ECAA Western Longbow League May and June results and tables - see Western Longbow League page
Abbey Bowmen Longbow Shoot Entry Form (16 Sept) - see Events page
Havering 45+ shoot - change of venue due to Abbey Archers relocation - see Events page
Abbey Archers are moving to Noak Hill Sports Complex (not Noak Hill Archers) - see Clubs page for details
ECAA Andy Harris League 2018-2019 Rules and Entry Form - see Andy Harris League page
ECAA Junior Records updated - see Junior Records page
ECAA Recurve Albion League June Results and Table - see Albion Recurve League page
ECAA Senior Compound and Barebow Records updated - see Senior Records page
ECAA Metric Clout at Woodford Archers Entry Form (19 Aug) - see Events page
ECAA Compound Albion League June Results - see Compound League page
Longbow Outdoor Records updated - see Senior Records page
ECAA Meeting Agenda - 8pm at Margaretting Village Hall - see Meetings page
ECAA Albion Recurve League Match 2 Results and Table - see Albion League page
Malgrave Moonlight Shoot Entry Form (22 Sept) - see Events page
ECAA Junior and Senior Championship Results - see Results page
Owen Hull Memorial Shoot at Braintree Bowmen Entry Form (5 Aug) - see Events page
ECAA Albion Compound League Results for May - see Albion League page
Noak Hill Westerns Results - see Results page
CTRA WA702 + H2H Results - see Results page
Sun 1 ECAA League Match
Sun 1 Clacton Outdoor Tournament
Wed 4 Council Meeting Margaretting Village Hall Start 8pm
Sat 14 Longbow Westerns at Bowmen of Ardleigh
Sat 21 SCAS WA 1440 (WRS) at Rayleigh Town
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Sun 22 ECAA WA1440 (WRS) at Rayleigh Town
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Sun 22 Triple Spoon Open Shoot at Woodford Archers
Sat 28 Havering Over 45 at Abbey Archers
Sun 29 41st Open Albions - The Cooke Shoot at Ascham Bowmen
Wed 1 EGAC Meeting Margaretting Village Hall Start 7:30pm - all welcome
Sun 5 ECAA League Match
Sun 5 Owen Hull Memorial Shoot at Braintree Bowmen
Sun 12 Grays Archers Open Western
Sun 19 ECAA Metric Clout at Woodford Archers
Sun 19 68th East Anglian Champs UKRS at Framlingham
Mon 27 36th HATFIELD MEMORIAL SHOOT at Holdens
The GNAM is the oldest archery meeting run by AGB which started in 1854 and is held every year over 3 days of competition at Lilleshall National Sports Centre.
This year a group of Essex Ladies (and a few men as well) attended and won many of the fantastic trophies which are available for the event.
Suzi Atkinson, Wendie King, Jes Sagoo and Emma Winning shot under very hot and windy conditions but as you can see their efforts were worth it.
After shooting for 3 days the Ladies stayed on as part of the Essex and Suffolk Team at the National Team County Championships - details of how well they and the other teams did will be available soon.
More pictures of silverware available in this article
Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia and ADHD are all types of learning difficulties that all coaches will come across throughout their coaching career. These learning difficulties were explained in a well-informed, well presented lecture given by Anna Heaven, county coach, at an EGAC meeting organised by Chris Buckley, EGAC secretary, on the 20th June.
Anna highlighted the various problems that coaches will meet during sessions and presented ideas on the best practice in helping people to achieve their goals through the archery session. Members who didn’t attend the meeting missed out on valuable information learned that evening.
Dyslexia, for instance, is not just about mixing letters/numbers but they are also unable to distinguish left from right, unable remember given information and have difficulty comprehending instructions easily. Each one of these types have their own tribulations but they all have these connecting factors, difficulty with social interaction, unable to communicate effectively and lack of social awareness. All problems that coaches need to be aware off.
These EGAC events are a valued source of information and worth making the effort to attend as there is always something to learn.
I would like to thank Anna for an excellent talk, Chris Buckley for organising the event and to the members that made the effort to attend. I hope to see many more at the next event which takes place at Perris Archery in July - details are on the Coaching News page.
Alex Purser has passed his County Judging Practical Assessment at Cambridge today (12 May).
Alex started judging last year and has progressed very well, attending and passing his written exam earlier in the year
Now he has passed his practical exam he becomes a County Judge.
Alex is seen here presenting Michael Judd with a trophy at the County Shoot in his role as County Chairman.
Congratulations Alex - keep up the good work
When I was asked by Mike Pearce if I would like to be president of the ECAA I was very surprised and honoured to be considered for the role. Mike Pearce along with Paul Clark and my club, Blue Arrows, I thank them for their nomination and support. On the day it came to a vote and I would like to thank all those that voted me into this special position.
In February 2005 I joined the Blue Arrows and in December I became the Club Secretary and I am still the club secretary! This was when I came into contact with Graham Sibley, the county secretary for 63 years. He told me as club secretary I had a job for life. “Do you think so?” I said. I now believe he was right. I have no intention of filling his shoes and I don’t think anybody can, Graham was too great a person to replace and one who is greatly missed.
Over the past 13 years I met some wonderful people and made some good friends along the way. I enjoy participating in competitions, often attending with these friends. Over the next 3 years as President I would like to visit the many clubs in Essex and Suffolk and hopefully make more new friends.
There many questions that need to be addressed ie How do we encourage and retain young people? I would like to encourage Suffolk clubs to be more involved in the running of the county. If you like would to get in contact my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org I am looking forward to meeting everybody over the next 3 years and now summer has arrived I wish you a good shooting season.
Congratulations to Richard Pilkington, who in the most recent Archery GB AGM, has been awarded the societies bronze plaquette for services to judging.
Richard, as many of the county will be aware has been a National judge for several years, but fewer will know the exemplarary work that he has done on the National Judging committee in recent years.
Now that the committee has been disbanded, Richard will still be part of the national working group for Judging, working on continued development for judges across the country.
On behalf of all of Essex and Suffolk, congratulations Richard on your well deserved honour.
Chairman - Essex and Suffolk County Association
The Red Tassel Award was instigated in 1955 to recognise sustained effort over a prolonged period of service to the Essex County Archery Association by reason of enthusiasm, commitment and practical work, making a substantial contribution to archery in the interests of the County. This award should be most sparingly presented in order to enhance its value and prestige.
Recommendations for such an award can only be made by a holder of the Red Tassel and sanctioned by the existing holders of the Award.
Since that time, thirty-eight Red Tassel Awards have been awarded, the latest at the Annual General Meeting of 17th February 2018 to Alex Purser and Mitch Vaughan who, it was unanimously agreed, fulfilled the criteria with their sustained support of the County.
The full list of Red Tassel Holders can be seen on the Red Tassel Page
Congratulations to both.
Life Vice President
The trophy on the right is the Victor Ludorum Trophy which is awarded each year to the Essex and Suffolk archer who has been most consistent at the County Shoots
However this was not awarded again this year.
To win it you need to shoot at the Indoor Championship, one of the Clouts (AGB and Metric), the Target Championships (York, Hereford, Bristols), the WA1440 Championships and the Field Championships - but you have to be in it to win it.
Also Alex does not want it in his loft again!
The one on the Left is the Junior Millennium Trophy for the Junior shooting all the County disciplines and this year it was awarded to Aimee Davis
Vince’s funeral will take place on 26th January at 12.40
Upminster Cemetery, South Chapel
Flowers would be appreciated
Vince had been actively involved in archery for over 50 years and many of our current senior archers would have much to thank Vince for in their early days.
Vince had always been very heavily involved with the juniors in Essex having organised both the Havering Youth Games and the London Youth Games for many years.
Vince was also the Havering team manager at the London Youth Games having first got involved at their inception 40 years ago and has not missed a single Games since.
I know that Vince has many friends in archery both in Essex and much farther afield.<>He will be sorely missed by all of his friends.
And my deepest condolences go to his son Russell who has not only lost a father but also a friend.
As soon as funeral details are known i will ensure that everyone is made aware.
Mick & Maggie Pearce
Paul Clark has today passed his National Judges Assessment at Lilleshall and as such becomes one of less than 50 National Judges in the UK, the highest AGB Grade of Judges
Paul joins Mick and Richard on this grade and is now able to be in charge of WRS Head to Head shoots. Paul is also the General Member for ECAA and is on the National Junior Committee.
Pictures of Paul in one of his other roles as ECAA Field Organiser and another of him in a more normal Juging pose.
Well done Paul!
Photo: Derek Sizeleand
Congratulations to the Essex archers who won a place in the final of the National Series.
Very well done to Jess Sagoo of Oakfield Archers who won a Silver medal in the final. Jess remarked that she was proud to have done so well and was only beaten by an Olympic Medallist.
At the club we have seen how hard Jess has worked in training and we have all been supporting her, the 24th was our club championships and we had an extra long break so we could watch her in the gold medal match on members' smart phones.
Photo: Derek Sizeleand
James Howell of Mayflower Archers also got Bronze in the Mens Compound.
James came through the closest of one arrow shoot-offs against Chris White to progress to the Bronze - the judge said there was just 2mm between the 10's shot.
Daisy Clark and Michael Judd came up against tough opposition and were knocked out at the Quarter Final stage
Clacton archer Jonathan Tate went to Croatia as a new member of the GB cadet team to shoot in the European Youth cup and returned with a Gold medal.
Jonathan started the week as he meant to go on as the highest ranked GB cadet in qualification ranking 4th and claiming both a national distance record and a huge personal best.
Then, following a tough schedule of shooting, Jonathan, along with team mates Alex Wise and Jacob Reid swept past teams from Austria, Moldova and Italy before meeting Russia in the team gold medal final. This was a close match but the GB team who had gained a perfect 60 score earlier in the match were not to be denied and they beat Russia on a shoot off holding their nerve while the opposition crumbled.
Jonathan said 'I have gained a huge experience from shooting on an international stage with such fantastic team mates and against tough competition and I thank ECAA for their support. My next aim is to be selected to shoot for GB in the Youth World Championships in Rosario in September.'
The Junior Nationals is two days of competition where Imogen Newby of Braintree Bowmen shoots in the Under 14 category and which also holds a Regional and Home Nations shoot.
On the Saturday was WA rounds where Imogen shot the Metric IV and ended up with a final score of 1360, the UK Ladies U14 Recurve Champion, a new PB, National 10m Record, four County Records, Club Record…and she wasn't finished there.
England toolk the Home Nations win and then she picked up another medal as part of the victorious SCAS Regional Team.
Then back again on Sunday - this time for the AGB Rounds so Immy was shooting another 12 dozen round - the Bristol IV.
Again Imogen shot great and ended the day victorious and 1246 with a new PB, new County Record and another medal!
As Imogen says:
"I’m the Double UK Ladies U14 Recurve Champion 2017! Doesn’t get much better than that!"
For more details and Imogen's own write up of a long but successful weekend see this article.
June has been a busy month for the County Team with a match against Kent closely followed by the National County Team Championships where teams from all over the country go head to head against each other over 2 days of competition at Lilleshall.
Essex lost the overall match to Kent (due to not having a barebow team) but there were some excellent debuts and record breaking performances:
"Massive congratulations to the whole team and to Imogen Newby for breaking numerous records on the day, Mark Lawrence and Sharon Lawrence for debuting for the longbow team and Kayleigh Griffin and Paul West on their debut in the adult recurve team."
The County Team Championships were a great success with the Compound Ladies Team of Daisy Clark, Nicky Hunt and Anna King narrowly losing to Kent.
"Presentations took place for the weekends combined results which saw our compound women finishing second overall. “Amazing shooting girls”, compound men finished 5th overall, recurve women 4th, recurve men 12th and longbow men 7th.
Congratulations to our medal placed girls and to our new adult team members Alex Body (debut) and Lauren Bann (debut), I am sure we will see plenty more of you in the adult team going forward."
Lesley Howells - the Team Manager - has written full match reports which are available on the Team Match Reports page and don't forget to watch out for reminders of when to send in your scores for the next County Team Matches
Alex turns 18 in a few days so the Junior County Championship which was held this weekend (10 June) was Alex's last one.
The day was bright and sunny though there was plenty of wind but Alex battled through and took the win on the York Round.
He then came back the next day for the Senior Championship (11 June) and shot the York again but this time against the Seniors for the first time - and Won that.
Well done Alex - has the Essex Junior and Senior Championship been held at the same time by the same person before?
Alex Body has been shooting well recently and at the Noak Hill Westerns it looks like he had a very good day.
It was blustery and we have thunder just before the start of the shoot but Alex overcame the conditions and shot a new PB.
It also is a new County Record (subject to ratification) for the New Western of 714 which beats the previous record which had been held for over 30 years by Richard Selway at 708 since 1983.
Congratulations Alex and I'm sure this is not the last time PBs and records will go this year.