Lo­cal archers are hit­ting the tar­get

Bray People - - SPORT -

2011 IS a big year for archery in Wick­low as two of the ma­jor clubs in the coun­try moved in to share the one venue in Shore­line in Grey­stones ev­ery Wed­nes­day from 7 to 10 p.m.

So far the move has been a great suc­cess with all the archers in­volved ben­e­fit­ting from the in­creased knowl­edge base and competition.

The clubs are run­ning be­gin­ner and ad­vanced cour­ses in Shore­line along with monthly com­pe­ti­tions. The clubs have also had great suc­cess at this early stage of the year in Na­tional Competition. The re­sults are listed be­low.

All Ire­land Field Cham­pi­onships: Bal­ly­val­ley Archers hosted the Cham­pi­onships in Castlewellan For­est Park in Co. Down on the 12th and 13th of March. Wood­brook Archers Shay Fitzsi­mons won the bronze medal in the bare­bow divi­sion while Rob Hall won the com­pound divi­sion. From Gar­den County archers Aaron Dick­en­son won the gold medal in the cadet divi­sion while Chris Kin­sella came sec­ond in the ju­nior re­curve sec­tion.

Le­in­ster Open: On Sun­day, March 6, three Wood­brook Archers com­peted in the Le­in­ster Open. Ping Ng shot very well to win the re­curve cadet divi­sion as well as win­ning the ju­nior hot shot. Harry Lys­ter fin­ished sec­ond in the top com­pound divi­sion, miss­ing out by one point for the gold medal. Terry MacGoff won a gold medal in the un­der 550 divi­sion in the com­pound. Congratulations to all in­volved and.

Ir­ish In­door Na­tional Cham­pi­onships: Cork City Archers hosted the Cham­pi­onships on the 26th of Fe­bru­ary. Wood­brook made a big im­pact in the Com­pound divi­sion with Robert Hall tak­ing the gold medal and Harry Lys­ter tak­ing the bronze. It is worth not­ing that Harry also broke the Ir­ish 30 arrow record on his way to the fi­nals. In the re­curve divi­sion Alan Con­very won the sil­ver medal.

Na­tional Bare­bow Cham­pi­onships: On the 5th of Fe­bru­ary NUIG hosted the Bare­bow Cham­pi­onships in Gal­way. The Male divi­sion was dom­i­nated by Wood­brook Archers with four Wood­brook­ers in the quater-fi­nals. The Cham­pi­onship was won by Shay Fitzsi­mons who bat­tled through a bad case of flu to take the gold medal while Shay’s cousin Frank Doyle won the bronze medal.

Ir­ish Olympic dquads: Cur­rently Team Ire­land Archery are train­ing full time with Korean Coach Kim. Three Wood­brook Archers are on the A squad and are cur­rently train­ing five full days a week. Hope­fully we will be hear­ing more from them in the near fu­ture.

En­try to Archery Cour­ses: Since Wood­brook and Gar­den County archers have moved to Shore­line in Grey­stones they have been run­ning six-week be­gin­ner cour­ses on a Wed­nes­day evening. To book your place just call down to Shore­line on a Wed­nes­day evening be­tween 7.00 and 10.00 or email wick­lowarchery@hot­mail.com.

Wood­brook’s next class will start on Wed­nes­day, March 30, and there are cur­rently spaces left on this course.

For more info on archery in Wick­low visit www.wick­lowarchery.org.

Rob Hall and Harry Lys­ter, who were first and third in the na­tional cham­pi­onships.

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