Damp conditions failed to deter an abundance of archers from descending on the Na Laoch Dall course near Waterford Airport. It was great to see the club return to their original woods.
The course, although flat, again provided lots of challenges with 3Dís often placed in tight & testing positions. Some great shots across ditches and between trees. Some of the trails were unavoidably mucky due to the rainfall and the hosts had gone to great lengths to make the trek as dry underfoot as possible. There was a nice lively atmosphere for the final outdoor shoot of 2012.
There was an array of delicious buns, brownies and cake, as well as tasty soup on offer. It was "Wayland junior's" first ever shoot and he really enjoyed the day, loved shooting at the 3D targets, and shot very well to win gold. (pity his dad couldn't do the same... next time perhaps!) Well done Calum, very proud of you.
So a fun day and one to remember. Very well done Na Laoch Dall.
Andrew Wayland - Dunbrody
A great shoot at NLD. After their woods had been cut down the club had made a great effort and succeeded in creating a new course. The shoot was really well run with great cakes and drinks provided. It was also great to see a good few travel down to support this shoot with Sean Crowe, the Gaynors, Willie Carr and Martin McCabe to mention a few making the trip. It was especially nice to see Sarah Twomey back after her operation.
All in all a great way to end the year
Well done NLD
Thanks to all those who attended on Sunday last. It was great to be able to welcome some many of our friends from around the country to Waterford for the last calendared shoot of the year. It may have been a cold, wet December day but your smiles and laughter made it a bright and memorable one.
Congratulations to those archers who completed their first competitive shoot and to those who recorded personal best scores. Particular congratulations to John Shiel who shot a truly amazing score. But for the fact that I saw him on the course using a flatbow and wooden arrows with devastating effect on a rainy day, I would have thought that he was shooting carbon arrows from a modern recurve if judging by his score alone.
Thanks to Pat and Rebecca for their company, good humour and encouragement on the day and to the ladies who provided so many wonderful culinary delights at the pit-stop on the way around. If we can have this much fun in mid-winter, I just canít wait for the Spring!
Adrian Twomey, NLD