EFAC 2019

Last week (5-9 August) four members of IFAF competed in the IFAA’s European Field Archery Championships in Doorwerth, Holland.

This was Lynn Ellingworth’s third EFAC and followed on the back of her win in the AFBH-R division at the World Field Archery Championships in South Africa last year. For Helen Kavanagh (VFBH-R), James Moloney (AMBH-R) and Dezi Kohen (VMBH-R) it was their first EFAC.

EFAC 2019 was a fantastic experience all-round. The organisers excelled in all aspects of hosting a tournament. Their attention to detail from administration (marshaling, online, and ceremonies) through to range building and use of the land around Castle Doorwerth (woodland and open fields) was immense. The Netherlands has set a very high bar for future tournaments.

IFAF were able to submit a Style Team in BHR comprising of Lynn, Helen and James, with Dezi as the reserve team member. Whilst our team was last (5th out of 5!) there was great camaraderie and pride in being able to compete as a team. Individually, both Lynn and Helen did well in their respective divisions. Lynn won the AFBH-R division by a massive 300 points. Helen received a bronze medal (her first IFAA medal!) for third place in the VFBH-R division. James and Dezi did well respectively in their own divisions.

Everyone is all set for more at the 2020 World Field Archery Championships in Estonia.

IFAF National Champs 2019

Laois Archery pulled out all of the stops in hosting this years IFAF National Champs. A huge amount of work and attention to detail went into setting the range for the 3D-Standard round on Saturday. Many in attendance conceded “The course-setters won on that target” when their arrows didn’t quite hit the mark.

The 20-target International Round, on Sunday, provided a great challenge. This rarely shot round further energised the general interest in ’roundies’ that’s been growing on the run-up to UKIFAC and EFAC this summer and on the build-up to UKIFAC 2020.

Base camp was run very professionally. There were many nice touches to the area – banners, refreshments (including fruit as well as treats), seating and shelters. The host of admin-ers and marshals further demonstrated the clubs’ commitment to the event.

This years National Champs proved to be the biggest championships in IFAF history with 95 and 96 competitors on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. It is also most attended shoot within IFAF outside of UKIFAC!

The new perpetual trophies commissioned for the Flatbow and Historical adult classes were much admired and very popular with those in attendance (click to view photos).

To view the results go to the RESULTS page. Consolidated results available here.

To view IFAF Records go to the DOCUMENTS page.

To claim a new IFAF Record for either round email the Membership Secretary.