This year, Eagles flew up in an 11-archer squadron (comprising 9 Barebow, 1 Recurve and 1 Compound archer) to our annual destination… the huge Fashion Island @ Ramindra Road, Bangkok. It was the biggest Princess Cup ever with 520 participants…. 32 target boards fully utilised, 133 archers in the Barebow category! Hats off again to TOAC for organizing this competition! You can visit their Facebook page HERE.
Interest was so good that places were totally filled within 3 days from the opening of registration. Eagles were fully committed as we had booked our air-tickets well ahead and could not afford to miss out. We were practically sitting at our computers waiting for registration to open… hahaha. On hindsight, it proved to be the right thing to do as we heard that many other keen archers were unable to secure a slot. As a result, only 7 countries took part (including the hosts) and it was significantly down from 14 participating nations/territories of last year. On the flip side, the Thai participation rate seemed to be much better than before. There was also a nice touch by the organisers as all participants were given a beautiful, limited edition brass badge commemorating the 2018 event.
This year seemed extra special too as the competition was supported by both the Thailand Paralympic and Olympic Committees. 🙂
Eagles did quite well, Kat was 2nd in the Ladies ranking and Falcon was 3rd in the Men’s ranking round. However, we didn’t do too well in the IKO segment as all of us got KOed by the 1/32 round with the exception of Garang (a first timer!) who made it to 1/8 level. Well, we know that we need more IKO practice and competition. On with it, Eagles!
In the Barebow category, we saw some vastly improved Thai archers and newbies breaking into the news and competing for the top 2 positions. They’ve been working hard and obviously have a deep talent pool, too. Congratulations!
The Princess Cup is truly a high-level regional competition. Many national archers (in all disciplines) come to take part in it, a testament to the organiser’s skills and quality of the tournament. Some of the scores posted are world class.
After the competition, we broke away from our old routine and decided not to move to Bangkok city centre. It gave us time to make a day tour to the ancient ruins of Ayutthaya with a chartered van, rounding off with an eagle-sized meal in Chinatown. The next morning, we had time to do some shopping at Fashion Island plus indulge in a local food-court lunch.
The airport is only a short 30 minute drive from Synsiri Resort, where most of us stayed. Hence, there was no stress at all getting there and a relaxing way to end our annual pilgrimage to the Princess Cup Competition.
Over the last 4 years, Eagles have become a noticeable group in the Princess Cup Competition. Other participants come to ask about non-appearing Eagles e.g. Ex-Machina (past champion), Lynx (popular gal), Isola …etc. It’s a good sign that we are missed (meaning we are not a nuisance… hahaha) and we hope that more TBAC and Singapore archers will join us for the Princess Cup 2019 and onwards. 🙂