Archery aces hit the target in county league

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EXCELLENT results were obtained by archers from the Hucknall-based club, Rolls-Royce Bowmen of Sherwood, in the Notts County League, which spanned three rounds during the summer.

Pride of place went to Richard Gentle and Bernie Dicks, who both took first place in the prestigious competition.

Club stalwart Gentle won the gents’ long-bow discipline against seven other archers and has now been selected to compete against the USA in the Oregon League.

While Dicks finished first of 13 entrants in the fiercely fought gents’ compound discipline where Rolls teammate Barry Wilford came tenth.

The club’s only lady entrant, Sharron Dicks, claimed second position in the ladies’ compound discipline, while the experienced Greg Elkin was eighth of 30 in the gents’ recurve discipline.

Club newcomer David Jackson, who has been in the sport for less than a year, also did well, finishing second in the novice gents’ recurve discipline.

And Rolls put forward a couple of junior members, who did the club proud in their first major competition. Ryan Jackson came third and Liam Wright 12th in the junior gents’ recurve discipline.

The results reflected well on Rolls-Royce Bowmen Of Sherwood, who are based at the Rolls-Royce Leisure Club, off Watnall Road.

The club have grown over the last 12 months with an increase in newly-trained members, especially in the junior disciplines. And they can now look forward with confidence to competitions over the winter and to next year’s county tournaments.

They describe themselves as “a friendly group of enthusiasts with a full calendar of events throughout the season”.

The club also boast an active social diary, with lots of events for supporters during the year.

Archers of all ages and abilities are welcomed to the club, who meet every Wednesday and Friday evening at Rolls during the summer, and also indoors on Saturday afternoons during the winter.

Beginners’ courses are also staged — one indoors and one outdoors.

Anyone interested in taking up archery at the club is welcome to join a practice session at Rolls-Royce.