March 2020

March 2020 Newsletter #1

Welcome to the first edition of AoW’s newsletter.

It’s great to see good turnouts at club shoots, with new members now joining those who are more experienced and enjoying our wonderful sport. Our club members, old and young, come from many different backgrounds, but share a common love of archery. The club is lucky to have both indoor and outdoor ranges, and moves are afoot to increase our facility by building a field course – more news of this in later editions!

Through this newsletter, produced monthly, we hope that members can make connections, learn more about the sport, be informed about up-and-coming club events and activities, as well as those of
other clubs.

We plan to profile a member in each edition, and who better to get the ball rolling than our Club President,
Michael Clark.  Mike can always be seen at the range on Saturdays and Tuesdays, assisting others and occasionally finding time to shoot as well.

We hope you enjoy reading our newsletter. Contributions and suggestions are always welcomed!


Member Profile: Michael Clark – Club President

Born in Bethnal Green, London, he now lives in Woodford.

Mike first became interested in archery about 10 years ago, when his neighbour, John Goodwin, the founder of Archers of Warrnambool invited him to “Come & Try”.

Mike considers his greatest achievement in archery is growing the club from five members in 2010, to the current membership of 64.

His best indoor score is 283, achieved with his recurve bow on an 80cm face at 18 metres. He has qualified for 50 metres outdoors.

His archery goals are to see AoW archers competing in local, state wide and national competition, and to
increase the number of coaches at the club.

Mike has many interests outside archery, among them boxing (as a younger man), golf, and gardening. He is an avid reader and his two dogs keep him busy and active.

Mike’s favourite colour is blue.

His favourite music is the Beatles & Queen.

He loves eating steak & kidney pudding.

Favourite book/movie is J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

His favourite superhero is Superman, and  

His favourite holiday destination is Tasmania, because it reminds him of his home country of England

Summer League – Results

Summer league was run on the 2nd & 4th Fridays of the month, and concluded on 28th February. It’s great to see some junior members joining the league, and in the next season a medal will also be awarded to the best junior archer. 

Individual scores improved across the competition, and many PBs were recorded. Congratulations to all who participated.

Medals were awarded to:

A-Grade – Elliot Riley

B-Grade – Alex Nesic

C-Grade – Denise Burrell

Up-Coming Events & Activities

Saturday mornings

  “Come & Try” sessions, 11am – 1pm

  Invite a friend to try archery

  Equipment provided

  Coach on hand to get you started

  First three sessions – no charge  

Tuesday Evenings

– Club meet from 5pm

Friday Evenings  

  Indoor League on 2nd & 4th Fridays from 6pm

  Coaching on 1st & 3rd Fridays from 6pm

Saturday 21st March  

– BBQ & get together with Warrnambool Rifle Club followed by a club working bee at the field course site

– 2pm start at the range

Friday 14/3/2020

– Autumn Indoor League starts  

Welcome to New Members

New members in January and February are:

Jade and Mac Rodgers, Chris Densley, Rebecca Garvey, Gerard O’Brien, Kaoru O’Brien and Emily, and Peter
Hill. It’s great to see you on the range and getting involved in the club activities.

Club Shirts

Club Captain Dave Reid is ordering more shirts in March. If you are interested, send Dave details of your
size and the name you would like on the back ASAP. Cost is $32.50 per shirt (

Safety on the Archery Range

Personal safety is a top priority in archery, and there are a couple of practices that are always observed when
shooting at the range (both indoors and outdoors).
Shooting is from the marked shooting line,
Shooting does not commence until the range is clear, and the appointed range master gives the OK
(“All clear? Shoot when ready”),

After you have finished your end, step back behind the shooting line & wait for others to finish,
Arrows are not collected until all archers have completed their ends, and the range master gives the OK
(“All clear? Collect your arrows”).