AAN hosts successful Nationals at SKW

Participants went head-to-head in eight divisions, as strong and cold winds blew throughout the tournament. “I can’t remember that we had such strong winds at the nationals ever” one of the participants remarked. Nevertheless the archers did shoot some world class results.

The Compound men category proved to be one of the fiercest contested divisions of the entire event. Ruan van Staden, who just underlined his class at the Stage 3 World Cup in Turkey a fortnight ago, emerged victorious after a hard fought final against Klonkie de Villiers.

Throughout the elimination rounds both archers kept their cool against some stiff competition. De Villiers eventually faced Dirk Bockmühl, who had scored the third highest score during qualification, in the semi-final. And although Bockmühl put up a great fight, it wasn’t enough to beat de Villiers who moved to the gold medal match. Bockmühl later went on to claim the third place against Rikus Grobler, who lost his semi-final against the later champion van Staden.

Meanwhile Ilana Malan emerged victorious in the Compound women division. She had already dominated the qualification round, scoring 635 points, 13 more than second-placed Elisabeth Taljaard. The leading pair then went through the elimination rounds in spectacular fashion, facing each other in the final.

Malan used her momentum to ease past young Taljaard. Liezel Schoeman took the third place after beating Beanta Viviers in the bronze medal match.

In other action, Hendrik van Eeden took top honours in the Compound cadet men’s category. During the qualification round, it was, however, Mynhardt Beukes gained the highest score (659). Van Eeden had to settle for 636 points, going into the elimination in fourth place. The pair then met each other in semi-final. This time van Eeden proved to be in better shape as he beat his rival to allow him to progress into the final where he faced Jackson Engel. Engel was the also on the receiving end with van Eeden winning the category.

In the compound master men division there was no stopping Johann Viljoen from South Africa. The veteran had already scored the highest points (647) during qualification upon which he cruised through the final. There he faced Harvey Park, who was also unable to put a halt the excellent form of Viljoen.

The third place went to Rüder Woortman with Moritz Hoff in fourth.

Nickole Viljoen was the only contestant in the Compound women open division.

The future also looks bright for the AAN as the juniors stepped up to the plate despite the harsh conditions. There was a particular close contest in the U13 Compound boy’s division. Gideon Brink Jr. started off the tournament with a super score of 679 points during qualification. In the semi-finals, the youngster faced Adriaan Grobler, who had shoot the second highest score of the entire tournament during qualification. Brink moved past Grobler to face Dirk de Bod, who shoot only the third highest score during qualification (641), in the final.

Unfazed with Brink’s splendid performance throughout the tournament, de Bod showed his very best side during the final to take the gold medal.

The Compound U13 girl’s category was won by Henné Snyman, who had triumphed over her only opponent Quin Reddig in the final. Brigitte Tietz won the Compound U15 cup girls.

More exciting action came from the competitors of the Recurve divisions, albeit there is less completion than in the Compound categories. Morne Meyer won the U13 division by beating Cf Brand in the final. Xander Reddig, who arrived in South Korea on Monday for a training camp in preparation for his participation at the Youth Olympic in China, won the Cadet men category while Peter van Eeden took top honours in the men’s division.

There were also some impressive scores during the 1440 rounds of the various categories. Adriaan Grobler scored the most with 1353 points. Hanné Snyman produced an outstanding performance to take home 1335 points with Quin Reddig on 1311 points