Grinstead Shed hits target number

THE Grinstead Shed was fit to burst over the weekend, as 216 archers converged on the Toners Lane, Morwell complex for the state and national indoor championships.

With some 800 competitors shooting for national glory in centres across the country, Twin City Archery Club hosted the largest single contingent of any association, facilitating about a quarter of the field.

Some 20 archers were left hanging on the waiting list, as TCAC hit its numbers cap for the first time in a huge weekend for the growing club.

TCAC president Peter Bennett said it was a mark of archery’s growth, locally and nationally.

“The sport is growing, the numbers are there and the people like it,” he said.

“We’re getting a lot of new members at our club. The good thing about indoor archery is it’s something they can achieve… effective shooting and (can) compete at that distance because it’s close range.

“It’s something someone reasonably new to the sport can have a go (at) and enjoy the atmosphere of a big tournament.”

Revelling at their local indoor range, TCAC members performed ably with several top 10 national finishes and a host of state placings.

Among the best performed were national silver medallists Roland Bayles (cadet male barebow recurve) and Lee Solomon (open male barebow compound), along with Merv Grinstead who earned a national bronze in the veteran plus male crossbow.

In his first competitive outing with a crossbow in hand, Aaron Inglis stunned many seasoned rivals to come away with bronze in the open male crossbow, one of the toughest divisions on offer.

Fellow Twin City members Drew Orton and Tammy Richards topped their state standings to claim gold medals, while Solomon and Grinstead’s efforts also saw them win their respective state crowns.

“It’s building, and it’s getting better and better, the results are getting stronger each year, so it shows what we’re doing at the club is getting the archers to shoot better and score better,” Bennett said.

Victoria was also successful in the teams’ placings, taking out compound and recurve national titles.

For more information about TCAC and how to get involved with archery phone Peter Bennett on 0429 429 240.

Cub Male Compound

Drew Orton 1st

Intermediate Male Compound

Shae Burzese 3rd

Cadet Male Barebow Recurve

Roland Bayles 2nd

Open Female Compound

Danielle Soppe 10th

Tammy Richards 14th

Heather Langenakker 19th

Anne Leslie 24th

Open Female Longbow

Tammy Richards 1st

Open Male Compound

Adam Bielby 4th

Paul Eagle 16th

Adam Rhimes 37th

Open Male Barebow Compound

Lee Solomon 1st

Open Male Barebow Recurve

Ken Devries 10th

Open Male Crossbow

Aaron Inglis 3rd

Masters Female Compound

Viv Bennett 2nd

Masters Male Compound

Peter Bennett 2nd

Masters Male Longbow

George Sznek 4th

Masters Male Barebow Recurve

George Sznek 2nd

Veteran Male Compound

Brian Cunlisse 3rd

Veteran Male Recurve

Dennis Luobikis 3rd

Veteran + Male Compound

Merv Grinstead 1st

Veteran + Male Crossbow

Merv Grinstead 2nd

Cadet Male Barebow Recurve

Roland Bayles 2nd

Open Male Barebow Compound

Lee Solomon 2nd

Open Male Crossbow

Aaron Inglis 3rd

Veteran + Male Crossbow

Merv Grinstead 3rd