THREE members of Drumquin Archery Club enjoyed success at the Passberger Cup in Limavady at the weekend.
For the first time in the event’s history it was held in Northern Ireland and that move seemed to suit the Tyrone trio, who shot superbly during the two day event in the Roe Valley Leisure Centre where they claimed two gold medals and a silver.
Twelve-year-old Samantha Harper won the Cub Female Bow Hunter Recurve class, while Makenna did likewise in the Junior Female category in what was her final competition before making the step up to the Young Adult ranks when she turns 17 next week. Makenna’s dad, Adrian, meanwhile, earned silver in the Adult Male class.
“It was tough enough because it’s very rare we’d do an indoor tournament and then in the afternoon do a flint round and then go back the next day and do it all again!,” Adrian explained.
“It’s quite a unique one but Samantha and Makenna both did really well.”
The Passberger Cup was Sam’s first experience of this type of event and after a practice on Thursday and a settling day on the Saturday, she was in inspired form on Sunday. Makenna, meanwhile, was her usual consistent self, although she needed to adjust her approach at times as her bow has become even ‘faster’.
That issue didn’t really effect the former World Champion as she recorded the highest score of any female competing at the weekend.
“Samantha performed very, very well,” Adrian acknowledged. “She mirrors Makenna, she watches
closely and she wants to emulate what Makenna has done and I believe she will because she has got the skill.
“Again it helps when she’s so attentive, listens well, takes on board advice and has parents who are so supportive.
“Makenna recorded a score that not only won the Junior Female class, but it would have also won the Young Adult Female section and it was better than every female recurver there – if she had been in the adult class, she’d have won that.”
While delighted with the three medals achieved at the weekend, Adrian was also pleased that the Northern Ireland Field Archery Association had the chance to host the event ahead of what promises to be a massive year.
In 2020, the NIFAA is hosting the the European Indoor Championships in Lisburn on March 16-18, with Adrian involved in the organisation of an event will see hundreds of archers from across Europe and even further afield descending on the Province where they will use the same targeting, scoring and timing technology that were used at the weekend in Limavady.
After that, Adrian will be organising the Northern Ireland Indoor Championships which, for the first time ever, will be held outside Antrim at Omagh Leisure Complex on April 4.
He is also hoping to have a full archery roadshow coming to Omagh for two days on a weekend yet to be confirmed when the general public can come along and have a go at the sport.