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04/09/2011  EMAS Senior Intercounties Tournament - Lincs wins Thoresby Trophy! 

Posted by grayteammanager on 08/09/2011 11:09:00 last updated 08/09/2011 11:19:00

This year, it was Lincolnshire's turn to host the event, held at Lincoln Archer's ground in Washingborough.

Prior to assembly, a black arrow was shot, followed by a minute's silence, and a round of applause, to remember and celebrate the life of Alan Staples, EMAS Chairman, past Treasurer for Lincolnshire, and member of Lincoln Archers, who sadly passed away unexpectedly a few days earlier. I think the recurve team's result below is a fitting tribute to him.

This is the annual big match against the other 4 counties in the East Midlands region - with separate competitions for compounds, recurves and long bows. Thank you to Lincoln Archers and Kate Ellis the tournament organiser, and everyone else involved, for holding a great event. Rain threatened at times, but never really got going thankfully, and conditions were calm in the morning, a little breezy and changeable in the afternoon. The squads were:
Recurve: Helen Faulkner, Penny Bedford, Fiona Swepson, Michelle Coy (junior shooting as a senior), Lynn Fisher, Matt Ellis, Geoff Evans, Ian Prescott, Andrew Stammers, Ged Goulsbra, Steve Arnold, Rory Campbell, Kevin Hughes.
Compound: Stephanie Mountney, Lorraine Swepson, Geoff Thomas, Ryan Mountney (junior shooting as a senior), Gary Griffin, Graham Crampin.
Longbow: Rosemarie Cawkwell, Patricia Newman, Mick Helliwell, Ian Talbot, Ian Smith.

Our Longbows are clearly much improved this year, we felt like we were in contention, and were 3rd on the leader board at one point. By the end we were pushed into 4th by Leicestershire and Rutland. The results were: 1st Derbyshire 1297. 2nd Nottinghamshire 985, 3rd: Leicestershire and Rutland 668, 4th Lincolnshire 494, 5th Northamptonshire 255. We will look to climb a bit higher next year, and well done to the squad.

Our compounds also put in improved scores compared to last year, and we do have a very good squad, but we were still pushed back into last place. This is a little hard to take after shooting well and increasing our scoring, but that is the nature of sport sometimes - it seems the other counties are all very strong in the compound category just at the moment. I think we can continue to get better, and we will see if we can move back up the ranks next time. Well done to those involved, we performed strongly, but it just wasn't to be our day! The final scores were: 1st Derbyshire 6154, 2nd Leicestershire and Rutland 5986, 3rd Nottinghamshire 5769, 4th Northamptonshire 5731, 5th Lincolnshire 5706.

I have saved the best until last! Our recurve team won the Thoresby Trophy for the first time ever, since it was first competed for in 1958. We had a really superb squad, and it is a pleasure to be involved with such excellent archers. This result reflects the individual efforts of our archers of course, but also the work done by our clubs and county coaching organisation over the years, to improve the standard of shooting in Lincolnshire. My thanks and congratulations go to the team and everyone involved. The final scores were: 1st Lincolnshire 10026, 2nd Derbyshire 9951, 3rd Leicestershire and Rutland 9852, 4th Nottinghamshire 8967, 5th Northamptonshire 8132. We averaged over 1000 points per archer, everyone shot extremely well, and some really fabulous individual scores were shot too, including Helen Faulkner achieving a stunning 1142 to win the individual highest score medal by some distance, Penny Bedford 1058, Fiona Swepson 1042, Michelle Coy 998 (a junior shooting as a senior, and very narrowly missing her 1000 Rose Award, but still a great (and important!) score on the day), also Matt Ellis with a fine 1045. I don't think it is exaggerating to say this was a historic day for Lincolnshire archery - we've done it once, now we can do it again! Below is a picture of our wonderful winning recurve squad, with proud team manager.

Graham Crampin, Lincolnshire Senior County Team Manager


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