The Western Dragon Field Challenge


2017 – Sunday, 24 September & Monday, 25 September


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.

2017 sees the Western Dragon return for the eighth 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. This year the opportunity to gain additional practice on a challenging field course should provide archers with invaluable training prior to the National Championships which commence just over a month later.

The Bowmen of Melville would like to express their appreciation to the landowners Kevin and Judy Binning who have allowed the club access to this area, enabling us to create new and challenging archery courses each successive year since the inception of the event.