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Outdoor Archery Season, 2005

[Master Bowman award] Not so much a late start to this year, as an unprepared start. I had a huge amount of work that delayed the start of any serious practice until the end of April.

Competitions

WCW Fita Qualifier, 30th April
The first tournament of the year was my normal practice venue. We now have a couple of NAA Judges, and so can hold Fita Qualifiers. My score for this tournament was really poor (my worst for 7 years), but my shot felt OK. I had attributed this to lack of practice, but later found that my bottom limb bolt had slipped and the tiller was reversed on my bow.
Canada Cup, 13th-15th May
Third. After fixing the limb tiller, my Fita results were pretty comfortable, about 100 points higher than the first tournament of the year. The Fita scores were let down by dismal shooting in the head-to-heads. I got lucky in a couple of rounds, and scraped through into the awards.
UK Masters, 4th-5th June
I made the big mistake of going for a 10km run the day before this tournament, not having run for many years. I suffered for it throughout the tournament, and didn't sleep particularly well at night. The ranking round and head to head results were disappointing, and the Fita was spoilt by a dreadful 30m score.
Burnaby Fita Star, 11th June
For a lot of this year, my shot has been somewhat fragile; I am having periods where I am shooting exceptionally well, and nothing can go wrong, and periods when I am struggling to shoot anything right. This tournament had periods of both. I shot an average score the first day, but gave up on the second day because I couldn't get my shot right at all. Lack of practice is becoming very obvious.
WCW Fita Star, 10th July
The first Fita Star at Kenmore Ranges for years had quite a reasonable attendance. My score was fairly indifferent, but I didn't mind, because I was just pleased to be able to shoot a Fita Star that took me less than half an hour to travel to. On the second day, the club held a metric 900 round (60m, 50m, 40m). I didn't shoot particularly well for that, but it was practice for the Sherwood shoot next weekend.
Sherwood International, 16th-17th July
First. Finally, I won the Sherwood shoot! As usual, this tournament was great fun. The first day's weather was overcast and calm, pretty good shooting conditions overall. The second day was hot any sunny, with the wind picking up at the second distance. I had a comfortable lead after the first day, but struggled with commitment to the shot on the second day, and was slowly being caught by Jeff Anderson all day. I managed to hold on long enough to win. I had the added distraction the first day of knowing something was wrong with at my house (my network gateway wasn't responding the night before), and being worried about the cause. (It turned out to be a glitch in my DSL modem.)

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