Woodend Field Archers

My second competitive shoot of 2015 was at one of the courses I’ve come to hate. Before anyone bites my head off, there is nothing wrong with the course. It’s a very tricky, challenging course. I just hate it because a lot of it is out in the open and I find it very hard to judge any distances. I am however getting a bit better at it.

It was another cold morning, and there was still a lot of snow and ice on the ground when we arrived. I fired up the new hand warmers (see my previous post) and set about getting booked in and kitted up.

Once out on the course, I found it difficult to get going despite having spent a little time on the practice bosses. This is the second week running I’ve had this problem and I need to sort it out. I’m not sure if it’s the cold or lack of practice but I definitely need to work on it. The first three targets I scored 10, 10 and 14. That’s 14 points given up in three targets, something that you can’t afford to do given the level of the current AFB shooters. I did eventually manage to get going, and finished the first half of the course with a 16.3 average.

The second half of the course was a bit tougher than the first, with more targets out in the open. I had a shaky patch halfway around the second loop but thanks to some really good shots towards the end of the course I managed to finish the day with a score of 594 and 6 spots. The average was a little lower than I would’ve liked at 16.5, but given the fact that I don’t normally shoot well at Woodend I was happy with it and it was certainly better than my last performance here.

I mentioned the 6 spots earlier, and for good reason. They actually turned out to be important. Paul ended the day on the same score of 594, but more importantly only 3 spots. For the first time in a long time I’d managed to beat Paul, and on a course I don’t really like that much. 2015 is off to a good start.

 

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