Harrogate archers secure top results on home ground

St George's Archery Club members Clive and Tom Woolley and Geoff Oliver winning the longbow team championship at the weekend.

St George's Archery Club members Clive and Tom Woolley and Geoff Oliver winning the longbow team championship at the weekend.

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St George’s Archery Club hosted their annual Open Ted Mallett Memorial Clout competition last weekend on their ground at St John Fisher School.

Forty archers from all over the north of England took part and members of the Harrogate club were amongst the trophy and award winners.

St George’s took a one-two in the ladies’ barebow class with Carol Fairbrother winning for the seventh successive year and Hazel Ketley claiming second place.

In the gent’s competition Dennis Ketley and Mike Stretton both shot personal best scores and were awarded black and white tassel awards respectively for their scores of 80 and 57.

Clive Woolley retained the longbow champion’s trophy with Geoff Oliver narrowly beating Steve Lilley to third place.

The junior archers shot particularly well.

Tom Woolley, who is the current junior UK longbow champion, won the U-18s competition.

Shooting barebow, Tom Ketley won the U-14s championship and set a new Yorkshire record of 122 for the 100 yard double clout round.

Harry Street took second place.

Ben Daniel won the U-12s barebow trophy and also set a new Yorkshire record for the 80 yard double clout round.

St George’s retained both the barebow and longbow team trophies with Carol Fairbrother, Tom Ketley and Ben Daniel winning the barebow team championship and Clive and Tom Woolley and Geoff Oliver winning the longbow equivalent.

The next shoot is in two weeks’ time when St George’s host the Northern Counties Clout Championships.

Anyone interested in taking up archery can find full details on the club’s website: www.harrogate-archery.co.uk