2010 New South Wales State Titles
Lake Glenbawn Field Archery & Recreation Club played host to the 2010 NSW State 3D Archery Title over what turned out to be a glorious weekend for archery.
The shoot attracted archers from Victoria and Queensland as well as NSW with everyone wanting to win the coveted title in their division.
Competition was fierce with some exceptionally close scores. Ranges were challenging to say the least with five deceptive courses set by the club’s range setting team. Weeks of preparation and work paid off as 128 archers and their families enjoyed the facilities on offer.
At the end of the first day, where three of the five ten target ranges were shot, Grant Elsley from Cessnock was on top, having shot a personal best 294 from 300. For Grant this also equalled the National Record for Saturday scores in his division as well as shooting a rarity, a 200, which is two perfect consecutive rounds. His Cessnock teammate Geoff Chapman also shot a perfect 100, just narrowly missing out on his own 200.
The “Hunter Irrigation & Water Solutions Top Ten” shootout was contested by Grant Elsley, Geoff Chapman, Jack Carney, Mark Collins, Brad Murphy, Ian Summers, Phil Short, Damien Foster, Murray Scarlett & Brett Pinkerton.
The pressure was on from the outset with half the field eliminated after Grant’s perfect first shot. Grant was in fine form, taking out the ten zone in a turkey (yes…literally!) then going on to despatch the rest of the contestants & claim the title of Top Shot for the shoot.
Sunday weather proved every bit as terrific for shooting as Saturday’s as everyone headed back out to finish their two remaining ranges.
At the end of the weekend's shooting there were no less than 4 ties, with all but one being able to be separated by countback. In a very close, thrilling shootout Manly’s Louise Claesson beat Glenbawn’s Nicola Alam for the FBO title. The girls were matching shot for shot and it came down to who hit closest to the centre of the score zone. Both women performed brilliantly under enormous pressure with Louise’s shot only millimetres closer than Nicola’s.
As always there were a few controversial shots and a few that got people talking. The croc on C range proved problematic for a fair few, as expected by the rangesetters, but overall, everyone seemed fairly happy with their weekend.
The club wishes to thank all their sponsors for their support, the archers for turning up & the members who put in so much effort to make it as great a weekend as possible.