Islanders reign supreme

By Clare Newman

Friday, March 21, 2014


Islanders reign supreme

Phil Rackett. Picture by Robin Crossley.

SURE-shot archers Steve Bollen and Lee Grace trounced the opposition to win the two big prizes at Wight Bowmen’s Vectis Open competition at Smallbrook last weekend.

More than 70 archers from 11 clubs spread over nine counties took part in the competition, which also formed the first national five-spot championship for compound archers.

The first day of competition was held indoors, at the IW Table Tennis Centre, with an outdoor contest in the centre of the speedway track in the sun on Sunday.

Lee, representing the host club, won the national five-spot men’s competition with a score of 299, one point short of a maximum. This, combined with his outside score made him Compound Archer Supreme.

There were only six points separating the next six archers vying for medals, with West Wight’s Jim Frankum taking gold from two mainlanders.

The ladies’ compound was won by West Wight’s Andrea Beddard with 297, with club mate Ann Frankum taking silver with 288 and Tipaporn Walker (Atkins) bronze with 278.

Steve, representing West Wight, won the recurve Worcester competition, with a score of 286. This, combined with his outdoor score of 436 earned him the Recurve Archer Supreme title with ease.

Andy Caine, from Old Basing, took gold with a score of 281 with Wight Bowmen’s Mike Smith taking silver and Cliff Newnham bronze with 276 and 269 respectively.

The ladies’ recurve was won by West Wight’s Terry Benstead with 270, from club mate Emma Brown (255) and Bayeux’s Rachel Flay third.

Carla Ayling (Havant & Hayling) took the junior ladies’ title from Wight Bowmen’s Hannah Peacock while in the men’s longbow there was a West Wight clean sweep, with Hilton Jacobs winning on 201, from Roy Freeman (161) and Derek Osbourn (145).

The ladies’ competition saw Havant and Hayling’s Michelle Penfold take Longbow Archer Supreme with a combined score of 373.

Gold went to Sharon Freeman (West Wight), while in the men’s horsebow, Phil Rackett from Wight Bowmen took the title.

The team awards were an all-Island affair.

West Wight’s compound team of Andrea Beddard, Ann Frankum, Jim Frankum took gold, as did West Wight A (Steve Bollen, Alex Smith and Terry Benstead) in the recurve. Wight Bowmen A (Mike Smith, Cliff Newnham, Neil Linnett) won silver and West Wight B (Stephen Brown, Steve Marshall and Emma Brown) bronze.

The longbow team trophy went to West Wight A (Hilton Jacobs and Roy Freeman) from their B team of Derek Osbourn and Fred Bryant with Wight Bowmen’s Ken Payne and Dave Keefe taking bronze.

On Sunday, the men’s compound was won by Jim Frankum with a score of 465, with Andrea Beddard winning the ladies’ equivalent. Ann Frankum won bronze.

The recurve competition was keenly contested with three points separating the top three. Mike Smith (Wight Bowmen) eventually took gold from Nick Walker (Atkins) and Neil Linnett (Wight Bowmen) who came second and third respectively.

Liz Elmore (Nene) won the ladies competition with Wight Bowmen’s Stacey Payne second. The junior ladies was a repeat of Saturday.

In the longbow competition, Wight Bowmen’s Rick Davidson won gold.

Full results can be found at

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