News 2011


Christmas BBQ and President's Cup A Success

Photos by Simon Gray, Andy and Garry get knocked out in the semi-final, which left the final between Arthur and Caroline

20 Mountain Archers shot a Short Course 90 arrow event on Sunday 4th December starting at 10am. Rounds ranged from the Newcastle, Geelong, to the Junior, Short and regular Canberra (FITA 900) Round. Members were then ranked from 1 to 20 with Sharon Grimston a clear number 1 scoring 886/900 in the Canberra Round. After a BBQ lunch we had a Matchplay shootoff for our President's Cup with archers handicapped by experience.

Matchplay was as follows:The 1st ranked archer versed the last ranked, 2nd versed 2nd to last and so on... The archers who have been at the club for a number of years subtracted the number of years they have been at the club from each 3 arrow end during the matchplay. Sighted compound/crossbow shot at bugs eyes 40cm face, recurve and experienced junior/intermediate barebow at 60cm, longbow/barebow at 80cm face and beginners at 120cm face. Finals rounds were 3 arrow ends comprising of only 2 ends (out of 60) all targets were moved to 20m. We had to speed things up due to the inclement weather.

Semi final round was Garry Sands vs Arthur Dungate and Caroline Hawkins vs Andrew Moyle. (Andrew was the only compound shooter left at this stage, he was shooting barebow). The final was between Arthur Dungate and Caroline Hawkins. Caroline shot a 24 her first end with Arthur struggling at 21. However Arthur tuned his concentration and shot a 10 and two nines for a 28, whilst Caroline shot a 25 for her final end. So we had a tie, with both archers at 49/60. It was resolved with a one arrow closest to the x shootoff! Both archers shot 8s with Arthur's arrow being about 1cm closer to the x.

So congratulations to Arthur Dungate who holds the Mountain Archers President's Cup for the year!

Caroline at full draw, and Arthur's final round which levelled the score. Photos Simon Gray.


Five Mountain Archers play Bathurst Gold Country

Our "Brother" Club, Bathurst Archers put on an excellent 2 day Field and Foam Animal 3d Target Competition recently on the 29th and 30th of October that is their annual Bathurst Gold Country Event. Bathurst Archery Club has a great setup, with a full 24 target field, a 25m Target setup in their shed, and a promising Target range. They are located at the corner of Boundary Rd and Hinton Rd, Bathurst and shoot on Saturdays. A friendlier club you could not find, although they will try and make a longbow shooter out of you!

Bathurst logo, Bathurst legend archer Arthur Fiske with Gina Davis, photo courtesy ParaQuad, and the finish of a Bathurst made Frisky longbow.

Five Mountain Archers competed at the 2012 Bathurst Gold Country recently. Michael Jamison came 1st out of 1 in Mens Open Bowhunter (Hunters Round only) with 265. Kevin Girard came 1st out of 2 in Mens Masters Longbow with 388. Uldis Bagley came 2nd out of 6 in Cub Boys Compound with 603. Mat Bagley came 3rd out of 4 in Open Mens Compound with 598, and Rob Browne came 3rd out of 3 in Barebow Recurve Master Men with 261. 

Best of the Best Buckles Trophy at Wisemans Ferry Traditional Shoot goes to Mountain Archer Steve Farrell.

Shrouded in mystery the annual Traditional Gathering took place at Wisemans Ferry on Oct 15th and 16th. We believe Mountain Archer Steve Farrell took out the Best of the Best Buckles Trophy for the 2nd year running. Not that he would divulge any light on what goes on at these Gatherings...aah we'll have to go fully trad and see what goes on next year.

Lithgow Ironfest 2011 photos are now up, see Photos section...

Ironfest Photos thanks to Andy Moyle.

6 Beginners pass September/October Class:
On Sunday 16th October six archery students were presented with Advanced Come 'N Try Certificates. Peter and Caius Kelly, Peter Webster, Ben Weller, Alec Dudley-Bestow, and Arthur Dungate are now all accredited archers. Well done guys and welcome to the club. We had a turnout of 25 archers even with several regulars away at the traditional Wiseman's Ferry shoot. Amazing how a bit of fine weather makes us want to get the archery gear out. 

Aussie's in Austria, August 31-Sept 3

Mountain Archer, Kevin Girard represented Australia in Masters Longbow, as did Merrilyn Sheather, a 3D AAA compound female from Nambucca Heads. They competed at the FITA World 3D Archery Championships at Donnersbach in Austria. This competition is run every 2 years for compound, barebow recurve, longbow and instinctive. There were individual open and male and female rounds. Competitors from 27 countries attended. This year 53 longbow men competed, outnumbering compound men shooters (by one). Archers shot single arrows at 20 targets per day, followed by more arrows if not in the killzone. Scoring 10 for killzone, 8 fatal wound and 5 body. The top 16 archers conducted a matchplay style round with reduced number of arrows leading to the finals on Day 4. Well done to these two archers who gave a good performance, were good ambassadors for Australian archery and learnt alot about this style of competition.

Mountain Archer's Kevin Girard in action as flagbearer during opening ceremony, some of the 3d chicken targets and Kevin competing. Photos courtesy of


Mountain Archers at the Nationals, May 22nd-27th

Mountain Archer Steve Farrell shooting Target at the National Championships, Belmont Shooting Centre Qld, May 25th 2011, Photo courtesy of Grahame Amy.

Three Mountain Archers competed at the National Championships held at Mt Petrie Bowmen at Belmont Shooting Complex (Target and Field) and Grange Company of Archers, Samford Archery Park (Clout) recently. Steve Kilgannon, competing in Men's Open Recurve came 6th out of 29 in Target with scores of 1136 and 1195. 7th in Field with 324. Kevin Girard competing in Master Men's Longbow came 2nd out of 3 in Target with scores of 822 and 781. 2nd in Field with 226 and 4th in Clout with 296. Steve Farrell competing in Open Men's Longbow came 1st out of 2 in Target with 1029 and 1034. 1st in Field with 282 and 1st in Clout with 513.

Conditions were not easy, see photo below.

Photo, Grahame Amy.

Bumper Crop of Newcomers attain Certificates

The last two months, June/July, have seen some pretty dismal weather in the mountains. So it is to the full credit of the following 13 archers that have attained their Advanced Come 'N Try Certificates; Brian Ellicott, Ngaire Breen, Erica Want, Olivia Want, Bruce Bickerton, Caitlin Bickerton, Lucas Bickerton, Nathan Hemsworth, Gali Grindley, Hari Grindley, Sylvan Hearn, Simon Hearn and Lachlan Foote. 5 other archers have started their certificates and look to be awarded them soon... Liam Dalley, Guy Robb, Olivia Robb, Angus Robb and Kristina Czajkowski.

Mountain Archers at Liverpool Bi-Tournament.

Three Mountain Archers competed at Liverpool City Archers Bi-Tournament recently. The competition consisted of an Adelaide Round and a 24 Target Marked Field Round.

Steve Kilgannon came 3rd with 1380.
Kevin Girard came 2nd with 907.
Steve Farrell came 2nd shooting Field only with 271.

For full results see

Grimston does well at World Crossbow Championships.

Sharon Grimston came second in the World Crossbow Championships, Target that was held in Adelaide 2nd April. She lost out to Iris Bingham but scored the 5th highest score in Outdoor Target overall. For more information and scores, check out

Sharon Grimston in w/c lower right, with Australian and International competitors at WC Championships 2011. Photo

Nine Beginners pass Advanced Come 'n Try Class.

Nine beginner archers passed their four week Advanced Come 'N Try class through the month of February. Congratulations to Greg Holdaway, Jarrah Holdaway, Tys Skelly, Ryan Devlin, Caroline Hawkins, Garry Sands, Martin Kudrfalec, Tony and Nicholas Grant. Martin, Garry and Caroline also competed in our 3rd Higland Fling Tournament.


Kilgannon 2nd at Metropolitan Championships

Mountain Archer's Steve Kilgannon came 2nd at the NSW Metropolitan Championships, held at SOPA on 19th and 20th Feb.
He shot 1187 on Day 1. Followed by 1168 on Day 2, for a total of 2355 in the Men's Open Recurve Division. He was edged out by Andrew Le Brocq from Frog Hollow who scored 2388 in first place. Donald Chiou from University Sydney came 3rd with 2279.

Mountain Archer's Steve Kilgannon photo Archery Australia

 Canberra Archery Club's Australia Day Competition

Kevin Girard, Uldis Bagley and Mat Bagley competing at CAC's Australia Day Competition photos Andy MacDonald.

3 Mountain Archers did well recently at Canberra Archery Club's Australia Day Tournament. This was a FITA 90m Round on Saturday 29th January, followed by a FITA 720 at 70m and matchplay on the Sunday. The French International Recurve Squad attended as did many of the top Australian Archers. Kevin Girard got 701 to come first in Masters Longbow. Uldis Bagley got 1230 (a pb) to come first in Cub Compound. Mat Bagley got 1244 to come 30th in Open Men's Compound. The next day Mat got a 330 at 70m (a pb) and progressed to the 2nd round of the matchplay losing to the no.4 seed Ryan Bickerton(MAC) in the matchplay. Uldis also took home a $200 encouragement prize thanks to Canberra Archery Club for another terriffic event. To see some brilliant photos of this event visit Andy MacDonald's webpage at