Oceania Championships Noumea 2018

<< Back To Articles

Oceania Championships Noumea 2018

Oceania Championships Noumea 2018

10 July, 2018

Official Practice day

Today was an early start, to miss the Monday morning Noumea traffic and arrive at the Competition field on time. A short official practice preceded the mornings opening ceremony.

The Opening ceremony commenced with a country parade of competing teams – Australia, Fiji, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Vanuatu, and the host country New Caledonia.New Zealand’s flag bearers were Maria Tucker and Ryley Griffiths.

The official proceeding started with La Marseillaise (National Anthem of France) followed by customary tributes of Paita and Wallis-Futuna and athletes and official’s oaths. Welcome speeches were made by President of New Caledonia Archery League, President of Paita Archery Club, President of World Archery Oceania, Mayor of Paita. The official opening of the Oceania Archery Championships was performed by the President of the New Caledonia Archery League.

The afternoons programme included official practice and  equipment inspection.  

There are 92 archers present, 66 recurve, 26 Compound (37 Senior and 58 Youth), a record number of competitors for this tournament.

The draw for the FITA 1440 is available on World Archery Oceania website and Facebook page. Results will be available on WAO website, Facebook page and Ianseo.

Photo thanks to Adam Kaluzny

Day Two

Weather – Rain showers, heavy at times, eventually clearing in the later afternoon.

Today was the 1440 round. A little soggy overhead and underfoot. There were some very close scores with our archers all performing well under what could be described as trying conditions.  Time constraints meant the last 1440 distance was not completed. Oceania and Commonwealth Medals were presented at the end of the days shooting.

Tomorrow is the 720 ranking round and individual Matchplay in the afternoon up to the bronze medal matches.

Congratulations to those archers who won medals! Results can be found here.

Day Three

Great to see the sun, but the wind was on the go today, testing everyone to the max.

This morning started with the W.A 720 ranking round. There were some strong scores despite the wind. Preliminary results can be found on World Archery Oceania Facebook page.

The afternoon’s programme started with the 1/8 round for Recurve men and Recurve women with the semi- finals completing the days shooting. Due to time constraints the Bronze Medal matches will be run after the Mixed Team Matches which are starting at 0830 Thursday morning.

The Mixed Teams – are:  Recurve Mixed team – Maria Tucker and Chayse Martin-Roberts.

 Compound Mixed team -Lisa Walker and Riku Van Tonder.

The Gold Medal matches will follow the Bronze Medal matches, due to commence late morning, subject to timing of previous matches.

It has been another long day and well done to all our archers for their great shooting and sportsmanship. Special mention must go to the loyal group of Kiwi family Supporters, ever present with their unwavering support for all the kiwi athletes and their fellow competitors.

See World Archery Oceania Facebook page for photos from today.

Day Four

Thursday 12 July 2018 - Mixed Teams – Bronze Medal matches – Individual Matchplay and Gold Medal Matches Individual Matchplay

Weather: Overcast - 22°

An 0830 start today with the ¼ for the mixed recurve team Matchplay, Compound mixed team Matchplay, individual bronze medal matches and then Gold medal matches.

The programme for the day looked daunting time wise – our DOS Andrew Flack, Judges, LOC and crew team kept the event running like clockwork and ran ahead of the schedule.

There were some very close matches today, keeping the audience in suspense to the last arrow. Our archers were calm and focused with the great support crew (fellow team members, supporters and competitors) providing encouragement to all the competitors and teams.

New Zealand Match-Play Medal winners:

Mixed Teams – Recurve – Silver (Maria Tucker / Chayse Martin-Roberts)

                         Compound – Silver (Lisa Walker / Riku Van Tonder)


Recurve Men: Gold – Adam Kaluzny

Recurve Women: Gold – Emily Cavell

Recurve Junior Men: Gold – Struan Caughey, Silver – Bradley Foster

Recurve Junior Women: Gold – Julia Harrison, Silver- Katie Ellis, Bronze- Caitlin Thomas-Riley

Recurve Cadet Men: Silver – Finn Matheson

Recurve Cadet Women: Silver – Olivia Sloan, Bronze- Rebecca Jones

Compound Men:  Bronze- Riku Van Tonder

Compound Women: Gold – Elizabeth Randle, Bronze- Hanlie Bam

Compound Junior Men: Silver – Ryan Dittert

Compound Cadet Men: Silver – Brodie Cox, Bronze- Adam Niziol

Compound Cadet Women: Silver- Lauren Tucker

Compound Intermediate Men: Gold – Syd Spence, Silver – Jack Light


Congratulations to all our athletes for a great performance. 

Internet access has been patchy at the venue – full results will be posted on the World Archery Oceania webpage / Facebook page in due course by the LOC

Final Day

Friday 13 July 2018 – Continental Qualifying Tournament (CQT) for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games

Weather – Sunny - 23°

Today there were two places for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in contention- Cadet Recurve – men & women. Australia and New Zealand were contenting for the men's spot; Samoa, Tonga and New Zealand contending for the women's spot.

The cadet men were up first with the quarter finals. Ben McLean lost his match to Zachary Tonizzo of Australia. Finn Matheson won his semi-final match with Edward Upston of Australia. The final / Gold medal match was between Finn and Jason Hurnall of Australia. Finn fought a brilliant match against Jason, with Jason winning the match and the place for Australia.

The cadet women’s recurve semi -finals saw Rebecca Jones beat Anna Fifita from Tonga and Olivia Sloan win her match with Jill Walter from Samoa. Thus, making it an all New Zealand final with Olivia and Rebecca up against each other. The two archers provided an exciting, nail biting match for the audience.  Rebecca won the match with the final arrow shoot off and the place for New Zealand.

Well done and congratulations to all our archers competing today, you have done us proud.

Pictures and video of today's matches are on World Archery Oceania Facebook page.

Updated results  from the tournament are on the World  Archery Oceania website

Well done to all the New Zealand team for a great performance across the whole competition – we have all made new friendships and / or renewed old friendships and enjoyed competing or being present at the 2018 World Archery Oceania Championships & CQT . Thank you to the New Zealand support crew – providing all round support for their archers during and after  the competition.

Many thanks to the Local Organising Committee for hosting the tournament – a large undertaking as always,  completed by all the LOC and volunteers, along with the Judges, DOS and Technical Director.