On the 23rd of November 2019 Brady and I (Liane) went off to Loxley Archers to participate in the Golden Arrow Tournament. This is a traditional archery contest with medieval style targets using only timber bows and arrows. Not a compound in sight!
Brady was on a mission. He was not coming home without a trophy. It was our third year running for the Golden Arrow and Brady narrowly missed out on a third place in 2018. This year he was going to pull up his big boy leggings (not green like Robin) and pull out all the stops.
The targets are very different to what we shoot here in a field course, as the targets are all very small and usually within 30 metres. Trying to shoot the picture of a knight in a replica castle window is harder than you think. Each target (there are 12) are all very different. We had targets in the tree, up a pole, a peg in the ground, a couple of swinging targets to name but a few. All very challenging but the greatest of fun. My favourite is the Popping Jay where you have to shoot up at a target high on a pole.
In the first round Brady was only doing so, so. However, after our medieval lunch feast, he hit his stride and came home strong. I don’t think anyone has been as proud to win third place as Brady was. He loves his piece of bling and it still has pride of place on the bookcase at home.
So if you want something fun to do next November then do yourself a favour and attend Loxley Archers – Golden Arrow Tournament. We will see you there.
Way back in 2010 I decided to start an archery club in Tasmania, but ours was going to be different to the other ones that were already in the state. The Break O’Day Field Archery Club was the first archery club in Tasmania to be affiliated with Australian Bowhunters Association and we are located in St Helens on the East Coast of Tasmania. This means that we are bow hunting in picturesque bushland using animal photographic targets and unmarked field lanes. Our club also does knife and axe throwing as well. All these skills are part of hunting traditions, however, in many cases you will never actually transfer these skills to the wild. Come and join us at the Break O’Day Field Archery to learn how to do archery in Tasmania or for the experienced archer come and have a shoot. Brady Young President.
Brady and Liane have received their 10 year membership badges from ABA (Australian Bowhunters Association). As the President and Secretary of the Break O’Day Field Archery Club – experience coupled with expertise makes a stable and informed management team for running a not-for-profit field archery club on the East Coast of Tasmania. With numerous state and national titles between them, they have the expertise to introduce new members to the fun world of archery. It is this knowledge and understanding that allows them to assist you in learning how to do archery and growing your ability. Come along and meet them as well as the rest of the team, each and every Sunday of the Month at 9 am 24627 Dianas Basin St Helens Tasmania.
It is official, the population is forbidden to play or watch sport of no value, ‘such as football’. Well, if we were living in Edward III’s England in 1349, it would be true! Instead, the population was encouraged to practise the long bow every Sunday and not let anything deflect them from honing this important skill. At the Break O’Day Field Archery Club we agree whole heartedly with this declaration and are now having archery club shoots every single Sunday.
A very interesting paper ‘Painful pastime versus present pleasure: Tudor Archery and the Law’ written by Jonathan Davies (just google this for a copy), talks about the history of archery and how its importance was interwoven with the very structure of society for many hundreds of years.
‘The bow demanded fine physique and long practice’, and that the best archers were ‘bothe lustye in bodye, & able to abyde the wether, & can shoote a good stronge shoote’.
The bow … encouraged physical fitness and healthy competition in an activity that bound all members of society together in defence of their country, irrespective of their order or rank.
I will be the first to admit that on very frosty winter mornings it can be difficult to get out of bed, but being both lusty in body, able to abide the weather and active participants in different areas of St Helen’s society, the members of the Break O’Day Field Archery Club will be down at the big blue bus ready to start at 9.00 am every Sunday.
The public will see our members being very busy archers over the next two months as we have a Tasmanian wide invitational two-day shooting extravaganza occurring at Dianas Basin on the 16th and 17th of September. Only invited members of affiliated archery clubs will be eligible to attend and it will be the very first Australian Bowhunters Association (ABA) shoot of this kind held in Tasmania. We tentatively notified archers about this event earlier in the year, when we were in the initial stages of planning and we expect we shall have quite a crowd attending. Now is the time to become members as you still have time to gain some basic skills and join in the fun.
The Break O’Day Field Archery Club is the original and largest ABA archery club in Tasmania, with lots of ‘firsts’ under its belt. Come along for a visit and we will happily introduce you to archery. This includes anyone in a wheelchair as we have had archers from the mainland comment that our course is suitable for a range of different physical abilities. Hope to see you soon.
Brady Young, President.
The Australian Sports Commission have an interesting article on ‘sport in rural and regional Australia’ that can be read in full at their website. The three key messages are as follows:
‘ 1. Sport in rural, remote and regional communities has been shown to improve social cohesion and health outcomes.
- Sporting events are increasingly being used to provide an economic stimulus and raising the profiles of rural and regional communities.
- Historically many high-performance athletes have been developed in rural and regional communities and there are a number of programs to assist these athletes’.
In our own backyard, we have a wide range of sports that are available for the people of the Break O’Day area to participate in. For such a small area, there is a varied selection of clubs to join ranging from team sports (football, tennis, netball, basketball, cricket) to those that are individual in nature (golf, surfing, bike riding, archery).
Our own Break O’Day Field Archery Club is a Tasmanian Archery Club that is currently undergoing major expansion of premises and membership. Locals will see some more of the Club grounds as soon as I have my new tractor arriving late in June. People should be able to see more of the club meeting area, when the front paddock is mowed down. You will notice that we like the colour blue, as it stands out and it reminds people that we are near the beach. If anyone has any shades of blue paint we are always open for donations. The paint maintains outside furniture so it stays looking good for longer.
What you still cannot see from the highway is our double 20-lane competition archery range that has been given a bit of a face lift recently with a new bridge and fine tuning of some of the lanes. Using the new tractor, we will be spending the next few months working on another 20-lane competition range that allows for different terrain, as this will be shooting at various angles (up or down hill) versus the other ranges which are on the flat. The Break O’Day Archery Club is certainly equal to many of the clubs we have played at on the mainland, and we bring to the people of the area our expertise that has been gained from shooting at other clubs and dissecting their ranges to use this knowledge for our club and its members.
I would like to invite people to check us out on our Facebook page or Website and come and join us at our club grounds. We shoot weekly now at the regular time 9am. Just drop us a line as we are a very accommodating, family friendly bunch here at The Break O’Day Field Archery Club.
Break O’Day Field Archery Club