Month: September 2015

Eagles or Night Hawks ?

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Pretend Night Hawks from Left to Right: Decrepit, Red Dragon, Dark Knight, Kat, Don Quixote and Ex Machina
Night Target Boards
18m 40cm target boards set and ready for night shoot

Sometimes, Eagles can be downright fanatical and schizophrenic. Here you see some of us pretending to be Night Hawks in an evening shoot.

For most of us, it’s really difficult to squeeze in daytime shoots on weekdays. As the excitement of Princess Cup 2015 loomed ahead, practices became more intensive and Night Hawks…. err Eagles left no stone unturned in the quest to be one with the bow, arrow and target.

Otters!!!

Red Dragon spotted OTTERS at the Eagles side of the range, during one of his covert early morning shoots!

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Otters in 3D Target Role Play. Photo by Red Dragon

A family of otters was frolicking around our field target boards, something unusual in highly urbanised Singapore. Perhaps, its a reward for Eagles practicising a form or archery that is most “natural”, namely barebow archery.

We can now lay claim that our TBAC range is likely to be the one that is closest to nature……. in our Little Red Dot!

Contributed by Don Quixote & Red Dragon. Edited by Tyger

Very Important Club People – 2

TSDon Quixote as you might guess from his name, is one of the oldest and also possibly the most stubborn member of the club. He is also our Club Patron and has been plonking arrows for more than 15 years with hardly any improvement. One reason, as you can see, is because he often insists on using a longbow that is taller than him. He also spouts queer ideas such as “Just hoot lah”, meaning in a local dialect, “Don’t worry too much about too many things, just pull and let go”. No wonder he is getting nowhere. You might be surprised to learn that he is in fact the one of Club’s main coach . No wonder the club is also kind of …………. plodding along (finely, though). Read more about Don Quixote here.

ChewThis fierce looking guy is Uncle Chew. He is a great bow mechanic, repairman….. with a great talent for giving broken bows a new lease of life. He is also a coach and a certified Archery Association of Singapore National Judge and who has officiated in many local events. Uncle Chew is one tough cookie and about the only archer we have come across with a hide as tough as a rhinoceros….. he shoots bare fingers without finger tabs and arm guards! Often, he can be seen moving heavy objects such as steel cabinets and tables single handedly, putting many of the young ones to shame. Don’t ever give Uncle Chew a reason to chew you out!

DNThis stylish fellow is Decrepit. Archery coach and philosopher. He is so deep that we often find it difficult to understand him. However, Decrepit needs no understanding when we observe his single minded focus on his ONE SHOT ONE KILL attitude. Ever the dreamer hunter, he is also incredibly optimistic and enthusiastic in everything that he does… and every willing to give a lending hand to his ……………………… captive audience.

Contributions by Don Quixote and Tyger. Edited by Tyger.

Monthly Shoot 3/10/2015

Next monthly shoot is scheduled on Saturday, 3rd October, 1000hrs. 18m 40cm targets, 2 rounds of 10 ends. Thailand Outdoor Archery Club Princess Cup 2015 rules will apply. We noticed that some archers are switching over to metal risers as allowed under the rules. Let’s see if there is a real advantage!

Very Important Club People – 1

20150906_100331We would like to introduce 2 of our Very Important Club People (VICP). They make the Telok Blangah Archery Club happen and put in a lot of their personal time to make it a great place for all. The first person is FY (often called Uncle Frankie by the young ones). He is seen here (right side) posing with Dark Knight.

FY is one of the key founding guys of the TBAC and our Club Chairman. He is ever willing to share his experience. Indeed, he takes a keen interest in the form and technique of all the archers that he comes across. His attention has helped many archers transit over to the national team.

20150906_112333This lady is JL. She is our Treasurer and makes sure that the checks and balances are all in place. It’s hard to believe that she is a mother to 3 kids (all national archers) and she is now a national archer herself! What determination and commitment.

You can see why FY and JL are our VICP and we are fortunate to have them on board. Unfortunately, they are not practitioners of Traditional and Barebow Archery ………… yet. We are working hard to convert them. Two other club VCIPs are already converts. They are Don Quixote and Decrepit, whom we will introduce at a later date together with Uncle Chew.

IFAA vs. WA (FITA) Field Archery

from wikipedia –  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Field_archery#IFAA.2FNFAA
Field Events are usually shot according the rules of either the International Field Archery Association (IFAA)[1] or the World Archery Federation (WA), but sometime to those of national organisations such as the UK’s National Field Archery Society (NFAS) and the National Field Archery Association (NFAA) in the USA.

IFAA/NFAA

Three common types of IFAA and NFAA round are the field, hunter, and animal. A round consists of 28 targets in two units of 14.[2][3]

Field rounds are at ‘even’ distances up to 80 yards (some of the shortest are measured in feet instead), using targets with a black spot with a white inner ring and black outer ring. Four face sizes are used for the various distances. Scoring is five points for the center spot, four for the white inner ring, and three for the outer black ring.

Hunter rounds use ‘uneven’ distances up to 70 yards (64 m), and although scoring is identical to a field round, the target has an all-black face with a white bullseye. Child and youth positions for these two rounds are closer, no more than 30 and 50 yards (46 m), respectively.

Animal rounds use life-size 2D animal targets with ‘uneven’ distances reminiscent of the hunter round. The rules and scoring are also significantly different. The archer begins at the first station of the target and shoots his first arrow. If it hits, he does not have to shoot again. If it misses, he advances to station two and shoots a second arrow, then to station three for a third if needed. Scoring areas are vital (20, 16, or 12) and nonvital (18, 14, or 10) with points awarded depending on which arrow scored first. Again, children and youth shoot from reduced range.

3D rounds use life-size models of game animals such as deer. It is most common to see unmarked distances in 3D archery, as the goal is to accurately recreate a hunting environment for competition, albeit a more loosely organized form of competition than other types of field archery. Though the goal is hunting practice, hunting tips (broadheads) are not used, as they would tear up the foam targets too much. Normal target or field tips, of the same weight as the intended broadhead, are used instead.

 WA Field

The information in this section is taken from Book 4 of the WA Constitution & Rules.[4]

The World Archery Federation, commonly known as WA and formerly as FITA (Fédération Internationale de Tir à l’Arc), defines a suite of rounds based on a 24-target course.

Four target face sizes are specified: 80 cm; 60 cm; 40 cm and 20 cm. Six target faces of each size are used on the course. For each target face size there are upper and lower distance limits for the various divisions of archer. Target faces have four black outer rings and a yellow spot, each with an equal width. The yellow spot is subdivided into two rings. The black rings score 1 point for the outermost to 4 points for the innermost. A hit in the outer yellow scores 5 points. A hit in the inner yellow scores 6 points. Before April 2008, the innermost yellow ring counted as an X (the number of Xs was used for tie-breaks) but only scored 5 points.

Shooting positions are marked by coloured pegs set at a distance from each target. Generally the red peg is set the furthest from the target, the blue peg is set nearer, and the yellow peg (or white peg in the UK) is set the nearest. The course layer may choose to vary this, though. Each peg is associated with one or more divisions of archer:

Pegs for archer divisions

Peg  colour           Division

Red                          Recurve and compound

Blue                         Bare bow, cadet recurve and cadet compound

Yellow                    Cadet bare bow

A WA 24 Marked round is shot on a single day using 24 targets at marked distances only. A WA 24 Unmarked round is shot on a single day using 24 targets at unmarked distances only. A WA 24 Mixed round is shot on a single day using 12 targets at marked distances and 12 targets at unmarked distances. A WA Combined Field round consists of a WA 24 Unmarked round shot on one day and a WA 24 Marked round shot on the same course the following day with the distances having been increased.

WA rules state that the lanes between the shooting positions and the targets must not be obstructed by branches or tree trunks.

Archers follow the course in groups of between two and four. The pegs are arranged so that two people can shoot from one peg at the same time. Each archer shoots three arrows at each target, making a round of 72 arrows.

Auckland – New Zealand will host 2017 Worldmastergames

Field archery is one of the disciplines that will be competed at the games.  A couple of Eagles Barebow members are organizing a group to participate at the event. Join us!
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Disciplines
Indoor
Field (IFAA Field Round and World Archery marked field round)
Target
http://www.worldmastersgames2017.co.nz/sports/archery

Competition Details

Indoor – All Bows
– 18m Round and 25m Round (combined total of both decides winners)
– All ages shoot these distances
Field – All Bows
– World Archery Marked Field Round – 24 targets
– IFAA Field Round – 28 targets
Target – Compound
– All ages shoot 50m target
Target – Longbow
– All ages shoot 50m target
Target – Recurve and Recurve Barebow – 72 Arrow Round, Match Play
– 30+ and 40+ shoot at 70m target
– 50+, 60+ and 70+ shoot at 60m target

Find out more about the Worldmastergames here : http://www.worldmastersgames2017.co.nz/en/updates/blog/history-of-the-world-masters-games/

Our Range Master

See Chuan_CroppedThis handsome guy is Ex Machina (EXM). He is our Range Master, Mr. FixItAll and our Best Archer. We try very hard to knock EXM off the Best Archer’s pedestal but are a long long way from succeeding. Give EXM any bow, any bunch of mixed arrows and he still manages to get them into Gold! A born archer, he has the uncanny ability to tune himself to the equipment he wields… so depressing for us when we are shooting against him.

EXM is very good with DIY and improvisation, all to our benefit. Here are some things that he has made…. the most recent being bow hangers!

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Arrow Flight Testing Attachment (Side View)
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Arrow Flight Testing Device (Target Line View)
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Arrow Flight Testing Device (Close-up View)
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Kat and Pocahontas very happy and posing with the Bow Hangers
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Close-up of the Bow Hangers. Great DIY work by Ex Machina
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Foreground: Moving target machine (with small balloon)