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Gisborne win Rosebowl

Gisborne Archery Club's team won the annual Rosebowl Shoot against stiff competition to round off a successful 2020 season.

The Gisborne team of Matt Jackson and father-daughter combination Chloe and Chris Underdown finished just ahead of the hosts, Tauranga, winning the title by only 74 points with a score of 2260.

Chloe was the top individual scorer of the competition, scoring 790 points with a compound bow.

Competitors had the choice of shooting with a crossbow, a more traditional recurve bow, or a compound bow.

The shoot was handicapped based on the difficulty of shooting each bow style, with changes in the targets' size.

Recurve archers shoot on a 122-centimetre face, the compound on an 80cm face and the crossbows on a 60cm face.

Competitors shot 90 arrows at a 37-metre distance with five zones of scoring.

Chris Underdown scored 754 points with a compound bow, and Matt Jackson scored 716 with a recurve bow.

The Rosebowl is contested by East Coast Bay Of Plenty Archery Association clubs from Rotorua, Napier, Gisborne, Tauranga, Hamilton and Whakatane.

It is traditionally held in May. However, it was postponed until the end of the year because of Covid-19 restrictions.

ROSEBOWL WINNERS: Gisborne team members (from left) Chloe Underdown, Matt Jackson and Chris Underdown pose with the trophy. Picture supplied