Category: Group News

2017 Singapore Traditional Archery Night Shoot

Yup! Night shoot! When it gets dark..

The 2017 Singapore Traditional Archery Night Shoot, held on Saturday 30th September 2017 at the the Float@Marina Bay,  had 5 TBAC archers participating, including Dark Knight and Venator.   Once again, a gathering of like minded friends sharing an activity, infusing a wonderful sense of joy.

Friends!

Hosted by Traditional Archers Singapore, the event had archers from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Hong Kong, and as far away as China coming to participate.

Team Indon Ladies
Team Malaysia
Team Taiwan
Team Thailand
Home Team!
Team China

This is an archery competition unique in that the rules strictly specify bows must not have arrow shelves, and must be shot with a thumb release as opposed to the more familiar finger release.  Naturally, being shot with a thumb release, the arrow would be on the same side as the drawing hand.

arrow same side as draw hand

The bows that are favoured by most archers are of the Korean/China/Mongolian/Manchurian  types, which seem to provide a very good cast with minimal holding and anchoring weight; somewhat similar in feel to that of a compound bow, but without the heft.  Such bows are generally short in strung length, demanding physical discipline and mental control to wield with mastery and accuracy.

Another unique aspect of this event are the targets; not just 3D targets, but hung in mid-air secured to a frame, and in one case, a black bat 3D target!  What a challenge, to shoot in the dim lights, at a dim target, hung in mid-air on a frame!

What a handsome bat!
Singapore Lion!
Turkish pear
Korean traditional target face
Rats!

The event began with the opening ceremony, with a march-in to the field of play by the archers.  Surprise!   A majority of the archers came dressed in their traditional clothes, what a beautiful parade of finery!

The Indonesian Team

The opening speech was followed by a display of the traditional defense art of Silat, performed to a captivated audience.

The competition proper began at dusk, with the participants lined up to their assigned targets.  There were 9 stations with 9 targets of varying sizes and distances.

Winning form

The second round of the night was shot with the lights in the stadium turned off!  Archers had to shoot by the reflected glow of whatever ambient light was available.  Needless to say, the participants were thrilled to shoot such a condition.

I can’t see…

It seemed that in no time, the night round ended.

Day 2 saw the elimination rounds and a friendly tag archery competition.

The Chinese team from Alibow took team and individual Mens honours, Nazima Salleh from Singapore was crowned the individual Ladies champion in this 2017 Singapore Traditional Archery Night Shoot edition.

The Victorious Chinese Ali Bow Team
Individual Men’s Podium
Individual Ladies Podium

Our TBAC archers had a ball of a time, thanks to our wonderful hosts, and the companionship of everyone there.  This will be one unforgettable experience!

pics courtesy of Traditional Archers Singapore

  • reported by Decrepit
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Thailand Outdoor Archery Association 3D Field Challenge 2017 (November 11-12)

The TOAC Field Challenge will be held from 11-12 November at the Sida Activity Resort, Nakhon Nayok. It will be an IFAA styled 3D-only event this year and the organisers have promised a more relaxing pace…… after last year’s very challenging and punishing location :P.

TOAC 3D 2017 FB

9 archers from TBAC will be taking the flight up to Bangkok i.e. 1 Bowhunter Compound Archer and 8 Bowhunter Recurve Archers. We look forward to an enjoyable outing, plus friendship and hospitality from our Thai hosts.

Participation fee is very reasonable at THB2,000 per archer. This includes 1 night’s stay (twin sharing) and all meals at the Sida Activity Resort. You can see the site location below. It looks really inviting :

 TOAC 3D 2017_Site

Do check for updates from this link:  TOAC 3D 2017 Facebook

What are you waiting for? See you at Nakhon Nayok!

Singapore National Games Archery Competition 2017

Setup at the Kallang Cricket Field
Very Impressive Scheduling by the Organisers!

Wow! Wow! Wow! 18 competition categories, more than 470 archers and more than 360 matches in this Team Only Singapore National Games Archery Competition 2017,  held at the Kallang Cricket Field from 29th – 30th July 2017.

It was fair weather over the entire 2 days of shooting and definitely a more comfortable setting than the 2016 event that was held at the Marina Bay Floating Platform. We were happy to see the archery fraternity bubbling with enthusiasm and with participation across all age groups.

Our Telok Blangah Archery Club fielded 4 Masters Barebow Teams, 1 Men’s Open Recurve Team and 1 Junior Boys Team. We are happy to report that Masters Barebow Teams made a clean sweep. They were ranked 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th at the end of Day 1 and went on to secure the top 4 (semi-finals) positions in the Teams’ Knockout Round on Day 2. Our young men did TBAC proud to win the Silver in the Men’s Open Recurve and our junior boys also gave a credible showing to be ranked 2nd in the ranking round, although all were new to competition.

Eagles Setting Up
Happy Faces! Spot our AAS President and National Coach Rac.
Eagles in Action
Different Approaches to Killing Time and Working Off Competition Stress 🙂
Eagles in Action – TKO
Our Gallant Boys and Their Doting Mummies
Handsome TBAC Men’s Open Recurve Team with their Silver!
After 2 Exciting Days……. Prizes and Waiting for the Metal 🙂
Oh! Awarded by JL, our National Mama Compound Archer. Gold – Brahminy Kite; Silver – Peregrine; Bronze – TBAC Eagles; 4th – Maltese Falcon

 

Ham …… Our Unofficial and Very Friendly Photographer! 🙂

Many thanks to our supporters who turned up to give cheers and even refreshments and special mention to Ham, who was our unofficial photographer.

We are looking forward to Singapore National Games 2018 and hope for an even larger turnout by the TBAC!

Die Die Must Eat Eagles’ Squadron – See you at SNG 2018!

TBAC Eagles at The Thailand Princess Cup Archery Competition 2017

The annual Thailand Princess Cup Archery Competition has become an event that we look forward to very much. There were more than 470 participants this year and it is probably a record for the  organisers. Originally, fifteen Eagles had registered and were fully committed to go but this was reduced to 13 due to unforseen circumstances. We still had lots of fun as you can see, even though we did miss the company of some of our buddies.

 

Eagles Recce Visit to the Venue on 16th June 2017

This year, we saw participants from 16 territories/countries. Eagles arrived a day earlier and made a recce trip to the venue. The lighting had been upgraded to more intense LED fittings and it did appear a bit brighter than previous years. However, it wasn’t enough to compensate for some of our aging eyes 😛

Opening Ceremony on 17th June
Preparations and Waiting!

The opening ceremony was well attended. The organisers did things a bit differently this year and invited representatives of participating groups to sit with the Guest of Honour… a very nice touch!

As a group, TBAC Eagles did reasonably. Our archers were ranked from 1st – 64th :). Eventually, 1 archer made it to the finals; 1 to 1/8th; 3 to 1/16th; 5 to 1/32nd; 2 to 1/64th. We all know that we’ll do better next time! To share some statistics, the Barebow Division Top 20 had: 15 Thais, 4 Singapore TBAC Eagles & 1 Malaysian.

Opponents = Friends 🙂

Ex-Machina, our 2016 Barebow Champion was up there to defend his 2 titles e.g. 1st in Qualifying and 1st in IKO. He did well as expected and emerged 1st again in the qualifying round.  The IKO went very smoothly for him as he breezed through all his opponents until the Finals where he met a very determined and able 62-year old army colonel, Khun Supin Smitkestrin. This gentleman was obviously tough as nails and it boiled down to a 1 arrow shoot-off between 2 tired but battle hardened archery exponents. Ex-Machina shot first and scored a confident 9. There was a bit of fun drama as Khun Supin asked a friend to select an arrow for him. Archer, bow and arrow were totally unified and delivered a spectacular dead centre bulls-eye to secure the IKO Princess Cup! A exciting duel and as Supoj the MC called it… “A beautiful match!”

Two Worthy Champions!
Happy Eagles

Eagles are always hungry and we never forget the great Thai food around us. Needless to say, we dined voraciously as you can see from the following photos.

Eat, eat and eat!
More food!

Overseas competitions are good for sharpening our minds and skills. They also bring the benefit of forging friendships. The Thailand Outdoor Archery Club continues to do a great and admirable job in staging this event year after year. We wish them well for the future and will certainly continue our support! For more news and photos, please visit: Thailand Princess Cup Archery Facebook

Until We Meet Again!

Don Quixote’s Malaysian Adventure

My team-mate Pak Ajib and me (like him, many competitors were decked out in their traditional finery)

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.

Me with the Simply Archery Team having a simple roti canai (prata) breakfast

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.

Don Quixote

Sembawang Archery Club 3D Open 2017

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.

Familiar Setting – Just like the 2016 competition 🙂

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:

Course Layout of the SAC 3D Archery Open 2017

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

Practice Time!
Briefing – Listen carefully…………….
On the Course – How far is that boar?
Novelty Target – Nobody scored any points!

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.

Venator, Falcon and Dark Knight………….. Medallists. A good clean sweep! :} Happy Participants 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!

Celebrating, Eating & Drinking…………… what we like best after a competition!

Thailand Princess Cup Archery Tournament 2017

The 11th edition of the Thailand Princess Cup Archery Competition is on! This year, we are looking forward to a much bigger turnout for the meet. For the record, the tournament hosted about 450 participants last year! However, due to space limitations, the organisers have decided to scrap the team competitions this year, in the interest of accommodating more archers at this iconic regional archery event. We hope that the team events will be reinstated some time in the near future as it’s good for promoting team spirit and really exciting to watch.

15 Eagles have committed and registered their participation this year. It’s our biggest group yet! 🙂 They are: Artist, Black Wolf, Dark Knight, Decrepit, Ex-Machina (2016 Barebow Champ!), Falcon, Good Boy, Ham, Kai, Kat, Mads, Pochahontas, Randy, Red Dragon & Tyger. We look forward to renewing our ties with all the wonderful organisers, friends and participants.

Online registration is being implemented this year and the channel is through the Archery Thai website : http://www.archerythai.com/thailand-princess-cup-2017-registration-2341.html

Below is a screenshot of their registration page for easy reference:

See you all the Thailand Princess Cup Archery Tournament 2017!

 

 

Phuket Archery Club

Figure 1 - Phuket Archery Club Google Earth Location Map
Figure 1 – Phuket Archery Club Google Earth Location Map

The Phuket Archery Club is located off Thanon Ong Sim Phai, in a quiet part of Old Phuket Town and just a stone’s throw from the popular Robinson Department Store.  Santi Tantangtrong manages the Club, whom we got acquainted with at the Thailand Princess Cup Archery Competition 2016. One of our archers was in Phuket recently and decided to pop over to say hello.

The club is open to the public, is well equipped and archers can easily shoot up to 45m at this range. Fees (based on our information) are very reasonable at THB50/hr and equipment rental is THB200/basic recurve bow, including finger tab, arm-guard and arrows.

Figure 2 - Santi and the Phuket Archery Range
Figure 2 – Santi and the Phuket Archery Range

In Phuket and missing archery? You can pay a visit to the Phuket Archery Club and get your archery fix. Santi is a friendly guy and can also get you shooting quickly, if you are a beginner. Hungry?  Just pop around the corner to Tubtim Restaurant for Thai Chinese style braised pork knuckle, duck and chicken rice. It’s popular with locals and well worth the visit.

Figure 3 - Thai Chinese Local Fare at Tubtim Restaurant
Figure 3 – Thai Chinese Local Fare at Tubtim Restaurant

There’s an article by the Phuket Observer on Santi and the club and you can check it out HERE. You can also connect with the Phuket Archery Club on Facebook through this LINK. Happy Shooting in Phuket!

 

Eagles 2017 Welcome Shoot

Eagles celebrated the new year by holding a 3D shoot on the 1st Day of 2017 :). Don Quixote volunteered to plan the event and was well assisted by other Eagles, especially Mads and Red Dragon. Our Pochahontas really got into the mood of things and even fitted out our corner in anticipation of the Lunar New Year! There were 3 categories of competition  and prizes were award to the top scoring archer in:

  • WA Barebow Class
  • Modern Traditional Bow Class
  • Traditional Bow Class
Target Layout at Telok Blangah Archery Club - 1st January 2017
Target Layout at Telok Blangah Archery Club – 1st January 2017
Prizes and Mementoes
Prizes and Mementoes

A special prize was also awarded to the Best Lady Archer. Obviously, Don Quixote is partial to ladies as there was no Best Male Archer prize!

This is the first time that we saw our entire collection of animal targets come out of winter hibernation. We had 6 shooting stations with 2 targets at every station. For the first time, too, we had an elevated shooting position from a slope, which rose about 7m above the target level. It was a nice experience for all and the entire event went on without a hitch.

Our 3D Target Collection
Our 3D Target Collection
Archers and Briefing
Archers and Briefing
Get Familiar with the Targets and Shooting Positions
Get Familiar with the Targets and Shooting Positions

Eagles also took the opportunity to show our appreciation to the 2 top supporters of our chapter i.e. our Club President, Frankie Yat and Treasurer, Jocelyn Low. We also presented the Simply Archery Challenge Trophy 2016 (recently won by our Eagles Men’s Team) to the Telok Blangah Community Community Club through Frankie, in thanks to the Community Club’s solid support for our archery activities.

After the Prize and Memento Presentation. All Ready for Our Pot Luck and Barbeque!
After the Prize and Memento Presentation. All Ready for Our Pot Luck and Barbeque!

Artist was out of action due to an injury but he put his off-day to good use and made a video of our event. You can see Artist’s YouTube production HERE  :). You can see that we all had a great time!

Bickerstaffe Deluxe Longbow (50lbs@28″) Review

Review by Decrepit

I was happily cruising down the road of life satisfyingly comfortable with what I was into back in 2012, happily engrossed in Olympic recurve and compound bow archery,  having just convinced my son some months back to try shooting a bow and arrow.  He went on to religiously practise for a while, then BANG! he surprised me, asking to shoot a longbow; not just any longbow, but an English longbow!

He went on to show me the result of his information gathering skills by displaying The Longbow Shop website and highlighting the bow he had his eyes on; a 55lb piece.

I was stunned; never in my universe did I ever even considered owning a one-piece bow, let alone one that cost a VERY pretty penny, £372/-.  It was also VERY long, 78 inches, which is about almost 2 metres in length for those born after 1990  8-p

The problem was, I couldn’t get him one without having one myself, I have this weakness called Envy!  It was already 3 weeks away to Christmas, and this decision created even worse damage to my finance deck, lowering my shields even further to a dangerous 6%..  just a glancing hit with any turbo laser will end my Enterprise.

Nonetheless, my personal shields were no match for the power of the ELB’s charm;  I fired £744/- for one 55lb for my son with a shorter draw, and a 50lb for me.longggbow

After an uneasy beginning, four years on, my bow and I finally came to like one another, thus the objective of this article.

Firstly, this 50lb bow has Hickory for its back, with a Lemonwood belly, sandwiching a Purpleheart and Greenheart core.   A horn arrow plate is embedded into the handle, just above the leather wrapped grip.

   bowlabeltoptipbottomtipsideplate

The grip is fairly large, reasonable small hands might find this grip not to their liking.  As it is a “traditional” grip, low wrist archers will be more at home with this bow; using the “pistol grip” style a la Olympic recurve will certainly increase the hand shock feel.  For those thinking of owning and shooting this type of grip/handle, try keeping the base of the index finger knuckle level with the arrow rest part of the hand, as the arrow shaft will deflect off the arrow plate in the Archer’s Paradox process, hitting the knuckle.  Some archers I noticed use a bow hand glove; it may or may not help..

This particular 50 pounder is 74 inches long (1.88m), tipped with horn tips and comes with a Flemish twist Fast Flight string.

bowspecs

Rules of engagement

Being made of wood, such bows are considerably fragile, not forgiving of abuse.  Manufacturer’s instructions on the setting up and use made me tiptoe around this bow; it must not be shot immediately, must allow about 10 minutes after bracing it, gently flexing it by drawing partially, slowly repeating some 10 repetitions or more to make it comply to it’s new shape, gently increasing to full draw and letting down, then shooting it partially drawn, increasing the draw length one arrow after another until full draw is reached, ensuring that arrows must not be lighter than 9 grains per pound of draw weight.

 

Performance

It was a nightmare searching for the right arrow to match these requirements.  However, this was solved with Gold Tip carbon arrows configured to meet the specs stated above.  The reason I mentioned Gold Tip is because my experience with other carbon arrows cause the arrows to recover from bending much quicker, as a result, causing the arrow to strike the strike plate with a loud snap.  I was not able to reduce this cause no matter what I tried.

Notice the dent caused by high modulus or very responsive carbon shafted arrowssideplate

Fearing that the bow may not tolerate a sudden whack of the shaft, and fracturing the bow in the strike plate area in the process, I initially shot wood arrows, but was not enamoured of the inconsistency of the wood shafts.

At Last!

As with any biological product, breaking in is a must for comfort; after some 400 or so arrows, the bow begins to “sweeten” in feel, drawing, loosing, with a noticeable loss in handshock.  I don’t know if my hand got used to the shock, or the bow mellowed, but it became much more delightful to shoot.  I may yet weigh it one day to find out if draw weight  has also decreased; it feels so, so… sensuously pleasing when loosing,  and drawing the bow feels like a caress.

During the Eagles 3D shoot event on new year’s day, I really did so enjoy the shooting of this bow with 30″ Gold Tip Hunter XT 500 spine arrows tipped with 175gr field points and 5″ feather fletching.  It is even more awesome when shooting 31″ 11/32 Cedar wood arrows tipped with 120gr field points and 4″ feather fletching.  Like any good relationship, investment in time and effort to develop a bond with the bow will pay off in a tool of endearment which will not end up gracing the wall only.

I plan to try building one with a lighter draw weight this year and see if it really does require the bonding process between man and bow a it was with this Bickerstaffe.

 

Pros:  Simple, fuss -free maintenance,  very addictive

Cons:  Pricey, LONG, made of wood  :-p,  arrow matching for other than wood arrows

 

 

view  a short videoclip of the event at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0rh2YklDo8&feature=youtu.be

 

  • pics courtesy of Bickerstaffe bows and author