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Grogan takes aim to retain Lancashire title

Annual archery weekend at Assheton proves successful for Nethermoss Archers

Assheton archers, whose club ground is in Manchester, held its annual weekend of archery competitions over the weekend of June 14 and 15.

Saturday’s tournament was a FITA 1440 with distances being shot of up to 90 metres for the men and up to 70 Metres for the women.

Representing Nethermoss Archers in the compound category were Paul Blundell (Gents FITA) and his nephew Tom Rice (13), who was shooting a Ladies FITA which at three distances above his age group.

The Recurve category was represented by Nethermoss Archers Vlada Priestman (Ladies FITA) and Jack Grogan (Gents FITA).

Tom had never shot this round before in competition, but he soon impressed everyone with his skills as a compound archer and went on to win second place overall within the Ladies distances, he also set yet another Lancashire record in doing so.

Paul attained a good score which was also a personal best for him but was unfortunate in not winning a podium position. In the Ladies Recurve section, Vlada Priestman led the competition from the start and retained the trophy she won the previous year.

Jack Grogan led the Gents category from the start, but was knocked down to second position after being outshot towards the end by eventual winner Paul Tittensor of Eccles Archery Club.

Sundays Tournament was the 60th Anniversary of Lancashire Championships which consisted of a ‘York’ round for men (up to 100 yards), and a ‘Hereford’ round for women (up to 80 yards). This time it was only Jack Grogan who was there to represent Nethermoss Archers and defend his title of Lancashire Champion that he won last year.

After a very closely fought competition that saw Jack and the previous days victor, Paul Tittensor continually swap positions at the top of the leader board for the first half of the shoot, Jack managed to get the revenge he sought as he strongly gained on scores in the later half.

Jack retained his Lancashire Champion title and trophy, he also, as he did last year, won the ‘Best Gold on Sighters’ trophy.

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