Hill and Huggard hog the headlines at St Michael's by shooting way to indoor titles
Davey Hill of St Brendan's and Julie Ann Huggard from St Columba's were crowned Leinster schools indoor archery champions after a long day of competition, hosted by St Michael's College in Dublin's Ballbridge.
Hill, the highest Irish scorer at last year's Junior Euro Nations, showed some of his old sparkle when putting together a total of 510 out of a possible 600 in the elite grade.
A score of 426 was enough to give his St Brendan's team-mate Rory Boyle second place with the much improved Gordon Geraghty, also from St Brendan's, finishing third, although his score of 399 was slightly off his best this season.
A close fought battle in Grade B (which uses a larger target) saw Stefan Davis of St Columba's scoring 461 points to put him four points ahead of Sean Tobin from St Brendan's. Tobin has been one of the success stories of the indoor season, starting in Class D and now close to qualifying, along with Davis, for the top grade.
To win promotion a score of over 500 is required. In Class C, anything over 400 is enough and Richard Quinlan of St Brendan's will make a quick return to Class B as comfortable winner of Class C with 452. Also moving up thanks to a score of 412 for second place is Alan Hopkins of St Michael's.
Best of the girls in the competition was Julia Ann Huggard of St Columba's who was competing in Class C and finished third with a score of 376.
On a busy day of competition, by far the largest entry was Class D, won by St Brendan's Jonathan Doyle whose score of 285 will see him move up to Class C next time. Also above the required score of 250 was Ross Murphy of Oatlands College (255) in second place, despite having a foot in plaster.
Third and also winning promotion was David McKenna of St Michael's with a score of 250.
Of the cadets, Dara McWade of St Michael's showed continued improvement in only his second ever shoot with a score of 269, while Ellen Quinlan (St Brendan's) shot a score of 215 for second place.
Action now moves outdoors with the first shoot scheduled for April.
Details on schools archery from Pat McLoughlin at 086-1029315; new schools are always welcome.