National Success for UCC Archery
By Davis Rusmanis
UCC Archery has had a successful start to the year. Last week, 12 archers from the club attended Trinity College’s second national competition, which hosted over 80 competitors spanning eight colleges. The event took place over two days, with the first serving as a qualifier for the following day’s Head-to-Head competition. The second day is the bread and butter of the event as things heat up, especially among the advanced compound and recurve shooters. Matches can be so close that a single arrow shoot off between competitors is needed to determine a winner! These matches grip the hall in silence with palpable tension among the audience! Certainly, an event to be experienced!
While the event certainly is competitive, the colleges have good relationships, so catching up with old friends from previous competitions and making new ones is not uncommon! A social took place at the end of the first day, allowing the college clubs from around Ireland to catch up and relax among fellow bow wielding enthusiasts!
While it was the first competition of the year, the UCC archers were all geared up, having trained over the summer months, ensuring the club was ready for the year ahead. This reflected in the performance of the shooters, who hauled in quite a bit of metal. Davis Rusmanis (Male Barebow advanced) and Maeve Hickey (Female Barebow beginner) both won their categories, bringing gold for the club. Four silver medals were brought home as well by; Aisling O’Sullivan (Female Recurve beginner), Orna Sexton (Female Barebow beginner) and Michael Relihan (Male Barebow beginner). Aoife O’Connor (Female Barebow beginner) had a great shoot-off against another UCC Barebow beginner, Tori Hosford (Female Barebow beginner) who unfortunately narrowly missed out on a medal. The female barebow category was dominated by UCC which is very promising for the competitive year ahead! The Recurve shooters were met with fierce competition, narrowly missing out on medals, with Stephen Power (Male Recurve beginner) and Brendan O’Sullivan (Male Recurve advanced) placing fourth.
The team competitions were also very successful for the Barebows, with the mixed barebow team (Davis, Maeve and Orna) placing second in the competition, behind NUIG. In the end, the club brought home seven medals while also setting six personal records and three club records! The club is very happy with its performance and is looking forward to the next competition, taking place on the 10th November in DCU, marking the start of this year’s League.
The club has been active for its 9th year, and this year is a big one as the club has secured its own dedicated training venue! This will allow the club to train seven days a week and provide ample space for the archers to shoot at competitive distances on a regular basis and expand upon its beginner coaching, allowing more students to be taught archery and brought into the Archery fold!