Archery hit the target in GMIT intervarsity

Calum Atkinson

DCU Archery

DCU Archery claimed eight medals in the Galway-Mayo IT intervarsity event on the 10th of February.

The competition in GMIT was the third of the five indoor intervarsity league events. The final two rounds of the league will take place in Limerick and NUI Galway in the coming months and many DCU archers have put themselves in a strong position in their respective categories.

The DCU team finished second overall in Galway, winning two gold, three silver and three bronze medals in individual competitions.

In the team events, DCU placed second in the mixed and compound categories as well as third in the recurve and barebow events.

Niamh Merry won gold in the Compound Female category.  “Personally, I’m quite happy with how I shot”, Merry said after winning her category with a score of 554.

“I’m really proud of our team, it’s really great to see how much everyone’s grown and improved since they first started training,” said Merry, expressing her delight with the team’s performance.

Fiachra MacDermott also won gold in his individual discipline, the recurve advanced male. Despite winning his category, MacDermott wasn’t happy with how he shot on the day in Galway and knows he can still improve.

However, MacDermott was pleased with the team’s performance during the intervarsity event in Galway and looked forward to the upcoming nationals.

“As a team though we did well, a few people got close to their best score and we had decent finishing positions as a whole.”

“I think we’re all looking forward to the nationals and hoping to come back with a lot of medals”, Fiachra MacDermott said.

Kealan O’Connor, Luke Oonan and Amelie Fäßler won individual silver medals in Galway in the recurve beginner male, compound male and recurve beginner female respectively.

The three bronze medals came as Emma Goodwin, Tara McMullan and Ryan Kirk came third in the recurve intermediate female, compound female and beginner barebow male.

The team’s focus now shifts to the National Student Indoor Championships in Cork. This prestigious two day competition takes place in UCC on the 23rd and 24th of February.

Niamh Merry told The College View about her expectations for the upcoming competition.

“It’s going to be over two days so it’ll be quite tiring both physically and mentally.

“But, it mimics the style of national and international level competitions so it’s a great opportunity to experience that.

“I’m hoping to put everything I’ve learned to the test at the student nationals in two weeks, which is probably the biggest student competition of the year”, Merry added.

Calum Atkinson

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