Talented archers brave hard course

PRECISION: Denis Burton concentrates on the target using a traditional wooden bow.
PRECISION: Denis Burton concentrates on the target using a traditional wooden bow. Kim Micke

MORE than 80 people from across southern Queensland made their way to the Granite Belt Bowmen on Speranza Ln for a brilliant two-day competition at the weekend.

The internationally accredited Branch Shoot saw many adults, but also plenty of children, attend.

Granite Belt Bowmen president Denis Burton said archery was a great sport the whole family could enjoy together.

"Field archery is a very social sport,” Burton said.

"Mums and dads come shooting with their kids.”

The shoot saw competitors on range at 8.30am, with the last archers finishing at 3pm.

Mr Burton said the feedback from the archers had been great and the field course proved to be challenging for everyone.

"We have always known we have something special here,” he said.

"It's very challenging.”

Local shooters from the Granite Belt club were successful with a few archers claiming first places.

In the cub boys freestyle unlimited C-grade, Taylor Unold claimed third place.

Chloe Stewart claimed first place in the junior girls bowhunter unlimited C-grade.

In the junior boys bowhunter unlimited C-grade, Struan Trenning also claimed first place.

In the same division, Christopher Unold came second.

In junior boys bowhunter unlimited A-grade, local Jake Stewart came first with a total of 1017.

Patrick Riley also claimed first place in the traditional peg men's traditional longbow.

Granite Belt Bowmen president Dennis Burton claimed second place of the division.

In the traditional peg men's bowhunter recurve, Kerry Rowen claimed the top spot and Gary Fawcett third place.

In the men's bowhunter limited A-grade, Brett Willaton came third.

In the ladies bowhunter unlimited C-grade, Nysha Willaton claimed first place.

In the men's bowhunter unlimited C-grade, Wayne Trenning came third.

In the men's bowhunter recurve A-grade, Aaron Tomkins finished third.

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