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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 29th September 2021

COVID 19  Update 29 September 2021


MAC is OPEN for the following Recreational Exercise

Committee and coaches have all been vaccinated and in the interests of safety to all and adhering to current guidelines and advice, we respectfully ask those members who are not vaccinated, or are not prepared to show proof of vaccination, to refrain from visiting the club until we receive further advice.  We apologise for any inconvenience and look forward to providing more clarity as soon as we have it.  

Members who live within 15kms can access MAC for recreational exercise only, limited to 5 people at any time on the field.

On weekends, Full Members & Ozbow Members must book on Archers Diary for the 2-hour time slots, for all attending.

On weekdays, Full Members with a key may attend. The limit is 5 archers on the field & no booking required. We respectfully ask that if 5 archers are already in attendance, that you do not enter.

Oz Bow members can exercise between 10am-12noon on both Saturday & Sunday with coaches in attendance. The ratio will be one coach to two members if members are single vaxxed or one coach to five members if members are double vaxxed. (All coaches are double vaxxed).   

Temporary Members or Come n Try , unfortunately, with the current level of restrictions, we cannot open to you yet. Temp members may consider upgrading their membership to be able to shoot under current restrictions.

* Scan in, Club scanner AND Services Victoria app

* Face masks must be worn at all times & all health guidelines followed

Clubhouse is closed, no access to toilets or equipment, so please bring your own gear

*BYO Food & Drink


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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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