The Western Dragon Field Challenge


2020 – Sunday, 27 September & Monday, 28 September



To date the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic are still being felt through out the world and within Australia.  Whilst we have managed to avoid serious outbreaks of the disease within Western Australia the current situation is still unstable and any migration across the state border could have widespread consequences for our population.  With this time of uncertainty having a negative outlook for people to engage in large gatherings we have decided at this time, due to the short amount of time available, not to hold the Western Dragon shoot in the usual competitive format.  We hope that in mid August restrictions will be reduced, providing that no outbreaks of Coronavirus have occurred before then.

With this in mind the event management have committed to preparing a simpler field course at our usual location and will make it available for anybody wishing to shoot some field archery on either of the scheduled tournament days (September 27 and 28).  The course would be available between 0900 and 1500 on each day and archers can join a group to regain some field experience.  A minimal cost of $5.00 per round will be charged to cover cost of consumable items.  Archers could shoot on either day or both if they so choose.  Blank score sheets will be provided for recording your efforts, but no scores will be forwarded to governing bodies for record purposes and no prizes will be awarded.

This will go ahead once the situation becomes clearer during August, and more information will be posted on this website once a clear position is finalised.  We hope that this shoot will provide an opportunity for archers to once again enjoy the experience of field archery in a scenic wheatbelt setting, and to also make the best of a long weekend and escape the city for a bit of well deserved relaxation.


The Western Dragon Field Challenge is an annual archery competition hosted by the Bowmen of Melville archery club.  The event is a 48 target field tournament in which archers achieve an aggregate score of two World Archery 24 target field rounds shot over two days. Traditionally the event is shot on the Sunday and Monday of the Queens Birthday long weekend in Western Australia, which is celebrated toward the end of September.  Each year a new course is constructed in natural bushland settings in the Needling Hills, close to the small hamlet of Greenhills, situated in the Avon district close to the historic town of York.

Competitors can enter the competition in any of the archery divisions recognised by Archery Australia, and a separate team event is run concurrently.  Teams can be formed by any three competitors, however they must enter the competition as an individual, and the team must consist of an archer from each of the Compound, Recurve and Barebow / Longbow disciplines. Team placings are determined by the combined score of all three archers over both days.

2020 will be the return of the Western Dragon for the eleventh time with participation continuing to increase each year.  The aim of conducting this event is to promote participation in the field discipline of archery in a setting that is unique on each occasion and provides an element of difficulty.  Additionally, Bowmen of Melville hope to foster social interaction within the archery community in a relaxed atmosphere between the separate shooting days. Whilst proving challenging, the sense of accomplishment in completing the course over the two days of shooting far outweighs the aching muscles experienced by most competitors.  The venue provides an experience for archers seldom encountered at other field tournaments due to the ability to create a different course each year, and including variations to target placement and arrangement that require concentration on the part of the archer.