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Sarum Wand 2012 - 5th February

There was an excellent turn-out the SWAC 2nd Annual Wand Shoot this weekend, with 49 archers arriving to try their luck at shooting 6 inch wide targets at 100, 120 and 140 yards. The forecasted snow had made an appearance the evening before, but thankfully had all cleared overnight. A chilly start to the day but early sunshine and bacon rolls kicked off a thoroughly enjoyable shoot. Thank you to our Lady Paramount Michelle Loxley, Chairman of Judges Phil Collins and all of you for making the Sarum Triple Wand shoot such a relaxing and fun day.

The results list can be found here. In our relaxed mode we decided to award equal 3rd places where Wands and Rings produced a tie instead of using a count back system to decide 3rd place as we did on the day. I would therefore like to congratulate Janine Emm from Tenzone Bowmen and Jan Biles from South Wilts Archers for their Bronze medals in longbow and Barebow respectively - please give them a round of applause .............. thank you!

Next year's competition will be on Sunday 3rd February 2013. We are considering a Quadruple Wand Shoot with the first 3 consecutive rounds shot by an archer to count for the competition score. This will enable archers with less travelling time to shoot rounds 1,2 and 3 (with round 4 as a warm down) and archers with more travelling time to shoot rounds 2,3 and 4 (unless they want an early start). We are also considering Wands at 180 yards for compound archers and Chris Baigent (to give the rest of us a chance). We welcome any feedback on these ideas.

More photos can be seen here

Also listed below are our own club Clout and Wand monthly practises at Downton for the rest of this year. Visitors in GNAS or BLBS are welcome and the fee of 2.50 for the morning includes tea, coffee and biscuits.

11 March - Clout
1 April - Wand
30 April - Clout
27 May - Wand
1 July - Clout
4 August - Wand
2 September - Clout
30 September - our own Open Sarum Clout Shoot
28 October - Wand

August Wand date subject to FITA Double 70 at Trafalgar School. If you are interested an email to targettournaments@southwiltsarcheryclub.co.uk a week beforehand and I will check we are running to the plan.

Peter Durtnall
Target Tournament Organiser