Lo­cal archers shine at Rhodes In­door

Grocott's Mail - - SPORT - By LEONARD SOLMS

The past week­end saw archers from Port El­iz­a­beth, East Lon­don, Jef­freys Bay, and Gra­ham­stown line up at Alec Mullins hall for the Rhodes In­door Archery Cham­pi­onships, with those who trav­elled from afar the 19-20 Au­gust tour­na­ment were not disappointed.

Port El­iz­a­beth’s An­tonPierre Swart from the Com­pound Men’s Open di­vi­sion shot a Dou­ble Game South African Na­tional Record, as well as a na­tional colours qual­i­fy­ing score.

He was not alone in the lat­ter achieve­ment, as Stan­dard Bow Boys U13 com­peti­tors Ja­cobus horn, Valentino Tis­telli and Ross Hen­der­son — also from Port El­iz­a­beth — also achieved scores that met the cri­te­ria for na­tional colours qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

Gareth Ross was the stand­out lo­cal archer of the day, achiev­ing two pro­vin­cial colours qual­i­fy­ing scores. He would have had a na­tional colours qual­i­fy­ing score too had the re­quire­ments not been ad­justed shortly be­fore the shoot.

Still, to Ross, “It was def­i­nitely one of my bet­ter shoots. I’m very happy with the way I shot, es­pe­cially since my scores have im­proved a lot since the last in­door com­pe­ti­tion in May.”

Rhodes Archery’s Vice Chair, Der­ryn Nel also im­pressed, shoot­ing an East­ern Cape pro­vin­cial colours qual­i­fy­ing score.

Although she still needs one more in or­der to achieve her colours, Nel was sat­is­fied with her score. “I'm re­ally proud. I've only been shoot­ing com­pound for 6 months, so it's a huge achieve­ment for me,” she said.

Nel was how­ever, even more im­pressed by fel­low Rhodes archer Trevor Rochat, who won gold in the Re­curve Ju­nior Men di­vi­sion at his first com­pe­ti­tion. The club won more prizes through James McAlpine, who claimed gold in the Com­pound Men di­vi­sion, and Vic­to­ria Girls High’s Erin Bradley, who won in the Re­curve Cub Girls U15 di­vi­sion.

The World Archery and South African Na­tional Archery As­so­ci­a­tion-sanc­tioned shoot show­cased the po­ten­tial in East­ern Cape archery and with sev­eral dis­tin­guished archers hav­ing come from Gra­ham­stown in re­cent years, some of Rhodes Archery’s new mem­bers proved that the club is not short of tal­ent that can fill their shoes.

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