Archers? eyes on target
THE sharpest shooters from around Australia will be at Nambucca this weekend for the 2004 National 3D Triple A (Australia Archery Association) titles.
Shooters will vie for individual Australian titles across a number of classes, while points will also be allocated to their respective clubs.
Coffs Coast Archery club will again send a mammoth squad of more than 40 shooters, headlined by a number of Australian title prospects.
With one of the biggest squads in attendance and some of the best archers in Australia, Coffs will be favourite to again take out the team title it won last year.
Coffs publicity officer Dustyn Oloman said shooters will be taking aim at more than just round targets.
"The targets are perfect rubber replicas of animals and they are placed throughout the range as they would be in their natural surroundings," he said.
"There are ten targets in a range and we shoot five ranges over the weekend."
With each target worth a maximum of ten points, a score of 480-500 will be needed for victory.
"It is very competitive, the top ten will probably only be divided by about ten points," Oloman said.
"A perfect score is not unheard of, there will probably be about three or four scores of 500 shot over the weekend."
Some of the Coffs shooters expected to challenge strongly for Australian titles are:
Shaun Ward and Steve Elton in the Male Bowhunter Optical class; Samari White in Female Bowhunter Optical; Peter McDonald in Male Bowhunter Release; Mick Hood in Traditional; Mick Gayner and Dustyn Oloman in Hunter; Ian Campbell, Dieter Muller and Colin Gainey in Men's Senior Release; Abee March in Cub Female; Jacob March, Callum MacFarlane, David Monohuan and Josh Carroll in Cub Aided; Judy MacFarlane and Tanya March in Recurve Aided.