The Club's annual Christmas Barbeque was held on Sunday 13th December
All current card holding Archery Australia members were welcome, $5 entry price. Ian stocked up on plenty of sausages and Lance brought the bread rolls. One Liverpool Club member also fixed up a shade sail for one of our members cars, thanks Dan! Many club members shot a 90 arrow round, whether it was Fita 900, Short Canberra, Junior Canberra or Newcastle Round depended on how long they have been shooting. It was certainly good to see so many of the junior club members excited about scoring!
Mountain Archers President's Cup 2009, our annual award for the most improved Rating went to Ron Schirato, well done Ron! Silver Arrow Encouragement Awards were also awarded to 3 junior members. Photo above, Bags.
Mountains Archer Steve Kilgannon takes top place in NSW Field Championship
Steve Kilgannon continues to dominate NSW's Open Men's Recurve category with State Titles in Field, Target and a World Masters Title for Field, Target and Clout under his belt in 2009. Steve shot an impressive 338 to take the State Field title in Armidale on Sunday 1st November. This is getting up to the sort of score needed (353) to see him represent Australia.
Steve Kilgannon on the way to a 1st place at the National Field Championships in WA, photo Archery Australia
Kevin Girard well placed in Ross Heron Shield
Kevin Girard is a fierce competitor in the Masters Mens Longbow Category and is well placed in the FITA World Field Archery Rankings.
He regularly contributes more points to our clubs totals in the ArcheryNSW Annual Ross Heron shield than any other club member. He holds numerous Gold and Silver National and State medals and won Silver and Bronze medals at the World Master's Games 2009.
Kev at the 2007 NSW Short Course Championships at Sydney Olympic Park Archery.
Steve Farrell Dominating in Open Men's Longbow
Steve Farrell holds a commanding presence in Open Mens Longbow in NSW in 2009 with wins at Field, Target; Short and Long Course State Titles. He also claimed Silver at the National Target Open Mens Longbow 2008 in Victoria. He holds about 10 NSW State Gold medals including the coveted Best of the Best AAHoF Buckles win for 2009 and Gold Medal (Target) for World Master's Games 2009.
Photo above; Sharon Grimston and Steve Farrell at our First Highland Fling Event March 2008, Photo Margaret Nelson
Sharon Grimston shoots Perfect Indoor Rounds
Sharon Grimston is keeping her impeccable form up, practising on 40cm targets at 50m but in general having a relaxed competitive season compared to last year where she won a silver medal at the World X-Bow event in the USA. She also had an Australian Record, being the first Australian archer ever to shoot perfect Indoor 18m rounds (she shot four 300s in a row!) in the 2008 Archery New South Wales State and National Indoor Archery Championship.
Ron looking on target for President's Cup
Our junior ranks are starting to grow again, but older and steadier hands like Ron Schirato's keep putting together tidy score cards towards claiming our coveted annual President's Cup Trophy. Ron also did well coming Fourth recently at the World Masters Games for Indoor Master Mens Recurve Barebow.
To Fling or Not to Fling?
The question everyone seems to be asking is when will we be holding another "Highland Fling" Tournament? See our photos page for photos from our very successful First Highland Fling held in March 2008. It was a "Fita 900" or Canberra "Short Course" event. Our everlasting gratitude goes to ArcheryNSW Vice President Membership Margaret Nelson for the photos! Our Second "Highland Fling" in September 2008 was upset by the elements a bit, so fewer photos, and lower scores were recorded! But hey, that's archery!
2009 Australia Day Event at Canberra Archery Club
Mountain Archers Uldis and Mat Bagley, Steve Kilgannon, Steven Farrell and Kevin Girard competed at CAC's Australia Day Event posting some pretty good scores.
Mountain Archer Steve K, with a great sequence of arrow caught in flight at Canberra Archery Club by Andrew McDonald, for more of Andy's great photos of this and more recent archery events see www.glide.net.au