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Archery: Masterson and Scott calling all the shots

Stephen Masterson of St Michael's and Rebecca Scott from St Columba's were crowned boys' and girls' champions at last Sunday's Leinster Schools Archery Championships, hosted by St Brendan's in Bray.

Masterson has been steadily improving since the outdoor season began and shot a fine 746 out of a possible 900m in the FITA 900 class, where archers shoot 30 arrows at three distances -- 60m, 50m and 40m.

Only a week earlier, Masterson had shot 714 in this class. Also improving was second-placed Davey Hill of St Brendan's in his second outdoor shoot of the season. Hill's score of 703 was a big improvement on the 635 he had shot a week earlier.

Shooting at 50m, which is the class below FITA 900, was Rebecca Scott of St Columba's, another regular competitor whose dedication is paying dividends. Her score of 500 not only gave her the girls' overall title, but put her second behind Oisin Cleary of St Michael's, who shot 564 and is getting closer all the time to FITA 900 qualification.

Although shooting at 40m for the first time having qualified from 30m a week earlier, Philip Dunlea from Co Meath won immediate promotion to 50m with a brilliant score of 708. Also shooting at 40m for the first time was Julie Ann Hegarty of St Columba's who put together a score of 651.

Moving up to 40m next time will be Ross Murphy of Oatlands. He won the 30m class with a score of 736, beating Jonathan Doyle of Pres Bray on 668. In third was the newly promoted Chris Hopkins of Coláiste Craobh Abhann in Kilcoole on 641.

Another high scorer was Michael Byrne of St Brendan's who shot 804 to win the 20m class and now moves up. Sorcha Clancy, who started her archery with the Blackheath club, was second on 737.