Sun makes a welcome visit to Selkirk as archers host Celtic Nations event

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AFTER introducing more than 500 people to the art of shooting longbows the previous week at Traquair, Ettrick Forest Archers were busy competing in their own home event.

On a hot and sunny Saturday, the club held its open target competition.

Alan Beatty took the silver medal for the gents, while Ettrick Forest’s Alan Lindsay and Richard Tice took the bronze medals for highest score and most golds.

And the ladies was a clean sweep for the guests, with Highland’s Barbara Campbell taking silver for most hits, and Elizabeth Normand and Christine Beatty taking the other medals.

And junior Kyle Fairbairn took the club silver medal.

There were also two spot prizes, won by host club members Ev Craig and Kev Janiak.

Ettrick Forest results: 2, Alan Lindsay 76, 352, 9; 3, Alex Blake 76, 314, 6; 4, Richard Tice 71, 333, 8; 6, Doug Anderson 69, 295, 4; 8, Jimmy Stillie 66, 268, 3; 10, Elaine Pearson 61, 239, 1; 11, William Good 60, 232, 6; 12, Mike Pearson 59, 247, 3; 13, Colin Cairney 59, 245, 7; 20 Jim Craig 40, 126, 0; 21, Kyle Fairbairn (Jr) 38, 158, 3; 22, Kevin Janiak 38, 148, 2; 23, Ev Craig 38, 138, 2; 24, Michael Liddle 35, 125, 1; 26, Jenna Agate 29, 111, 2; 27, Helen Ogilivie 21, 85, 2; 28, Trevor Austin 14, 36, 2.

And the fine weather not only continued to the Sunday, but got even better, as the club hosted the Celtic Nations Clout.

However, whoever arranged for the sun to come out must have forgotten to switch off the wind, which curtailed the archers’ scores somewwhat.

Campbell continued her domination of the ladies’ event, with Emma Gillies of Kilwinning and Selkirk’s Jenna Agate taking the round medals. Kyle Fairbairn grabbed three clouts on his way to earning another club medal, while Kilwinning’s Scott Notman won the men’s title with Highland’s Bill Campbell taking the first round and Selkirk’s Sam Mackay the second – his first BLBS medal as a senior archer.

Ettrick Forest results: Ladies – 4, Jenna Agate 36 hits, 96 score, 3 clouts; 5, Elaine Pearson 39, 93, 1; 8, Ev Craig 28, 65, 0; 9, Helen Ogilvie 20, 44, 0.

Junior – Kyle Fairbairn 26, 67, 3.

Gents – 3, Adair Anderson 26, 58, 0; 4, Jim Craig 24, 56, 0; 5, Jimmy Stillie 30, 55, 0; 6, Kevin Janiak 22, 55, 0; 7, Alex Blake 22, 51, 1; 8, Sam Mackay 21, 51, 1; 11, William Good 16, 40, 0; 12, Doug Anderson 17, 36, 1; 13, Mike Pearson 19, 35, 0; 14, Frank Brown 21, 34, 0; 15, Colin Cairney 21, 33, 0; 16, Alan Lindsay 17, 33, 0; 19, Richard Tice 4, 9, 0.

In the best ends shoot-off, Bill Campbell of Highland and Emma Gillies of Kilwinning were the winners, while Scotland retained the Celtic Nations trophy.