Archers try the wand for a spell

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Sunday saw Ettrick Forest Archers host the BLBS Silver Arrow competition at a damp, but warm, Thirladean.

The weather steadily improved for the 25 archers in the target section, as they shot four dozen arrows at 60 yards and two dozen at 50 yards – the results from this made up the seedings for the wand competition.

This is not a well-loved discipline ... a plank of laminate flooring is not an easy target at 60 yards with a longbow into mystery crosswinds.

However, the final saw the host club’s eldest archer, 82-year-old Trevor Austin, go up against last year’s winner Scott Notman.

After a few near-misses by both archers, Notman hit the mark to retain his title.

Eliminated archers moved on to a best-of-the-rest contest, where they each had 36 arrows at a 40-yard wand, the highest number of hits being declared the “Best Of The Rest”.

After watching his son Kyle triumph for the past few years, Jason Fairbairn emerged as winner of the EFA glass tankard.

Presentations were made by EFA chairman Doug Anderson, with Shirley Brown as Lady Paramount.

Target results – ladies’ national round: silver medal for most hits – Emma Gillies, 41 hits 135 scored 1 gold; bronze medal for highest score – Penny Axon, 38, 166, 5; bronze medal for most golds – Liz Rodgers, 9, 33, 1.

Gents’ national round: silver medal for most hits – Alan Beatty, 61, 291, 3; bronze medal for highest score – Doug Anderson, 61, 291, 3; bronze medal for most golds – Alan Lindsay, 48, 228, 7.

Junior National round: EFA silver medal and the Selby Trophy – Kyle Fairbairn, 27, 111, 2.