Commonwealth Archery Championships Europe
Team Managers’ Report
Lilleshall National Sports Centre, England
The 2021 Commonwealth Archery Championships for Europe (CACE) was the first CACE after a radical change of format and saw the largest Scottish Archery team in memory travel to Lilleshall to represent their country.
24 archers made up the Scotland team including a great variety of experienced internationals and archers winning their first caps. The team competed in a qualifying round and then team and mixed team head to head matches against teams from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and the Isle of Man.
In the recurve division the Scotland A team of Erik Rowbothan, Frank Hynds, and Gareth Fleming were knocked out in the ¼ finals by a Northern Ireland team including Tokyo Olympian Patrick Huston. Scotland B team Matthew Munro, Jonathan Philips, and Cameron Radigan also went out in the ¼ finals by the Wales Red team in a close fought match that was tied going in to the final set, and was decided by a single point.
The recurve ladies B team of Linda Dallas, Debbie Geddes, and Rebecca Leigh faced Northern Ireland losing 6-2. The ladies A team of Heather Hughes, Mirran Yule and Natasha Homer went on a fantastic run with wins over Wales Red (5-2), and the England Blue team (6-0). This placed them in the gold medal match against an England team of Sarah Bettles, Jaspreet Sagoo, and Pip Taylor. The match swung back and forth before a shoot off was needed to separate the teams, and England outscored the Scottish team 25 to 24.
In the mixed team competitions Scotland A lost 6-0 to Wales Red, Scotland B lost 6-0 to N. Ireland. Compound B lost 143-146 to Wales red while Scotland A of Kevin Duncanson and Beth Martel shot their way to a medal match beating Isle of Man, before losing to England Blue to contest the bronze medal match. In the final Kevin and Beth shot the highest score on the finals field to overcome the England Yellow team 148 – 132 winning the bronze medal.
In the compound team matches our mens team of Michal Kozera, James Hamilton and Kevin Duncanson went down 206 – 207 to Wales Green. While the Ladies A and B teams both made their way to the bronze medal match for an all Scotland competition on the finals field. In the bronze medal match Scotland A shot a fantastic score of 227 to win the bronze medal.
In the barebow competition Scotland only sent one representative, Colin Allan. At the competition he was paired with Darren Cooke of Wales to form the “Celtic Soul Brothers”. Their enjoyment and humour lit up the competition field and let them all the way to the Gold medal match. In Barebow target archery the teams were shooting at a 122cm face at a distance of 50m, and after their victory on Saturday they finished with a silver medal losing the final 6-0 to a high scoring England Yellow team.
Overall this was a Scotland team that came together and displayed a wonderful team spirit, supporting each other to perform at their best and bringing home a number of medals from this exciting new CACE.
Douglas L Jardine