With great age comes great consistency for archers

Jim Stillie won the Scottish open Clout competition at Culzean Castle
Jim Stillie won the Scottish open Clout competition at Culzean Castle

Experience seems to be the most significant secret to success in recent longbow shoots, with two of Selkirk’s most senior bowmen coming up trumps.

Ettrick Forest Archers’ Jimmy Stillie was the pride of Scotland when he became Scottish Clout Champion at the recent competition held at Culzean Castle in Ayrshire.

His 41 hits, 103 score, and one clout was enough to see him pip some of the country’s best longbowmen to the title.

Fellow EFA members Doug Anderson and Jim Craig came sixth and 13th respectively.

And what’s more, the ladies’ event was won by Selkirk’s Elaine Pearson, with Ev Craig fourth.

The archers were busy again at the weekend, hosting a come and try at the Haining’s Teddy Bears’ Picnic, before another member came to the fore on Sunday: Doug Anderson won the Abbotsford Arrow in the annual wand competition, and his grandson Kyle won the junior section.

Fifty archers from various clubs in Scotland and England took part in the event, held in front of the magnificent Abbotsford House.

The main event was a straight forward knock out contest with archers shooting a maximum of three arrows at the wand from 20 yards. Those who hit it moved back to 30 yards to try again.

From this the final seven (five of whom were EFA members) moved back to 40yds with Anderson recording the only hit.

Saturday sees the club host the Flodden Clout at Thirladean, and rumour has it that Stillie is in with a chance, due to the fact that he has gained experience original battle.