The Western Dragon Field Challenge


2020 – Sunday, 27 September & Monday, 28 September




As per previous posted information the WDFC for 2020 will not be held in the usual competition format.  Instead the club will provide a hosted field course that can be shot as many times over the two days that is desired by an archer, within the allowed timings.  The course is available for anybody wishing to shoot some field archery on either of the scheduled tournament days (September 27 and 28).  The course will be available between 0900 and 1500 on each day and archers can form their own groups or join a group of other archers (groups must commence the course between 0900 and 1200).

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.  Refreshments will be available for purchase at the venue, however lunch items will not be available to eliminate the possibility of any viral contamination – please BYO lunch if required.

We hope that this opportunity provides an option for archers to escape from the city and enjoy a relaxing weekend in a rural setting close to Perth whilst reacquainting themselves with the challenging sport of shooting field archery.  Please refer to the “Getting There” page for the directions to the course for 2020.


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.