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Saturday Competition - Feb 17

The Saturday shoot will be 96 arrows. Div1 takes on a Mini Fremantle, with 24 arrows at each of 60m (large 122cm face), 50m (large 122cm face), 40m (small 80cm face),and 30m (small 80cm face). Div 2 will shoot a Mini Intermediate with 24 arrows at each of 50m (large 122cm face), 40m (large 122cm face), 30m (small 80cm face),and 20m (small 80cm face)..Div3 will chase an Small Mini Horsham, with 24 arrows at each of 40m (large 122cm face), 30m (large 122cm face), 30m (small 80cm face),and 20m (small 80cm face).

Twilight shoot this week- Thursday February 15

Twilight shoot Thursday Night at 6pm is an AA30/720. 72 arrows from 30m into the big 122cm target face. Register in Archers Diary

Ordinary General Meeting - Saturday February 10

The next club meeting will be held this Saturday, 10am start. Watch your email inboxes for the agenda and reports. This is your chance to participate in the operation of your club, and your attendance is strongly encouraged.

Saturday Competition - Feb 10

The Saturday shoot will be 72 arrows. Div1 and Div 2 will shoot a Carnarvon with 36 arrows at 30m into the big 122cm face and another 36 arrows into the small 80cm face from 30m.Div3 will chase an IA20/720, 72 arrows into the big face from 20m.

Twilight shoot this week- Thursday February 8

Twilight shoot Thursday Night at 6pm is an AA40/720. 72 arrows from 40m into the big 122cm target face. Register in Archers Diary

Saturday Competition - February 3

The Saturday shoot will be 90 arrows into the big face targets. Div1 will shoot a Long Grange at 70m, Div2 will have the Melbourne at 50m, and Div3 will chase a Newcastle at 20m.

Twilight Shoot this week - Thursday February 1

Twilight shoot Thursday Night at 6pm is a Jr. Gosnells.  36 arrows from 30m into the big 122cm target face and 36 arrows from 20m into the small 80cm target face. Register in Archers Diary.

ANSW Tournaments February 2024

3rd February: Warringah Open
4th February: Penrith City Archers 60th Anniversary Field - WA 24T Marked and Matchplay (
10th February: SOPA Double QRE (Link TBC)
17th February: State Presentation Night. new link.
18th February: Coast Archers Youth Tournament (TBC)
25th February: SOPA Challenge Series 1 (Summer) Tournament (TBC)

A Great Wrap-up for 2023

There was a great turnout for the 2023 wrap up on Saturday. Thanks to the organisers for a great day and an excellent lunch! A strong showing from Hoggie saw him take out the Wand this year. Congrats to all the annual award winners. Time for the rest of us to begin our campaigns of conquest for next year :-) And, as one of our members showed this year, start out strong enough and you can coast into the end of the year still on top!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone 

Illawarra Archers’ Exceptional Performances at the National Target Championships Sept 29 - Oct 2

Six of our members competed in the National Target Championships held at Samford Valley Target Archers over the Labour Day Weekend. A massive storm rolled in during the 1440 round which resulted in play being abandoned after 90 arrows on Friday. Saturday saw a return to fine weather and the 900 Canberra round was shot. On Sunday it was time for the Matchplay ranking round, and then the Matchplay shootdown completed the championships on Monday. Congratulations to Fiona, Con, Neil, Melissa-Ann, Donna, and Jason for their competition in their individual and team rounds (truncated) 1440, 900, and Matchplay. As a result of their efforts as individuals and in teams, a number of national champs will now be shooting with us! Fiona, 1st place in the (truncated) 1440 and again in the 900 Canberra, Age Division Female Compound, and in the Team Open Female Compound Matchplay. Con, 1st place in the (truncated) 1440 and again in the 900 Canberra, Age Division Male Barebow Recurve Neil, 1st place in the 900 Canberra, Age Division Male Barebow. Of special note was the first round of the male open barebow recurve matchplay shootdown where Neil faced Con. Illawarra was guaranteed to advance to the second round! Full results can be found on Archer’s Diary – select Archery Australia for both the RGB and Organiser drop downs. (apologies if we missed some of the results - please let the webmaster know of any mitsakes) 

Stolen Archery Gear

Sadly Joshua has had his new full archery kit stolen from his apartment lockup. It is a recurve setup in a distinctive red Avalon bag. click the link for more info


Hi Diane,


I just wanted to let you know that my archery gear was stolen from my apartment block storage cage recently by a break in. It’s been reported to the police but I thought I would let the club know as to please keep an eye out for it.


It looked like this (attached photos), pretty sure the bag still had its new price tag on it just like in the photo.



It was a target olympic style recurve with samick carbon Xtreme Limbs, and a silver riser (I think it was win and win or Hoyt, I can't remember)


It had this bag, inside was a quiver belt, the bow itself and string, stabilizers, 18 carbon arrows, leather finger guard, even a little bow stand, basically everything you need.


Very upset, please pass this around to everyone in the club if possible.




Warm regards,


Joshua's Gear

Joshuas Gear

Reminder: Invitation to Christmas lunch at Illawarra Archers Saturday 16 December

It is with great pleasure that your Executive invites you and your guests to our Wand shoot, annual presentations, and a free catered Christmas lunch on Saturday 16 December.

As we have to give final numbers to the caterer on Tuesday Dec 12, please register ASAP.

Please register yourself and the number of your guests. Details can be found in the 'read full article' link and in your email inbox. Looking forward to seeing everyone at our end of year wrap up !!!!!

Reminder: Invitation to Christmas lunch at Illawarra Archers Saturday 16 December

Hi everyone,

A reminder about our end of year celebrations next weekend on Saturday 16 December. 

All members and their guests are invited to join us for novelty shoots from 10am, the annual presentations from about 12noon and a catered lunch at 1pm. New members are especially welcome to join us, have some fun in the novelty shoots, be inspired by our annual award presentations, meet other members and enjoy a delicious lunch on the club’s tab.

That’s right, there is no charge for lunch, which will be catered by the famous Tony’s Chicken Shop, and will include roast chicken, cold meat platters, and several different salads, followed by baklava for dessert. For catering purposes please register your name and the number of people in your group. We will need to finalise numbers with the Chicken Shop by Tuesday Dec 12. We hope to see lots of members and guests at our 2023 celebrations.

The link is also on our website. Anyone who has difficulty registering can email, or phone or message me.

Please register for the Wand on Archers Diary as usual. 


Saturday Club Shoot December 16

Saturday is the end of year wrap up. Some fun shoots, and of course the comp shoot will be a Wand. Good luck with that blasted thing!! Register in Archers Diary (NOTE: there are separate registrations for the Christmas Lunch and the Wand)

Ordinary General Meeting - Saturday December 9

The next club meeting will be held this Saturday. Watch your email inboxes for the agenda and reports. This is your chance to participate in the operation of your club, and your attendance is strongly encouraged.

Illawarra Farget Returns - Sunday Dec 3

See you at the annual Illawarra Farget - a fun shoot, half field and half target. Registrations have now closed. Late entries, for an additional charge, my be accepted if space allows. Please contact


    The Illawarra Farget

Hosted by Illawarra Archers

 Sunday 3rd, December 2023

 Registration from 9 am. Shoot starts 10am.

Entry Fees: $20.00 

Illawarra Archers Range, Mt  Keira Rd,  Mt  Keira



Entries Close Sunday 26th November

Late Entries will be accepted if space available and will be charged an additional $5.

A one day combined field and target event hosted by Illawarra Archers.

This is primarily a fun event and is aimed at recreational and tournament archers alike. COME ALONG AND HAVE SOME FUN WITH US


Consisting of a 12 target Marked Field and a National Target Round (consisting of 48 arrows at 60 yards and 24 arrows at 50 yards with 5 ring scoring).

One group of archers will shoot the field whilst the other group will shoot the target round, followed by a lunch break after which the groups will swap and shoot their other round.

There will be a free sausage sizzle provided for lunch. Drinks can be purchased at the canteen.

Canteen: Limited canteen facilities are available throughout the day.

The scores from both events will be added to produce a final score for use with placings.

Verification of Club Membership: it is a requirement to verfiy your membership to either an Archery Australia affiliated Club or an Alliance Association (ABA or 3DAAA)


Pegs for the field round: As per the relevant AA rules (Red, blue and yellow)

Dress code: For safety reasons, no camouflage clothing is to be worn whilst shooting.

NOTE: No dogs are permitted on the Illawarra Archers' grounds unless on a lead and under the control of a responsible adult at all times.

What a fantastic weekend! December 2-3

After the club shoot on Saturday, we held a very successful Buy-Swap-Sell hosted by Peter. Members were able to find equipment and others reduced their inventories. Thanks to all, especially to Peter for running the event. Sunday saw entrants compete in our Farget, mostly from other clubs. Our club was a surprise to those who’d never visited before. Thanks to the many members who contributed to the event, including John, Brian, Mick, Helen, Marianne, Ros, and especially to Glen for organising the field and retrieving arrows, and to Fiona as DOS, event judge and prize presenter. Apologies if we’ve missed anyone. Let us know and we’ll make sure to update this news item. 

After an enjoyable club shoot on Saturday, we held a very successful Buy-Swap-Sell hosted by Peter. Some new members were able to find some equipment to suit them at a good price and others were able to off-load no longer required bits of kit. Thanks to all who participated, and especially to Peter for running the event.

Sunday saw eighteen entrants, mostly from other clubs, compete in our annual Farget. Our club was a surprise to those who’d never visited before. Entrants were very complimentary about the event, our hospitality, and our beautiful grounds. Thanks are due to the many members who helped to get the grounds ship-shape, and contributed to the event in various ways, such as John, Brian, Mick, Helen, Marianne, Ros, and especially to Glen for organising the twelve-target field and retrieving lost or stuck arrows, and to Fiona who acted as DOS (Director of Shooting), event judge and prize presenter with her usual humour and verve. Apologies if I’ve missed anyone. Let me know and I’ll make sure I add you to the news item for the website. Here are a couple of photos. 


Weekend of Field Shooting in the Southern Highlands Nov 18 & 19

Southern Highlands Archery and Marulan Archery clubs are holding a weekend of field shooting with SHA shooting on Saturday and MA shooting on Sunday. (SHA is an AA club so is covered by insurance, however Grahame has advised that on Sunday there is no insurance for shooting with MA.) Be there at 9.30am ready to shoot at 10am on either day.

Roadworks on Mount Keira Road - Nov 13 - Dec 8

Wollongong City Council have advised that they’re doing roadworks between 271 Mount Keira Road and Queen Elizabeth Drive from 13 November to about 8 December. Our access to the club should be maintained, as we’re the owners of the property, however there may be minor delays.

Illawarra Archers Bring Home Gold and Silver at the State Clout Championships Nov 12

Illawarra Archers picked up two more state championship gold medals at the weekend as well as two silver medals, during a long, fly-plagued, 37-degree day hosted for ANSW by Penrith City Archers. Atonya Lamberson won gold in the 50+ Female Barebow Recurve division, while Melissa-Ann Dunn won the silver medal. Fiona Hyde, returning to clout shooting after many years, took the silver medal in the 60+ Female Compound division. Diane Cranson won gold in the 60+ Female Recurve division, and was the top scorer at 145m in female recurve, beating archers in the 50+ and Open divisions..

Our Champions

Field QRE Shoot this Saturday Nov 11

The club shoot this Saturday will be a QRE Field Shoot. Update: Registrations for the QRE are now closed, but it is now open as a club shoot on Archers Diary. And don't forget to thank Field Captain Glen for his hard work preparing the course for us!

Many thanks to the Worker Bees last Saturday Nov 4

Another excellent showing for the Working Bee last weekend. Despite the wet weather, the Bees kept busy in the glue factory assembling a stack of new and refurbished range targets. The follow up BBQ was well attended (surprise?), thanks to the chefs for prep and cooking and cleanup. There was even a rare sighting of a Canadian jumper, although our resident Canadian appeared to refuse to acknowledge it?

Working Bee, BBQ and Shoot this Saturday Nov 4

We have a working bee this Saturday from 9am to 12 noon. There are many different types of jobs that are needed to keep the club available for you, so there’s something for everyone to do. Don’t worry that you may not have the necessary skills – we’ll show you what to do and how to do it. We appreciate everyone who comes to lend a hand, and to show our appreciation, we’ll provide a free BBQ lunch afterwards. The BBQ will be followed by a shoot of 72 arrows, 50m on a big face for Divisions 1 and 2, and 30m on a big face for Division 3.

Twilight Shoot Thursday Nov 2

Twilight shoot tomorrow (Thursday) night at 6pm will be a Combined Australian Indoor: 30 arrows at 25m on a 60cm face and 30 arrows at 18m on a 40cm face, so 60 arrows in total. You can download the Twilight Calendar 2023-24 from the Calendar page of our website.

Club Meeting and Comp Shoot October 21

Reminder the Club Meeting is on Saturday morning, 10:00 start. The Agenda with links to the reports should be in your email now. As always, members are strongly encouraged to attend. This is your opportunity to participate in the decision making of your club, and to gain first hand information about key club issues and opportunities. Of course, the meeting will be followed by our regular BBQ delights. We will wrap up after lunch with the Saturday comp, with Divisions 1 & 2 shooting an AA50/720 and Division 3 shooting the IA30/720, both on the 122cm faces.

Twilight Shoot Thursday Oct 19

This week's Twilight Shoot is an IA Iceberg round. 36 arrows at 30m on the 80cm face. comp starts at 6:00pm, sunset around 7:15pm so should be lots of time to complete the shoot. Come and join us for some fun!!

Australian Masters - Another Strong Showing from Illawarra Archers - October 8-13

Melissa-Anne and Atonya continued their tour of Queensland and South Australia with a final stop at the Masters Games in Adelaide. Between them, they took home 5 medals in their age categories across Clout, Target, and Indoor rounds. Well done to you both!

Illawarra Archers Club Field Championship Oct 7

This year’s Club Field Championship is on this Saturday (Oct 7). Glen has been busy as usual preparing the course for us. Please note, the Field Course will be closed this Friday (Oct 6) for final setup and preparation. The shoot is posted in Archer’s Diary, so get signed up early to help with target assignments. And a reminder, archers must be qualified to at least 30m on the range prior to shooting the field.

Twilight Season Has Arrived - Oct 5

Finally, Twilight Competition Season has returned. For any of our newer members, during daylight savings, we have a club competition shoot Thursdays, with first arrows flying at 6:00pm. We aim to be a bit more casual than the Saturday competitions. Everyone shoots the same round in a single division. We haven’t seen the calendar yet, but the first few weeks will tend to be indoor shoots, as the light is still a bit restrictive. So, bring your gear and be ready for our ‘surprise’ opening round this Thursday evening (Oct 5).

Illawarra Archers’ Exceptional Performances at the National Target Championships Sept 29 - Oct 2

Six of our members competed in the National Target Championships held at Samford Valley Target Archers over the Labour Day Weekend. A massive storm rolled in during the 1440 round which resulted in play being abandoned after 90 arrows on Friday. Saturday saw a return to fine weather and the 900 Canberra round was shot. On Sunday it was time for the Matchplay ranking round, and then the Matchplay shootdown completed the championships on Monday. Congratulations to Fiona, Con, Neil, Melissa-Ann, Donna, and Jason for their competition in their individual and team rounds (truncated) 1440, 900, and Matchplay. As a result of their efforts as individuals and in teams, a number of national champs will now be shooting with us! Fiona, 1st place in the (truncated) 1440 and again in the 900 Canberra, Age Division Female Compound, and in the Team Open Female Compound Matchplay. Con, 1st place in the (truncated) 1440 and again in the 900 Canberra, Age Division Male Barebow Recurve Neil, 1st place in the 900 Canberra, Age Division Male Barebow. Of special note was the first round of the male open barebow recurve matchplay shootdown where Neil faced Con. Illawarra was guaranteed to advance to the second round! Full results can be found on Archer’s Diary – select Archery Australia for both the RGB and Organiser drop downs. (apologies if we missed some of the results - please let the webmaster know of any mitsakes) 

Six of our members competed in the National Target Championships held at Samford Valley Target Archers over the Labour Day Weekend. A massive storm rolled in during the 1440 round which resulted in play being abandoned after 90 arrows on Friday. Saturday saw a return to fine weather and the 900 Canberra round was shot. On Sunday it was time for the Matchplay ranking round, and then the Matchplay shootdown completed the championships on Monday.

Congratulations to Fiona, Con, Neil, Melissa-Ann, Donna, and Jason for their competition in their individual and team rounds (truncated) 1440, 900, and Matchplay.

As a result of their efforts as individuals and in teams, a number of national champs will now be shooting with us!

Fiona, 1st place in the (truncated) 1440 and again in the 900 Canberra, Age Division Female Compound, and in the Team Open Female Compound Matchplay.

Con, 1st place in the (truncated) 1440 and again in the 900 Canberra, Age Division Male Barebow Recurve

Neil, 1st place in the 900 Canberra, Age Division Male Barebow.


Of special note was the first round of the male open barebow recurve matchplay shootdown where Neil faced Con. Illawarra was guaranteed to advance to the second round!

Full results can be found on Archer’s Diary – select Archery Australia for both the RGB and Organiser drop downs.

Fiona's Female Team Target Gold Medal Round can be viewed on youtube at

Archery Australia Facebook page video of all the finals:

(apologies for any errors or missing results – please let the webmaster know of any mitsakes)

Another Great Working Bee - Sept 30

Thanks to everyone for their help with the working bee on Saturday. A big group effort saw a good amount of jobs taken care of.

A number of new 122 target faces were glued up, as well as refurbished 122’s for our practice shoots. Special thanks to the budding Picassos demonstrating their self control and keeping the paint within the lines and off each other!

Two target butts were repacked. #4 had 5 points in it, and #1 had 2 points. Here’s hoping the compounders can keep a few more vanes on their arrows. That pretty much used up all the prepared carpet, so we will be looking for more very soon.

The coaching group worked on arrows and equipment registers, getting things ready for the next Beginner’s Course, currently pencilled in for October.

Glen took a line trimmer for a stroll around the Field Course. Not sure how he shoots arrows with that, but he could probably tell a good story if asked.

And, of course, thanks to Andris for the BBQ supplies and paint, and to Gordon for grilling.

Club ordinary meeting and AGM this Saturday, 26 August 2023

The club’s ordinary meeting and Annual General Meeting will be held this Saturday morning, 26 August. The ordinary meeting will be at 10am as usual, and the AGM will follow the ordinary meeting. If you’re interested in who will be managing the club and holding various responsibilities for the next twelve months, please attend and cast your votes. The agendas for the meetings are in your recent emails.

Provisional members are particularly invited to attend to be introduced to the members.

After the meetings, the club will supply a free BBQ lunch, followed by the club shoot.

South Coast Field – it’s a wrap - 21 August 2023

The South Coast Field is over and done for another year, and what a great event it was! The weekend was enjoyed by entrants from Illawarra Archers and from other clubs far and wide, including SOPA, Warringah, Southern Highlands, Penrith, Sydney University, Coast, Bathurst, Sawtell and Ku-Ring-Gai. Full results here.

Our Field Captain, Glen Chrystal, set up a great field course with a few interesting changes to surprise us, and in case we became bored or just too comfortable after Saturday’s shoot, he threw in a few more changes for the Sunday shoot! Thanks for all your work, Glen. It was a terrific weekend of field archery.

Thank you to all the other volunteers who helped make it such a success, including those who set out the range for parking; Fiona for all Recorder duties and medal presentations; Chris and Fiona for donating their judging services; Con and Mick for grocery shopping; Gordon and Andris for manning the barbecue; Mick for photography; Ros, Dani, and Marilyn for running the canteen; and Helen, Sala and others for providing the home-baked afternoon tea.

Ranges closed this weekend 19-20 August for South Coast Field - 13 August 2023

On Saturday and Sunday, 19th and 20th August, Range A and Range B are both closed to individual practice...

On Saturday and Sunday, 19th and 20th August, Range A and Range B are both closed to individual practice for all members, while we host our annual two-day event, the South Coast Field.

Only event entrants will be able to practise, and only during the official practice time. 

Great time had by all at the Executive Team Challenge - 3 August 2023

We all had a great day at the inaugural Executive Team Challenge on Sunday.

Executive Stress (Andris, Diane, Con and Glenn) was challenged by three teams, Exhaustipated (Hoggie, Tim, Donna and Marilyn), Barely Lethal (Melissa-Ann, Scott, Atonya and Helen) and the late entry, Serendipity (Gordon, Steve, Tristan and Chris). Fiona, DOS for the day, kept the event moving along with leader-board announcements after each end, and threw in the wild-card of reverse scoring for each discipline’s last end! At the finish, Executive Stress lost their Challenge to Serendipity – the ring-ins! Full results here. The award for best cheerer and jeerer went to Scott – no surprises there!

Thanks to all who helped make the day a great success, the teams and supporters, Glenn for the idea and format, Fiona for scoring, DOS-ing and keeping us all laughing, Andris and Gordie for the BBQ lunch, and Helen and Shanti for the delicious home-baked afternoon tea. Photos here.

What to do if your arrow loses a point in a butt - 28 July 2023

Hi everyone, 

You might have noticed in the last couple of weeks that several target butts have been temporarily closed. This is because several members have had arrows damaged by hitting points that have been left in the butts. Besides the expensive, and usually fatal, damage to members’ arrows, these butts then have to be stripped completely down, the lost points located and removed, and the butts rebuilt. The butts that have been rebuilt over the last couple of weeks have all been found to have multiple points left in them.

Losing points from your arrows in target butts can happen to anyone, anytime. What’s important is what you do next:

Thanks for your help with this. It will make shooting more pleasant for all of us.

Illawarra Archers members excel again - 27 July 2023

Last weekend, Illawarra Archers life-member, Fiona, competed in Penrith Archery Club’s Golden Arrow event. This is a two-day annual event comprising a 60/900 (the Canberra shoot) and a clout shoot on the first day, and a field shoot on the second day. Fiona came home with the coveted Golden Arrow for the Women’s Compound division. Well done, Fiona! Please congratulate Fiona when you see her around the club.

Another of our members, Jason, is currently competing in China after having been selected for the Australian team representing Australia in the World University Games. World Archery has named the World University Games as one of the five biggest international events to watch in 2023. The archery competition runs from 27 to 31 July. We congratulate Jason on being selected and send our very best wishes for him to shoot well and have a great time.

Increase to Archery Australia membership fees - 24 July 2023

Increase to Archery Australia membership fees

On 30 May all members would have received an email from Archery Australia advising that they are increasing the AA portion of the membership fees from the beginning of July. This means that our individual membership fees are therefore increasing.

Because of the Archery Australia increase, our membership fees are going up by $10 per adult member to $206, by $5 per junior member to $154, and $20 per family subscription. 

For your information and interest, your membership fees of $206 (adults) are made up of three portions:

There is no increase to the club portion of your membership fees. 

Executive Team Challenge

Executive Team Challenge and ANSW Waratah shoot

Thanks to everyone who turned up at short notice for the working bee on Thursday. It was a great roll-up, and lots of targets were completed. Now, to use up some of those targets, we have a couple of competitions next weekend.

Executive Team Challenge Sunday 30 July

We now have four teams in the Executive Team Challenge next Sunday, 30 July, but there’s still time to enter, even if you don’t have a team made up. Just list your name and we’ll do the rest.Each four-person team will consist of a compound, a recurve, a barebow recurve and a longbow. Each archer shoots only 36 arrows on a 122cm face, made up of 18 arrows at each of the two distances below:

Scoring is off-bow – no handicaps – which means you can enter even if you haven’t achieved a rating yet.

We’ll start at 10am, with compound archers shooting first, followed by recurve. We’ll then have a BBQ lunch before resuming the shoot with the barebows and finishing up with the longbows. Even if you’re not shooting, come along and cheer us on, and enjoy lunch, good company and a bit of archery with us. Please enter your team in the list, either online or on the hard copy in the clubhouse.  If you don’t have a team yet and would like to participate, put your name in the appropriate column, and we’ll team you up.

ANSW Waratah shoot - 23 July 2023

Over the weekend ANSW is running the Waratah Postal Shoot. We won’t be able to fit it in on the Saturday, because we’ve been getting such good numbers to our Saturday comps, however we can fit it in on Sunday, running parallel to the Executive Challenge, starting at 10am.

Members who want to do the Waratah event should enter through the ArcheryNSW Portal in Archer’s Diary, choose the right day, then the round pertaining to your age group, either a 1440 round and/or a double 720 round. For the 720 round this year there is also an AA20/720 (20 metres) for U11 archers who may not be ready to shoot 30m.

Waratah Awards will be given to those who achieve scores of 1050, or 1150 or 1250 or higher.

The password for day 1 – is waratah1

The password for day 2 – is waratah2

Working Bee this Thursday 20 July - 18 July 2023

Because of increasing numbers at our Saturday competitions and more of our keen members practising throughout the week, we’re pleased to report that we’re running low on 122cm targets. To address this very welcome shortage, we’re having an extraordinary working bee this Thursday morning, 20 July, at 9am, specifically to get more targets ready for you.

If you’re available on Thursday morning, please come to the range at 9am and we’ll get you started. You don’t need experience or special skills for this job. It’s as simple as working in pairs to glue the paper target faces onto the cardboard backing. The club will provide the equipment and materials and experienced members will show you how it’s done. All we need are your willing hands.

Hope to see plenty of people there.

Illawarra Archers take gold and silver at Gympie - 15 July 2023

Two of our members, Helen and Glenn, trekked all the way to Gympie in Queensland last weekend to compete in a traditional archery tournament, the Gympie Field Archers Phoenix Muster. 

They both shot really well, with Helen winning the silver medal in the woman’s longbow division and Glenn winning gold in the men’s primitive division.

Of interest to long-standing members, on the way they stopped to have dinner with ex-member, Pat, who sends her greetings to us all.

Illawarra members perform brilliantly at the National Indoor Championships - 12 July 2023

Congratulations to Illawarra Archers members Fiona, Marilyn, Melissa-Ann, Rebecca and Con who all competed in the State and National Indoor championships over the weekend. While the NSW Championships results haven’t been aggregated over the three venues yet, our archers did very well in the National Championships. 

Rebecca finished 11th of 29 in the very competitive Open Female Compound division. Melissa-Ann, after shooting compound for only a few months, finished 6th out of 16 with ratings in the 80’s in the 50+ Female Compound. Con took Bronze medals in 70+ Male Barebow Recurve and the Barebow Recurve States’ teams event. Marilyn took the silver medal in 70+ Female Longbow and Fiona took the gold medal in 60+ Female Compound.

Well done to you all and thanks for representing Illawarra Archers so brilliantly. 

Full results here

Half marked and half unmarked field shoot - 6 July 2023

This Saturday morning is our special club field competition, half marked distances and half unmarked distances. Within each peg colour, we’ll shoot 12 targets with the distances marked as usual, and 12 targets with the distances unmarked. It should be lots of fun.

Register on Archers Diary as usual, and bring a charged phone for scoring purposes.

Join in the Executive Team Challenge 10am 30 July - 13 June 2023

Come and have some fun with us in the Executive Team Challenge on 30 July.

Join in the Executive Team Challenge 10am 30 July

Come and have some fun with us in the Executive Team Challenge on 30 July. Teams can challenge the Executive team in a 144 arrow competition, but don’t worry, each archer shoots only 36 arrows, so it shouldn’t be too taxing for anyone. We’ll start at 10am, with compound archers shooting first, followed by recurvers. We’ll then have a BBQ lunch before resuming the shoot with the barebowers and finishing up with the longbowers. 

Even if you’re not shooting, come along and cheer on your fellow members, and enjoy lunch and good company with other archery lovers.


Please enter your team in the list in the clubhouse.  If you don’t have a team yet and would like to participate, put your name in the appropriate column, and we’ll team you up.

ASNSW Short Course Championship results - 2 June 2023

Last weekend saw the Archery Society of NSW Short Course Championships held at SOPA (Sydney Olympic Park Archery club). The Short Course Championships are so named because they are 90 arrows in total as opposed to the Target Championships which are 144 arrows.

Several Illawarra Archers participated, achieving great results as follows.

Well done to you all!

See Saturday’s results here and Sunday’s results here

If you see Jason, Donna or Fiona around the club, give them your congratulations.

Working Bee Saturday 20 May, 9am to 12noon - 19 May 2023

Tomorrow morning we’re holding our Working Bee. We hold a working bee every two months or so to keep our facilities and equipment up to scratch for members, and to keep the club running smoothly. 

It’s a great opportunity if you’re unable to help more regularly, for you to give something back to the club, and to get to know other members better. No matter your skill set, we’ll find something for you to do, and give you a free BBQ lunch as well!

The Club shoot will follow lunch, 90 arrows on a big face for all divisions. If you’re trying to qualify at 20m, 30m or 40m, tomorrow’s competition is for you!

Fun Day - thanks and photos - 8 May 2023

The Family and Friends Fun Day yesterday was a great success with around 70 people in attendance, over 50 of whom were guests enjoying their first taste of archery, ably assisted and fed by around 20 volunteers. We hope your guests had a wonderful time.

Thank you to all members who brought guests and thank you especially to those members who volunteered their time and expertise to make sure everyone enjoyed themselves. As Marianne, who coordinated the event, said, “supreme effort from a good group of club members.”

Photos can be seen here 

Field QRE and Golden Gong 2023 - 8 April 2023

The field QRE on Saturday was great, with a small but dedicated group of archers, who braved the drizzling rain at the beginning, and were rewarded with dry skies for the shoot after the first couple of targets. Results can be found here in Archers Diary . Thanks to all who entered, and all members who helped to provide the event, including our event judge, Peter.

The Golden Gong on Sunday was an outstanding success, with thirty-eight novice archers ranging from Under 14 to Over 70 age divisions, coming from Warringah Archers, SOPA, Sydney Bowmen, Shirewood Forest Archers, Southern Highlands Archers, Shoalhaven City Archers, Illawarra Archers, and eleven from Bathurst Archers who hired a minibus for the trip! Results can be found here in Archers Diary . All archers seemed to have a good time, and they learned a great deal that will stand them in good stead as they progress in their archery careers.

Thanks to all our Illawarra Archers members, too many to name, who worked tirelessly before, during and after the shoot to make it the great day that it was, and to raise the profile of Illawarra Archers high in the company of NSW archery clubs.

Photos here

A big weekend! Field QRE and Golden Gong - 30 March 2023

We have a very busy weekend at the club this weekend.

On Saturday we have our club field shoot, and a field QRE which is run concurrently with the club shoot. 

Members who wish to shoot the club field shoot can register by emailing or by putting their names on the whiteboard in the correct column for their division. We’ll fix Archers Diary entries before the shoot.

On Sunday we have the Golden Gong, our very popular novice shoot, where we teach the entrants as much as we can about being in tournaments. We have 36 entrants for the Golden Gong, many from our own club, and others coming from clubs north and south, and even as far away as Bathurst.

We have a few volunteers listed for specific jobs:

We still need a few more volunteers to assist with such areas as:

As all twelve targets will have archers, we need more helpers to assist the new competitors. This is very important, as tournament competitors really have to know how to do both paper and electronic scoring.

There may be other things not listed, so please email me if you’d like to assist and we’ll be pretty sure to find you something to do.

Hope to see you at the weekend.

Attention new members - the Golden Gong is for you! - 23 March 2023

On Sunday 2 April, Illawarra Archers will hold the Golden Gong, an event that’s become very well-known throughout NSW archery clubs, and that we recommend to all our new members.

The Golden Gong is for novice archers of all age divisions and bow types, and makes the perfect introduction to archery competitions in a relaxed environment. The event is conducted under normal tournament rules and conditions, however experienced Illawarra Archers members will be there all day to help you with all you need to know and generally support you in gaining tournament experience. You’ll also meet archers from other clubs, and may even win your first tournament medal!

All entrants will shoot a total of 90 arrows, made up of 30 arrows at each of 30m, 25m and 20m. (You don’t need to have completed distance qualifications for the Golden Gong, because it’s a controlled shoot.)

Register here  Registration is your first lesson in tournament shooting.

Clubhouse – where we’re up to - 5 March 2023

As some of you are aware, at a future Special or General Meeting, members will be asked to vote on whether we repair or replace our clubhouse because of extensive termite damage. The Executive anticipates that either option will involve a significant expenditure and before the members make that decision the Executive wants to provide them with all the relevant information, in particular, quotes for same. 

Although the Executive are undertaking that process, we are calling on all members who may know a builder, building company or similar and/or have any other ideas for repair/replacement (e.g. container or containers, demountable building, granny flat kit, shed kit etc etc) to obtain a quote for same (including installation if relevant) and to forward that quote to the Executive prior to the next General Meeting on 15 April 2023. 

We intend to apply for a Government Grant or Grants to pay towards the cost of same so only quotes that involve licensed tradesman/companies or compliant structures will be accepted. For the purpose of members obtaining a quote, members can contact Mick who can advise the extent of the current damage and provide any other details required. Looking forward to your assistance.

Junior Archers! Your comp is back for 2023 - 1 February 2023

Just to let you know that your Junior Competition is back for 2023, starting this Sunday 5 Feb at 10am. Please arrive by 9:30 to set up. Registration is not necessary, and there is no fee. So just come and enjoy!

Format of the Comp:  Events at distances from 10 -20 metres.

The whole thing should only take about an hour and a half or so. There will be a coach in charge of the shoot. A parent or responsible adult of under-age participants needs to be there for supervision.

First working bee of the year - 25 January 2023

Call out to all members. This Saturday 28th Jan at 9am is our first working bee of the year. There is a range of jobs that need to be done. Don’t worry if you’re not sure how you can help – we’ll show you how to help to do a job that will suit you.

One housekeeping job that we’re starting is clearing out the lost & found arrow tube. Over the next two months, please check if any of your lost arrows have been found and put into the arrow tube in the clubhouse. Any arrows still left in the tube at the next working bee will be disposed of.

You can help in future to get your lost arrows back by putting your initials or name on the shafts so that we can easily identify the owners. If you aren’t sure how to mark your arrows, ask for guidance from a senior club member.

The working bee will be followed by a BBQ lunch and then a club shoot. Division 1, Division 2, and Division 3 will all shoot a WA Indoor - 60 arrows @ 18m on a 40cm face. We hope to see lots of you there.

Welcome back BBQ and first shoot of the year - 19 January 2023

The Saturday club competition re-starts at 10am this Saturday, 21 January, followed by a welcome back barbecue supplied by the club for all members who wish to attend. For catering purposes, please let me know if you’re not shooting, but attending the barbecue.

The shoot is divided into three divisions to cater for most archers, even new ones, and the shoots this Saturday are perfect for distance qualifications.

Division 1: Melbourne – 90 arrows at 50m on a 122cm face
Division 2: Darwin – 90 arrows at 40m on a 122cm face
Division 3: Geelong – 90 arrows at 30m on a 122cm face

We hope to see lots of you there.

Club Christmas party and Wand shoot - 15 December 2022

If you’re shooting the Wand on Saturday, please register on Archers Diary at even if you’ve already told me you’re coming to the Christmas celebrations.

Our junior archers and their parents will be welcome. Junior archers will be able to participate in the Wand, which is only 36 arrows, from a suitably close distance. 

We look forward to seeing you there.

13 December 2022

The Wand 2022

The club will hold its traditional Wand shoot on Saturday as part of our end of year celebrations. 

For those who aren’t familiar with Wand shooting, the target is a two-inch-wide strip down the centre of the butt from top to bottom. Archers must get their arrows wholly within the boundaries of the strip to score. Line cutters are counted as misses. It sounds difficult, but because we’ll shoot from a distance based on our rating it gives everyone a fair chance. 

If you’re a new archer, your distance may be 10 or 20 metres, while experienced archers will be shooting from anywhere up to 90 metres. Come and have a go. It's only six ends of six arrows each, and you may win the coveted annual Wand trophy.

Annual presentations and Christmas break-up party - 11 December 2022

The Christmas shoot and annual presentations will take place this Saturday, 17 December, at the club. 

The traditional Wand and novelty shoots will start at 9am, then all members and their families will be treated to a delicious Christmas lunch. 

The annual trophies will be presented to the 2022 winners in the early afternoon, followed by afternoon tea.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

Farget wrap-up - 5 December 2022

The Farget on Sunday was great fun. We had a smaller group than past Fargets, with only twelve entrants, who came from Ku-Ring-Gai Bowmen, Liverpool City Archers, Southern Highlands Archers and as far away as Bathurst Archers, along with six from Illawarra. We all had a great time shooting twelve targets in our lovely field in the morning, and an old National round (60 yards and 50 yards) in the afternoon, with a couple of relatively new archers learning to shoot a tournament in the wind.

Even a small event needs a lot of people to make it happen. Thanks go to all who were involved, including:

All in all, it was a most enjoyable day, and after a couple of years without it, we hope to re-grow it in the future to again be an end of year fun event looked forward to by archers from across the state. Photos here

Last junior comp of the year - 4 December 2022

To all juniors and your families, just a reminder that the last Junior Comp for the year is on next Sunday. Should be lots of fun.

As it’s the last day of the trial Comp for this year, it will be a fun-filled event with novelty shoots and lots of small prizes to be won. Come and join the fun!!

Please arrive by 9:30 to set up. Registration is not necessary, and there is no fee. So just come and enjoy!

Format of the Comp:  Novelty events at distances from 10 -20 metres.

The whole thing should only take about an hour and a half or so. There will be a coach in charge of the shoot. A parent or responsible adult of under-age participants need to be there for supervision.

Illawarra Farget this Sunday - 1 December 2022

The Illawarra Farget is on Sunday 4 December 2022! This is a one day fun event including both field and target, and is aimed at recreational and tournament archers alike. It consists of a 12 target Marked Field and a National Target Round (48 arrows at 60 yards and 24 arrows at 50 yards with 5 ring scoring). In the morning, half the archers will shoot the field in while the other half shoot the target round. There will be a BBQ/sausage sizzle lunch then the groups will swap and shoot their other round. Prize-giving and afternoon tea will complete the day.

Final day of the Junior Comp trial Sunday 11 December - 12 November 2022

As many of you will know, the Club has been trialling a new format for a Junior Competition for young archers. Under the leadership of coach Glenn, the first events have been quite successful and we’d like to finish the trial with a bit of fun and some small prizes for the young archers.

The final day of the trial Junior Comp is on Sunday 11 Dec at 10am.

Glenn is seeking your support in donating small prizes for the shoot. Small prizes under $5 in value, such as deck of cards, fidget spinners, pencils, notebooks, highlighters, usb’s etc (no chocolates please) can be left in a box in the Clubhouse.

On the day the prizes will be placed in a Santa sack and drawn lucky dip style by the young archers as they achieve results. We’re expecting a fun-filled day of novelty shooting events at distances from 10-20m, with prizes being awarded all morning.

Vale, Bruce Pascoe - 19 October 2022

It’s with great sadness we announce to members the death in hospital of our dear friend and fellow member, Bruce Pascoe, on Friday 14 October, after a motorbike accident. 

Bruce was a member since 2011, and a past president. An instructor for many years, many members will remember undergoing their beginner’s course with Bruce.

He will be sadly missed by all members who knew him.

New Executive members, club field championships and BBQ, twilight shoot - 12 October 2022

The Executive is very happy to report that the two remaining vacant executive positions have now been filled. Rosemary is our new Secretary and Glen is our new Field Captain. Rosemary has previously spent many years in the Secretary position, and is also currently the Coaching Coordinator, while Glen has previously served as Field Captain and has spent many years as an instructor. Thank you to Rosemary and Glen for stepping up.

The club field championship will be held this Saturday at 9am. Yes, you read that right: 9am! Practice, for those who desire it, begins at 8am and ends at 8.40am. The championship will be held as an urban field, marked out on the target range. This is a fun shoot, and a great introduction to the multiple types of target and distances you’ll encounter in the field. The championship is followed by a free barbecue, so come and join us.

Twilight comp is again optimistically scheduled for Thursday night at 6pm. The shoot is an Australian Indoor 2, which is 30 arrows at 25m on a 60cm face. Here’s hoping for better weather than last week.

Twilight season, working bee and National Championship results - 5 October 2022

Our twilight season starts tomorrow night, Thursday 6 October at 6pm, with an Australian Indoor, which is 30 arrows at 18m on a 40cm face. The weather forecast doesn’t look good for it but keep an eye on the sky just in case. The full calendar will be available soon.

We have a working bee on this Saturday morning, 8 October, from 9am to 12noon, followed by a free barbecue. Don’t worry if you think you won’t know what to do – our friendly club experts will give you on the job training. Please come and participate if you can – those targets don’t make themselves!

Con, Donna and Jason are on their way home from Brisbane, having just finished competing in the national target championships and matchplay. Jason placed a very creditable seventh from a field of twenty-four in the male open recurve 60/900 and fifth of sixteen in the male open 70/1440, as well as reaching the second round in matchplay. Donna is bringing home silver medals in female barebow recurve 60/900 and 60/1440 in her age group, while Con is bringing home three golds in male barebow recurve in his age group for the 60/900 and 60/1440, and for the barebow mixed team matchplay! Congratulations, Con, Donna and Jason!

Message from your new President - 4 September 2022

Hi members, my name is Diane and I feel honoured to have been elected to serve as your president for 2022-23. 

We’ve been fortunate to have Andris volunteer for the vacant second Vice President position, and Fiona volunteer for the vacant Recorder position. Andris served on the Executive for several years as Target Captain, running our Saturday shoots, and organising much of the work done at working bees. Fiona served for many years as our Recorder, currently chairs the Archery Australia Tournament and Records Committee, and is also the National Ranking List Coordinator. Thank you so much to you both for taking on these positions.

The Executive positions of Secretary and Field Captain remain vacant, and we’ll welcome offers from any member who’d like to serve in these positions. Don’t worry if you’ve never done anything like this before, we’ll support you in every way we can to help you learn the ropes.

Message from the new Target Captain

The most important things you can do for yourself in your archery journey are first to have fun, second to practise. The most important thing to do for your club is to participate. 

On any Saturday at Illawarra Archers you can do all three. If you are a new member and have not had any experience with a competition I urge you to come along and have a go. Not only is it fun but there is so much to learn from interacting with other more experienced archers and members of the club. If you are a member who hasn't participated for a while I can only say come along and support your club, you have much to offer the club and its membership. 

My name is Glenn, and I am the newly appointed target captain. I am at the club most Saturdays and would be happy to meet you and offer any help I can in your archery journey. If I can't help directly, I am sure there are members who would be happy to share their experiences from the many and varied methods of archery practised in Australia. One way or another there is always a place for you to enjoy and grow amongst all the members and friends you can make within the club. 

Hope to see you at the range very soon, whenever it stops raining.

Club Update #2030, December 2021

Let’s be thankful for whatever Archery we have been able to share in 2021, and look forward to hopefully shooting more and more, in 2022. In this update: National Postal Archery Championships, 2022 Club Calendar, COVID Safety.

Archery Australia News, 2021-12-23

• Archery Program to Launch at VIS • COVID-19 Statement • Paris24 Para Coaching • Invictus Archery Day

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Archery Australia News, 2021-12

• National Online Tournaments • World Field Policy • World Cup EOI • Blue Award • National Program Policy • Thank You Coach Shih • Coaches Symposium • Coaching Accreditation

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Club Update #2029, December 2021

Next Saturday, the 18th of December, marks the end of a very messed up year for our Club but it is time for a bit of light hearted FUN and GAMES.

Next Saturday, the 18th of December, marks the end of a very messed up year for our Club but it is time for a bit of light hearted FUN and GAMES.

The day of course starts off with the “Wand” at 10.00am-ish and for new comers this is just a brightly coloured strip, 5cm wide, running vertically down the target butt. The aim is to get your arrows completely within the 5cm strip at whatever distance you are forced to shoot at.

There will be other novelty shoots after that, then it will be followed by a Club-supplied BBQ and if you are so inclined, please feel free to bring some cakes or slices for dessert.

What we really need is your RSVP for this by Thursday mainly for catering purposes. Please reply to

We really hope to see you there.

Archery NSW News, November 2021

2021 National and Para National Championship's Online Tournament

2021 National Championships and Para Championships

Following the cancellation of the 2021 National Championships due to Covid, Archery Australia have decided to conduct a series of tournament in each RGB.

Each RGB will be conducting two tournaments between 15 September and the 19 December 2021.

Grab all the details in this month's Archery NSW newletter.

Archery Australia News, 2021-11

• 2022 National Calendar • Review Process • Overview Of Changes • Continual Review Process • Frequently Asked Questions

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Archery NSW News, October 2021

• 2021 National Youth Championships - Team Captains • Regional Development Program • ASNSW Youth News • Membership Extension • 2022 Tournaments • 2022 Festival of Field Archery

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Inside you'll find:

Archery NSW News, August 2021

• 2021 State Tournaments • 2021 National Youth Championships • New Clubs • Elite Awards • Membership Extension

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Inside you'll find:

Archery Australia News, 2021-07

• Australian Open – Round Up • Field Open – Round Up • World Championships and World Youth Championships • Audit and Risk Committee • Olympics at Home • Archers Diary Update • Events Update

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Archery NSW News, July 2021

• Presidents report • COVID Update • News from Sport NSW • ANSW AGM, Aug 7 • ANSW Tournaments

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Club Update #2028, May 2021

Family & Friends Fun Day this Sunday 16th May 10am-2pm

The day is for Club Members to host some of their Family and/or Friends, to try archery in a fun setting. Club members will be responsible for their guests, making sure they all front up as a group sometime between 10am and 11am to sign in, get Safety Brief, etc and then accompany them along the target range as they shoot at different targets. Club members can be shooting too; only Beginner bows will be used.

When you and your group arrives, we'll do Paperwork, then a 10min Safety Briefing & Shooting Intro, then get started at the targets on Main Range, working across from T12 to T1 - a variety of targets to try!. Club members will predominately be hosting and supervising their family & friends’ shooting, as this is an opportunity for club members to share their archery experience.

Someone will have a lolly stash, to give out as they see good/winner/interesting shots.

Some games going on: quoits, Nerf (maybe), BocciBall, and whatever else Club Members pitch in to loan us. 

BBQ from noonish. Food provided.

BYO drink (no alcohol). Water ($1) & Soft drink ($1.50) available for purchase.

Most important points for participants to know:

 wear closed shoes -  tie back hair & no baggy tops to catch in the string -  bring water bottle, or water to purchase for $1

Online registration has closed but if any club member still wishes to include their family/friends, contact Marianne Gale-Earle or

Archery Australia News, 2021-04

• Para and VI National Championships – Round Up • National Compound Program – Squad Announcement • High Performance Update • Team Selection Process • 2021 Online Youth Nationals • Coaching Presenters and Assessors EOI • Athlete Committee • Club Survey • Tournament Update

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Club Update #2027, Apr 2021

• Long shoot this Saturday • Missing equipment room spinner

In this edition:

Club Shoot this Saturday - April 24, starting 10am

Most of our Saturday morning Club Shoots are 90 arrows or less.

However this coming Saturday, and on Saturday October 16 the shoot will be World Archery standard 144 arrows. Division 1 starting at 70 metres; Division 2 starting at 60 metres; and Division 3 starting at 40 metres.

After the first two brackets (72 arrows on 122cm. targets) we will break for a BBQ lunch. The final two brackets (72 arrows at shorter distances, on 80cm. Targets) will be shot after lunch.

This is a opportunity for members to experience a typical State or National Tournament format (plus enjoying the friendship and BBQ).

The Equipment Room Arrow Spinner

Has gone missing from the Equipment Room.

If anyone knows it’s whereabouts, please return it to the Equipment Room, or let a member of Executive know where it is.

Club Update #2026, Apr 2021

• Draft minutes available • Australian Open Field Archery Championships • Australian Open Target Archery Championships • New Secretary • Club Field Shoot this Saturday

In this bulletin:

Draft Minutes - Club Meeting 27/3/21

To view draft minutes of the meeting, click here

Australian Open Field Archery Championships

This year will be conducted at Armidale, May 7-9. Entries close April 11/18.

For details see Archery Australia or Armidale Archers websites.

Australian Open Target Archery Championships

This year will be conducted at Sydney Olympic Park Archery May 20-23. Entries close April 23/30. For the first time ever the event will include a Barebow Division, and Barebow entry is free.

For details see Archery Australia or SOPA websites.

New Secretary

Rosemary Edwards has offered, and been appointed by Executive, to fill the Casual Vacancy left by Alan Dalton’s time constraints. Thanks Rosemary !!

Club Field Shoot this Saturday (April 10)

For scores to count in the QRE (Qualifying & Ranking Event) entries close tomorrow (7th).

Club Update #2025, Mar 2021

• Volunteers Needed • Club COVID-Safe Policies/Rules • Archery Instructors (Level 1 Coaches)

In this issue:

Volunteers Needed: - POSITIONS VACANT


Our Club owes great thanks to Alan Dalton for 18 months service as Cub Secretary. Alan did not stand for election at our last AGM, due to the demands of his work. So the position was a casual vacancy for about 6 weeks, which was a very difficult situation for our club administration. Then Alan generously offered to continue in the position. However, now he simply does not have the time to continue as Secretary, and has resigned.

It is quite urgent that we fill this casual vacancy as soon as possible.

South Coast Field (August 21 & 22) Coordinator and sub-committee

This is a World Archery registered, major inter-club event, we host each year. We need a team to coordinate it.

Field Club Shoot/QRE Coordinators (May 29, July 24, Sep 25)

Family & Friends Fun Day (May 16 - note the changed date) sub-committee

Please contact Marianne (Coordinator) if you can help out.

Members' Participation Sub-committee

Please think about filling one or more of these positions needed in our Club (dobbing someone in is also good). Without these positions filled, we cannot expect our Club to function properly.

Please contact if you are able to help fill any of these roles.

Club COVID-Safe Policies/Rules

With changes to NSW Public Health Orders, from Monday March 29 the Club's COVID-safe Policies and Rules no longer apply. Members are still strongly recommended not to come to the club suffering cold or flu symptoms, to use good hand hygiene, and to use the sanitizer provided.

Archery Instructors (Level 1 Coaches)

In the coming months Archery NSW will be conducting courses for Archers interested in qualifying to be instructors. Pre-requisite will include some online modules, and some experience assisting with Come & Try sessions. If interested, contact John Kennedy

Club Update #2024, Mar 2021

• Participation Working Group – please volunteer • The Golden Gong shoot • Distance Qualifications • Club General meeting • The Tip – it’s back!!

Welcome to autumn! Depending on the day temperatures are cooler, allowing us to stand on the main range without frying. Saturday morning shoots have moved back to 10am starts, and families of ducks are crossing the field regularly for a dips in the ponds (they've even found their way into the clubhouse – so much for our occupancy limit)!

In this message:

Participation Working Group

We've got one of the best ranges in the country, and we want you to use it more!

Our club is not just about shooting – it's a place to share an amazing sport with friends and family, and learn more about our equipment and how to shoot better.

We want to improve the club and make it more appealing to you and others who might want to join. We need your ideas!

It would be great if you would volunteer to join a new working group that we're setting up to develop and implement ideas to build participation.

What can be done to help you to shoot more? What can we do to encourage people to take up archery, or keep going when they join? What events would you turn up to?

If you've got ideas or would like to thrash thoughts around, please send me a note so that we can get the working group moving. Remember: it's your club – be part of its future!

The Golden Gong

After a year of COVID when most clubs suspended beginner courses, we had 30 people from 13 clubs register for the Golden Gong AND despite the rain, all but three turned up on the day. That's a pretty good strike rate!

Huge thanks should go to Phil Evans for coordinating the day, as well as everyone else who gave their time - it was especially good to see the small number of hardy stalwarts who turned up on the Saturday for the working bee as well as the Sunday to make the event a success. I'm not going to rattle off everyone's names, but thank you.

Yep, it rained. That happens but, for those who shot: hard core. Well done!

Who were these sodden superheroes, I hear you ask? Well, congratulations to: Solomon Kennedy, Rhiannon Evans, Alexis Evans, Darcy Rowlison, Shanti Rowlison, Tony Scognamiglio, Andrew Davies, Michael Grimm, Damian Juhasz, Michael West, Jennifer Evans and Phil Evans.

I'm pleased to see some of the Wednesday evening junior archers crew turn out. You guys killed it!

Distance Qualifications Reminder

Our new Recorder, Rhiannon Evans, has done a great job of getting across the details of her role. She's already made it easier to claim your distance qualification – simply take a photo of your qualifying score card and email it to her at This way, Rhiannon can check your card and let you know very quickly if there are any issues.

Rhiannon's also noted that the club's records of past qualifications are in some cases incomplete. Would everyone please take a moment to send Rhiannon an email their distance qualifications so that we can ensure that the records are up to date. This information is important for safety purposes and also to inform planning for club shoots.

If you have any questions or suggestions for improvement, please email Rhiannon and she'll sort you out. Distance Qualifications – Achievements I'm now shamelessly pinching material from Rhiannon's Recorder's Report that's attached to the minutes of our last general meeting (see below). First up, well done to Neil Rowlison for taking out the Division 1 bi-monthly medal, and to Marilyn Clerke for her Division 2/3. That's a pretty good effort for our club shoots where everyone is competitive, regardless of experience, due to the handicap system. Great job, folks! don't forget to come down to the next club shoot this coming Saturday when, from 10am, we will be shooting 72 arrows on the large target face at distances of: Division 1 – 50m, Division 2 – 40m, Division 3 – 30m. Please also join me in congratulating the following members for reaching the next stage in distance qualification. Each qualification reflects hard work and practice, and is well-deserved. Archer Distance(s) Bow Type Adam Munro 40m Longbow Chris Clarke 30m Compound Jeanette Easton 20m Barebow Recurve Jennifer Evans 20m Recurve Michael Brown 20m Barebow Recurve Michael Grimm 50m Recurve Neil Rowlison 40m | 50m Compound Rhiannon Evans 20m Recurve Teodor Mitew 30m Barebow Recurve

Club General Meeting

Sorry about the delay in distributing the minutes for our last meeting on 13 February – there were a couple of boring reasons that caused the delay, but everything is available for download from here!

Our next meeting will be at 10am on Saturday, 26 March. Please take the time to turn up to the club and have an input to the issues that affect us all. We need a diversity of views and value everyone's contribution, so I hope that we get to see you there.

The Tip

Today's Tip is from "the vault' of past tips". I had a couple of chats with people lately who want to build some new arrows, but didn't know about what it means to choose the correct arrow spine, or how.

Choosing the right arrow spine is very important so that the arrow matches the bow you shoot and will be accurate over all distances without changing the ‘windage' or horizontal position of your sight pin or scope.

The stiffness (or spine) measure is usually written on your arrow. A high number means a less stiff arrow; a low number means a stiff arrow. Choosing the right spine can significantly affect accuracy.

This is a bit lengthy, but it's worth reading.

Effects of Spine

As a bow's poundage increases, it needs a stiffer arrow. Too stiff an arrow will, for a right hander (reverse this for lefties) veer left while an under-spined arrow go right.

You might think that you can offset this using the lateral adjustment on your sight. This is only partly true.

Think of an under-spined arrow shooting to the right at 30m. If you move the sight to compensate, you'll be on point for 30m, but if you move back to 40m the arrow will still creep right, whereas if you move in to 10m the arrow will want to go left, so you might find yourself having to adjust your sight at different distances.

Also, you might find that your arrow will yaw or fishtail, which means that it will be less stable in flight – that erratic movement can also affect on-target performance, and how far your arrow will ‘carry' (the distance you can shoot).

Arrow charts

Arrow charts are available from most manufacturers that will help you to select the right spine for your bow. Here's one from Easton, and this on-line calculator from Victory is also really good (and compensates for the weight effects of points, nocks and fletches).

It makes sense to use the chart from the manufacturer of the arrows you want to buy, for certainty, although there is a standard for measuring arrow stiffness that most manufacturers follow.

Compound vs Recurve

Ideal spine varies between compound and recurve bows of the same draw weight. This is because compound bows have two stages of accelerating the arrow, as on release the string first moves through the less powerful ‘valley' from the cams' let-off, and gathers inertia before hitting its maximum poundage. With recurves and traditional bows, the full poundage pushes the arrow immediately on release.

So, compound bows need less spine (i.e. in review, less stiff arrows, or a higher number) than other bows of the same draw weight, which gives them an arrow speed advantage because the arrows are lighter.

Anyway, we're getting a bit detailed now. The important thing to remember here is to make sure that you use the right arrow chart – one for either a compound or recurve bow.

Draw Length and Minor Adjustments

Importantly, bear in mind that if you cut your arrows to suit your draw length they will be stiffer – this is accounted for in the arrow charts (they will ask what your poundage and arrow length is).

Tuning a bow and arrow to match is a process that's worthy of a separate discussion, but in simple terms, two simple ways to refine matching the spine to the arrow are to:

Now, grab your gear, get out to the range and have some fun.

Happy shooting!

Archery NSW News, February 2021

• 2021 Calendar Updated • Upcoming Tournaments • 2020 Elite Awards • Regional Development Program • Level 1 Archery Australia Coach Course

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Updates on the Regional Development Program and the Archery Australia Board.

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Club Update #2023, Feb 2021

Attend the Club General Meeting on Feb 13 for awards, BBQ, shooting, and great company!

Firstly, thanks to everyone who took time out of their weekend and braved the rain to attend the working bee on Saturday, 6 February. It was good to see people keeping a respectful 1.5m distance as they glued a gaggle of targets! Seriously, thanks for your efforts - hopefully the rain will stay away next time.

Don't forget to turn up at 9am this Saturday for the club's general meeting. Download the agenda and papers which you can read as you get excited about the barbeque that will follow the meeting. Of course, after the barbeque we'll have our scheduled club shoot, which in three divisions is suitable to all levels of ability and bow types. To see what event we'll be shooting, download the club calendar for the entire year and stick it on your fridge.

Also, unfortunately we couldn't present some of our annual awards at the end of last year as we usually do, but we're taking care of that on Saturday during the barbeque. If you shot at any of the club championship shoots, I'd encourage you to come along for the meeting and snags afterwards - you never know, you might just land a gong!

Happy shooting!

Club Update #2022, Feb 2021

In this edition: • Wednesday Junior Archers' Session (from 4pm) • New Club Recorder • Change to New Archer Course COVID Measures • Working Bee – 6 February from 9am • General Meeting – 13 February from 9am • Back to Archery Tournament Results

We're back and gearing up for a much better year ahead than 2020, as we've learnt to live with and manage COVID-19.

Between the wind, heat and rain there are still opportunities to shoot - the field is in great condition and makes for a nice walk if you've got some spare time. Seriously, even if there's a bit of light rain, at this time of year it's perfectly comfortable to be outside, shooting, with the added benefit that you can brag to your loved ones about how hard-core you are.

To help us get going for the year, we have a couple of important happenings in the next couple of weeks, including a working bee from 9am on Saturday 6 February, and our first general meeting for the year from 9am on Saturday 13 February. Points we'll cover off today are:

Wednesday Junior Archers' Session

Calling all Junior archers

Do you want to meet and shoot with other young archers? Do you want to develop your form, receive some helpful pointers, and shoot for fun?

Why not come along to our Junior Archers Session on Wednesday afternoons from 4-5pm(ish) on Range B. All bow types are welcome, and there’s no cost to club members for this session which will be guided by our coaching coordinator John (0404 643 206).

Please remember that archers who are 14 years and younger must have a responsible adult on site with them. Please contact John with any questions or queries.

New Club Recorder

We're very pleased to announce that Rhiannon Evans has volunteered to be our new Club Recorder, with Colin Hobbs having to step back from the role.

Rhiannon has already got stuck into learning the IT systems for the job, and is doing a great job. If you have any questions about registering for club events, or claiming distance qualifications, performance awards or club records please email Rhiannon at and she'll be pleased to sort you out.

Please join us in thanking Rhiannon for taking up the mantle and donating her time to our club.

Change to New Archer Course COVID Measures

The Executive has decided to change the special COVID measures that apply to new archer courses, so that a COVID marshal will no longer need to oversee a course.

Our COVID marshal was an extra measure that we had adopted, beyond what the law requires, so we remain compliant with all COVID regulations. The rest of our COVID measures remain unchanged.

Working Bee – 6 February

Yes, put it in your diary. We've had very few working bees over the past few months, and there's only so much that our committed grounds crew can do by themselves. Come along from 9am to help out – there are a range of jobs to do, from preparing target faces, to cutting carpet strips for the butts and even gardening. So, there's something for everyone.

And, no, we are not above bribery. There will be a club BBQ after the work is done for everyone to unwind, as well as a relaxed club shoot if you fancy staying around, which will be decided on the day.

General Meeting – 13 February

The general meeting is your opportunity to have input into how the club works. It's an opportunity to discuss what's coming up, and for members to give and vote on their ideas for our priorities ahead.

We'll circulate an agenda before the meeting, but in the mean time, please email me by this Friday, 5 February, with any suggestions for agenda items. You can review the minutes of the last meeting here.

Yes, for those who love snags, the BBQ will be back for the second week in a row!

Back to Archery Tournament Results

The results are in!

The Back to Archery Tournament was an innovative event put on by Archery Australia as COVID started to come under control. It allowed people to compete nationally, from the comfort of their own club.

Our club did exceptionally well – please join us in congratulating the following members for their medal-winning efforts:

Both Raw Score & Handicap

Raw Score

Handicap Score

Click here to see the full results.

Don't forget to turn up to the working bee and do your bit, and we'll see you at the general meeting the following week. If you're a younger member, keep Wednesday evenings in mind for a casual shoot and some useful pointers from our coaching coordinator, John Kennedy.

Happy shooting!

Special letter from the Coaching Coordinator

John has prepared a short letter to all members about the work of the coaching team, and to ask for your help, which we’d encourage you to read. The coaches are putting in a great effort to build interest in archery (it’s pretty impressive when you read the letter), but could do with a bit of help which you can offer in your own time. Please take a moment to read this important letter.

special letter 

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Club Update #2020, Jan 2021

• Improved Electronic Sign-In • Saturday Club Shoots – Start 16 Jan at 9am • Field Shoot on 23 Jan – not a QRE • Volunteer Request – Club Recorder • Volunteers Request – Course COVID Marshals • New Archer Safety Measures • COVID Situation Summary

Some important points that we need you to focus on:

Improved Electronic Sign-In

The temporary web form that we've been using for sign-in is simple and easy to use. It’s made signing in over the web much easier for archers and visitors.

So, we've decided to trial using it rather than the previous system. The sign-in button on our web page has been updated to link to the form, but you can also click here and bookmark the page.

As an alternative sign-in option, we've also created a QR code that will be posted at the clubhouse next week, which can be scanned using your phone to take you right to the sign-in page. Some of us forget to sign-in before going to the range and then have to mess around trying to log on using our phones, so this should make that process less difficult.

Our QR code will only link to our own club sign-in facility, and the data will not be stored on any external database. Keep an eye out for it.

Saturday Club Shoots – Start 16 Jan at 9am

Don't forget – Saturday morning club shoots start again on 16 January (that's next week, people), at our new time of 9am for summer shoots to avoid the searing heat of the season.

The first Saturday shoot is a "Beechboro Series", which is:

You can download the annual calendar here (printed copies are in the clubhouse).

Field Shoot on 23 Jan – not a QRE

Our field shoots, except for the club championships, are normally QREs (Qualifying and Ranking Events that award archers national ranking points).However, COVID got in the way and prevented us from registering the 23 January shoot as a QRE the month before, so this shoot will be for our club members only.

Volunteer Request – Club Recorder

Colin Hobbs thoughtfully agreed to be our Club Recorder as well as Vice President, but has had to step back from the role. Colin – thanks very much for the effort that you brought to this.

Are you able to step in and fill his shoes? Please contact me if you can.

It's a straightforward but interesting job. It basically involves setting up electronic scoring for club shoots in Archers Diary, maintaining distance qualification records, and tracking performance to award our bi-monthly club shoot medals, and processing club members’ claims for governing body awards.

The recorder also provides a short report at club meetings, on awards and distance qualifications.

It would be great if you could help out with this. e-mail to volunteer.

Volunteers Request – Course COVID Marshals

Our courses for new archers each need a COVID marshal to ensure that our safety measures are being observed. Our marshals will receive the same "thank you" payment as instructors.

The job simply involves keeping an eye on things and having a quiet word with an instructor if someone forgets one of the measures. You don't need to be a shooting member to do the job.

If you're interested in helping out, please contact Coaching Coordinator John Kennedy at or by phone at 0404 643 206.

Our Changes to New Archer Safety Measures

On COVID, the Executive has made some changes to the special safety measures for new archer courses (the amended safety measures can be downloaded here), but considers that our wider COVID safety measures are okay for now (available here).

A quick run-down of the COVID situation follows but the changes to the measures applying to courses are:

The COVID Situation

The Executive has been carefully monitoring the COVID infections situation, including Government advice and changes to public health orders.

Our COVID safety measures exceed Government requirements (for example, we don't need to have a COVID marshal for new archer courses), but are in place to set a "platinum standard" for the moment.

There have been huge developments in managing the spread of COVID since it first hit our shores in early 2020, and since we introduced our club’s first COVID safety measures and, since October, extra measures for our beginner courses.

Contract tracing is mature and comprehensive, and testing is easily accessible with pop-up testing clinics available in Wollongong since our two recent infections. Test results are generally available within 24 hours.

Since opening the club to visiting archers, we have had very few visitors, and we have not actively promoted our availability to other clubs.

Extra controls introduced by the Government for Greater Sydney (including Wollongong) have been strengthened to require mask-wearing on public transport and in shops. Keep this in mind – if you do not wear a mask you risk a $200 fine. However, masks are not otherwise required outdoors.

In Summary

The Executive is continuing to keep on top of what's happening with COVID, including by paying attention to Government statements and, most importantly, reading the public health orders.

Our measures are conservative, which is what's best for our club at the moment. As we all become more used to living with COVID and when risks reduce, we may relax some measures, but we will always keep in mind the need to strengthen them again if needed.

It's important that everyone knows what’s going on. If you have any questions, please contact Alan and he'll do what he can to help.

Archery NSW News, January 2021

• From the President • Marketing Grants • Grassroots Sport Fund • National Judges in NSW • Event Judges in NSW • Membership Information • 2021 National Youth Championships Youth Team • 2021 National Youth Championship Team Manager • Coaching Course Presenter Assessor • 2021 ASNSW Calendar

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Club Update #2019, Dec 2020

• Back To Archery Tournament • Christmas Break-Up Day • World Archery Indoor World Series

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Also, as a heads up, the minutes of the most recent club meeting will be released soon, including the shooting calendar for next year! Stay tuned.

Back to Archery Tournament

This Saturday is the final Back to Archery Shoot, hosted at our club.

In this tournament your best two event scores count, so if you've had a dodgy day and a good day already, you can make it up!

If you are shooting in the tournament, register in Archers Diary / Club Shoot 47 (AA Tournament), and make sure that you register in your appropriate flight.

For details about the event, click here.

Remember, you don't have to compete in the Back to Archery event to shoot on the weekend. You can still participate as a club shoot only, but registering in Archers Diary for Club Shoot 47.

Please register by midnight on Friday, to assist with target allocations.

Christmas Break-Up

Our end of year event and presentations day will take place on Saturday, 19 December from 10am.

This is a fun get together where we shoot "The Wand" – your only chance to do so this year! The wand is a ribbon hung vertically down the middle of the target butt. The objective is to hit the ribbon – it doesn’t matter where, as long as you strike it. Archers are assigned a distance based on experience, and this handicap makes for a fun event where our newest archers can take on the old hands. So, turn up and give it a go.

A club-provided Christmas dinner will follow about 12.30pm, with soon after.

To help with catering, please let us know if you’re coming either by Wednesday 16 December, by either writing your name on the clubhouse blackboard, or electronically by registering for the event in STG.

Don’t forget to let us know if you’ll have family members in tow!

World Archery Indoor World Series

The next leg in the series is on the weekend of 19-20 December. At 10am on Sunday 20 December, our president, Chris Clerke, will coordinate a shoot for the event, although archers do have the option of shooting at any time over the weekend provided that they have a witness to sign their scorecard.

Now, remember how we said that there was a one-time opportunity to register to shoot in this international series from the safety of your own club? Well, we’ve been told that new registrations can continue, so if you didn’t put your name down before now, you can still participate by clicking here, whether this is your first time or you already shot the first round..

But, you must register by 13 December!

For further details, click here – this includes information about how to download the World Archery scoring app that’s needed for the event, but that’s a doddle, so don’t be concerned.

Club Update #2018, Nov 2020

proposed motion for upcoming Club General Meeting

It's only one week until our first general meeting since the AGM in August! Grab yourself a cold drink and turn up at 10am on 5 December to have a say in the future of our club.

We will be circulating an agenda during the week, including a draft club shooting calendar for next year. We heard what people had to say about the calendar, and there will be a good mix of stuff proposed, so please take the time to read it and come with any suggestions.

Also, we previously circulated a motion to change our Club Regulations and Safety Policy because the regs currently require people to register for club shoots by writing their names on the club whiteboard, and that scoring is to be done on paper. We’ve moved on, and everyone uses Archers’ Diary for both now. This amendment will ensure that the regs reflect actual practice.

Eric Klein has suggested an addition to the new clause, which I’ve highlighted in red, below. The current clause is also included for reference.

Also, please remember that if you want to contact me regarding this email or other matters, you need to email me at as we are still waiting for the "do not reply" email address to be fixed by Archery Australia.

Proposed Motion

To replace Clause 12 in the Club Regulations and Safety Policy with:


Clause 12 currently requires physical registration and scoring for Club Competitions. However, Archer's diary is used for both.

It is not proposed to change the existing sub-clause 12.3.

Clause 12 currently reads:

Club Update #2017, Nov 2020

• Back to Archery Tournament • Farget • Proposed amendment to Club Regulations

In this edition:

Event Reminders from the President

Our President, Chris Clerke, offers these very timely and helpful reminders about the next leg of the Back to Archery Tournament, and our casual shooting favourite, The Farget.

Back to Archery Tournament

On Saturday our club shoot will be another opportunity for members to shoot in Archery Australia&aposls "Back to Archery" National Tournament series.

Archers' best TWO scores is what counts, and we will also provide a final opportunity to shoot a score in the series, in December.

Saturday's shoot will also be a normal club shoot, so if not shooting the Tournament, register in Archers Diary / Club Shoot 44, as usual.

If shooting the Tournament, register in Archers Diary / Club Shoot 44 (AA Tournament) and make sure that you register in the appropriate flight.

For details of the Series, and flights, see BacktoArchery National Tournament | Archery Australia.

All shooters this Saturday; please try to register by midnight on Friday, to assist with target allocations.


On Sunday (funday): -Our Annual FARGET (Field + Target) Shoot.

This year FARGET is for our members only; -sadly, no visitors, due to our COVID-19 policies. However the usual "lucky-dip" prizes, and a BBQ lunch, will follow the shoot.

And note the "target" part of FARGET will be an 18metre Indoor, to help our members taking part in the World Archery Online Indoor Series.

Register for FARGET in Archers Diary / Farget 2020. (Shooters in WA OIS will also have registered with World Archery, as WA registrations closed on November 15)

Proposed Amendment to Club Regulations

The Executive has endorsed a "housekeeping" amendment to our Club Regulations and Safety Policy. For details, please click here.

The short version, though, is that the regs currently require people to register for club shoots by writing their names on the club whiteboard, and that scoring is to be done on paper. We've moved on, and everyone uses Archers' Diary for both now. This amendment will simply ensure that the regs reflect actual practice.

Under the regs, one week's notice must be given of a motion to change them. We're getting in a bit before that for our 5 December meeting.

Club Update #2016, Nov 2020

• Thanks for the working bee • You can shoot an international 18m event at our club!

Two very quick things for you in this "diet update":

Thanks for the working bee

We're very pleased to report that there was a strong turnout to our working bee on 7 November. Target butts were repaired, carpet was cut ,the garden de-weeded, many target faces were glued, some work in the field was achieved and after a long time of talking about it, the sleepers in the car park were finally replaced.

To everyone who turned up, thank you and please give yourselves a good pat on the back. Oh, and a big thank you to Gordon for cooking the BBQ for us once again.

It really was a very productive day, and the club couldn't operate without this effort.

You can shoot an international 18m event at our club!

You can compete in an international competition, from the comfort and safety of our club. No travel. No COVID. No fee!

World Archery has opened up the 2021 Indoor World Series to the web, starting on 22 November 2020, and we can all shoot, but you must register for the series by 15 November!

For those who don't know, this shoot will be over 18 metres on the small 40cm target face. So, anyone can have a stab – even if they’re only just taken up the sport.

Please click here for all the details. Option 1 isn't being offered in NSW, but we can host Option 2, which allows archers to participate either as a club shoot or by shooting privately with two other Archery Australia members verifying the scores.

The series will be shot in 4 stages, with archers shooting one round at a time that suits them for each of the stage periods: 21-22 November, 19-20 December, 16-17 January and 13-14 February. An archer’s best 3 scores will determine their placing.

To kick things off, we are including the shoot as the target portion of our annual "Farget" event – the mini-field component will still go ahead. If you take this option, you will need to register for both the series via World Archery by 15 November (see below) and the Farget via Archer's Diary. If you just register for the Farget, you can’t submit WA scores.

If enough people register for the tournament, then we will consider aligning the club shoots in December, January and February with this WA Indoor tournament.

Remember: you can do this without attending the organised shoot – you just need two Archery Australia members to verify your scores.

Important Registration and Shooting Information

For any questions, or problems with registration, please contact our President, Chris Clerke, by email at, or by phone at 0407 910 561.

Archery Australia News, 2020-10

• Archery Australia President • 2021 World Archery Championships Selection Policy • 2021 World Archery Events Policy • Archery Olympic Merchandise

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Club Update #2015, Nov 2020

• Learn to Repair Arrows – Saturday, 7 November • Casual Junior and Novice Shooting – 4.30pm Friday afternoons in November • Club Field Championship – Saturday, 14 November • Back to Archery Tournament – Saturday, 21 November • Farget Shoot – Sunday, 22 November

In this edition:

Learn to Repair Arrows

Our coaching coordinator, John Kennedy, has a few arrows from the beginners' shed to repair. Rather than slaving away by himself to fix them up, John will have all the gear needed to repair the arrows, at the club during our next working bee from 9am on 7 November.

If you've not worked on arrows before and would like to learn how they go together, if you could do with being reminded of some of the finer points or if you just fancy helping out, please join us at the working bee. It's been a while since we've had one, and the guys who volunteer their time throughout the week can only do so much, so please come along to help out.

Other jobs include:

As you can see, there's a lot to do to keep the club going, so please do your bit and be plan to stay for the club-supplied barbeque afterwards!

Casual Junior and Novice Shooting

The first of these casual sessions has come and past, and it was a good evening. If you're a young archer, or there's one in your family, please feel free to join John on a Friday evening at 4.30pm to send some arrows down without the pressure of competition.

The focus is on enjoying your time. If you need some help with your technique or equipment, John would be pleased to help, but only if you want to ask. Otherwise, come down and have fun.

Of course, if it's raining then John may not be there.

Club Championship Field Shoot

This is in the calendar for Saturday, 14 November. The field is awesome at the moment – after all the rain there's plenty of greenery, which makes for a lovely walk and shoot experience.

Ticks and mozzies are becoming active though, so make sure that you wear repellent when you're out on the field trails.

If you've completed your 30m qualification and would like to have a field induction (a requirement before you can use the course), please contact Alan and I'll get one organised for you. Also, if you're interested in doing the organised field shoot on 14 November but haven't done a club comp before, please let me know so that we can get your name entered into the online scoring database so that you can register via Archers Diary.

Registrations for the Field Championship are open – just go to the Archers Diary Registration Page to sign up.

Back to Archery Tournament

There are only two more rounds of the tournament to go, on the Saturdays of 21 November and 12 December, at 10am. To be in the running for a prize, you have to complete at least two rounds, so for those who haven't done the shoot before, this is your last chance to get started!

Remember, you can be in the running for a gong both using your raw score, and your adjusted handicap score. This means that if you shoot well against your own standard, you can be in the running to beat the best archers in the country (if you're not quite there yourself).

Archers Diary is ready to receive your registration, so git amongst it!

Please ensure that you register for the correct age and gender division – details are available here.

Farget Shoot - 22 November

Another quick reminder that the Farget will be held on 22 November, the week following the Field Championship. This is the "funnest" most informal club shoot of the year, and includes both field and target archery components, so sign up, come down and have some fun.

Registrations are open via Archers Diary.

Club Update #2014, Oct 2020

• Casual Fridays for Juniors and Novices • Back to Archery Tournament at Our Club • Working Bee on 7 November • Thanks for the Carpet B&D Carpets Galore • Farget Shoot • The Tip

In this edition:

Casual Fridays for Juniors and Novices

Are you a junior or novice archer? Would you like some pointers regarding your shooting? On Friday evenings in November our Coaching Coordinator, John Kennedy, will be on Range B working on his technique with his daughter from 4:30 to 5:30pm.

If you would like to join them, John would be more than happy to help you out with your technique, help you tune your bow or just offer some friendly beginner company.

This is not an offer of formal coaching but is more like guided social shooting for those who feel intimidated by larger audiences at Saturday shoots, or who only want to shoot for a little bit on these nice Summer evenings.

Of course, our COVID-19 safety measures will be observed during this time.

Back to Archery Tournament at Our Club

Despite the dreary conditions we had quite the turnout at the Back to Archery tournament shoot this weekend. The rain held off just long enough for the shoot to finish, and for some decent scores to be posted.

We've still got another two rounds of the tournament to go, and as it is your best two performances that count, it's not too late to sign up (whether you shoot compound, recurve, barebow or longbow - there's a shoot for you)! So, set some time aside for the next rounds on 21 November and 12 December (shooting starts at 10am, but you can turn up a little earlier to warm up and get some practice ends in).

As for how we're doing, well our president, Chris Clerke, has prepared this summary of our archers' standings so far – there are some pretty good results in there, both in points off the bow and on handicap. Chris will post a copy of this document on the notice board.

Can You Help – Working Bee Saturday, 7 November

We haven't had a working bee for a while, so please make yourself available to join us from 9am on Saturday 7 November to do some maintenance work.

While we have a small group of dedicated people who maintain our facilities throughout the year, they can't do it all and we should all do our bit to keep the club operating.

Don't worry - there is a job for everyone. You don’t have to be especially handy or have muscles the size of coconuts - just a willingness to help and do your bit. So, please set aside some time to come down and spend a couple of hours to keep your club in shape.

Thanks for the Carpet

Marianne Gale has managed to secure a donation of carpet trimmings from local carpet company B&D Carpets Galore at Fairy Meadow. This is very generous of B&D Carpets Galore, as people do pay for these off-cuts.

The carpet is essential for maintaining our target butts, and we couldn't do without it, so thanks very much to Marianne for arranging this (and thanks again to John Clare, for lugging the stuff into the beginners' container).

Oh, and if you're thinking about getting some new carpet for your place, why not give B&D Carpets Galore a go. They really have been very kind to us over the years, so if we can give them some business it would be good karma.

Farget Shoot, 22 November

Don't forget that the Farget Shoot is on again this year, but only for club members (no visitors due to our COVID-19 safety measures).

This is a fun shoot that combines target range and field shooting. It's pretty relaxed, so come down and make a day of it to enjoy some shooting and the barbecue afterwards. You will be able to register for the event soon, via the event registration page on Archers Diary.

You will need to have qualified at 30m and have completed a field course induction. If you need a field course induction arranged, please contact Alan. It's pretty straightforward and won't take long.

If you've not done a club shoot before, we'll need to get you set up on Archers Diary, so please contact me and I’ll get it organised for you.

The Tip

Archery is about consistency… real consistency. Gut feel can get you some of the way, but if you want to be accurate you have to do the same thing every time.

A key part of this starts before you even nock your arrow. Let's call it standing. Consistent stance will affect the alignment of your draw and the micro-pressure on your string that can cause it to pull one way or the other. This is important for all bow types.

It could be said that it doesn't matter how you stand, as long as you do it the same way every time. But there are some things to think of – try out some of these ideas:

That’s it for this update. Happy shooting!

Archery Australia News, 2020-08

• Archery Australia Athletes Committee (AAAC) • Paris24 Para Pathways Program (P24 Para) • 2021 National Compound Program (NCP) • 2021 National Recurve Program (NRP) • 2021 National Para Program (NPP) • 2021 International Competition Selection

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Club Update #2012, Sep 2020

• John Chaplin Target Championship • Return of Twilight Shooting • Updated Club Shooting Calendar • COVID • Minutes meetings • The Tip

Aside from the occasional cold snap, the shooting conditions down at the club have been AMAZING lately, in the company of kookaburras and even one or two deer, who have been spied lurking at the back of our main range once or twice during the day.

In this update:

John Chaplin Target Championship

An important reminder that this coming Saturday (3 October) we will once again gather at 10am for the target championships. Four shoots are available:

Simply register for the event via Archer's diary.

This is a great day to come down for a shoot, and is quite relaxed for an event with bragging rights involved, so give it a go!

Unfortunately, due to food handling sensitivities during COVID 19, we won't be offering the traditional barbeque, but please feel free to bring your own picnic and make a day of it.

Twilight Shoot Series

Our twilight shoot series will return at 6pm, Thursday 8 October!

These shoots are informal events held after school and work every Thursday during the daylight savings period. They are closer shoots, with distances ranging from 18m to 40m. Earlier shoots in the season will be fewer arrows so that dusk doesn’t intrude. A calendar of twilight shoots is available here.

Although scores are kept via Archer's Diary results are reported both as a raw points score and handicap (so anyone can win on the day, if they shoot their best).

The atmosphere and variety of bow types at this event is great, with a lot of support and a sprinkling of friendly banter thrown in, so come and have some fun.

Club Shooting Calendar

With the club entering the fray of Archery Australia's "Back to Archery" competition, and with clout events not being held, we’ve made some very minor changes to the calendar. Please download the latest calendar for the remainder of the year from here.

If you haven't done a club shoot before, we shoot across three divisions. Division 2 and 3 shoots are designed to be over closer distances, which are suited to beginner and intermediate archers who are building your skills – if you have a look at the calendar you're sure to find something that suits.

A calendar for next year will be discussed at our club meeting on 5 December. If you have any suggestions or requests, please email our Recorder, Colin Hobbs, at

The COVID Note

We are continuing to monitor both the Government's rules and advice around COVID, and general information about infection trends.

Our current plans remain appropriate – please remain familiar with them by clicking here. Most importantly, if you feel at all ill, please stay away from the club! Also, if someone is shooting on a target and would prefer not to share, please respect that and move on to another – we have plenty.

Occasionally (and despite the array of signs at the driveway), people still occasionally try to use the car park, toilets or even seek water from our club house. People even sometimes wander over to pick flowers from the field course which is, after all, a live shooting range.

If this happens, it is entirely reasonable to ask them to respect our rules and ask that they leave. We are a club on private property and, while we are a friendly club, these rules are in place to protect ourselves and the public.

Minutes of Meetings

The Minutes of our most recent meetings are available via the following web links

Our next club meeting is scheduled for 10am on 5 December – please turn up and ensure that we discuss everything we need to and that you have your say. Don’t forget that as this is the last meeting of the year, we will be setting up the shooting calendar for next year.

The Tip

Got a problem with string slap? Ever forgotten to wear your arm guard, then been reminded by a painful rip down your arm as your own bow attacks you?

The answer could be a simple and building a simple, deliberate twist of your arm into your shooting process, with a short exercise to help.

Essentially, try to rotate your bow arm's elbow clockwise (for a right handed archer – anti-clockwise if you’re a lefty) as you brace the bow. This will move your forearm away from the string's path, while also helping to settle your shoulder into a consistent position. You can exercise this without the bow by gently pressing your palm against a wall with your arm outstretched, then practicing the movement.

Unclear? Well, the good news is that you don’t need to rely on my garbled words. Here’s a link to a video from former Olympic archer Jake Kaminski, explaining the whole thing. If you’d like to geek out with more shooting and gear tips, explore his YouTube channel. While his channel almost entirely concentrates on recurve and barebow archery, some of the material is transferrable to other bow types.

Happy shooting!

Archery Australia News, 2020-09

The latest news from Archery Australia's board.

In this edition:

All the details here.

Club Update #2010, Aug 2020

• Archery NSW Postal Shoot Placings • COVID-19 club safety update • iScored.Today v3 is now online.


August 31, 2020


Well done Illawarra shooters, and thanks to Event Judge, Peter Willis.

Archery Australia is now planning a postal shoot later this year. Details to be announced soon.

COVID-19 Safety

Latest advice from NSW Health to sporting clubs directs us to gather only for sporting participation, not for social activities, award presentations etc. So Executive has decided:

Reminder: v.3 is now online

Please remember: We still have the vacancy on our Executive for a Club Secretary.

BacktoArchery National Tournament and the latest Archer's Diary update.

In this edition

Download it here.

Club Update #2009, Aug 2020

Everything you need to know about the Club's activities, incuding Club Officer Vacancies; Archery NSW Postal Shoots; Updated app now available. Check it out!

Illawarra Archers: Circular to Members

August 25, 2020

Club Officer Vacancies

Several more are now filled. Thanks to:

We still need a Secretary!! Please keep discussing and "dobbing-in" !!

Next Club Member's General Meeting

Saturday 10th October, starting at 10am. Please add this to your Club Calendars.

Archery NSW Postal Shoots Update

Please note

Registration for all ANSW Postal events MUST be done on: (Registration is free; Closes Friday 28th 2pm).

Updated "ISCORED.TODAY" is now online

Along with the update, is a requirement that all archers remove the existing application from their phone and re-install the new version. Failure to do so may result in unexpected failures:

REMINDER: Our Club's current Covid-safe policies

As things change constantly, see the notices around the grounds, and on the chalkboard. Let’s keep ourselves & each other SAFE !


If you use ISCORED.TODAY for scoring, please remember to delete and reload the software, as above: and for further information see Archery Australia News -

Archery Australia News, 2020-06

In this edition: important information for all users of Archer's Diary and an incredible OZBOW Kit offer for clubs!

In this edition:

Click here for all the news.

Club Update #2008, August 2020

All the latest goings on at Illawarra Archers

Executive Meeting (8th Aug.) has filled several vacancies:

Thanks from all of us, to these members, for stepping up.

Two important vacancies are NOT YET filled:

Without people filling these vacancies it cannot be expected that our Club will function properly.

For example, we cannot organize the re-commencement of Come & Try Sessions and Beginner Courses without a Coaching Coordinator.

Only the Secretary is an Executive position, and people taking any position can rely on help of other club officers, as they settle in.

Please discuss, offer, or dob someone in, with any Executive member.

Next Club Members’ General Meeting

Our next meeting is on Saturday 10th October, starting at 10am. Please add this to your Club Calendars.

Sad but SERIOUS!

Boadheads have been again used recently in our Field.

Cost of damage to one target is over $200, plus our volunteers hours!

Aussie Helpers

"Aussie Helpers" is a charity we helped last year out of the profits of the South Coast Field. They have sent us a magazine, which is available in the clubhouse, showing their drought relief stories for Aussie farmers.

Archery NSW Postal Events

For info & ANSW registration see (registration is free).

A Reminder: Our Club's current Covid-safe policies

As things change constantly, see the notices around the grounds, and on the chalkboard. Let’s keep ourselves & each other SAFE!

And please don’t forget...

...our need to fill the vacant positions of Secretary, and Coaching Coordinator, in our club

Field QRE 25/01/2020

Entries close Wednesday 22/01/2020

The club is hosting it's first QRE on the 25th January 2020.  Entries close at midnight of the 22nd January.

Get your entries in. 

2019 Club Championship Results

2019 Club Championship Results

Illawarra Farget - 24th November 2019

Illawarra Farget - 24th November

Illawarra Archers will be hosting the 2019 Illawarra Farget on Sunday 24th November.

No private practice will be available on this day.

We encourage all club members to participate either shooting or helping with the organisation of the event.

Link to entry is on right hand side of page.

2019 John Chaplin Target Championships

Will be held on Saturday 5th October BBQ to follow.

Hi Everyone

The Club John Chaplin's Target Championship will be held on Saturday 5th October at the club grounds.

Start time is 10am with a BBQ to follow.

You can register via Archers Diary before the event or on the day (before shooting commences).

Come along and have a great day with friends.

2019 South Coast Field

Illawarra Archers hosted the 2019 South Coast Field at the club grounds at Mt Keira on 24th and 25th August 2019.

Illawarra Archers hosted the 2019 South Coast Field at the club grounds at Mt Keira on 24th and 25th August 2019.

Thank you to all the club members who helped in making this a great event.

Congratulations to everyone who competed and there were a number of PB's set at the event.

Attachment:  2019 South Coast Field Results

2018 Club Championship Results

The results of our 2018 Award ceremony held Dec 2018. Click "read full article" to see all the results

2018 Club Championship Results

New website up and running.

Whilst we still have some work to do we are finally online with our IMG (STG) website.

The new site will offer us a lot more features that we can use to communicate with you and has a members only area that you can access using your individual membership username and passwords.

You can also update your contact information directly from here as well.

Should you require any help with your username etc then just use the contact us feature to email us and we will get back to you as soon as able to.