Summer Indoor League – Rnd 5 & 6 Results

Friday night saw the running of rounds 5 & 6 of Archers of Warrnambool Summer Indoor League.

Numbers were low but competition was high, with visiting archer Mark Southall leading the way with his trusty longbow. This traditional archer shot a personal best on both rounds of competition, taking the points in his division on each of the 30 arrow events.

Club Captain Dave Reid was also in red hot form in the A grade division with scores of 272 and 279. Reid, shooting his backup bow, managed to win both his rounds just ahead of Alex Nesic, despite a complete miss in each event.

Competition was fierce in the B grade division with Chris Densley, Mick Austin and Peter Hill battling for points. Densley took top honours in round 5 with Mick Austin leading the way in round 6 and again shooting a personal best on the night. Austin is quickly gaining a reputation as one of the top recurve archers in the region, evidenced by regularly shooting mid 200s on the indoor range.

The next round of AoW indoor league will be Friday 22/1/21 at 7pm sharp.

Field Shoot 12-12-20

Field archery returned to the district with the marked 24 target World Archery competition at Duram Park, Allansford over the weekend. Competition was fierce over the four divisions as the  blustery conditions played havoc with both arrow and archer.  Strong winds, gusting up to 40kmh, made sure that the course record was in no danger of being bested on the newly refurbished layout of the John Goodwin Field Course.

Club Captain Dave Reid won his division by the barest of margins from Connor Barbary and Alex Nesic, although all archers submitted scores that were considerably lower than expected.

Mike Clark is all concentration as he shoots the notorious 23rd target
Dave ‘Chopper’ Reid is impervious to the ocean views as he draws down on the 60m seventeenth target.
Jess Reid and Mike Clark take aim on the 18th, a particularly difficult shot due to the steep uphill placement of the target.

2019 Recurve Shooter of the Year Paul Minifie continued on his winning way in the recurve  division, confirming his place as one of the top recurve archers in the district.

President Mike Clark, shooting the new course layout for the first time, showed that he can still find the gold under any conditions with a convincing win in his division.

Jess Reid was the best of the ladies despite returning a scorecard well below her personal best. Reid, shooting a Quest Radical compound bow, said that the wind was “strong enough to blow the milk out of her coffee” after losing an arrow on the 16th target.

Chris Densley, sporting a custom armguard, lines up the gold with his Mathews Tactic. Densley showed why he was one of AoW’s most improved shooters, posting good scores despite losing 4 arrows on the day.
Jess Reid aiming for redemption after losing an arrow on target 16. Reid easily won her division, consistently hitting the gold even with the strong northerly winds.

Chris Densley also had a day to forget. Densley, one the the most improved archers over the last eighteen months, made the switch from being a barebow recurve archer to shooting a brand new Mathews Tactic compound bow and lost four arrows on the very challenging course. He has vowed to do better when the club hosts it’s next field shoot on January 2 next year. Based on Densley’s improvement over the last year in particular, that course record may be in danger after all.

Summer Indoor League – Rnd 1 & 2 Results

It’s been a long wait, but indoor league finally returned to Archers of Warrnambool with the start of the Summer competition kicking off Friday the 4th of December. All members have been keen to see a return to indoor shooting after the Covid-19 restrictions kept archers of the 18 metre indoor range.

Club Captain Dave “Chopper” Reid was a picture of consistency twice shooting 288 out of 300, giving him bragging rights with the highest scores for each of the two rounds.

Other archers to shoot well on the night included Connor Barbary  who beat his previous best score by 47 points and  Mick Austin who missed bettering his previous best by only 2. Riley Austin was the best of the junior archers with a very nice 135.

All results are as follows;


Name Round 1 Round 2
Mick Austin 187/300 161/300
Dave Reid 288/300 288/300
Peter Hill 204/300 204/300
Chris Densley 202/300 181/300
Connor Barbary 227/300 274/300
Paul Minifie 250/300 267/300
Daniel Baker 281/300 280/300
Riley Austin 124/300 134/300

 AoW – Return to Play Stage 3

As Victoria has now moved to the Last Step before COVID normal changes took effect from 11:59pm on Sunday 22 November 2020.   Archers of Warrnambool have formulated the following advice for its’ members to facilitate the Return to Play.

The new circumstances have eased restrictions and from 22nd November 2020 and will expand the accessibility of club grounds and facilities to an almost normal shooting situation.

There is a patron cap which represents the number of participants who can be in the venue at any one time. There is also a session size which relates to the number permitted to undertake archery activities. The officers and coaches needed to run the sessions are in addition to the patron cap.

All spectators and parents etc. are included in the patron cap number.

Clubrooms, changing rooms and toilets are subject to the four square-metre rule – one person on average for every 4 square metres of space within a particular area.

For adults, indoor and outdoor shooting is allowed if :-

  • there is no physical contact,
  • equipment may be shared as long as it is adequately cleaned between each use.
  • Records of attendance are to be kept.
  • Clear signage and conditions of entry will be displayed
  • Masks to be worn inside unless in the act of shooting.
  • Members may attend the club to undertake maintenance subject to patron caps.

The following general conditions relating to behaviour and hygiene apply at all times :-

(a) social distancing -1.5m apart.

(b) regular hand hygiene, washing hands in soap and water or hand sanitiser.

(c) respiratory etiquette-coughing into a paper towel (which is then disposed of into a sealed bin) or into the elbow.

(d) ensuring all surfaces are cleaned and disinfected regularly.

Each member is reminded that the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and respiratory illness are at most risk of the pandemic and should seriously consider whether to enter.

Come and try activities can recommence subject to the following conditions:-

  • Bookings will be required for each of the two sessions 11.00am-12.00 pm and 12.00 pm- 1.00 pm
  • Bookings from schools or community groups are subject to them having exclusive use of the facility. There will be no patron cap applied although number must be suitable to the size of the facility.

For the Indoor range the number of patrons (including spectators) permitted is limited to the lessor of:-

The density quotient, which is the number calculated by dividing the total accessible area of the indoor range (measured in square metres) by 4 – i.e. 1:4 ratio of people to square metres; and

  • 150

As the indoor range is 5m* x 20 m = 100 square meters /4   =   25 patrons

* The space behind the safety line

The number of members of the public in each group, class or session at any one time is limited to the lessor of

  • The number permitted by the density quotient (1:4)- 25 and
  • 20
  • Multiple classes are permitted with a 10m minimum distance between them.

Spectators must abide by gathering restrictions and should be in groups of no more than 20 and spread out around the venue. They should also maintain social distancing.

The outdoor 90m range and field course will be opened now with access to the Pavilion Club room and toilet facilities.

The number of patrons who can use the outdoor range is the lessor of

Area behind the safety line 8m x 90m =720 square metres /4 = 180

and  500.  i.e.  180

Classes must be at least 10 m apart.

The field course is considered a separate outdoor space with density quotients well exceeding 180

Face masks are not required outdoors unless individuals are unable to socially distance the required 1.5m. Archers can share target butts and faces and retrieve their own arrows.

One member will be responsible for ensuring the Register is completed with the names and contact telephone details of all members present together with the times in attendance.

Hand sanitiser will be provided along with soap and water for use prior to and after the shoot.

Social distancing will be maintained both with archers on the range and all others in the Club house. The 4 square meter rule will still apply along with social distancing and hygiene rules.

Suitable signage and posters will be displayed around the club to remind archers of the requirements.

Michael S Clark
Archers of Warrnambool

QDE Success

Congratulations to new member, Connor Barbary, who has now qualified to shoot out to 90 metres. Connor achieved this over only two days, starting at 20m and finishing on Saturday with 253/300 at his first attempt shooting from 70m.

If you would like to try to qualify to shoot at greater distances, our next Qualifying Distance Event is this coming Saturday, 28th November at 2pm