2020 – Sunday, 27 September & Monday, 28 September
ENTRIES OPEN ON AUGUST 1, 2020
IMPORTANT UPDATE – IMPACT OF CORONAVIRUS
As all archery activity has currently been suspended due to the necessity to avoid the spread of the Covid-19 virus among the Australian population the Western Dragon tournament would be unable to be conducted if it was scheduled to be held at around this time of the year. As it is not due to be held until late September we are hopeful that we may still be able to conduct the event this year. The restriction on travel between regions in Western Australia has delayed the start of development for the course to be used this year. If this restriction stays in place for any prolonged period of time then our ability to have the course constructed in time to conduct the shoot may be severely impacted which in turn may require us to cancel the event for this year. We hope that this will not be the case and will continue to monitor government and health advisory bulletins to determine when we may set about commencing the preparation work. Please monitor this website for further updates as time passes and hopefully we are able to kick this virus to the kerb.
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.