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Chraobh Abhann twins shoot identical scores at St Michael's

Although they were shooting at different targets, 13-year-old identical twins Timothy and Christopher Hopkins of Coláiste Chraobh Abhann in Kilcoole shot identical scores of 85 at the Leinster Schools Archery League held at St Michael's Ballsbridge in Dublin.

The pair, who suffer from problems with their balance, have been competing since the start of the season. Tim shoots from a wheelchair with one arm removed while Chris can stand. The brothers have been steadily improving and finished third in the beginner's class.

Competing in his first ever competition was Dara McWade from St Michael's. For this reason, the target he was aiming at was placed closer than the targets used for more experienced archers.

He still had every reason to be pleased with his score of 428 and a win in the junior hot shot competition, beating cadet archer Ellen Quinlan of St Brendan's on 328.

In the hot shot competition, traditionally held at the end of the day, archers start by aiming for the outer rings (or better) , and then move steadily to the centre and the perfect 10. If they fail, they are out and the last archer standing in the winner.

Winning the senior hot shot was Sean Tobin of St Brendan's, winner of Grade C with a score of 344 from a possible 600. Last October Tobin won Grade D at the first shoot of the season and moved up the ranks. Elite archers aim for a smaller target and winning this class was Rory Plunkett Boyle of Brendan's. He scored 409 to put him eight points ahead of his clubmate Gordon Geraghty.

Paul Coleman from St Columba's College won the B class comfortably with a score of 427. In second place was Shane Murphy of Brendan's on 403, with Emmett Byrne of Mount Temple just a point behind for third. Sean Butler beat sister Claire to win the C class, with Aaron Costello from St Michael's third. Taking his first win this season in the D class was Raymond Quinlan of Brendan's with a score of 281. Clubmate Emma Hill was second and Colm Shreenan of Michael's third.


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