Cuchu­lainn on tar­get at NI in­doors

Drogheda Independent - - SPORT -

CUCHU­LAINN Archers en­joyed a hugely suc­cess­ful trip to the re­cent in­au­gu­ral North­ern Ire­land In­door Cham­pi­onships and as usual were one of the largest clubs in at­ten­dance.

While the Ju­niors shot in one end of the hall, Se­nior groups were split into two to shoot 60 ar­rows. The first group shot early in the morn­ing, fol­lowed by the sec­ond group and the ju­niors at 11.30, and this left the first group with a long break be­fore ev­ery­one re­con­vened for Head to Heads.

Rank­ings are de­ter­mined by the 60 ar­rows score and Head to Heads com­mence with the top seed shoot­ing against the lower seeds. Ju­niors (un­der 21) were awarded medals af­ter the rank­ing round with­out hav­ing to deal with the ten­sion of head-to-head com­pe­ti­tions.

Head to Heads can be fiercely fought as archers tie scores and drop­ping one point can be mean the dif­fer­ence between mak­ing it through the next round and into the medal po­si­tion, so many a bead of sweat was mopped from a brow.

Ul­ti­mately, medals were awarded to Bran­don Dol­lard and Ann Marie Mur­ray - bronze in each case. PBs were equalled or beaten by most club mem­bers and spe­cial men­tion goes to Fi­achra Judge on equalling his own Ir­ish record and Rachael McCoomb on achiev­ing first place in the ladies com­pound. Rachael’s son Niall also be­came a North­ern Ire­land cham­pion in bare­bow.

CúChu­lainn Archers can be con­tacted on 083-8304632 and new mem­bers are al­ways wel­come.

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