European Field Championships 2019
This year, the European Field Championships are being held in Mokrice, Slovenian, the same place it was held of the 2017 European Field Championships. Two years ago, GB walked away with five medals, could it be more this time?
Bryony Pitman, part of the team who qualified the Olympic spaces for 2020 and third place National Tour finalist, finished ranked first in the recurve women division. She scored 706 total, with 347 unmarked and 359 marked. This was Bryony’s first year shooting as a senior at the European Field Championships, in 2017 she walked away with bronze in the recurve junior women. As she has qualified in top seed, Bryony is automatically through to the top four and will be shooting in the semi-final matches, along with Jessica Tomasi and two others on Friday.
Bryony told us, “Everything just clicked today! Yesterday I was shooting well but my gauging was a bit off, so I was confident in my shooting going into today. It was a PB for the marked round and for the two days and it’s nice to be rewarded for that with a place in the semis”.
In the recurve men, Mark Nesbitt is currently ranked seventh with a combined score of 714 after shooting 365 unmarked and 349 marked. Mark, along with Jason Meehan and Tom Duncan are ranked in fourth in the Men Team division behind France, Sweden and Italy.
The compound men is a different story to what we are used to, only Tom Duncan has made the cut into the elimination rounds after ranking seventh with 813 combined score with 412 unmarked and 401 marked. Chris White and Dean Hamilton did not make the cut after shooting 793 and 786 respectively. Tom will be shooting in match C2 tomorrow against either Germany’s Yannick Schuetz or Christian Däldborg from Sweden.
“It’s been two days of hard work in the hills of Slovenia, but I’m really happy to have made the cut alongside some of the best archers in the World, not just in Europe, and be in a decent position for the head to heads”, Tom explained. “I am also really pleased with how we’ve qualified as a team, and hopefully we can get through to the medals.”
Hope Greenwood has ranked sixth with a 401 unmarked and 380 marked, 781 total. After day one, Hope was sat in third place, but her marked score pushed her down today. Hope is part of the women’s team with Bryony Pitman and Carol-Anne Seez, currently in fourth place. Daisy Clark finished in 15thspot with 386 unmarked and 368 marked, 754 total. Hannah Brown finished in 17thplace after shooting 385, 360 to finish with 745. Both Hannah and Daisy will be shooting in the first matches tomorrow. Hannah will face Vanja Potrkac from Croatia, while Daisy faces Russia’s Anna Zubalevich.
Jason Meehan, who was part of the men’s team who won bronze at the last European’s has finished in 10thseed, less than 30 points behind the top seed in the barebow men. On the marked day, Meehan shot 341, with 315 today on the unmarked course, totalling 656. The men’s team will face Austria in the quarter final match.
The barebow women have a sixth and 14thplace ranking, with Carol-Anne Seez in sixth after shooting 309, 290 finishing on 599. Angela Cowan, 14thseed shot 293 and 234, and will face Russia’s Maria Savenkova.
2018 World Champion William Pike is currently seeded eighth in the recurve junior men, after shooting 337 and 339 on the unmarked and marked courses, scoring 676 total over the two qualification days. Joe Fairburn has finished in 12thwith 315 unmarked and 329 marked, 644 total.
In the recurve junior women, Eleanor Piper finished sixth ahead of sister and teammate Louisa Piper in ninth and Megan Tinker in 12th. Eleanor Piper shot 313 unmarked and 324 marked, finishing on 637, just 44 points behind top seed. Louisa Piper shot 299 unmarked and 306 marked, 605 in total. Megan shot 290 and 298, finishing with 588.
All three barebow junior women have achieved well in qualification with Phoebe Rose in third place, 293 unmarked and 223 marked. Kathryn Morton in fourth, just behind with 265 unmarked and 239 marked. Amelia Thomas is in seventh with 241 unmarked and 198 marked.
Archie Crawford finished in 10th shooting 379 for both the unmarked and marked rounds in the compound junior men division.
Elimination rounds start tomorrow, follow full results here: