On Sunday 26th March Sway Bowmen sent an intrepid team of 17 to Waterside Archers to compete in an open shoot against a field of 45 archers from across the South. At stake were places in the open shoot but also a head-to-head match up against the Waterside Team for the Sway Water Trophy, a team accolade that has been contested by the two clubs for many years.
On a rainy, cold day everyone shot 6 dozen arrows at a distance of 30m. Sounds easy? Not so! Close distance shooting requires discipline and accuracy and this is particularly challenging when the weather is against one. Sway, however, proved more than equal to the task, winning 9 of the 10 categories they competed in and winning the Water Trophy by a convincing margin.
The club were particularly delighted that the team included archers who only completed their beginner’s courses last year but who were brave enough to join the team and mad enough to attend in the rain!