Entries open 1 December, 2018
~Entries close 8.00 am, 21 January~
Proof of membership required
Please understand that you will be required to show proof of current membership of Archery Australia (or another Archery Alliance Organisation) when signing in on the day, as you may not participate without proof of current membership.
Information about acceptable forms of proof of membership can be found at either the Archery Australia Shooting Rules or at the Archery Australia website at the following link: Membership/Proof-of-Membership.
This is an Open Tournament, as defined
History of the Tournament
As far as we can determine, the first Archery Society of SA (now ARCHERY SA) Australia Day Field Tournament was held at Shepherds Hill, St Marys on 28 January, 1973.
The event comprised a 56 FITA Field Round shot in one day (112 arrows) - 28 targets before lunch and 28 targets after.
The event's format continued until 1980, when the rounds used became a 28 target FITA Field Round and a 14 target FITA Hunters (Marked) Round; again, shot in the one day. That format lasted just two years and in 1982, the event became a 2-day event, with the 28 target FITA Field Round shot on the Saturday and the 28 target FITA Hunters (Marked) Round shot on the Sunday.
However, ARCHERY SA (formerly, the Archery Society of SA) decided, (probably responding to submissions) that the event become a 1-day event and so, in 1983, the event was decided on a single 28 target FITA Field Round.
This continued in 1984, but in 1985 the event moved to Old Noarlunga, to be hosted by Southern Vales AC. Eden Field Archers would continue to host the State Field Championships at Shepherds Hill.
That arrangement continued until 1989, when the venue (private property, near the Noarlunga Pistol Club) was no longer available.
In 1990, the event returned to Shepherds Hill and has been there ever since.
The 24 target FITA Field format commenced in 1992, but with different targets, involving alternating grey and black concentric rings, which reduced in size as the scoring zones increased in value. Those targets lasted just 12 months (and were used at the 1992 National Championship in Adelaide), but FITA (now World Archery) saw the error of its ways and the black and yellow targets, that we use today, were introduced soon after.