Category: Group News

Thailand Princess Cup Archery Competition 2018

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.

KS Eagles Friday Recce
Kiasu-Hungry Eagles on a Friday Evening Venue Recce Trip and Food Hunt
Badge 2018
Beautiful Present from the Organiser

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. 🙂

Opening ceremony
At the Opening Ceremony of the Princess Cup Archery Competition 2018

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!

Eagles in Competition
Eagles in Competition!
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More Eagles Action! 🙂

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.

Our Performing Eagles
Our Performing Eagles 🙂

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.

Touring Eagles
Touring Eagles in Ayutthaya

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.

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Traditionally Hungry & Thirsty Eagles

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.  🙂

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Goodbye and See You at the Princess Cup 2019!
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TBAC BASIC BAREBOW COURSE – 2nd Cohort

Course Briefing by Coaches Tan Tor Seng and Dennis Ng

Our 2nd Basic Barebow Course  began on 6th May 2018, run across 3 Sundays and the sign-up rate was a cosy 7. This time around, we did a tweak and added a distance estimation module. This is a useful skill especially in 3D and unmarked distance shooting. Previous course attendees are welcome to pop-in at the range to get a short instruction on this.

Enjoy the photos below. We like to remind previous Try-Out participants that they can sign up for the Barebow Course at the special rates………………… while we continue to run it. 🙂 What are you waiting for?

Eager Archers Getting Started
Pulling Out Arrows is Hard Work!
Distance Estimation… “Stick out your thumb and tell me how far is that boar!”; Finer points in Archery Technique.
“I am Archer!”. Happy Barebow Graduates with our Club Chairman Frankie Yat.

 

Photo credits: Kevin Yee

Barebow Try-Out Event (22 April 2018)

It was a fair Sunday and Eagles turned up early to set up the event. This time around, it was a cosy affair with 17 participants 🙂 . We also had some new bows and arrows that we were keen to try out on this batch of attendees. They proved quite good!

Our volunteers up and early, setting up the range for the Try-Out shoot
Registration of Participants and Briefing

Registration went smoothly and we were able to start on time. This time around, the conducting coaches were Tan Tor Seng and Dennis Ng. Participants were briefed on safety, followed by a “show and tell” on the different types of bows. Senior archers then treated our audience to a short demo that wowed some people.

Senior Archers giving their Wow-Wow demo

Of course, everyone was just waiting to get their hands on the bows and start shooting.  Hence, we hurried along and got to business. The 3-hour session ended with a mini competition and some returned with prizes but we hope all went home with happy memories.

Let’s get going! Participants having their 3 hours of fun
Newbie Sharpshooters Revealed in Our Mini-Competition

This time around… we somehow forgot to take a group photo… hahaha. So you are all invited to come down again to pose for one 🙂

Photo credits : Isola Chan

 

Princess Cup Archery Competition 2018

PC Cup 2018Wow! Registration was opened on 1st May 2018 and all the Barebow places were taken up within 3 days!!! Based on our count of the registrant list, it looks like we should see 132 Barebow archers. This is certainly the largest batch (about 490 archers!) that we have encountered over the last few years. It is a testament to the growing popularity of the Princess Cup and the Barebow Archery category. Will the total number of participants break the 500 mark next year? Let’s see 🙂 .

Our Telok Blangah Archery Club will be represented by 11 members who will be making the trip up to Fashion Island, Bangkok, this year. The group comprises of 9 Barebow, 1 Olympic Recurve and 1 Compound archer. All the best to them and may all of their arrows shoot true! Do look out for our post-competition report.

TBAC BASIC BAREBOW COURSE – 1st Cohort

The first run of the Telok Blangah Archery Club Basic Course was run across 4th, 11th & 25th February 2018. We had 15 participants and they were introduced to the aspects of safety, good archery form, take-down  bow assembly, barebow aiming techniques and distance estimation. All participants were very motivated and we had a keen and serious bunch of new archers.

Our Diligent Barebow Course Trainees in Action

For the first time too, the TBAC issued course graduands with Certificates of Participation. These were triple signed by  Frankie Yat (Chairman), Tan Tor Seng (Club PA Coach) and Chew Chuan Poey (Conducting Coach). We hope that all Course participants enjoyed their time and lessons at our range; and warmly welcome them into the Telok Blangah Archery fraternity.

We also wish to thank our many Club Members who gave their time freely in order to assist with the smooth running of the course, logistic arrangements and for their enthusiastic support.

Graduands of the Telok Blangah Archery Club 1st Barebow Course (with Coaches)

Barebow Try-out Event (21st January 2018)

Thanks for a Sunny Sunday

Sunday morning (21st January 2018) did not look like it was going to be fine day. At about 7am, the sky was thick with low clouds and it looked like we were in for a very drippy time. Eagles started trickling into the TBAC range from about 7:30am and the sky thankfully lightened up by 8am, revealing welcome rays of sunshine. It was going to be a good day after all. 🙂 By 8am,  most of the 23 confirmed volunteers (swelling to about 30 at final count) were up and about, busy setting up the range and registration desk.  This was rounded off with a final briefing by Rhino Chew, the gruffest of our gruff coaches.

Get to work!
Nearly Done!
All Ready to Go and the Final Briefing

The first run of our Archery for Life Barebow Try-out event attracted 33 archers and was over-subscribed. There were even some residents who turned up at the range trying to get a place but we were unable to accommodate them we were short of equipment.  33 archer wannabees (shooting in one detail) is a very large number in the context of Singapore. We could not have supervised so many without the unstinting volunteerism of TBAC members.

Registration Time

Of the 33 participants, there were 3 lucky boys who were mistakenly registered due to an administrative mix-up. I say lucky, as there was no shortage of very qualified helpers who paid personal attention to their safety and enjoyment; and we happened to have some children bows around.

Kit up and get familiar with the Equipment
Wow, Wow, Wow demo by our experienced Archers
At the Shooting Line

The 3-hour event was divided into 2 halves, with a 15 minute break in between. Participants were treated to a demonstration by our experienced archers who showed off their skills with a Basic Barebow (30m balloon targets), Whistling Arrows (to about 50m), Asiatic Recurve Bow (18m traditional straw target board and a Modern Take-down Recurve Hunting Bow (18m 3-D ground target). It was a very cooperative crowd and all listened attentively to instructions by PA Coach Tan Tor Seng, Coach Dennis Ng and Club Coach Uncle Chew. The distribution was 4 archers to a board with 2 board supervisors to each board of archers.

 

Board Supervisors Pulling Out Arrows
I AM ARCHER!

Lucky Kids being given plenty of Attention!

Our high volunteer numbers meant that the newbie archers were kept engaged throughout the event and instruction was only a whisper away. You could see the improvement in their archery skills as the session coasted towards the end, culminating in a Nearest-the-Centre competition. Archers shot only 1 arrow at the 122cm Target and 1 arrow at the 3-D ground target. You could feel the tense and exciting atmosphere as the new archers took turns to aim and launch their arrows.

Happy Winners of the Board Competition

At last count, 17 have signed up for the Barebow Course (commencing on 4th February 2018). This is a very encouraging sign-up rate and we hope that this portends of equally good take-up rates in the next 3 runs.

Supporter; Photographer; Videographer; Phone-o-grapher….. all part of our volunteer group

We hope all participants had an enjoyable morning at the TBAC range and have discovered the joy of Barebow Archery. Do help to spread the word around about our upcoming Archery for Life Barebow Try-out runs and Barebow Courses.  Thank you for sharing your Sunday morning with us at the TBAC and a Very BIG Thank You to all our Volunteers!

New Archers at the end of a Fun Sunday morning

TOAC 3D Challenge 2017 Report

A squadron of 9 archers ( 8 x Barebow and 1 x Compound) from our Club made the journey to Nakhon Nayok this year. We hired 2 Toyota Fortuner SUVs, which proved to be comfortable and had enough room for all of us including our bulky gear. Due to a few missed turns, the estimated 2 hour drive from Suvarnbhumi Airport to the Sida Resort eventually took us about 2 hours 45 minutes. It was well and good, as we got to see more of the Thai landscape.

Verdant Setting of the Sida Resort

The competition was held within the grounds of the Sida Resort. It is is an expansive development with low rise flats and cottages for accommodation, free ranging horses, huge fields and a mountain river running right through it. Indeed, it was a serene and rustic setting enhanced by its location near the base of the Khun Dan Prakarn Chon Dam, one of the main attractions of Nakhon Nayok.

The Sida Resort does feel a bit aged but it is well maintained and the room rates were very reasonable at THB1000 per night (single occupancy). There was also pristine fresh air that you can’t buy in urban Singapore. The staff do not speak much English but were attentive. In the era of handheld phone translators and artificial intelligence, the barriers to cross language communications are quickly fading away.

Eagles Gearing Up
Registration and Briefing

The competition was run over 2 days. Day 1 comprised 2 rounds of 24 targets (unmarked distances) with 16 shooting stations. Average walking distance was 2000m lasting about 3 hours per round. Archers shot Round 1 from 9am – 12noon, broke for lunch and more or less continued with Round 2 after 2pm. Participants were then sorted out based on their total scores (for the 2nd Day shoot), with the top half fighting for their own medals and the lower half also battling for their group medals. This is a good idea as it gives the weaker archers an opportunity to win something and a challenge to move up the ranks next year.

3D Challenge 2017 Route Map… A Kinder Arrangement 🙂

Based on our estimation, the target distances ranged from 6m to 40m. There were some steep angled shots and limited standing room positions that added to the interest and fun in this event. The most difficult skill for a 3D archer is distance estimation. We don’t get much real practice in Singapore so a lot of it boils down to guesswork or intuition.

Competition Begins

Despite this year’s much kinder layout, Day 1 was still a tiring affair. Some Eagles shot on while battling the fever or flu and our compound archer Hong Hui (HH) twisted his left ankle badly early on in Round 1. However, he soldiered on gallantly to complete the circuit but had to abandon Round 2, as the swelling and pain had gotten too bad. Nevertheless, HH has been bitten by the 3D bug and is determined to return next year.

Archers’ Form 1
Archers’ Form 2
Targets We Shot At

Our Thai hosts were an energetic lot. They invited participants to an after dinner BBQ at the shoot location on Day 1. Lighting was rather limited but we enjoyed their campsite culinary skills and the BBQ was really good.

Saturday Night BBQ!

Day 2 shoot comprised of 1 Round and the shooting positions were moved around a bit, mostly with longer distances. It’s a pity that last year’s Barebow Champion Khun Montri was unable to participate in this year’s competition. However, we were treated to a good fight for the top 2 positions between Princess Cup Champion 2016 (Ex-Machina) and Princess Cup Champion 2017 (Khun Supin). Guess what, Ex-Machina won on his first time out! Khun Supin looks like a rather serious guy but he’s really light-hearted by nature. We enjoyed his funny comments whenever we missed a target.

Shooting Groups
Showing Off the Medallists!

The TOAC puts in a lot of heart and soul into hosting this 3D event. It requires several recce trips, hard logistics and good planning to run it as a safe, smooth and interesting competition. Indeed, such 3D competitions are very rare in ASEAN and we do sincerely hope that interest and support will grow for TOAC’s effort and the sport. They’ve done a great job for the Princess Cup Archery Competition and we wish them similar success in the TOAC 3D Challenges for the years to come.  Archers…. make a date now for 3D Challenge 2018 and see you next year!

SEE YOU AT 3D CHALLENGE 2018!

Eagles extended their stay at the Sida Resort so we could do some other stuff instead of shooting. Eagles being Eagles, we could not help going back to the shoot location with a small target board at the Target 3 location (approximately 40m). That done, we headed off for a very good lunch and then to the CRMA Gun Range for….. more shooting! It’s about a 45 minute drive southwards from the Sida Resort. A very safe and reasonably priced public gun range that is run by the Chulachomklao Royal Military Academy.

Eagles Can’t Resist Shooting Arrows After the Competition

 

Eagles Went Touring and Shooting at the CRMA
What Eagles Do Best…. Enjoy the Company and GOOD FOOD!

Photo credits: We are fortunate to have had many sources for photographs. Some of which are obtained from the links below 🙂

Please visit:

TOAC 3D Challenge 2017 Facebook

Poad Traipat Facebook


 

Passing of a Champion Archer

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Montri – Photo taken at TOAC 3D and Field Challenge 2016

We received the sad news that Montri Tangjanrukij (Barebow Champion of the TOAC 3D and Field Challenge 2016) passed away on 22nd November 2017. Montri was known to be a very keen and gracious archer. Indeed, some of us were looking forward to catch up with him at the TOAC 3D Challenge 2017 and were surprised by his absence. May his Soul be Well and Happy.

Project ARCHERY FOR LIFE!

Banner Layout and Design by Artist

“Archery for Life” is a project initiated by the Eagles Barebow Chapter, with support from the Telok Blangah Archery Club and the Telok Blangah Community Club.  It is an outreach programme to spread the simple joys of Barebow Archery and is focussed on Telok Blangah Constituency Residents in the 35-60 years age group.

The first part of this programme is a 3-hour introduction to Barebow Archery. Thereafter, you can sign-up for a specially tailored 3-session Barebow Course (conducted over 3 Sunday mornings) including an add-on 3-month Telok Blangah Archery Club provisional membership, at a special rate.

Poster Layout and Design by Artist

The event dates for the 1st part introductory programme are:

Run 1: 9am – 12noon, Sunday, 21st January 2018 (This was over-subscribed and participants had a good time. Click HERE for the Event Report)

Run 2: 9am – 12noon, Sunday, 22nd April 2018 (Tickets are now on sale at the Telok Blangah Community Club)

Run 3: 9am – 12noon, Sunday, 22nd July 2018

Run 4: 9am – 12noon, Sunday, 21st October 2018

Event location: Telok Blangah Archery Club Range, Telok Blangah St. 31

Places are limited to 30 persons per run, so do head down quickly to the Telok Community Club to get your ticket(s). Bring along your spouse or a Telok Blangah Buddy too. Begin a lifelong journey of Fitness, Friendship & Fun through Barebow Archery!


Additional Information:

Barebow Introduction Event:

Attire – Decent, light and reasonably fitting clothes. Overly loose tops may catch the bowstring after it is released

Footwear – Fully covered shoes e.g. sports shoes are suitable. For safety reasons, open toed sandals and slippers are not permitted for wear within the archery range

Equipment – All equipment, including finger tabs and arm guards will be provided by the organisers. Just come and enjoy the morning.

Barebow Course (exclusive to Introduction Event participants only):

3 x 2hr sessions (Sunday mornings, 10am – 12noon) at the Telok Blangah Archery Club at $80/Telok Blangah resident. Courses will commence 2 weeks after each introduction event. Participants from Telok Blangah are also offered a package i.e. Barebow Course + TBAC 3-month provisional membership at a special rate of $125.

Course participants are required to purchase their own arm guards and finger tabs. All other equipment will be provided by the Club.

Please also visit:

https://www.facebook.com/MyHome.TelokBlangah/

https://www.facebook.com/Telok-Blangah-Archery-Club-96420607189/

Do spend some time to go through our blog. You can see how much we enjoy barebow archery and the camaraderie that comes with it. Don’t know much about the Telok Blangah Archery Club? Click HERE to find out more. You might also discover some interesting facts about Telok Blangah.  🙂

 

 

 

Sembawang Archery Club Open 2017 (26th – 27th August)

B459779B-EDA8-4899-B85D-32D5CC0B9019The Sembawang Archery Open 2017 was held on 26-27 August 2017 at the Sembawang Community Club.

The organizers from Sembawang Archery8A088FAD-069D-4EE5-8B0C-3A4AFB652894 Club did a sheltered set-up in the basketball court of the Community Club, understandably to shut out the sun and the rain. The weather was cloudy for most of the 2 days. Some Eagles felt that the lighting was rather dim and the vision of the targets were thus less than ideal for perfect shots even though the 80cm targets were used. Nonetheless, we were glad to 0AFF6206-3D9C-428D-889B-2472D5EF0502see many fellow archers from the local community participating in the event.

Telok Blangah Archery Club participated in the Recurve Open and Barebow Open categories. We fielded 2 Men’s Open Recurve Team and 6 competitive Barebow archers. Our Barebow archers (represented by Ex Machina, Falcon, Pocahontas, Kat, Kai and Dark Knight) performed outstandingly at the end of Day 1. All 6 archers ranked 1st to 6th at the end of Day 1 and secured the top 4 positions in the IKO on Day 2. Ex Machina, Pocahontas and Falcon eventually won the Barebow competition (1st to 3rd respectively) after a very exciting showdown in the semifinal and final matches.

Our young archers from TBAC also did equally well to win Gold and Bronze in the Men’s Open Recurve Teams. The Recurve archers also secured Silver and Bronze medals in the Recurve Open IKO.

We thank all our supporters from TBAC who turned up to give their moral support and lent their hand at being the unofficial photographers of the event. Special thanks to our Eagles community who took many memorable candid shots of our archers at the event.

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  • Contributed by KAI

Simply Archery 2017 • 2nd Open Championship Meet

On 14th October 2017, sixteen Eagles flew over to end of Punggol Road for Simply Archery’s annual bare and traditional bow shootout for the second year running.

This year saw even more overseas participants than last year, from Indonesia and Brunei and from all over Malaysia. The foreign competitors were very good, especially the men at traditional bow archery. For example, a small sized archer from Kelantan was first in the traditional bow category as well as third in the modern barebow category, with use of the same traditional bow.

 

It is impressive how coach Ali’s small outfit made up of his close relatives and friends were able to capably stage such a fairly big event for hundred over archers in two categories with 16 targets laid out, some of which were very interesting, such as a duck in a depression and a long, a slim piece of foam on a target board at about 30 metres. There was also this amusing rule that if one hits a 3D target on the head, neck or leg, especially when it is a bird, penalty points are dished out, “Because it is very difficult to repair”, said Coach Ali.

The Lady Eagles really showed their prowess that day. They basically swiped everything. For individual ranking, Pochahontas, Kat and Rac were First, Second and Third respectively.  They also made up the team that won the Team Gold. CN won the Ladies’ Individual Trophy .

The men, made up of EXM, Falcon and Artist had to ‘combine power’ to pull off their Team Gold, in the Modern Barebow category.

The men’s traditional bow archers were overwhelmed by the very good foreign competitors. Positions 1 to 9 all went to the foreign competitors. Don Quixote got a small consolation for the Eagles at No 10, making him the highest ranking local traditional bow archer at the competition, out of a field of about 50.

But it was not so much what we won than the great fun we had, what with salivating kuehs (traditional Malay cakes) put out by Coach Ali’s band of swell ladies and a curry lunch made up of rice topped with a hefty piece of mutton or chicken and free flow of coffee too, which we suspect was what led to a big drop for many, in the 2nd Round scores that took place after lunch.

But we learned of a sad news the next day. Simply Archery will close by end of the year because the main tenant of the place which the range is located within, does not want to continue. Coach Ali and his gang, especially Coach Ali, kept the news from us during the competition. He was his usual jovial self that day. We sincerely wish that this merry gang of archers will be able to find a new place soon, to continue with their passion.

  • Reported by Don Quixote, Graphics and Layout by Artist 🙂