LEAMINGTON’S triple Olympian Naomi Folkard led the Warwickshire recurve ladies team to gold in Archery GB’s National County Team Tournament last weekend.
The event, attended by 260 archers including numerous internationals, was held over two days at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre in Shropshire.
Teams of three archers shot a six dozen WA 70m round (WA50m for compounds) with head-to-head knockout matches on Saturday and 12 dozen WA 1440 rounds on Sunday.
The Warwickshire recurve ladies team comprising Folkard, fellow Leamington archer Nicola Turner and Emma Davis from Warwick University made a formidable team and won all three elements of the competition.
In Saturday’s WA 70m round their combined score of 1,762 (Folkard 649, Turner 603 and Davis 510) was well ahead of Essex and Suffolk (second on 1,673), and Somerset (third on 1,658).
This earned them a bye in the first elimination round, after which, with some superb shooting from all members of the team, they went on to beat the Eastern Area 193-165, Hampshire 206-189, Oxfordshire 213-181 and, in the gold final, Essex and Suffolk 200-192.
On Sunday the Warwickshire ladies accumulated a combined score of 3,623 (Folkard 1,320, Turner 1,174 and Davis, with a personal best, 1,129). Again Essex and Suffolk took second place with 3,592 and Somerset third with 3,520.
With points earned equivalent to placings in each of the three sections of the competition, the Warwickshire ladies finished on the maximum three points, with Essex and Suffolk on six points and Somerset on 12 points, holding on to second and third places respectively.
A Warwickshire men’s recurve team comprising Jorge Lindley (Warwick University), Tom Hall (Warwick University), and Jacob Vick (Meriden) shot well to finish the weekend in fourth place and a men’s compound team comprising Matthew Dale and James Edmondson (both from Warwick University) and Matthew Ingram (Meriden) finished in a respectable tenth place.