December 02, 2017

Stoneleigh 2017: stars seize chance to shine

Day one of the National Combined Indoor Championships is over and our bright young prospects seized their chance to shine, while more established stars savoured victory in the Back to Back tournament.

Olympian Patrick Huston, fresh from a perfect 900 score at the Kings of Archery tournament, took the Back-to-Back recurve title with a 125-115 win over Ashe Morgan. The women's recurve title went to Bryony Pitman, who also competed in the Kings of Archery, with a 114-111 win over Alyssia Tromans-Ansell.

One point was enough to hand the men's compound crown to Chris White. He beat James Mason in a tense match that ended 129-128. And Lucy O'Sullivan took the women's compound title with a 124-120 victory over Bayley Sargeant.

You can find a complete breakdown of all the Back-to-Back matches here.

More than 300 juniors from 123 clubs competed in the Junior National Indoor Championships at the National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre, Stoneleigh Park - and there was no shortage of drama.

When the overall results were compiled, two - Adam Carpenter (under-16s winner) and Jake Walsh (under 18s) - had to share the men's compound title. They both shot 584 with 60 hits and 44 golds. And third-placed Nathan Thomas (under 16s) was not too far behind, scoring 579. Under-18s winner Ella Gibson took the overall women's title with 586 points, ahead of Holly Clifford (under-16s winner) on 576 and Chloe A'Bear (under-14s) on 574.

The women's recurve competitions served up their fair share of drama too. Under-18s winner Andrea Murray-Lopez took the overall title with a score of 581 but under-16s Eleanor Cole and Thea Rogers had to share the second spot after each shooting 566 with 60 hits and 32 golds. The men's title went to under-18s winner Jacob Reid who notched up an impressive 590, with Cameron Donaldson (under-18s) in second place and Riley Spencer-Nice (under-14s winner) third.

The men's overall longbow title went to under-18s winner Samuel Homewood with under-16s victor Samuel Kellett second and William Thomas (under 16s) third. Rosie Elliott (under 14s) took the women's honours, smashing a 16-year old record, ahead of Anja Rawlings (under-12s) and Amethyst Chopping (under 14s).

In the unrewarded category, Jacob Reid took top spot with Cameron Donaldson second - but third place again had to be shared between Adam Carpenter and Jake Walsh.

England took the 2017 Home Nations title, ahead of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

You can find all the JNIC results, including the class and division break-down, here.

Above: Back-to-Back action

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