I had planned to just take part in competitions in Singapore and West Malaysia this year. I felt that it would be enough to keep this quixotic old archer sufficiently busy. When Coach Ali, our club’s good friend, recently invited me to join his club, Simply Archery, for a competition in Johor State on the 8th of April, at a venue a mere 15 minutes’ drive across the border, I gladly accepted it.
It was jointly (and very well) organized by the Archery Club of the states of Johore and Pahang at a school field near the Johor Zoo. About 10 archers led by Coach Ali went across and all of us took part on the traditional bow category. It was a quite a big event with about 200 archers taking part, divided approximately equally between the traditional and modern barebow categories. There were many local barebow clubs taking part. From the different club T shirts worn, I think there were maybe as many as 15 clubs.
The number of targets, a mix of 2D and 3D targets was also quite large, 22 in all. Participants had to do one round of 4 arrows at each station/target. The novelty targets were interesting and we could borrow some of the ideas. For example, there was a station where the targets were hung empty plastic bottles which unless they were hit squarely, the arrow will not pierce and will just glance off. Few archers managed to register a hit. I was one of the lucky ones at that station. There were also swinging plastic foam balls at another station.
I thought that I had a chance to get a top 10 to 15 placing as I had done well at local competitions, having received prizes at the very first two attempts at traditional bow competitions in Singapore. However, the Malaysians were very good traditional archers and I ended up number 48 out of about 90 competitors in the category. It turned out that I was only a mere kampong (village) champion.
But I had a lot of fun, with lots of opportunities to chat with the Malaysian archers because many wanted to know who this old Chinese man that Coach Ali had brought along was.
The 2nd Sembawang Archery 3D Open 2017 was held on 9th April. What a lot of fun! This year the format was slightly different and we had 9 x 3D Targets and 1 x 2D Novelty Target. The targets were arranged along routes of 5 targets each and archers were divided into details comprising 4 to 5 archers.
Safety was well considered and only 1 detail was allowed onto each route at any one time. All was orderly and the organisers handled the whole event very well. This was a One Arrow per Target Event and it meant that archers only discharged a total of 10 arrows in the range. You can see how the course was laid out below:
The most interesting target was at Route 1 No. 5. Archers had to stand on large tyre and shoot at a 40cm 6-ring target, while ensuring that their arrow passed through a suspended tyre! No one scored any points! :p
This year, there were about 50 participants (7 Eagles) in 3 classes of competition i.e. Compound, Barebow and Traditional. Our Eagles did well and made a clean sweep of in the Barebow category. Congratulations and well done to Falcon, Venator and Dark Knight who secured 1st, 2nd and 3rd places respectively. You can see the happy smiling faces below.
We thank Sembawang Archery Club, our supporters and friends for making the 3D Open such an enjoyable experience. See you again at the SAC 3D Open 2018!
The Thailand Outdoor Archery Club is hosting its 3D & Field Challenge 2016 at Nakorn Nayok from 12th-13th November.
The shoot location is about 2 hours drive, Northwest of Bangkok City. It looks scenic with hills,
waterfalls and meandering rivers; and promises to be a very interesting setting. There will be 2 parts to the competition, a Field Round on Day 1, based on IFAA rules with 24 targets over 2 rounds. On Day 2, it will be a 3D Round with approximately 25 targets, also over 2 rounds. Three of our TBAC Eagles will be making the trip up north this time, to enjoy this event and to get to know our Thai friends better.
After 2 months of intense planning, the Eagles (led by Red Dragon) hosted our first 2D/3D competition on the auspices of TBAC. Many thanks go to our Chairman Frankie Yat and Treasurer Jocelyn Low for supporting this effort and for getting the necessary clearances from the Telok Blangah Community Club…. kudos also go to Hong Hui for his invaluable help in tabulating the scores and wizardry with the excel spreadsheet. 🙂
Hong Hui is also a keen photographer and he was ably assisted by Vivian Low and Isola Chan who contributed about 600 photos altogether (we have used their contributions here) …. Archers are really fond of shooting all kinds of stuff! We also have Uncle Rhino Chew to thank for agreeing to be our judge for the day. He really did his job well, ………. getting all archers in line with his gruff bellowing.
As this was the first “serious” meet that we planned, we kept the numbers manageable and sent out invitations to clubs that we were familiar with. Support was good and we had about 40 archers participating in 3 categories i.e. Barebow, Traditional Historical Bow and Traditional Open.
Prizes were also awarded to the:
Best Lady Barebow Archer
Best Lady Traditional Historical Archer
Best Male Novice
Best Female Novice
Best Dressed Archer
We believe that this is the first time that the Traditional Historical category has been included as a separate category in a local competition. Indeed, the Malay Traditional Archers added a lot of colour to our event!!!
The completion was conducted over 2 rounds.
Round 1 – 4 targets, 6 arrows per target (Total of 24 arrows)
Round 2 – 8 targets, 3 arrows per target (Total of 24 arrows)
See the course layout diagram and photos here.
Enthusiasm remained high after the competition proper and some archers formed impromptu teams to participate in a team shoot (with no prizes!).
We hope to organise a larger event after this experience and look forward to continued support from the Archery Fraternity. Hopefully, we will see the beginnings of a local Barebow and Archery circuit that keeps us occupied and sharp all year round.
The PA CSC celebrated their 40th Anniversary and decided to host a Traditional and Barebow Archery shoot on 17th July 2017. The TBAC was one of the lucky invited clubs and it was a cosy affair with about 40 archers participating. We learnt that the shoot was put together within 2 weeks! Kudos go to the organizing committee (Potong Pasir CSC) for a job well done. Find out more about the Peoples’ Association Community Sports Club HERE.
The venue was the Shelton College grounds at Telok Blangah Rise. Eagles did well and almost made a clean sweep, collecting 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes in both Men’s and Women’s categories. In the Team KO event, we secured the 1st and 3rd prizes. All in, it was a very satisfying outing for us and we enjoyed renewing ties with some very interesting archers.