Six Archers shine south of the border

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FOLLOWING on from their superb show at Culzean the previous week, six Ettrick Forest Archers headed south to participate in the North West Clout, hosted by Salmesbury Archers at Preston Grasshoppers Rugby Club.

And, far from propping up the results sheet, they tackled the course with vigour and again found themselves in the silverware.

Conditions were good in the morning with only a slight breeze to contend with, however, the wind played its part for the afternoon round which resulted in scores dropping off considerably for most archers.

It was another exemplary performance from Sam Mackay. His 37 hits for a score of 104, including three clouts, was scarily similar to his Scottish Championship score. As consistency is one of the most highly-prized assets in an archer, he can be well pleased with this. The fact that he blew both his opponents out of the water in the junior 120yd section was a bonus.

And new Scottish ladies’ champion, Elaine Pearson, looked to be onto another phenomenal score with a first round of 31, 75, 0 in the ladies 120yd class.

Although her second round score fell away a little, thanks to that wind, and she couldn’t quite wrest the title from Betty Wylie, she did enough to win a medal for the first round, as well as going on to win the best-ends shoot-off.

Doug Anderson had a similarly fantastic day, winning the first round medal (21, 58, 2) in the gents 180yd competition and the best ends shoot-off. What’s more, he also won the trophy for hitting the first clout of the day.

Other scores: Ladies – 9, E. Craig (21, 46, 0). Gents – 11, J. Craig (18, 47, 0); 15, M. Pearson (20, 39, 0).

This Sunday sees members turn their sights to home at Thirladean, where they will contest the monthly target shoot – an Albion – which will go towards the annual club medals. And next weekend they travel to shoot at the Fountain Court at Culzean Castle for the BLBS Albion round on Saturday, before heading back home to host the BLBS Harvest Clout at Thirladean the following day.