Deadeye Scots turn tables on the English

The field of battle was eerily silent before the first volley of arrows were loosed, not one treetop swayed by breath of wind.

Five hundred years after the massacre of Flodden, Scots and English longbowmen and women were once again squaring up against each other.

This time, however, they were shoulder to shoulder, rather than facing each other across the field, and they were aiming for targets rather than people. But competition was still fierce, as is always the case when the Auld Enemies meet.

And this time it was the Scots who reigned supreme. Archers from Glasgow, Kilwinning and Ettrick Forest – propped up by a worthy contingent from the Royal Company of Archers – proved more than a match for the English raiders, the home team winning the inaugural Flodden Clout Shield by 991-445.

Top lady archer was Elizabeth Normand of the Green Hollow club with 55 hits, for a score of 134, with two clouts. Selkirk’s Elaine Pearson and Kilwinning’s Eileen Bilby took the first and second rounds, while Elaine won a torrid shoot-off – both she and junior champ Kyle Fairbairn hit the clout, sending the poor marker flying as tradition dictates – but her arrow was closer to the centre.

As for the men, Kilwinning’s Scott Notman, who is getting used to winning clout competitions, pipped Englishman Alan Fleming to the top spot with a cool and considered 35, 89, 1.

Selkirk’s Adair Anderson and Martin Stillie took the first and second rounds, while Fleming ruled the roost in the shoot-off, slipping his last arrow just inside the others in contention.

New archery competitions tend to struggle to attract attention, as the calendar gets busier each year. But it is down to the excellent organisation of those at Ettrick Forest Archers – not to mention their friendly and hospitable reputation – that this one has hit the ground flying.

And the club is blessed with a shooting field most archery organisations would maim for, thanks to owner Sir Michael Strang Steel, who watched the proceedings.

Also, Jake Wheelans, chairman of the local Flodden 500 Club, donated the attractive new shield, and his wife Dilys, also acted as Lady Paramount by presenting the prizes.

And as for the defeated English archers? They were sent home, not to think again, but with warm invites to return to do it all over again next year.

Counting results

Ladies at Six-score yards

Scotland: Elizabeth Normand 134, Elaine Pearson 130, Betty Wylie 118, Ev Craig 92. Total 474.
England: Ann Conifey 71, Jill Collin 66, Helen Horsley 47, Kimberley Collin 24. Total 208.

Gentlemen at nine-score yards

Scotland: Scott Notman 89, Adair Anderson 86, Martin Stillie 85, Sam Mackay 68, James Bewsher 66, Rory McLachlan 63, Jim Bilby 60. Total 517.
England: Alan Fleming 86, John Morris 38, Steven West 28, Tommy Down 26, Tony Cole 26, Ian Norwood 19, Frank Thornton 14. Total 237.

Scotland 991 England 445

Individual scores

Ladies - Clout First Round Second Round Double Round

Hit

s Score Clouts Hits Score Clouts

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s Score Clouts

1 S Elizabeth Normand * 28 69 1 27 65 1 55 134 2

2 S Elaine Pearson * 29 80 3 23 50 0 52 130 3

3 S Betty Wylie 27 72 0 19 46 0 46 118 0

4 S Ev Craig 18 41 0 22 51 1 40 92 1

5 S Ina Morris 20 41 0 14 41 0 34 82 0

6 S Eileen Bilby 11 25 0 20 54 0 31 79 0

7 E Ann Conifey * 23 46 0 14 25 0 37 71 0

8 E Jill Collin 10 24 0 18 42 0 28 66 0

9 S Jenna Agate 16 32 0 15 27 0 31 59 0

10 E Helen Horsley 7 15 1 16 32 1 23 47 2

11 E Kimberley Collin 5 8 0 10 16 0 15 24 0

Penny Axon (Retired) 13 23 0 6 10 0 19 33 0

Juniors - Clout First Round Second Round Double Round

Hit

s Score Clouts Hits Score Clouts

Hit

s Score Clouts

1 S Kyle Fairbairn * 11 24 0 19 60 1 30 84 1

Gents - Clout First Round Second Round Double Round

Hit

s Score Clouts Hits Score Clouts

Hit

s Score Clouts

1 S Scott Notman * 18 44 1 17 45 0 35 89 1

2 E Alan Fleming * 20 42 0 16 44 1 36 86 1

3 S Adair Anderson 15 48 3 19 38 0 34 86 3

4 S Martin Stillie 15 41 1 22 44 0 37 85 1

5 S Sam Mackay * 17 39 1 12 29 0 29 68 1

6 S James Bewsher 14 37 0 12 29 0 26 66 0

7 S Rory McLachlan 18 40 1 13 23 0 31 63 1

8 S Jim Bilby 10 26 0 15 34 0 25 60 0

9 S Mike Younger * 13 29 1 13 30 0 26 59 1

10 S Frank Brown 12 22 0 15 36 0 27 58 0

11 S William Good 12 25 1 12 29 0 24 54 1

12 S Douglas Anderson 15 27 0 10 23 0 25 50 0

13 S Jimmy Stillie 12 27 0 13 23 0 25 50 0

14 S Mike Pearson 8 16 0 10 30 0 18 46 0

15 S Ned O’Neil 8 20 0 11 25 0 19 45 0

16 S Richard Tice 7 14 0 11 26 0 18 40 0

17 S Malcom McVittie * 7 19 1 9 19 0 16 38 1

18 E John Morris 5 15 1 7 23 1 12 38 2

19 S Jim Craig 7 12 0 10 23 0 17 35 0

20 S Ian Bradshaw 3 9 0 11 26 0 14 35 0

21 S Kevin Janiak 8 15 0 10 19 0 18 34 0

22 S Alex Blake 5 12 0 8 20 0 13 32 0

23 E Steven West 6 15 0 7 13 0 13 28 0

24 E Tommy Down 5 9 0 10 17 0 15 26 0

25 E Tony Cole 2 3 0 11 23 0 13 26 0

26 S John McKellar 7 16 0 2 4 0 9 20 0

27 E Ian Norwood 4 6 0 8 13 0 12 19 0

28 E Frank Thornton 2 2 0 7 12 0 9 14 0

29 S Rufus Stone 2 5 0 3 3 0 5 8 0

30 Michael Liddle 0 0 0 10 20 0 10 20 0

* – those who took part in the shoot-off by ends