In keeping with archery traditions of Nottinghamshire a Home Nations competition event was held in the County this weekend.
Sherwood Archers had been chosen by The English Archery Federation to host the 2011 Junior Euronations Tournament, an event held in England on a five yearly cycle between the GB Home Nations. This year we had competitors from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland.
Sherwood Archers’ excellent history and reputation for managing archery tournaments made them EAF’s first choice to host this prestigious event and every aspect of the two days reinforced how right that decision had been. Team accommodation was arranged at Brackenhurst College.
The tournament was run over two days – The young people shot as teams representing their country on Saturday and as individuals on the Sunday.
The weather was fine, if some what blustery at times and all the competitors enjoyed a full two days of challenging and friendly competition. The England archers did very well on both days taking both the team trophies. On the Sunday they again acquitted themselves very well taking four first places out of the six that were awarded – and this despite difficult times for their team manager Adam Guest (from Notts!) and mascot George: the following is taken from the report back to the EAF committee by the Chair of EAF, and joint Lady Paramount of the competition – Karen McMillan, the other Lord Patron being Les Smeeton.
“Good Evening all, I have just arrived back after a brilliant weekend at the Junior Euronations, England Juniors were fantastic, well behaved I never heard any complaints about any of them, just brilliant, even after severe provocation (The England Mascot George the monkey was kidnapped by the Irish Team and held for ransom they held their cool, then slaughtered them on the field, I understand the Irish team also kidnapped Adam Guest Saturday night but sent him back when they realised they may have been stuck with him (only joking Adam, you did a fabulous job,)”
Attending officials from English Archery Federation were Karen McMillan (Chair) and Les Smeeton the local (East Midlands) EAF representative.