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The Hudson Handicap

Harry Hudson explained in Volume 3 No. 22 of Archery Bulletin (22nd July 1950) the HUDSON HANDICAP SYSTEM as:

"This method of handicapping the members of the club has as its object the placing of every archer in competition with every other.

The maximum possible points on any day is determined by the number of archers competing on that particular day.

The handicap will vary as the archer shoots better than his average, the improved score becoming one of his best three and the previous lowest of the tree eliminated.”

It is considered by Harry that a system of this kind will have the following effects for the reasons as outlined hereunder:

1. Every archer in the club will have a competitive bond or interest in the others effort, because it will have a direct bearing on his own.

2. Archers will come more consistently to archery, because they will have something to lose if they don't put on an appearance.

3. The advantage of the learner and his low average can only last as long as he consistently raises his average, because as he shoots over his average the figure automatically readjusts itself.

4. If few archers turn up on a bad day they will receive a reward even if, through bad conditions, they scores are low, because every one must get points in relation to the number and according to their scores.

5. No archer, knowing his or her score, can tell what the ultimate outcome might be, because no one could know how many will be present at any shoot."

Mooorabbin Archery Club still has The Hudson Handicap event still running monthly today!

One of our key main Monthly Competition Rounds, any archer from novice to the most experianced has a chance of winning the Hudson Handicap, but you have to be in it to stand any chance of winning it!. (A "Canberra" round)

Check our club CALENDAR to see on which day each month it is.


UPDATES 1/6/2020

Further easing of Covid-19 restrictions from 1st June.

To our Archery Community,

As a result of the further easing of restrictions, the MAC Outdoor Range remains OPEN to FULL Members with a key....up to 20 archers are now allowed.

We are also looking to assist Full Members, who have not yet qualified, to shoot their qualification rounds & thereby gain a key & access to the range.. If this applies to you, we will be contacting you via email soon see if you would like to take up the opportunity.


The following conditions are in place for Full Members with a Key.


Archery Victoria recommends that all Club Members be encouraged to download the COVID-19 app before attending the club.

• If you, or someone you have been in close contact with, has been overseas in the last 2 weeks, please do not attend or shoot at MAC (or any other club) for 14 days

• If you have any flu like symptoms or have had any in the last 2 weeks, please do not attend MAC (or any other club) for 14 days

• If you begin exhibiting flu like symptoms whilst at the club please leave immediately

• MAC reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone who is considered a health and wellbeing risk

• All archers are to carry personal sanitiser/cleaner to use when coming into contact with common surfaces (including locking/unlocking the gate, wiping down targets, butts and covers)

• Bring your own food and water and ensure that you are not sharing

• Full members are to unlock the gate and enter and lock the gate behind them once inside. Reverse the process when leaving the club

Sign in by swiping your membership card electronic imprint at the device in the front window

There will be a maximum of 20 archers & spectators within club boundaries at any time (Range Officers, Coaches, Committee members are not counted in the 20 max rule)

Social distancing of 1.5 metres between people will be observed and this includes when collecting arrows at the targets

One person will be allocated per target (Note: where members are from the same household and have been cohabitating during the period of isolation, they may share a target and don’t need to have 1.5m between them)

• Archers will only touch or draw their own arrows

• Archers will not touch another archer’s equipment



We hope with further easing of restrictions, we can prepare for programs & competition in the future. 

Please stay tuned & keep safe & well.

MAC Committee.






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Located Melbourne, Australia. One of Australia's largest target archery clubs. Victoria's largest target archery club. Activities for ages from 6 to 80, 42 permanent outdoor target range, 18 metre indoor range. Open 7 days, Active Junior Program, Come & Try Program, Oz Bow Program, Birthday Parties, Corporate Days, Scouts & Guides, Schools Archery, All Abilities Program, Coaching, Affiliated with WA (FITA), AA. & AV. Olympic, Compound, Long Bow & Barebow Divisions. Disabled accessibility. Home of Champions, Victoria's Main Olympic archery training venue.

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