Lancaster recurve team takes top spot in Indoor World Series rankings after Rome

18 December 2019
Rome, Italy
Team entries are being accepted until the start of the fifth Indoor Archery World Series tournament in Nimes, France on 17-19 January 2020.

Brady Ellison may have fallen to Marco Galiazzo in the recurve men’s final at the 2019 TRUBall/Axcel Roma Archery Trophy but his silver, coupled with teammate Jack Williams’ bronze, has pushed the Lancaster Archery Supply squad into the top spot in the Indoor Archery World Series recurve team rankings.

“I can only be happy with the start this season,” said Ellison after his final. “This weekend in Rome was tough – and in the final match I just shot too many nines.”

The indoor team competition combines the individual results of team members to give a team result at each event.

Lancaster has accrued 400 points over the GT Open and Rome. Casey Kaufhold, the third team member, took 125 of those with bronze in Luxembourg and the remaining 275 came from the two podium finishers at the Roma Archery Trophy.

Shibuya RC moved up to second in the recurve rankings, largely thanks to Kang Chae Young’s victory in Italy.

That pushed Beiter’s Florian Kahllund, Cedric Rieger and Elena Richter down to third.

TRUBAll/Axcel retained the top spot in the compound team rankings with Mike Schloesser, Kris Schaff and Alexis Ruiz adding 165 more points to their overall total in Rome.

The competition uses each team’s three best results over the course of the season – and with this last haul being the lowest so far, it will be the first to be dropped when bigger results are recorded.

Performance Archery and Shibuya CP held firm in the second and third spots after event number three of the indoor circuit.

Shibuya CP’s 290 points stand as the team’s largest total from a tournament so far, with 250 of them coming from Dave Cousins’ gold medal in the compound men’s competition.

“In 25 years as a pro, I’ve never been so nervous during matchplay and it’s due to all the great champions here in Rome,” he said. “I’m really happy to be here in Italy… and now I can celebrate this gold medal, too.”

Top three teams

The highest-ranked squads in the Indoor Archery World Series team competition after three of six events. (Team members listed.)


  1. Lancaster Archery Supply (Brady Ellison, Casey Kaufhold, Jack Williams)
  2. Shibuya RC (Kang Chae Young, Kim Surin, Rick van der Ven)
  3. Team Beiter (Florian Kahllund, Cedric Rieger, Elena Richter)


  1. TRUBall/Axcel (Alexis Ruiz, Mike Schloesser, Kris Schaff)
  2. Performance Archery (Sebastien Peineau, Sarah Prieels, Toja Ellison)
  3. Shibuya CP (So Chaewon, Sergio Pagni, Dave Cousins)

The 2020 Indoor Archery World Series includes six events. The Macau Open, GT Open and TRUBall/Axcel Roma Archery Trophy were held in November and December 2019. The next scheduled event is the Sydney Indoor Archery Festival on 10-12 January.

Teams consist of three athletes shooting either recurve or compound, must be mixed-gender and cost 240 CHF to enter. World Archery has guaranteed a minimum prize purse of 5000 CHF.

Registrations for the team event are being accepted until the Nimes Archery Tournament on 17-19 January 2020. The entry form is available online. Points are accrued from the time of entry and not backdated.

The Indoor Archery World Series is a collection of mass-participation and elite tournaments held in destination cities around the world.