FOR SALE: TARGET FRAME, PRICE $100

Mountain Archers is trying to raise some money after this COVID 19 crisis to help pay the rent to the BMCC for the use of our Oval and Amenities. We have 8 more of these target frames for sale. Delivery is $50 extra if you are local. The target frames were originally made for Sydney Olympic Park Archers and used in the 2000 Olympics. So they may be old, and have some minor damage due to the way they have been stored. However they are very sturdy and excellent to practice with.

Ironfest 2020 announces cancellation during coronavirus chaos

 
 ANGELIC: Vicki Hartley as a white angel. Picture: COURTESY OF SCOTT GILBANK.

ANGELIC: Vicki Hartley as a white angel. Picture: COURTESY OF SCOTT GILBANK.

Ironfest festival director MacGregor Ross made the announcement early Monday morning, March 16 that the 2020 event would not be going ahead.

"We, the organisers, are devastated, we will do the right thing by the ticket holders and stallholders who have already paid which is a major hit on the festival's financial viability..." he said.

"Nothing about our future is clear or certain.

15/3/20 MOUNTAIN ARCHERS CLOSED DUE TO COVID 19

JOSH'S NEW COURSE GOING STRONG AND CLUB NUMBERS STARTING TO PICK UP AGAIN!

 

A couple of lads from Josh Dodson's Come n Try Course, pretty happy with their efforts. Photo Joseph Pritchard.

A good turnout of club members 1/3/20. Photo Steven Brolin.

BEGINNERS COURSE POSTPONED UNTIL THE 23rd DUE TO OVAL CLOSURE

BMCC are inspecting all sporting grounds on Monday 17th due to drainage issues. So to avoid too much impact on the ground we will suspend Beginners course until the Sunday 23rd February. Sorry for any inconvenience, it has been a frustrating couple of months.

FEB COMP

BROWNTOWN OVAL RE-OPENED AGAIN FOR ARCHERY ON SUNDAYS 19/01/20

See our Newcomers section for upcoming Beginners Classes date commencement and come and put your name down if interested.

2 MOUNTAIN ARCHERS COMPETE AT 2020 INDOOR ARCHERY WORLD SERIES, LIVERPOOL SYDNEY 8-14 JAN

Mountain Archer Andrew Betts at Target 16, 2020 Indoor Archery World Festival, Whitlam Centre, Liverpool Jan 13th, photo thanks to Joseph Pritchard.

Two Mountain Archers, Andrew Betts and Kevin Girard came 9th and 10th respectively at the recent Indoor Archery Festival in Sydney. We can't tell you their scores because the Italian scoring system used doesn't seem to have recorded them!

THE TIBETANS ARE COMING TO MOUNTAIN ARCHERS

Mountain Archers Tibetan members and associates, Sonam Dhondup, Phakmo Tsetan, Lijia Loga, Namkha Tsering and Pema Dhondup, photo Mat Bagley.

When workmates Mat Bagley and Lijia Loga discovered they both shared a love for archery the idea for a Tibetan Archery Festival was born. The First Annual Australian Tibetan traditional Archery Festival is to be hosted by Mountain Archers and held at Browntown Oval, Mount Victoria. Due to the Bushfires we had to cancel the original date, so it will be on sometime around the Dalai Lamas Birthday, 2020. Will feature archers both Australians and Tibetans from Blue Mountains, Bathurst, Sydney, Newcastle, Canberra, Brisbane. The men will shoot at 80m, barebow at a traditional earthen/clay target,a CD at the centre, the closest arrow to the centre of the CD winning the round. Good natured verbal jousting is encouraged, with Mountain Archers Club President, Ian O'Neill, sure to be among those giving out the pay outs! The Tibetan women and children will also be encouraged to have a go, with Mountain Archers putting out the foam animal targets and balloons. Tibetan traditional dancing,rope pulling show of strength and many other activities will also be on display. Delicious Tibetan foods and drinks are also available. We will welcome everyone to come over and have fun with us.

 

CHRISTMAS BBQ AND PRESIDENTS CUP WILL BE HELD 16/12/18

All Mountain Archers, families and friends welcome!

December
16th    Presidents Cup Comp

Canberra

60/900:  60/50/40m 122cm face  90 arrows

Short
Canberra:    50/40/30m  122cm face 
90 arrows

Junior
Canberra:   40/30/20m 
122cm face  90 arrows

NEXT CLUB COMPETITION WILL BE 25/11/18

This will be an Outdoor indoor round. All archers shooting at 18m. Two halves of 5 ends so 300 X 2 (600 total)

Compounds will shoot at 40cm traffic light targets, x ring only to count as 10.

Sighted and Barebow Recurves and longbows can take their choice of traffic light targets or 40cm full face target faces. 10 and x ring to count as 10.

BEGINNERS CLASS STARTED 7/10/18 POSTPONED UNTIL 21/10/18 DUE TO RAIN.

AUGUST COMPETITION :
To register for this months shoot you must be an Archery Australia member, log in with Archer's Diary.

UPCOMING EVENT

Beginners class with Josh and Declan a success

Photos by Janet Lidee

 

Club photographer Janet Lidee took these great shots at our recent event:

MOUNTAIN ARCHERS TO TRIAL ARCHER'S DIARY
On Sunday 27/5/18 Mountain Archers will trial Archer's Diary Software to run a couple of 90 arrow events using electronic scoring for the first time. Club members and Archery Australia members welcome. Members are invited to log into either a Melbourne or Darwin round by going to https://archersdiary.com/ click on event registration and enter in our club into the boxes. Then select the event you would like to enter, then find your name under the registered Archery Australia members and enter yourself. The next step is to visit http://iscored.today/.com/ and download the program onto your smartphone. See you there. Event photos by Janet Lidee:

 

 

 

 

 MOUNTAIN ARCHERS AT LIVERPOOL BLACK SNAKE FIELD

Mountain Archers were well represented at the Liverpool Black Snake Field this year on 6/5/18. Four of us competed, From Blue Pegs in Intermediate Male Compound, Cody Buck took out gold in his first field competition with an excellent score of 253. Ben Ong came fourth in Open Male Barebow Recurve with a score of 267.From Red Pegs, Mat Bagley came fourth and Kane Smith came fifth in Open Male Compound with scores of 340 and 325 respectively. Photo above thanks to Warren Rankin, President Liverpool City Archers.

IRONFEST 2018 PHOTOS

Mountain Archers ran two days of Come 'N Try archery at Lithgow's Ironfest at Lithgow Showground on April 21st and 22nd. This is our major fundraiser for the year, we sell 50 cent arrows and an archery experience with our members coaching and picking up alot of arrows! This year was a great group effort by our members, thank you to you all. On Sunday our club photographer Janet Lidee took these great photos:

and a few from Saturday, once it had calmed down! photos Bags:

 

 

 

Hot Start to 2018 18/2/18

It has been quite a hot start to 2018 with 7 junior archers doing our Come 'N Try Course, Certificates to be awarded next week. A couple of returning adult archers have also been assessed as competent to become members as well. At least 4 members, Ben Ong, Jim Barber, June and Lee. are heading down the hill to Penrith City Archers to compete in the Metropolitan double 720 tournament in a couple of weeks. As well as this a number of our intermediate archers are on their way to completing their Ausbow qualifying distance rounds, Cody Buck will probably be the first club member to qualify for all his distances up to 45m. He shot a 236 out of 300 last week at 35m.

Our next Beginners course won't be after we have done this years Ironfest. Which will be held on April 21st and 22nd, at Lithgow Showgrounds.

BROWNTOWN OVAL STILL CLOSED DUE TO FIRE EMERGENCY 2/1/20

Due to the still current fire emergency, Browntown Oval is still being used as a staging point for RFS crews, appliances and helicopters. Mountain Archers will be officially closed until the emergency is declared over. We will have to postpone our Tibetan Archery Festival until later in 2020.

NOVEMBER COMP A 25M ON 60CM FACE, 24TH NOV

NICE DAY FOR A 90 ARROW SHOOT

We had a beautiful 20 degree day with calm, occasionally cool breeze for our comp today on the 27th of October. We shot a Perth 70/60/50m, others shot Junior Canberra 40/30/20m, and Grange 40m. Most results on Archers Diary, a couple more will be put up once we collect their scoresheets.Thanks to Joseph Pritchard for the photos.

TIBETAN ARCHERY FESTIVAL TO BE HELD AT MOUNTAIN ARCHERS, BROWNTOWN OVAL, JANUARY 6-7, 2020

Mountain Archers,Sydney Tibetan Archers and Newcastle Tibetan Archers would like to invite all registered Archers across the country to the 1st Australian Tibetan Archery Competition in 2020.

To be held January 6th and 7th,at Brown Town Oval,Mt Victoria, NSW.

Competitions will be held at 80 meters,face folded into a quarter triangle target, apex at top target butt on the ground. Compound, Recurve, Tibetan Horse Bow and Longbow. Release aids and stabilizer bars are allowed. Putting off fellow competitors using good natured verbal play from outside the safety box allowed. All unsighted according to the Tibetan traditional archery culture.

Matchplay scoring will be used.2 arrows per archer,at least 3 archers per team.Closest arrows to the x within scoring zone per team will score 1 point per arrow. First team to 10 points wins the match.

Matches will be:

9-10am on both days: Tibetan culture performances followed by speakers from both sides.

10-12pm on both days: All Archers are mixed,Team/Club Play eg. Mountains versus Boolaroo Bowmen, followed by Brisbane versus Sydney etc.

Lunch 12-1pm/delicious Tibetan foods and drinks will be served.

1pm-2pm Kids and Womens Matchplay, this may include foam animal shooting for the kids.

Individual Matchplay 2pm-3pm on both days.

Individual Matchplay with sights 3pm-4pm on both days.

Medal presentation 4-4:30pm on the second day, Cleanup 4:30-5pm.

We also have Tibetan traditional activities including group folk dance, marathon race, rope pulling and other talents etc.

ALL ARCHERS PLEASE REGISTER THEMSELVES WITH Secretary Mountain Archers Mat Bagley by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or Loga by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by 31st December 2019

 

20/10/19 test FIELD COMP, 27/10/19 PERTH, JUNIOR CANBERRA and a GRANGE

SEPTEMBER COMP BROUGHT FORWARD DUE TO SCHOOL HOLIDAY BEGINNERS CLASSES

BATHURST ARCHERY FESTIVAL HAILED A SUCCESS AS COMPETITORS FROM OUTSIDE REGION JOURNEY TO THE CITY/ story courtesy of WESTERN ADVOCATE writer Alexander Grant

Photo of Mountain Archer Andrew Betts competing at Bathurst Archery Festival, photo Phil Blatch

LET FLY: Andy Betts watches the flight of his arrow during the Bathurst Archery Festival. Photo: PHIL BLATCH

Bathurst Archers held the event over their new field course and welcomed more than 80 competitors to the city over a busy Saturday and Sunday of action.

On top of the competition there were a number of archery exhibitions, including a horseback display from Maydaan Archery Club.

Bathurst Archers president Steve Olive said the hectic two days of archery was a proud moment for the club and its members.

Everyone was really impressed and enjoyed the formats we did.

Steve Olive

"There were some amazing displays. We had around 80 competitors across the two days as well as the displays so it was quite successful," he said.

"People were really excited about it and they really enjoyed it. There's a lot of talk between our club members, Traditional Archery Australia and Maydaan Archery Club to make it all happen again next year."

The competition was a chance to show off the club's recently completed field course.

The course has been a labour of love for Olive and members who have spent months on end revitalising the club's facilities.

"The mayor came out for a visit on Sunday and he was really keen to have us keep council notified about what is happening at the club because this brought in so many people from outside the area," he said.

"Everyone was really impressed and enjoyed the formats we did. We had people from outside the area wondering how we could have all these amazing facilities.

"There's been lots of hard work and saving of money to make that happen. There were comments from people who shoot all over the place saying it's some of the best field courses they've been on."

AUGUST COMPETITION DETAILS

Our August competition was a great success with fourteen archers competing, see results on Archers diary.

Declan Maguire aka THE DOMINATOR broke the 500 points barrier at 70/60/50m

Cody Buck got an ultra consistant Master Bowman score with 817/900 at 40m.

Peter Staton got a 9.69 arrow average at 20m shooting Open Compound.

Warwick Yeo got 9.17 arrow average at 20m shooting Recurve.

2 MORE JUNIORS WIN MEDALS

 

 

 

Mountain Archers President, Ian O'Neill, with Secretary Mat Bagley and Adam and Josh, with their medals.

11 BEGINNERS PASS JULY COME 'N TRY LEVEL 1 COURSE

Congratulations to the following people, Marleah Geopano, Mikayla Goodwin, Marites Geopano, Leo Geopano, Vinan Handley, Taz Handley, Faithe Handley, James Teare, Rilka Oakley, Mars Fraser and Rome Fraser. They all completed Level 1, Archery Come 'N Try Course with Club Coach, Mat Bagley and Club Coach (in training) Cody Buck. Please come and get your certificates this week and we will see you for a couple more weeks for your temporary membership and hopefully a few of you will join our club with full membership in the next week or two!

16 COMPETE AND 30 MOUNTAIN ARCHERS on the SHOOTING LINE FOR WINTER HANDICAP 28/7/19

 

 

Photos of the comp and winners thanks to Josheph Pritchard.

Thomas, Eva, Stewy and Scotty taking home some medals today! Well done guys and some good scores shot in the still winter air. PBs (Personal Bests) to Cody Buck and Peter Staton. Scores available on Archers diary.

MOUNTAIN ARCHER COMPETES TIBETAN STYLE

 

 

 

Mountain Archer, Loga Lijia, pictured above recently went up with a group of friends and family, to compete in a Tibetan Style tournament with Boolaroo Bowmen at Fassifern on Friday the 5th of July. Loga has been training both Aussie style (with sight/ unlimited freestyle compound and Tibetan style) A great time was had by all and Loga won two ends, but the Newcastle based group won the overall match. The Tibetan tournament is done at a distance of 80 - 100 metres, with a triangular target the same area as a 60cm FITA target folded into a standing eighth section. It is done barebow compound, they are able to use release aids, or shoot traditionally with thumb release. You may roar to the ears of a rival, pat his shoulder before the bow is drawn or boo him. Those that can keep inner peace amid distractions shoot the target accurately. They get a thumbs up according to a Tibetan archer called Yangge. Mountain Archers will invite the Boolaroo Bowmen to a match in summer.

 

WINTER SHOOT FOR MEDALS

 

JUNE CLUB SHOOT

MAY CLUB SHOOT DETAILS

Note to club members if you want to shoot and haven't entered a tournament before, please speak to Jean Hampton, our Club Recorder, prior to the day of the event so she can register you on the AA database to enable you to score on your phone.

LITHGOW IRONFEST 2019 A BRAVE SUCCESS!

 

 

One of our youngest members Princess Merida at our successful and popular Ironfest stall , photo; Brigette Grant photograpy. She is shooting our newest Bear beginners bow which we recently bought from our mates at Jameson Archery http://www.jamesonarchery.com.au . Thanks to all our wonderful members for their help this year at Ironfest. Our swinging pendulum target thanks to Andrew Betts was a crowd pleaser.

Nelma enjoying shooting at Andrew Bett's pendulum target; photo Bags

ANOTHER JUNIOR ARCHER COMPLETES HIS OZBOW CERTIFICATE 14/4/19

 

Congratulations to the youngest club member to shoot their qualifications in all distances up to 45m in the Ozbow Certificate.  Well done Tom! Photo thanks to Josh Dodson.

 

EASTER BUNNY BINGO SHOOT

Also a reminder to club members who have paid for t-shirts to bring your money for the shirts this weekend 14/4/19.

ALBINO GOAT WILL TRAVEL TO IRONFEST

Our new albino goat target, photo thanks to Peter Staton, purchased by club President IanO'Neill  from Abbey Archery this week is a bit of a club favorite already.

Matula senior and junior, photo thanks to Peter Staton, Michael Matula (senior) completed his Ozbow certificate up to 45m, last week at very high standard with recurve. He has now switched to compound.

 

 

A DOZEN ARCHERS COMPETE IN MARCH COMP

Photo of arrow at 50m on full face target with Mat Bagley, Kane Smith and Scott Springs arrows, photo thanks to Peter Staton.

A dozen Mountain Archers competed at our monthly competition last weekend with results able to be found at Archers Diary, most of them are up at time of writing. Scores of archers are improving with congratulations going to Michael Matula for being the third Mountain Archer to complete his Ozbow certificate.

Kane Smith got a pretty notable score, getting 804 out of possible 900, shooting a Perth, 90m,70m and 50m on full face 122cm target. His arrows are the blue ones in the photo, just a 58/60 for this end.

Congratulations also, to Scott Spring who is picking up an award at Archery NSW Presentation night for achievement in longbow, Male Masters target award.

Commiserations and get well soon mate, to Ian Wallace who in an innocuous trip whilst putting a target away managed to do a job on his shin and ankle.

 

MOUNTAIN ARCHERS FEBRUARY CLUB SHOOT MOVED TO MARCH

Due to a bunch of us Mountain Archers wanting to go down and shoot field at Penrith City Archers on Feb 24th our normal end of the month shoot has been moved to the beginning of March.

Eva Shoots a Perfect

 

Photo of Eva Matula, by Peter Staton

Many of us archery nuts know that it is a seriously good feeling to get your first perfect score and so it was for Eva Matula last weekend who shot her first perfect score 60/60 at 30m. Eva was the second person in the club to complete her Ozbow Certificate, at all ranges up to 45m, and has been a diligent practicing archer for about 2 years now. They say practice makes perfect and they may be right...

 

 

Andrew's STRANGELOPE

Photo of Andrew Betts thanks to Peter Staton

One of our Mountain Archers, Andrew Betts has invented a new kind of archery target. It is called a "Strangelope" It rotates as arrows hit it. Is better suited to recurve or longbow than compound. Prices start as low as $450. Contact Andy at https://andrewsjoinery.com.au.

Andy is holding a prototype ski bow. It is a takedown recurve bow that utilises a pair of old Fischer skiis as limbs. String is made by our own stringmaker Michael Matula.

Mountain Archers Congratulates 2018 President's Cup Winner Cody Buck

 On 16th of December our Archery club held our annual Presidents Cup shoot. Club members shot at 60/50/40m for sighted adult compound and recurve archers, 50/40/30m for sighted intermediate and senior compound and recurve, and adult barebow and longbow, 40/30/20 for junior sighted compound and recurve archers.

Cody shot a 798, which was a personal best.

Our club record was smashed by Kane Smith (2016 Champion) who shot 864. This bests our previous club record by 10 points.

Encouragement awards were also given to Eva and Tom Matula, these archers are shooting better scores each time they compete; well done!

Our January Club shoot details are as follows:

All AA members welcome, we may just run the WA 70 if we don't get more than one entrant for the WA 90. As the notice says please register for the shoot prior to the day LATE ENTRIES NO LONGER ACCEPTED

BEGINNERS COURSE POSTPONED UNTIL 26/11/17 due to rain

This course is full

 15 BEGINNERS TO PASS LATEST COME 'N TRY COURSE 28/5/17

 

Well done to our latest Beginners Come 'N Try Class, 15 archers pictured here with coach Josh Dodson who was assisted by Declan Maguire they will recieve their certificates in the next couple of weeks.

 

 

 

IRONFEST LOST WORLD 2017 A BIG SUCCESS FOR LITHGOW AND MOUNTAIN ARCHERS

Ironfest "Lost World" held at Lithgow Showgrounds on 22nd and 23rd of April 2017 was a resplendent success with the sunny weather holding just long enough over the weekend to draw over 10,000 people through the gates over both days. Mountain Archers again gave plenty of people access to bows and arrows for just 50 cents a shot. Our zombie targets were a big success with the punters. This is our biggest fundraiser and goes a long way to paying our rent at Browntown Oval and keeping our membership costs at (the most) reasonable for an Archery Australia affiliated club in NSW. A big thankyou to all our members who helped us over the weekend, your assistance in coaching, keeping watch for interlopers, and manning the desk for temporary insurance signatures and details was absolutely tireless.

 photos above thanks to Lithgow Mercury, showing a young archer at our shooting line, and the crowds of people at our tent in the background with the Medieval Melee in the foreground.

Some of our barbarian mates having some target practise under lights at the Ironfest "Lost World" 2017. Photos Bags

 

 

FEBRUARY BEGINNERS CLASS GRADUATES 19/02/17

 

Well done to our 14 Graduates from our February beginners class, 8 are pictured here, some had to go early, some could not make it this week. Our next beginners class will run in late March. Photo Declan McGuire.

Just a reminder that Ironfest: Lost World will run at Lithgow Showgrounds on April 22 and 23rd.

and some more photos from Browntown Oval, photos courtesy of Bailey O'Neill.