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Posted by admin on September 30, 2017

Break O’Day Field Archery Club – Success and More Success. March 2017

Was it only two weeks ago that the Ladies Warrior Princess archery shoot was on?  It was a great day and the ladies involved enjoyed themselves immensely. The comments we received were all positive, and covered everything from, ‘how safe I feel’ to ‘I cannot wait to do this again and get even better’.  A fantastic afternoon tea of homemade cakes was served on antique china plates, with freshly brewed tea and coffee.  It was the cherry on the day. In fact the ladies had such a great time they were back the next day with their husbands and we took two different teams out on the range.  The ladies second day of archery saw a slight improvement as they were able to use the skills they had learnt the day before. The male team had an enjoyable time with lots of laughs and friendly banter, within a companionable competitive spirit.  Such a great time was had, we have some new members. Our next ladies only archery shoot will be Saturday 22nd of April.  Shooting fee is $15 each lady and this includes equipment hire, training and afternoon tea.  We shall start at 1.00 pm and it should go for several hours so make sure you wear comfortable closed in shoes and bring a water bottle. The location is 24627 Tasman Highway, look for the big blue bus in the paddock.  Numbers are limited to 6 ladies at a time, so please confirm your place by booking on 03 6376 1815.  If there is a deal of interest another date will be made available. Last weekend was another great day for our little Tassie Archery Club.  We arrived at Fingal Valley Festival at 8am to set up and we didn’t have a break until it was time to pack up at 5pm.  What a day! As a conservative estimate we had 60 people of all ages have an ‘archery taste experience’ at our stall. Teagan and Matt from Chilli FM had a go and enjoyed immensely.  Both of them did very well and were hitting the target after a few arrows. You can check out the video on the Chilli FM website. So far we have over 1500 views.  This was a great advertisement for both the Fingal Valley Festival and the Break O’Day Field Archery Club.  We had quite a few enquiries about possible new memberships and look forward to seeing some people again over the next few months.
Posted by admin on September 30, 2017

Who can play archery? Everyone can play archery!

I had an interesting conversation the other day where I was talking to someone about the joys of playing archery, when the subject of fees came up.  The comment was made ‘I have heard that it is really expensive to join an archery club’ and how much does it cost to join an archery club? I then explained to this person that in fact archery is one of the cheaper sports when it came to membership fees and sports equipment.

This conversation inspired this article, because misinformation is detrimental to people wanting to try out new sports and other endeavours.  The Break O’Day Field Archery Club (BODFAC) was the first Tasmanian archery club affiliated with the Australian Bowhunters Association (ABA) in 2010. Currently there are there are approximately 100 other clubs affiliated with ABA around Australia.

The primary role of ABA is ‘to represent bowhunters throughout Australia and develop the sport of field archery at all levels’. Therefor as an ABA affiliated Club it is mandatory that all members of BODFAC are also members of ABA.  This is no different to other sporting groups that require membership at a local club level and then an additional membership with the state or national body representing this sport.

BODFAC has a yearly family membership rate of $80 and singles at $40.  Normal shooting fees are $5 each or $15 for a family.  The yearly membership and shoot fees go towards the ongoing maintenance and upkeep of the club grounds and the (x2) 20-lane competition ranges.  The Club has its own insurance with ABA, however, this does not cover individual archers.  As an individual, you require membership with ABA for your individual public liability.

The annual membership rates for ABA are reasonable and include individual public liability insurance, 6 Editions of Archery Action magazine, an ABA Cloth Badge which can be sewn onto a shirt, ABA Car Sticker and an information leaflet on Bowhunting and Field Archery.  As well as the peace of mind and collective knowledge of archery gained from belonging to a national body. When you initially join, it is $90 a year for an individual or $185 for a family. Each year after that the current fee is $65 for an individual and $140 for a family. To take out ABA membership it is as easy as clicking on their website Once you are an ABA member you are covered to shoot in any ABA archery club across Australia.  Great news for those going on a holiday to the mainland, you can drop in and shoot at other clubs; all you need to do is show your ABA membership card.

With all sports, how much you spend on your equipment ranges from the basic to the uber expensive. At BODFAC we help you gain some experience shooting different types of bows before you purchase your own. We generally recommend that people do not buy second-hand bows unless they know the history of a bow.  Once you purchase your bow, it can be used for years.  My family are still using the same bows we purchased over 10 years ago. Unfortunately, I cannot say the same thing about the arrows.  As a rule, you would purchase approximately 12-18 new arrows each year, for each person.  The arrows get lost in the bush or can be broken when you shoot that tree, instead of the target butt.

If you are thinking of joining a reputable, family orientated sporting group that has been here in St Helens on the East Coast of Tasmania for the last 7 years which has a permanent home with an established practise range and 2 x 20 lane competition ranges (Tiger and Devil) – come and see us at Break O’Day Field Archery Club or contact me on Facebook Break O’Day Field Archery Club Inc. or our website   We shoot every Sunday, starting at 9am, please check our website for more details.


Brady Young


Break O’Day Field Archery Club Inc.