Line Cutter 2023

Sunday May 7th we gatheTrophyred for the annual Line-Cutter Tournament, shot in memory of a former member, Mavis North. This is one of a number of tournaments shot on an annual basis at the club.

All archers shot a close distance round, choosing between a Long-Metric IV or a Long-Metric V. As well as keeping score in the normal way, we also kept a tally of how many arrows landed on a line between two zones (a line-cutter). The overall winner being the archer with the highest tally after all 72 arrows have been shot.

Line-cutter glory, the Mavis North Trophy and some 'Way to Go' chocolate awaited our 2023 champion, Peter Yates with a tally of 13. Well done Peter on claiming your first trophy at the club, the first of many we hope.

As well as being a light-hearted competition, this was an opportunity for members to claim another milestone on our 'Metric Marathon' summer challenge. Submitted scores will also help archers achieve classification under the new Archery GB scheme launched this year and to start to build an outdoor handicap ahead of handicapped competitions later in the year.

Thanks to Hannah Diffey who was Tournament Organiser, Field Captain and Judge for the event. Great job Hannah!

Results are given below by Line-Cutter tally and Shot Score for each Bow type. If you would like to see more photos of the event go to the gallery here

By Line Cutter

By Score

The Battle of Clontarf - 23rd April 1014 (or 2023)

After a pause of 1009 years the Battle of Clontarf was headline news once again in Sway BowIMG 2929 smallmen's very own battle re-enactment. Eight clans fought for the dominion of Ireland, settling their differences on 10 x 12 grids at 20yds playing Archery Battleships. The first clash was little more than a warm up, combining four Irish and four Viking Clans into a field of two Irish and two twin-horned Norse clans of larger size. High King Brian Boru (Jem Mason) was quickly made a vassal by a new king, his son Murdach (Ed Batchelor) whilst Brian's Grandson Toidlbach (Andy Nossum)  bent the knee to Gormlaith, Queen of the Irish (Hannah Diffey). Meanwhile down the other end Gormlaith's Uncle Sygrydd Silkbeard (Mick Hayman) was humbled by Sigurd the Stout (Dave Errington)  and next door Viking Commander IMG 3020 smallBrodir (Matt Cooper) roaring and beating loudly on his shield with every hit (yes really, every single time!) combined forces with Mael Morda (Peter Yates). Appreciating now the double jeopardy that the more times your opponents hit you the fewer the arrows you have for the next engagement, the warriors girded their loins for  IMG 2995 smallthe semi-final knockout. The Irish Crown changed hands yet again from Murdach to Gormlaith, while Sigurd the Stout continued to bear down on his fellow Vikings until victorious. A brief break in battle for some Mead recharged the battle weary warriors. The final showdown between Gormlaith's gaggle and Sigurd's hoard saw the curse of the Crown continue and the Vikings rewrote history (a history in which St JameIMG 3049 smalls's gate presumably now serves Carlsberg rather than Guinness). It was a lot of fun, thank you to all the Chieftains and to our photographer John Clarke who captured the action (check out the gallery here). Well done to all the lower ranking warriors who although not individually named, have earned their place in Sway Bowmen History. 

There was no gold on offer today, but the victors celebrated with chocolate instead.

We had a great morning and the weather was kind to us. The Battle of Clontarf and Archery Battleships was a new format for us. It was great fun and proved that it doesn't really matter what the rules of the game are, nothing is better than shooting arrows with friends on a Sunday Morning, especially if you get to do it wearing fake fur, an inflatable crown or an iron helmet.

Water Result!

Team photo compressedOn 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!


Indoor League - Final Standings

So that's it, all over for another year. After three handicap setting nights, four practice sessions, twelve league nights and four weekend specials the Winter League is all wrapped up. We saw 43 different archers over the 23 sessions who between them submitted over 400 scored rounds to our records officer.  We completed Bray I, Bray II, Portsmouth, Vegas, Worcester and WA25 rounds. 

Well done to our four divisional champions who were awarded their winners shields by Shirley Gulliver our Club President at the AGM on Monday night.

  • Winner of Division 1 (Recurve, Barebow, Compound) - Stuart Thomas
  • Winner of Division 2 (Recurve, Barebow, Compound) - Darren Firth
  • Winner of Division 3 (Recurve, Barebow, Compound) - Amanda Rios
  • Winner of Division 4 (Longbow Division) - Tony Silver

To see the final league standings click here.   

Thank you to all who took part and made it a great Indoor Season. Only a little over six months and we can do it all over again. 

But for now....welcome to the 2023 Outdoor Season with nine tournaments to look out for (click here). First up is the Battle of Clontarf, a concept shoot taking place on 23rd April. More information to follow soon...and we'll need eight volunteers to be Chieftans to lead the eight Viking and Irish clans. Let your Tournament Officer (Jem Mason) know if you are interested. Costumes will be a must! (At least for the Chieftans).

Also look out for the new summer challenge The Metric Marathon. More information will be on the site soon or see Jem for details.