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Arrows fly on Valentine’s Day

Arrows fly on Valentine’s Day

Arrows fly on Valentine’s Day

Sports Reporter

Namibia’s number one compound archer, Louw Nel, made it clear to his competitors that he is determined to keep the number one position for the time being as he won yet another domestic competition recently
The ever popular annual Valentine’s Day shoot was hosted by Tsumeb Archery Club in Tsumeb last Saturday.
Nel made it clear to his competitors that he is determined to keep the number one position as he secured a total score of 695/720 on the 50 meter target. His competitors were left in the dust as his closest nemeses Jacques van der Merwe and Riaan Vermaak respectively took the 2nd and 3rd spots with respectable scores of 668 and 653.
The season is off to a good start for Nel because has been steadily working towards his first 700 score and with the most recent shoot it seems that he will reach his goal at the next competition.
Ilana Malan, Namibia’s number one women’s compound archer scored an even match with archer Babette Taljaard in the 720 round both ending with a score of 674. However during the elimination round, Malan proved to the much younger Taljaard that experience counted in the favour and Taljaard had to settle for the silver medal.
Namibia’s three young and upcoming recurve archers, Quinn Reddig, Adriaan Grobler and Christiaan Brandt moved to their new distances of 70 meters at the beginning of the year, and with 2019 being a qualifying year for Olympics Tokyo 2020 their work is cut out for them to improve their scores significantly during this season. The three archers had decent scores of 556, 605 and 490 but to compete in the Olympics a huge amount of training and preparation will be needed to help them improve and achieve this dream.

The days’ results were as follow:
1st Margot Louw Recurve Women (70m)
1st Quinn Reddig Recurve Junior Women (70m)
1st Adriaan Grobler Recurve Junior Men (70m)
2nd Christiaan Brandt

1st Ilana Malan Compound Women (50m)
2nd Elizabeth Taljaard

1st Louw Nel Compound Men (50m)
2nd Jacques van der Merwe
3rd Riaan Vermaak
4th Hermias Rossouw
5th Pikkie Robinson
6th Andre Huisamen
7th Pieter Du Plessis

1st Duan Engelbrecht Compound Junior Men (50m)
2nd Jan Schoonbee
3rd Daniel Louw

1st CJ Button Compound Boys u13 (30m)
2nd James Boshoff
3rd Ruan Huisamen

Three beginners on the shooting line, Ricardo Alves, Dimitri de Wee (compound) and Kristiaan van Breda (recurve) are slowly working towards participating at the correct distances by the end of the year. All three archers shot at a distance of 30 meters on Saturday and they are excited to rise up to the challenges of 50 and 70 meters by the end of the year.
Three Robin Spot prizes were awarded to archers who shot an arrow closest to the centre of the target. These trophies were won by Kristiaan van Breda, Pikkie Robinson and Ilana Malan.
The next archery competition will be the Independence Shoot held on 23 and 24 March. For the first time this shoot will be hosted by the new Swakopmund Archery Club with full support from the Archery Association of Namibia.

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