Harrogate archers make club history in clout rankings

St George's Archery Club clout ace Carol Fairbrother. (S)
St George's Archery Club clout ace Carol Fairbrother. (S)

The British clout archery rankings for the 2011 calendar year have just been released and St George’s Archery Club of Harrogate have 14 members featuring in the top rankings, the highest number in the club’s history.

The rankings are based on the sum of an individual’s top three scores in open competitions held throughout the year.

St George's Archery Club members Clive and Tom Woolley. (S)

St George's Archery Club members Clive and Tom Woolley. (S)

Carol Fairbrother is the number one ranked British lady barebow archer for the fourth time.

This reflects another excellent year for Carol in which she won eight competitions including the Yorkshire and Regional Championships.

Moira Salmons made superb progress throughout the year.

In October she was presented the highest award in clout archery, the purple tassel, for her score of 175 at York Archers’ shoot and her progress is reflected in her ranking jumping from 9th in 2010 to third in 2011. Hazel Ketley (19th) also shot exceptionally well in her first competitive season to feature in the rankings.

Tom Woolley is the number one ranked junior longbow archer by a margin of over 150 points.

Tom retained his British title this year despite having to move up shortly before the National Championships from the U-16s distance of 120 yards to the U-18s distance of 140 yards. Tom Ketley and Ben Daniel are ranked third and fourth respectively in the junior barebow category.

They both shot superbly in their first year in the sport with Tom winning the Northern Counties Championships and Ben the Durham and Northumberland title.

They each claimed two Yorkshire record scores and hopes are high for their continued progress in 2012.

In a very competitive gentleman barebow category Nigel Cockshott was ranked at number 10, with Mike Salt improving from 17th last year to 14th, Dave Strike moving up from 21st to 16th, and Dennis Ketley rounding off his first season of shooting in a very creditable 22nd.

The club’s longbow archers also fared well with Clive Woolley improving from 19th last year to ninth and Rod Spink, Steve Lilley and Geoff Oliver featuring at 14th, 15th and 27th respectively.

St George’s travel to Thirsk this weekend for the friendly Brass Monkey Clout against Thirsk Bowmen and the Company of Scorton Archers before the competition season commences in earnest in April.

Anyone interested in taking up archery can find full details on the club’s website: www.harrogate-archery.co.uk