Archers on target

Port Alfred youngsters get top combined scores at latest competition

OUTSTANDING marksmanship was the order of the day at the most recent National Archery in Schools Programme (Nasp) competition held at the Port Alfred Country Club last Saturday.

TAKING AIM: From left, Sarah Mae Fox (Kenton), Rachel Lax (Port Alfred) and Layla Munn (Uitenhage) line up for the 3D target shoot at the National Archery in Schools Programme competition held at the Port Alfred Country Club last Saturday Picture: JON HOUZET

El Shaddai Christian Academy hosted the competition which saw 75 registered archers coming from Uitenhage, East London, Graaff-Reinet and Port Alfred. They competed in bulls eye and 3D target shooting.

“The standard of archery on the day was excellent,” said head coordinator for El Shaddai archery, Elizabeth Ford.

Exciting for Port Alfred was that two local pupils, Francois van der Merwe and Rachel Lax, achieved the top combined scores for boys and girls respectively.

Beyers Cronje, head coach for Volkskool in Graaff-Reinet, collects arrows after a shoot

Van der Merwe, from Port Alfred High School, got 547 out of 600, and Lax, also from PAHS, got 531 out of 600.

“A lot of children received personal bests, like Blake Harvey, a junior in Grade 4 who got 283 out of 300. He shot 16 tens out of a possible 30, as well as 11 nines and three eights. He was the top junior of the day even though he didn’t get a trophy. It’s the top boy overall who gets the trophy – sometimes it’s a junior,” Ford said.

“It all depends of the day. We tell parents, ‘Don’t put pressure on your child when they do well, just congratulate them’.”

Ford said archers always have to contend with the wind but they love the Port Alfred Country Club as a venue because of its tranquil setting.

“Parents also enjoy it because of the availability of seating,” she said.

John Tweedie, left, of Port Alfred and Renard Swart from Gonubie Archery assist two archers

She thanked various people who helped with the competition, including her husband Adrian Ford and Julie Anne Gilbert on behalf of El Shaddai, and Simon Knight who helped with scoring on the day.

“John Tweedie was also very helpful in the range set-up and sorting out the competition,” Ford said.

“Thanks also to IHire, Humansdorp Co-Op and Rosehill Spar. And special thanks to James ‘Foxy’ Fox for use of the PA Country Club for the day.”

The competition helped to get Port Alfred archers shortlisted for the Nasp SA champs in Uitenhage from October 4-6. Three teams of 18 archers each will be selected to represent EP. About 400 archers are expected to participate from other provinces.

“Most of the medal winners have a strong chance of being selected for EP,” Ford said.

Brynn Rawlins, front, hangs up his bow after finishing a shoot while fellow archers continue in the background


3D target shooting

Senior boys 1st Zander Grassman (Kwagga in Uitenhage), 2nd Francois van der Merwe (PAHS), 3rd Cole Swart (Gonubie Archery)

Senior girls 1st Rachel Lax (PAHS), 2nd Sarah Ford (PAHS), 3rd Hannah Naude (El Shaddai)

Junior boys 1st Blake Harvey (Gonubie), 2nd Joshua Lindstrom (Gonubie), 3rd Liam Cloete (Gonubie)

Junior girls 1st Janeke Grassman (Kwagga), 2nd Johané Pretorius (Kwagga), 3rd Emma Connellan (Gonubie)

Bulls eye target shooting

Senior boys 1st Francois van der Merwe, 2nd Estiaan Terblanche (Kwagga), 3rd Kevin Jansen van Rensburg (PAHS)

Senior girls 1st Nicole Nkiwane (PAHS), 2nd Rachel Lax, 3rd Schimonique Badenhorst (Kwagga)

Junior boys 1st Joshua Lindstrom (Gonubie), 2nd Brynn Rawlins (Gonubie), 3rd Blake Harvey

Junior girls 1st Janeke Grassman, 2nd Johané Pretorius, 3rd Hannah Ford (El Shaddai)

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