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County shrugs off absence of stars; ARCHERY.

WARWICKSHIRE had a successful day shooting at theWestMidlands Regional Inter-counties match at the weekend, despite the absence of some of their best archers.

The event was hosted by Worcestershire at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire. Each of the five counties, Hereford, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, was allowed to field up to 24 archers.

The best in each discipline then made up the teams: fivemen and three women for the recurve team; two men and one woman for the compound team; and one man and one woman for the longbow team.

Archers shot the 12 dozen-arrow FITA rounds, three dozen at each of 90, 70, 50 and 30 metres for the men and 70, 60, 50 and 30 metres for the women. The weather was good, although windy at the end.

Warwickshire won the recurve match, the team comprising Leah Innocent (Coventry) 1194, Karen Atkins (Bowflights, Birmingham) 1140, Natalie Gee (Sutton Coldfield) 1088, Lee Williams (Meriden) 1253, James Folkard (Leamington) 1174, Brian Tustin (Leamington) 1150, Mark Ellis (Meriden) 1131 and Pete Lowe (Meriden) 1131.

Warwickshire's score of 9261 was well clear of Shropshire 9099, Staffordshire 9039, Worcestershire 8586 and Herefordshire (incomplete team) 2665.

The Warwickshire compounds with 3965 had to settle for second place behind Worcestershire (3986). Making the Warwickshire team were Philippa Lowe (Meriden) 1283, Garry Fowler (Meriden) 1345 and Brett Walker (Meriden) 1337.

Staffordshire finished third on 3906, Shropshire fourth on 3286 and Hereford (a man short) fifth with 2277.

Staffordshire narrowly won the longbow event with 795.

Warwickshire, with Stuart Tongue (Meriden) the only longbow, inevitably finished last.

A number of Warwickshire archers picked up the Roy Matthews medal, awarded for the best individual performances: Leah Innocent (Coventry) third lady recurve with 1194; Philippa Lowe (Meriden) second lady compound 1283; Lee Williams (Meriden) first gent recurve 1253 and Garry Fowler (Meriden) second gent compound 1345.

Other Warwickshire archers shooting, but not making a team, were: recurves Wendy Baird (Meriden), Bob Lowe (Meriden), Stan Ross (Meriden), Dean Holmes (Meriden) and Pete James (Meriden); and compounds Janette Ross (Meriden), Dawn Leide (Leamington), Paul Taylor (Meriden) and Pete Raynor (Meriden).

n While the Warwickshire county team were competing in Shropshire, three of its top archers, with an eye to next year's World Field Championships to be held in Visegrad, Hungary, in July, were competing in the Cheshire and Open Championships at Mouldsworth in Cheshire.

Chris White (compound) from Rugby, Naomi Folkard (recurve) fromLeamington and Jon Shales (recurve) from 'V' Archers all opted for a weekend of field archery on one of the country's most difficult courses with the intention of getting early qualification scores for next year's World Field Championships.

The three - all former medallists in World Field Championship - performed well and achieved qualifying scores. Each day involved 24 target FITA rounds, with unmarked distances on Saturday and marked distances on Sunday.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Oct 21, 2009
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