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Yering District Archers

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published March 18th 2022
More bullseyes than a dairy farm
Yering District Archers have been operating just inside the entrance of Lilydale Airfield since 2004.


The target awaits.

Every Saturday morning, they have a "Come N Try" session where all ages can come and try their hand at modern archery.

archery sign
Should be read.

On entering the fenced-off archery field, you are immediately taken by the setting, with the Dandenong Ranges in the distance.

Archery field.
Pictureaque setting with Mt. Dandenong in the background.

It is a very colourful setting with the yellow, red, blue and black targets attracting the eyes as well as the arrows.

Very colourful.

The come and try sessions are well organised and safety is the utmost priority, with detailed briefings given by senior members of the club before the first arrow is fired.

Arrow targets.
The targets awaiting their fate.

The first arrow.

The targets are closer to the archers than normal, almost guaranteeing that the target is hit. For the littlies, there is a special target well within their shooting range.

two archers
Almost ready.

close target.
Within range of his arrow.

I asked Rae, the treasurer, if participants were mainly young people. She replied that they were spread evenly among the age groups. She added. "When there is a new video game released featuring bows and arrows we get an influx of young people."

Lady cooking
Rae cooking up a feast for the hungry archers. All items well priced.

The bows come in all shapes and sizes, with the beginners using a basic bow.

Archers bows.
Take your pick.

I was talking to one of the senior members when he proudly pointed out his eight-year-old grandson who had recently won a "Most Valued Player" award.

Junior archer.
Stanley showing how it's done.

Watching the proceedings, I noticed that they were well organised. After shooting their arrows, bows were placed upon the ground and the shooters approached the targets to check their accuracy and recover their arrows for the next shoot.

Checking the score.

In the canteen, where Rae was practising her cooking skills, I noticed a well-used target on the wall. I assumed it was used by some very good archers as the bulls-eye was demolished but the outer circles less damaged.

archery target.
The bull was well and truly blinded.

A newly painted sign adorned the side of one of the storage containers.

Sign on container.
Can be seen from McIntyre Lane.

An experienced bowman and his target.

At the end of each session, all participants are issued with a certificate.

Participation certificate.
Everyone gets one of these.

The come and try sessions last for one hour, from 10.00 am to 11.00 am and only costs $15-00 which includes tuition and use of the bows and arrows. Unlike many shooting pursuits, the ammunition is reusable. Bookings are essential to participate and can be made through
Archer flyer.
Read all about it.

It is a very family-friendly occasion with many members of the same family participating.
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When: Every Saturday morning. 10.00am to 11.00am.
Phone: 0418 514 234
Where: Lilydale Airport, McIntyre Lane, Yering. Melways map: 274. K.12.
Cost: $15-00
Your Comment
What a great article, have seen this set up when passing there. Nice to have your emails back Neil.
by don_t (score: 1|63) 102 days ago
Did you have a go?
by 23and (score: 1|84) 102 days ago
Thank You Neil for a very kind editorial,
you are welcome at the club anytime,
Kind Regards, Rae on behalf of the committee too
by commi (score: 0|5) 101 days ago
Thank You Neil for a very kind editorial,
you are welcome at the club anytime,
Kind Regards, Rae on behalf of the committee too
by commi (score: 0|5) 101 days ago
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