Local archers are hitting the target
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.