Seven members from Ardee’s Cuchulainn Archers represented the club, and their country, at last week’s Indoor Archery World Cup in the south of France – even scoring personal bests in ultimate defeat to archers from South Korea.
Ireland arrived at the tournament – held from last Friday to Sunday – with the forth largest representation of countries competing in Nimes. Cuchulainn Archers’ Michelle Williams, John Keenan, Deirdre Rogers, Eamonn Rogers, Christina O’Sullivan, Fiachra Judge and Adria Quinn were part of that sizeable contingent.
Competing against hundreds of the world’s finest archers, both Michelle and and John shot personal best scores in their recurve and compound qualification matches respectively but, like their teammates, failed to qualify for the first round.
In her first foreign tournament, Michelle especially did the club immensely proud by coming in as the best Irish woman in the recurve qualification.
Those performances came a week after Cuchulainn Archers excelled at an event held by Wicklow Archers. At the two day event, Deirdre Rogers overcame some stiff competition to return to Ardee with a gold medal and subject to confirmation, three new Irish records in the Masters category – breaking the 30, 60 and 120 arrows records.
Also in Wicklow, Christina O’Sullivan came second in the Senior Ladies Compound while Eamonn Rogers finished fourth in the Senior Gents Compound category. Youngster Brandon Dollard shot for the first time in the recurve category, tackling the smaller three spots target. He romped home with a hugely deserved silver medal.
While the Archery World Cup was taking place in France over the last weekend, eight year old Adam Bradley, along with his dad Niall, were in Newry for their first ever competition held by Yew Tree Archers. Niall shot extremely well, battling first time nerves to compete in the gents compound category – but it was Adam who returned with a silver medal.
Brandon Dollard also returned with a very impressive gold place and Ann Marie Murray received bronze in her first compound competition after being out of training for four months through injury.