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  • Writer's pictureLydia Stutton

2019 Easton Australian Open

It was a time to remember and savour when the Victor Harbor Archery Club hosted the 2019 Easton Australian Open. Despite the odds, including extreme weather conditions, the 'world of archery' acclaimed it a great success.

Soldiers Memorial Reserve - Victor Harbor - setting for Easton Open finals matches

Held over 3 days from 28th February to 3rd March, the event was streamed live via YouTube to Australia and the World making it accessible for the first time to thousands of people. Not only did it present the Victor Harbor Archery Club in the best possible way, it also showcased this wonderful corner of the world [Victor Harbor foreshore], hailed by Archery Australia officials as an area worthy of holding a World Cup.

Day 1 - Recurve ranking round

Thursday 28th of February [day 1] ranking rounds were held at the VHAC home ground for both Compound and Recurve Divisions. A total of 90 archers registered for the event including overseas, disabled and the top archers from all Australian States. Representatives from the VHAC included Pat Coghlan, Graham Potts and Rhiannon Mills while other South Australian archers participating were Andrew Kuchel [Great Southern Archers], Rory Blake and Justin Mamo [Eden Field Archers, Ailani Cox, Clare Reuther and David Barnes [Adelaide Archery Club] and Ian All [The Farm Indoor Archery Club].

Coghlan, Potts and Kuchel

Friday 29th February [day 2] elimination rounds were conducted for both individuals and teams. The day's temperature hit 40 degrees making it an endurance test for all but especially for the archers. It was a day of sunscreen, hats and umbrella's with hundreds of litres of cold water disappearing with little effort. The VHAC's rustic clubrooms were a hive of activity starting early on both days, catering for both breakfast and lunch and providing extra treats in between the activity. The catering team did a great job and left everyone very satisfied.

The umbrella - essential while waiting in the heat.

On Saturday 1st of March [day 3] the Easton Australian Open moved to the Soldiers Memorial Reserve situated on the Victor Harbor foreshore. Temperatures again were high and uncomfortable and water consumed greedily. Both on Friday evening and very early Saturday morning, volunteers loaded and moved the necessary equipment to set up for this public display of the Open finals in this beautiful setting between soaring Norfolk pines.

VHAC members - early Saturday morning set up for the Easton Open

Although there was a small 'opening ceremony' for the event on Thursday, an official opening was conducted on Saturday before the final matches began. President of VHAC Graham Potts began the proceedings followed by Brett Love acknowledging the traditional custodians of the area - the Ngarrindjeri tribe. Included among the dignitaries in attendance were Deputy Mayor of Victor Harbor Tim Glazbrook, Member for Finniss David Basham and Archery Australia President Grant Cole. A full list of all officials, sponsors and supporters can be found on the VHAC Facebook page, posted by VHAC Secretary Wendy Howell and a list of all volunteers who contributed greatly their time and energy to this event, posted by Pat Coghlan.

VHAC President Graham Potts at Opening Ceremony

The day of finals was full of excitement with skill in archery being demonstrated at very high levels. In the end there are the winners who are applauded but in this instance all archers must be congratulated and praised for their attendance and efforts and showing us 'how to do it' with style!

Final results:

Individual Female Compound:

  1. Elizabeth Randle - Westlakes Archers Inc.

  2. Tazmin Forrest - Wendouree Archery Club

  3. Niamh Jones - Great Hamilton Archery Inc.

  4. Madeline Boyle - Penrith City Archers

Individual Male Compound:

  1. Andrew Kuchel - Great Southern Archers

  2. Pat Coghlan - Victor Harbor Archery Club

  3. Danie Oosthuizen - Benara Bowmen Archery Club

  4. Jonathan Milne - Sydney Olympic Park Archers

Individual Female Recurve:

  1. Belinda Maxworthy - Northern Archers of Sydney

  2. Sarah Fuller

  3. Sarah Haywood - Hobart Archers

  4. Kim Lavender - Sydney Olympic Archers

Individual Male Recurve:

  1. Ryan Tyack - Sunshine Coast Archery Club

  2. James Gaze - Moorabbin Archery Club

  3. David Barnes - Adelaide Archery Club

  4. Taylor Worth - Mt Petrie Bowmen Inc.

Team - Female Compound:

  1. Niamh Jones, Anna Balla, Maddie Boyle

  2. Tazmin Forrest, Jessica Sutton, Liz Randle

  3. Katrina Robinson, Amber Lee, Marika Zawadecckyi

Team - Male Compound:

  1. Danie Oosthuizen, Danie Louis Oosthuizen, Jonathan Milne

  2. Pat Coghlan, Andrew Kuchel, Rory Blake

  3. Has Sfar, Ben Doyle, Michael Rule

  4. Matt McDougall, Remy Leonard, Ben Lyons

Team - Female Recurve:

  1. Alice Ingley, Sarah Haywood, Belinda Maxworthy

  2. Chloe Grabs, Ella Byrne, Jaymie Wood

  3. Laura Paeglis, Clare Reuther, Katherine Watson

  4. Deonne Bridger, Sarah Fuller, Miranda Tiong

Team - Male Recurve:

  1. Ryan Tyack, Taylor Worth, David Barnes

  2. Alec Potts, Astin Darcy, Alex Smith

  3. Victor Wei, Nick Kyriazis, Alex King

  4. Scott Jeffries, Alec Farmer, Jason Hurnall

Congratulations to all and hopefully we will see you back here next year for another Easton Australian Open.

Finally to the one person to blame for this wonderful event, the mover and shaker and all-round stirrer - Pat Coghlan - thank you for making it happen!

Pat Coghlan - soft and dreamy.

Gallery of Images - Easton Australian Open

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