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Catariz, Kong on target
It came down to the number of X’s (dead centre) to separate a keenly contested battle between national record holder, Daniel Catariz and recently crowned outdoor recurve national champion, Robert Gibson. It was to determine the winner of the Points Archery Club’s Annual Federal 50m Shoot that was held this past weekend at the McKenzie Archery Range. Both Catariz and Gibson ended with a score of 665. However, Catariz had more X’s to ultimately snatch victory. Apart from winning the overall recurve title, Catariz smashed the record for this tournament by 22 points, which was previously held by Dean Wilkins.
Fifteen year old Shemariah Ali, took the third spot in the recurve category. She was the only female representative in winners row for either the recurve or compound categories, followed by Ishwar Tewarie and Keron Shah, giving Points Archery Club a clean sweep in the recurve division.
Not to be outdone, veteran compound archer, Rakesh Sookhoo, narrowly edged out Peter Kong by two points to win the compound category with a score of 692, with George Vire taking the third spot, followed by Hasmath Ali and Dexter Lallai.
The Federal 50m Shoot, which has been hosted by the Points Archery Club for the past two years, pitted 54 archers against each other, regardless of age or gender, to vie for the top five prizes in both the compound bow and recurve bow categories. As an added bonus, a $500 voucher was given to the recurve archer with the highest score and the compound archer with the most X’s. Those vouchers were won by Catariz and Kong respectively.