Matamata archer wins at American tournament

Abi Denton, Christine Finnegan, Tony Denton and Carl Jones pose with one of the targets they shot at an American archery ...
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Abi Denton, Christine Finnegan, Tony Denton and Carl Jones pose with one of the targets they shot at an American archery tournament.

Abi Denton, Christine Finnegan, Tony Denton and Carl Jones pose with one of the targets they shot at an American archery tournament. Photo: SUPPLIED

A Matamata based member of the Lakeview Archery Club, Carl Jones, was one of three members to have success in an American tournament.

Jones, 16, won the 16-18 years compound bow division at a Californian tournament. At the end of the two day tournament the Cambridge High School student was first equal but he beat the eight other archers by five points in the second day. 

The time difference and different climate didn't affect his performance, as the club members had had a couple of days to acclimatise.

Another 16-year-old club member, Abi Denton, won the female category of the same division. The St Peters student beat five Americans.

Both archers said the highlight for this tournament, which had over 60 targets, was shooting a full sized elephant at 101 yards which was a huge challenge.

President of the Piarere based club, Christine Finnegan, came away with a win in her division of barebow recurve at two tournaments. The second tournament had almost 2000 archers competing in various divisions over five days.

Unfortunately both Jones and Denton had some gear failure during this tournament, which had 75 targets. They said the highlight of the second tournament was having a go at shooting big foot, also from 101 yards.

Denton was happy to be able to share the experience of competing with her dad, Tony Denton, who is the club captain.

Over 16 days in April and May, 22 New Zealanders competed at the two tournaments and travelled in nine RVs in a convoy.

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Jones and Finnegan are both focusing on the World Bowhunter Championships to be held in August in Budapest, Hungary along with fellow Lakeview member Dennis Bryce from Hamilton. 

 - Stuff

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