Archery: Tom Ketley wins U-18s Barbara Williams Trophy

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St George’s Archery Club held their 12th annual Barbara Williams Memorial Clout on their ground at St John Fisher School in Harrogate last weekend.

Clout is a form of the sport where archers shoot at a 12 inch square flag from 180 yards for gents, 140 yards for ladies and various distances according to age for juniors.

The flag is surrounded by circular scoring zone and archers score points depending how close each arrow lands to the flag.

Barbara was a much-loved club member with a great enthusiasm for archery, particularly clout, and her estate kindly donated a silver tankard to be used as a prize for a club competition set up in her memory.

A handicap system enabled archers of different bowstyles and experience to shoot against each other and the juniors led the way with some record breaking scores.

Tom Ketley won the U-18s championship, improving his own club record score for the 120 yard barebow clout and was only six points below the British record.

Neeve Lomas, switching from her compound bow to shooting barebow, took silver and improved the existing 100 yard club record which had stood for seven years.

Imogen Lascelles was third and she set a new junior ladies’ 120 yard club record.

Aidan Harris continued his form from last season to win the U-13s age group.

Miranda Lascelles was second equalling the existing 80 yard club record and Daniel Stretton, taking part in his first clout competition, took third place.

Compound archer Paul Lomas won the senior gents competition with Club President Clive Roebuck, in second.

Terry Rush pipped longbowman and tournament organiser, Clive Woolley, into third place by a single point.

Shooting barebow Carol Fairbrother, who is the current British Champion and record holder, won ladies’ section.

Jane Lomas in only her second clout competition took second place and Tanya Perry claimed third.

Tom Ketley won the medal for the best junior arrow of the day and Sarah Murtha took the Ted Mallett ‘President’s Arrow’ award for the best overall shot, measured at just four inches from the 140 yard flag.

The Barbara Williams Memorial Trophy for the best overall score on the day was presented by Club President, Clive Roebuck, to Carol Fairbrother.

The clout season continues at Easter with the Yorkshire Championships hosted by the Archers of East Riding at their ground in Hutton Cranswick near Driffield.

Full details of St George’s Archery Club can be found on their website: www.harrogate-archery.co.uk.