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Archery trio hit top 10 ranking.

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Archery trio hit top 10 ranking. thumbnail Marion and Patricia getting some target practice in on the first day in January.

A TRIO of archers from a Co Down club have taken the top spots in the UK rankings, with two of them securing the most coveted positions.

Ballyvally lady archers did the best in the club with three senior ladies finishing in the top 10 in the United Kingdom.

Orla O'Connor and Angela Cowan were named number 1 and number 2 respectively, while Romaine Mehaffey was ranked number 7.

Adding to Ballyvally's impressive tally was Caoimhe Heaney, who just missed out on the top 10, taking the number 11 ranking position.

The rankings are eagerly awaited by field archers each January and they take account of all the tournaments in 2017 and award points for the finishing results.

In the ladies compound barebow, Marion Patterson was number 1, while Mark Nesbitt finished number 1 in the men's freestyle class.

Other Ballyvally archers who finished well were Gilbert McClelland who ranked number 5 and Neil Gordon who ranked 11 in the men's barebow.

Junior Tom Mehaffey, who also shot in the European Championships in 2017, finished with a ranking of 18 in the men's section.

In the men's compound Stuart Wilson finished ranked 8th while Kevin Heaney was ranked 4th in 2017 in the men's traditional section.

Ballyvally's winter league had its first scores in last week on Wednesday, 3 and Thursday, 4 January.

The club's first big FITA International record status tournament will take place on the weekend of Saturday 27 and Sunday, 28 January in the grounds of Loughbrickland House, courtesy of Dr Jean Whyte.

Archers will be starting to practise for the World Championships which this year will be in Cortina, Italy and also to see if they can obtain the scores for their next International Arrowhead.

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