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oa_logo_transpMove outdoors Saturday March 29 - first outdoor session and BBQ Sunday March 30! oa_logo_transpOxford Archers FITA Weekend 2014 (2-3 August) entries now open oa_logo_transp

 
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Welcome to Oxford Archers

Est. 1948
 Oxford RFC Grounds, North Hinksey, Oxford.

Club Shooting 2012
An open and friendly club, Oxford Archers has been welcoming archers of all levels and all bowstyles for over sixty years.

We are dedicated to maintaining a supportive atmosphere in which all can develop to their full potential, and are proud to be home to a number of nationally and internationally competitive archers.

As well as being somewhere to practice and improve, Oxford Archers is also a club in the true sense of the word. We hold regular socials, fun shoots and archery related days out!

All members are encouraged to lend a helping hand and have their say in the running of the club.

So whether you're after a gold medal or a bit of fun, Oxford Archers is the club for you!

 


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Do You Want To Shoot?

CarlosThere are several ways we can introduce you to the sport of archery.

Our Have-A-Go events are ideal for trying archery without the commitment of a Beginner's Course - click on the link for dates of our next open have-a-go events!

We can arrange archery parties for birthdays, stag and hen parties, or as corporate events.

A Beginner's Course will coach you to the level of competence required to join an archery club. Courses take place regularly throughout the year. Alternatively you can arrange for a Fast Track Beginner's Course for up to 3 people to suit your personal requirements.

Our qualified coaches also offer private one-on-one tuition at any level - from complete newcomer up to international standard.

 
 The dates for our next Group Beginner's Courses have been set - click here to apply for a place!
 

 Oxford Archers operates a Children and Vulnerable Adults Protection Policy as promoted by the Grand National Archery Society. To view this policy in full, go to the CPP page.

 
And you are never too old. Have a look at one of our oldest active members in action:
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Clophill FITA Fest - National Series Stage 2 and 3

No medals, unfortunately, but nevertheless some very good results from the Oxford Archers who sweltered through Stage 2 and 3 of the National Series at Clophill last weekend. The format of the tournament was an Olympic round (70m for Recurves, 50m for Compounds) in the morning, followed by a head-to-head in the afternoon of each day.

On Saturday 4th seeded Nichola Simpson, and 5th seeded Antje Frotscher made it into the Quarter Finals, as did Alex Smith, who broke seed twice only to be defeated by Olympic archer Alan Wills. Kirstie Smith, seeded 26th, similarly defeated the 7th seed in the 1/16th. Lady Compounds Kat Baier and Nat Merry, seeded 15th and 16th, advanced to the 1/8th the head-to-heads and finished both in 9th place, and OA associates Angelina Measures, Annie White and Jack Sobey also acquitted themselves well. A special mention for determination in the face of disaster for Thilina Abeywickrama, whose limbs broke halfway through the seeding round, but who came back for the last dozen and competed in the head-to head with a bow borrowed from team mate Alex Smith.

On Sunday the Gents Recurves Matt Langton and Alex Smith put in impressive perfornances in the seeding round with 623 and 619 points respectively, seeding them 12th and 14th, and together with team mate David Timmins (whose birthday it was!) made it through to the 1/16th finals, but Ioannis Chrisinas was defeated in the 1/32nd. Stopped only in the Quarter Finals were Antje Frotscher, Nichola Simpson and Kat Baier, who in the 1/8th defeated Saturday's winner and Team GB archery Andrea Gales.

Most importantly, though, a good time was had by all, both during the shooting where the team members supported each other wonderfully, and during the evenings with a BBQ and a spirited game of frying-pan rounders.

Full results here.

 Clophill

 
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Oxon at the National Inter-County Team Tournament

By David Timmins, Oxfordshire County Captain

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The weekend just gone Oxfordshire sent 15 archers to the first ever National County Team Tournament at Lilleshall. After a very enjoyable weekend and some fantastic shooting all round we have done ourselves proud, punching well above our weight across all categories.

Nat Team Compounds SMallOur outstanding Lady Compounds came 2nd, dominating the FITA on Sunday. They were the only team to get over 4000 points, mens and womens. Combined with a strong Saturday they took a deserved place on the podium. Oxfordshire's medalists were Nic Simpson (who makes EXCELLENT cheesecake), Nat (adding drama to head to heads) Merry and Kat (just passing through between business trips) Baier.
Oxfordshire's Lady Recurves came 8th, again coming back stronger on the Sunday; special mention for Antje Frotscher who beat all the boys at the 720 on Saturday. Alongside Antje were Angelina Measures and Kirstie Smith.
Gent Compounds finished 14th despite being a man down for the FITA (though still beating Eastern Area- Scotland who were in the same boat). Nigel Parkin managed an excellent PB and Ben Glover capped off his GNAM week with an excellent weekend. Chris Ryder on Saturday put in a very strong performance at his first competition for several years.
Gent Recurves A went for consistency and came 8th, 8th and 7th in the three elements to the event, going out to the eventual winners Lancashire in the head to heads. Matt Langton can definitely recommend willpower as a way of getting more tens; despite missing a shoulder still pushing his team mates, me and Alex Smith, on right until the end.
Gent Recurves B team (the only Gents B recurves in the competition) had an awesome weekend, coming 15th, beating FIVE county A teams, including neighbours Berkshire! Dave Longworth proved that practice is optional, coming away with one of his highest FITAs after wiping the dust off his bow. Marc Tamlyn and Jack Sobey stepped up to the head to heads to give even eventual winners Lancashire a run for their money and notch up the county team head to head record.

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Well done everyone! You should all be proud of your performances, thank you for flying the flag (literally!) for Oxfordshire. 

Full results here.

 

 
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Diana Shoot and UK Masters

Diana TeamMore shiny medals for Oxford Archers and associates at the Diana shoot last weekend, with a Gold for John Royal and Bronze for Lloyd Wallington shooting the Gents Compound Windsor, and another Bronze for Junior Thomas Kloska!

Associates from Oxford University Company of Archers added an impressive haul of 3 individual and 4 team Golds as well as 2 Silvers to the tally.   

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       OUCofA Team Diana

 

Meanwhile, four members of OA had been invited to compete at the UK Masters at Lilleshall, and achieved respectable results in difficult conditions - Antje Frotscher, Nat Merry and David Timmins placed 5th, 15th and 14th in their respective categories.

Well done to all who competed! Full results are here (Diana) and here (UK Masters).  

 
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Oxford Archers Do Rivernook

Rivernoook

Oxford Archers were well-represented at the Rivernook Bowmen WRS FITA 50/70 Metre Tournament with three Compound and four Recurve archers.

The rather windy conditions made shooting hard work for the archers (even for the internationals, see picture bewlo), but the Saturday ended with Gold for Nichola Simpson and Silver medals for Antje Frotscher, Nat Merry and David Timmins, with a Gold for Antje Frotscher and a Bronze for David Timmins in the head-to-heads on Sunday. Marc Tamlyn and Thilina Abeywickrama finished 13th and 14th on Saturday; Nigel Parkin, who finished 7th in Saturday's round, seeded 6th, but unfortunately went out in the 1/4 finals; and Marc Tamlyn (19th) lost against the 14th seed.

Well done, all! See here for full results.

Nic Rivernook

 
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OA and Associates Win at Evesham

By Matt Langton

Evesham 2013

 

The Evesham Double 720 on Sunday was the sunny setting for yet more medals for Oxford Archers.

 

OA associates Matt Langton, David Timmins and Alex Smith dominated a highly competitive gent's recurve category: gold and silver for Matt and David respectively, and 4th place for Alex, along with a PB each for the 70m round. Nichola Simpson took gold in the ladies compound category; Angelina Measures (recurve) and Nigel Parkin (compound) came 4th in their categories and Thilina Abeywickrama (recurve) finished 18th place.

Congratulations all for some truly great results!

 

 Evesham WinnersIn further news the trio of gent recurve OA associates shot the world's first (possibly) and closest three way 12 doz head-2-head (by scoring each end in a set system, to add even more excitement to their day!), and sun-cream was applied by all for the first time this season.

 

(In short (i.e. 5-7-5 syllables)):

Two golds, one silver,
And three fourth places as well.
So close! Well done, team!

A. Frotscher)

 
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Oxford Archers Medal Tables

Outdoor Season 2013
GOLD SILVER BRONZE
44 17 12

Indoor Season 2013-14
GOLD SILVER BRONZE
36 14 17

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Archery in Action

Videos of major archery events (National Series, EFA Champs) can be found on archeryfocus.tv Live streams are planned for important tournaments. Awesome stuff!

News Bytes

Move Outdoors - Saturday 29 March

We will move back to our outdoors venue at the Rugby Club in North Hinksey this Saturday, March 29.
Starting Sunday March 30, session times will be:
Sunday afternoons 1 p.m -4 p.m.
Wednesday evenings 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.
Friday evenings 6 p.m - 8 p.m.

Click here for directions to the field.
Especially if this is your first outdoor season with us, please read the rules of outdoors shooting carefully, and stick to them whenever you come down to shoot this summer.

 
OA overwhelms opposition at OUIT

OUIT TeamRecurve and Compound Team gold for OA, with another 5 Golds, 2 Silvers and 4 Bronzes for individual OA members, and many chocolate Easter eggs to boot!

See here for a full report and results.

 
Harlequin and SCAS
A massive jump in the medal count from all the OA members who shot at the Harlequin tournament last month and the SCAS Indoor Champs on March 2nd!
Altogether 10 golds, 4 silver and 2 bronze for OA members at this shoot - special congratulations on new PB scores at Harlequin to Amanda Walsh, Tim Holmes, Ray Park, and Eva Gronbech!
Oxon SCASOxfordshire, represented by members of OA and OUCofA, doublessly dominated the Southern Counties Indoor Champs, with gold and silver in both Ladies' categories (Nic and Kat Compound, and associates Charlie Birch and Kirstie Smith Recurve), and 4th, 5th and 6th in the Gents Recurve (associates Matt Langton and Alex Smith, and David Timmins); results which also secured the gold for Oxon in both the Recurve and the Compound County Team category (Matt, Alex and Timmins, and Nic and Nigel respectively).
In the Team Event, Oxfordshire managed a clean gold-silver-bronze sweep, with first place to OA Barbarians (Nic, Nat, Timmins, Antje), second place to OA Gold (Nigel, Kat, Lukasz, Andy Baulch ), and third place to OUCofA (Matt, Alex, Charlie, Kirstie).
Congratulations to all! Full results: Harlequin; SCAS.
 
February Newsletter Published

Read it here.

 
Combined Indoor, 7-8 December

nat indoors10 OA members and associates competed at the Combined Indoors on 7/8 December at Coventry. Six archers advanced into the second round at Saturday's Back2Back and walked off with prizes; and 6 also made the cut of the top 32 to compete in the head-to-head matches on Sunday, with Kat Baier advancing all the way to the quarter finals and finishing overall 5th. Well done all! See here for more details and full results.

 
County Champs Results

coaslogobyCongratulations to our County Champs Nichola Simpson (Lady Compound), John Royal (Gent Compound) and Anna Podgorski (Junior), as well as to the winning Novice Team (Ian Thompson, Tim Holmes, Ray Park and Anna Podgorski) - full results here.

 
OA Team wins Evesham

EveshamHuge congratulations to the OA recurve team of Eva Gronbech, David Timmins and associate Matt Langton for bringing home the team trophy from Evesham last weekend! With additional individual medals for Eva (1st place D classification, over all 7) and Matt (3rd place Gents Recurve), and good placements of the other club members (4, 8 and 12 respectively for David Timmins, Ioannis Chrisinas and Thilina Abeywickrama), this was a good showing from OA indeed. Full results here.

 
Newsletter November 2013

The November Newsletter is out and can be accessed here. Sign up for the County Champs and the Club's Christmas Dinner on December 1!

 
Outdoor Club Champs 2013
Club Champs Outdoor 2013Well done all who braved the wind and cold at the Club Champs today, and congratulations to our Outdoor Club Champions 2013:
Nat Merry - Lady Compound
Chris Ryder - Gent Compound
Antje Frotscher - Lady Recurve
David Timmins - Gent Recurve
Felicity Heaton - Novice
Thomas Kloska - Junior
Full results here.
 
Golds for OA Novices

Eva Tim WarfieldJust as promised, Eva Gronbech and Tim Holmes added two gold medals to the OA medal count this Sunday, winning Ladies Gold and Gents Beginners Gold at the Bowmen of Warfield Short Metric. Eva came away with her first archery trophy, and Tim also came second in the head-to-head shoot off competition! Congratulations! (And let's send a team next year!)

 
AGM and Membership Renewals

The Oxford Archers Annual General Meeting will take place on September 11, 8 p.m. at the Rugby Club Bar. The sheet for nominations for committee positions will be up on the notice board in the pavillion until August 28.
PLEASE NOTE that you will not be eligible to vote unless you have renewed your membership at least 24 hrs before the AGM!
Renewal forms are available here: doc  pdf

 
Climbing High at Cleve

CleveOxford Archers and associates were out in force again at the Cleve Archers World Record Status Tournament, and brought home three individual Bronze medals and a Silver, as well as a Team Gold for our associates from the Oxford Universiy Company of Archers.

Click here for a fuller report and a link to the full results.

 
Clophill FITA Fest

ClophillNo medals, unfortunately, but nevertheless some very good results from the Oxford Archers who sweltered through Stage 2 and 3 of the National Series at Clophill last weekend - click here for a tournament report and full results!

 
Newsletter - July 2013

The Oxford Archers Newsletter for July is out - read it here!

 
Oxon at the National County Team Tournament
NatIntercounties Brilliant results for tiny Oxfordshire at the first National County Team Tournament at Lilleshall this weekend - Silver for our Lady Compound team (Nichola Simpson, Nat Merry, Kat Baier), with Lady Recurves and Gents Recurves A both in 8th place; and Gents Compound (one archer down on Sunday) and Gents Recurves B in 14th and 15th place respectively. Good show, people!

Click here for a full report by County Captain David Timmins.

Full results on the Oxfordshire Archery facebook page or here.

 
County Champs!
 
County Champs
No less than 20 Oxford Archers members rocked up for a very windy but thankfully mostly dry County Champs shoot on Sunday, and took home many medals and classification scores as well as a couple of trophies.A big thank you to Marc Tamlyn for organising the event!
Congratulations to our new County Champions:
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Nigel Parkin (OA) - GC
David Timmins (OUCofA) - GR
Antje Frotscher (OA) - LR
Bob Mc Gregor Windrush) - LB
Thomas Kloska (OA) - Jun
 
Oxford Archers Do Rivernook

RivernoookOxford Archers were well-represented at the Rivernook Bowmen WRS FITA 50/70 Metre Tournament with three Compound and four Recurve archers. The Saturday ended with Gold for Nichola Simpson and Silver medals for Antje Frotscher, Nat Merry and David Timmins, with a Gold for Antje Frotscher and a Bronze for David Timmins in the head-to-heads on Sunday. Marc Tamlyn and Thilina Abeywickrama finished 13th and 14th on Saturday; Nigel Parkin, who finished 7th in Saturday's round, seeded 6th, but unfortunately went out in the 1/4 finals; and Marc Tamlyn (19th) lost against the 14th seed.

Well done, all! See here for full results.

 
Racking up the Medal Count

Diana TeamMore shiny medals for Oxford Archers and associates at the Diana shoot last weekend, with a Gold for John Royal and Bronze for Lloyd Wallington shooting the Gents Compound Windsor, and another Bronze for Junior Thomas Kloska! Associates from Oxford University Company of Archers added an impressive haul of 3 individual and 4 team Golds as well as 2 Silvers to the tally.

Meanwhile, four members of OA had been invited to compete at the UK Masters at Lilleshall, and achieved respectable results in difficult conditions - Antje Frotscher, Nat Merry and David Timmins placed 5th, 15th and 14th in their respective categories.

Well done to all who competed! Full results are here (Diana) and here (UK Masters).   

 
OA and Associates Win at Evesham

Evesham 2013 croppedGold and Silver in the Gent's Recurve for OA associates Matt Langton and David Timmins, and Gold for Nichola Simpson in the Ladies Compound, with three more fourth places - congratulations! See here for a report on this exciting day. Full results here.

 
More Medals for Oxford

Two more medals for Oxford Archers at the Andover Spring Shoot on Sunday, with a Gold for Antje Frotscher in the Lady Recurve division and a Silver for Nat Merry in the Lady Compounds. In some nasty wind and cold drizzle, Katharina Baier just missed out on a medal in 5th place, and David Timmins and Marc Tamlyn placed well in the Gents Recurve division in 9th and 28th place respectively. Well done, all! Full results here.

In other news, the Oxford University Company of Archers beat Cambridge Universtiy Bowmen at the Varsity Match this Saturday in appaling weather conditions, with OA associates Matt Langton, Alex Smith, Kirstie Smith and Angelina Measures on the experienced team  - CONGRATULATIONS!

 
Oxford Archers Novices’ Big Day Out

WMAS Novices 2013On Sunday 28 April ten Oxford Archers novices went to their first ever outdoor competition, the WMAS Regional and Open Novices' Tournament in Leamington Spa, and came back laden with medals - well done all!

Read all about their adventures and achievements here or at the bottom of this page.

Full results available here.

 
Outdoor Sessions

We're now back our normal outdoor sessions:

Sundays 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Wednesdays 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Fridays 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

All at our outdoor venue at the Rugby Club.Experienced members are invited to make use of the facilities whenever the field is not in use by the Rugby Club.

Please follow the Rules of Outdoor Shooting at all times when you come to shoot.

 
Club Champs Results
The 2013 Indoor Club Champs were held on Saturday March 2 - congratulations to our new Club Champions:
Thomas Kloska - Junior
Lukasz Danel - Novice
Katharina Baier - Lady Compound
Antje Frotscher - Lady Recurve
Nigel Parkin - Gents Compound
Thilina Abeywickrama - Gent Recurve

Full results here!

 
AGM 2012
Election Results - your new committee for 2012-2013:
Chairman - Nat Merry
Secretary - Corinne Stone
Treasurer - Martin Stone
Tournament Officer - Nichola Simpson
Equipment Officer - Howard Moore
Coaching Organiser - Thilina Abeywickrama
Records Officer - Kat Baier
Child Protection Officer - Ashley Poyton
Webmaster - Alan Shanks
Communications Officer - Antje Frotscher
Male Committee Member - Carlos Soares-Vieira
Female Committee Member - Sarah Fletcher
 
SCAS Double FITA Star, 21-22 July 2012
At the Bedfordshire FITA Star this weekend, members of Oxford Archers (and associates) claimed First Lady Compound, First Lady Recurve, and the Mixed Team trophy, as well as badges for 1000 and 1100 FITAs, several distance awards, and a 6-gold-end badge.

Well done everybody!

 
County Outdoor Champs 2012

Venimus, vidimus, vicimus! (Or something...)

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A good number of Oxford Archers braved the nasty winds in Banbury on Sunday 24 July and turned up in the morning to shoot a York/Hereford championship round or in the afternoon for the National round, and came away with a goodly haul of trophies and medals. Congratulations to the new County Champions and our medal winners! Well done everyone! A special mention should go to Nigel and Carlos, who did well at their first ever tournament!

Full results are here.
 

Latest News

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Members of Oxford's archery club acquitted themselves rather well at the Berlin Open 2012 in December.

Nichola Simpson, Nat Merry, Katharina Baier, Antje Frotscher and Marc Tamlyn from Oxford Archers travelled together with David Timmins and Angelina Measures from the Oxford University Company of Archers to compete against over 500 other archers, international champions and Olympic archers among them.

Berlin Open Nat SMallerBerlin Open Team SmallerNat, after winning the chance to compete in the finals with an exciting one-arrow shootoff, handily defeated the 2nd seed 6-4 in the 1/32 final, swept away the 15th seed 7-1 in the 1/16 final, and was only stopped in a second one-arrow shootoff in the 1/8 final which she lost by a (g)nat's whisker, finishing in an impressive 5th place with 100 Euros prize money to her name. Nichola, after similarly losing in a one-arrow shootoff with a somewhat dubious judge's decision, came 9th. Berlin Open Antje Kat

Antje and Kat, both ranked 35th in their respective divisions, went on to claim 3rd and 6th place in the Second Chance tournament, winning valuable prizes.

 

 

Full results can be found here.