Today was our one and only home match of the year.

Again, it was a beautiful day for shooting, no breeze for most of the day and very sunny.

Of all the Albion matches I have shot in, this one seemed to finish very quickly, we were done and being fed by Michelle by 16:30. So a very big thank you to Michelle for providing the catering.

80 yards got started on time at a more reasonable time of 10:30am, I for some reason thought I had lost an arrow in sighters… but later turned out I just couldn’t count properly. Paul Greensted tried giving Chris Higgins another 30 points on 80 yards, which Martin Skinner noted for later discussion.

The first distance finished, we had 20 minutes for lunch and then back to shooting.

60 yards was completed without much incident. Everyone was commenting on the frozen bottle of water I had been drinking throughout the day had started resembling something quite interesting...

Anyway, we break between 60 and 50 yards. And then I decide it’s a good opportunity to look at the Pavilion Room we would be using after the match… and I can’t get in… nightmare. Chris Higgins to the rescue, phones the site manager and they come along about 10 minutes later.

So, the final distance comes and goes again without much incident, Paul Greensted is juggling shooting and organising the catering with Michelle, which no doubt didn’t help his concentration.

Scores on the doors:

Grays – 3684 points
CTRA – 4071 points

Another win for CTRA by an impressive 387 points.

Well done everyone! We now have a 4-week break before our match with Rayleigh on 6 August.

Chris Jordan (Team Captain)

Today marked the start of CTRA’s title defence against Colchester. Sighters were agreed for 1pm which is later than usual.

The biggest challenge of the day would be keeping hydrated, as today was also the hottest of the year so far.

The first challenge was getting to the venue however, as everyone seemed to think that it would be a good idea to go out… the second was finding the venue, as Brian and Joel pointed out the lack of good directions from their captain (sorry guys).

Anyway, after getting ready in time, the first end started on time and the sun had disappeared behind some cloud cover giving the competitors some relief, although short lived. Campaign HQ (AKA the club tent) was a welcome haven from the sun.

After the 80 yards distance was finished a 20-minute break was called and archers were able to discuss how well they had done. Myself having shot a personal best of 282 was rather pleased… but now the distance change.

Shooting recommenced and the breeze (wind) which had been absent for all of 80 yards showed in typical Colchester style. But it affected everyone. 60 yards came and went (a little slower as we were all feeling the heat) and on to the last 3 dozen at 50 yards.

It was at this point where stamina come into play, and some were feeling it more than others, like Chris Higgins who was wearing a base layer under his shooting shirt to prevent sunburn (I feel for you). However, it was plain to see that Martin was dehydrated too, so in stepped the Captain who had bought 6, 1 litre bottles before the match.

After the 50 yard distance, it was time to total the scores.

Colchester – 3759 points
CTRA – 3956

A win for CTRA by 197 points.

Well done team, onto our only home match vs Grays in two weeks.

Chris Jordan - Team Captain

Here is the match report for today's meeting between West Essex 'A' and Chelmsford Tudor Rose Archers (CTRA).

CTRA are now on the brink of winning Division One at the first time of asking as they narrowly beat West Essex 'A' in Aveley.

The weather at the start was sunny, but very soon the grey clouds rolled in and for a while it looked as though the rain would shortly follow, fortunately for the archers it remained dry.

There were some thrilling contests developing on all four targets, most notably between Chris Jordan and Peter Dent who were never more than a few points away from each other over the entire day. In the end though Chris was defeated by just 4 points.

However, the pairing of Chris Higgins and Martin Skinner proved to be too much for their opponents as they comfortably won their target. Close scores on the other two targets meant for a close finish, but Chelmsford's superior gold scoring proved to be key in deciding the contest.

So where does this leave Chelmsford? Victory at home to Rayleigh on the 7th August will guarantee the Division One title, an achievement that will prove just how far the club have come in recent years.

Chris Jordan would again like to thank all the archers for their efforts today. I would also like to thank West Essex for their hospitality and fantastic buffet they put on for everyone. A special mention must also go to Chris Higgins and Paul Greensted who both shot personal bests, well done guys.

(Credits: Michael Jordan)

Chelmsford Tudor Rose Archers (4019) beat West Essex 'A' (3951) by 68 points

Chelmsford Tudor Rose Archers
M Skinner - 864
C Jordan - 856
C Higgins - 832*
P Greensted - 778*
J Auvray - 689

West Essex 'A'
P Dent - 860
A Devlin - 814
G Hill - 772
I Clampin - 759
N McMaster - 746

ANDY HARRIS LEAGUE TABLE 2016/17    
               
  SHOT DNS WON LOST DRAW POINTS AGGREGATE
DIVISION 1              
Raydon Hall A 7 0 6 1 0 12 11747
Rayleigh 7 0 6 1 0 12 11668
Ch Tudor Rose A 7 0 6 1 0 12 11578
Blue Arrows A 7 0 3 4 0 6 11438
West Essex 7 0 3 4 0 6 11369
Grays A 7 0 2 5 0 4 11325
Harlow A 7 0 1 6 0 2 11292
Raydon Hall B 7 0 1 6 0 2 11185
               
               
DIVISION 2              
Epping 7 0 6 1 0 12 11047
Framlingham 7 0 5 2 0 10 10971
Abbey A 7 0 5 2 0 10 10824
Clacton 7 0 5 2 0 10 10729
Priory 7 0 4 3 0 8 10909
Malgrave A 7 0 2 5 0 4 10702
Pilgrim A 7 0 1 6 0 2 10096
Raydon Hall C 7 0 0 7 0 0 10100
               
               
DIVISION 3              
Noak Hill 7 0 7 0 0 14 11164
St Edmunds 7 0 5 2 0 10 10759
Braintree 7 0 5 2 0 10 10752
Grays B 7 0 4 3 0 8 10139
Holdens A 7 0 3 4 0 6 10278
Ch Tudor Rose B 7 0 2 5 0 4 9920
Malgrave B 7 0 2 5 0 4 9020
Grays C 7 0 0 7 0 0 7366
               
               
DIVISION 4              
Blue Arrows B 7 0 6 1 0 12 10114
Abbey B 7 0 6 1 0 12 9003
Harlow B 7 0 5 2 0 10 9018
Epping Jnrs 7 0 4 3 0 8 8093
HDSA 7 0 3 4 0 6 7204
Pilgrim B 7 0 2 5 0 4 5321
Holdens B 7 0 1 6 0 2 5944
Broxhill Jnrs 7 0 1 6 0 2 4952

The day started unsettled and unfortunately not soon after the start the rain made its appearance two hours earlier that the forecast predicted. The rain continued to be a nuisance throughout most of the day with everyone having to change in or out of wet-weather gear.

By the end the match was settled by a narrow margin of 121 points with CTRA coming out on top, taking our winning streak to 6.

I would like to thank all of team CTRA for their efforts today in what can only be described as challenging conditions. Special mention must go to Joel Auvray who shot an impressive PB of 778 (previous 766) smashing his previous score against Ascham by 225 points!!! I also managed to increase my PB by 1 point but will not steal Joel’s moment ;)

With two wins now under our belt we now look to face West Essex on 3 July.

(Credits: Chris Jordan)

Chelmsford Tudor Rose Archers (4075) beat Colchester (3954) by 121 points

Chelmsford Tudor Rose Archers
M Skinner - 868
C Jordan - 863*
C Higgins - 804
J Auvray - 762*
P Greensted - 762
(R Aslett - 584.)

Colchester
D Collins - 830
C Buckley - 817
M Huff - 776
M Huard - 772*
Miss C Morris - 759
(S Morris (bb) - 618)