, both the distance and the number of arrows were reduced with the adults shooting a Short Warwick and the two juniors shooting a Junior Warwick. The longbow arrows in particular looked very pretty skipping across the ground, with one white fletched one being momentarily mistaken for a rabbit bounding across the range; shall we put that down to the rain on your glasses Sue Brown?

Shooting under floodlight can cause your depth perception to go and the prizes reflect this. They vary from year to year but include such things as worst white, lowest total score and most petticoats (in the paper target, but outside the scoring area) and a Woodpecker trophy (for the first one of the night, excluding sighters). Rather unusually we didn't have a single woodpecker all evening, but Tad Gunton made the mistake of leaving his flask cup next to their longbow target, which then got holed by Tanzy Brown, so she was awarded the trophy instead, see first photo.

The evening ended with Bob Taylor handing out the prizes.

The prizes were:

Trophy and medal winners.  More infomation after the photo.

Photo: Left to right: Luke Johnson, Dave Greenhill, Tanzy Brown, Alfred Emmott (front) and Sheena McCullagh.


Cup-pecker: Tanzy Brown.

Lowest total score: Tanzy Brown (ladies' longbow). Second: Alfred Emmott (gent's under 12 barebow). Third: Tad Gunton (gent's longbow).

Worst white (held over from Boxing Day): Dave Greenhill (called on the ninth end and was a petticoat/one line cutter).

Most petticoats (in the paper target, but outside the scoring area): Sheena McCullagh, 5. Second equal: Pete Brown, Sue Brown, Alfred Emmott and David Smith, 2 each. Sixth equal: Tanzy Brown, Tad Gunton, Dave Greenhill and Luke Johnson, 1 each.


Juniors who turned up prepared to get cold: Equal winners, Alfred Emmott and Luke Johnson.

Our thanks go to:

  • Jim Brooks, our liaison officer at the rugby club, for key holding for us for the evening, including coming back in his own time at 10pm to turn off the lights and lock up.
  • Bob Taylor for making the Woodpecker trophy and running the evening.

The actual results were:

Short Warwicks:

Gent's recurve: 1 Dave Greenhill (255).

Gent's barebow: 1 David Smith (246).

Gent's longbow: 1 Pete Brown (107); 2 Tad Gunton (73).

Ladies' recurve: 1 Sue Brown (212).

Ladies' barebow: 1 Sheena McCullagh (106).

Ladies' longbow: 1 Tanzy Brown (4).

Junior Warwicks:

Gent's under 16 recurve: 1 Luke Johnson (149).

Gent's under 12 barebow: 1 Alfred Emmott (70).

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If you are looking for details of competitions to take part in during the year, try these three sites:

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Created: 12 December 2016
Updated: 9 May 2017

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