UCC host Archery – National Student Indoor Championships

This past weekend, on February 23rd and 24th, UCC Archery Club successfully hosted the annual National Student Indoor Championships (NSIC). The event took place in Old Christians’ Rugby Football Club, a first for this competition. Though space was more limited than in previous years, the turnout was extremely impressive; 127 student archers from 10 third-level institutions around the country (and a few visitors from England!) competed over the course of the two days, limited only by the size of the venue! The turnout has been extremely successful, with the interest other colleges show year after year, only growing. One student from Maynooth University, praised the event as being the “highlight of the year”.

NSIC is one of the biggest contests in the student archery season. It is one of only two annual events which has all competitors shooting on both days. The Saturday comprised of a qualifying round with participants divided across a morning and afternoon session, where archers shot 60 arrows. These scores determined their placement for the so called “Head to Head” competition the following day. On Sunday, participants from each of six categories – ‘Recurve’, ‘Compound’ and ‘Barebow’, all divided into male and female – were divided into brackets and shot against each other head to head.

Medallists are decided not by high score but by Sunday’s head to heads. There was fierce competition this year for places with multiple archers coming close to or causing upsets. Other archers of the club fought valiantly against their competitors, coming close to beating the eventual two-year consecutive winner of the male barebow category. Emily Phipps, also of UCC, made it to the quarter finals of female barebow. However, pride of place goes to UCC’s own Cara Garde – UCC’s first Quercus scholarship awardee for archery – made great strides in her first NSIC competition, taking silver in female recurve category.

Team head to heads were also held. This consists of three archers of the same category shooting two arrows each and follows a similar elimination process. UCC’s recurve team made it to the third-place shoot-off but were unfortunately denied a medal by DCU after a very close match up. NUI Galway were overall winners of the competition, taking home a total of eleven medals.

In the end, the weekend was a great accomplishment for everyone and the UCC Archery club has the great pleasure of hosting this pivotal annual event that the club has been proud to host since 2011! Special thanks goes out to the judges, venue providers, Bank Of Ireland, VitHit and Red Bull, and all others who helped to make this, yet another, fantastic weekend for everyone!