Winners aplenty at first day of archery festival

|     Khairil Hassan     |

THE Brunei Traditional Archery Festival was officially opened at the Archery Arena of the Jerudong Sports Complex yesterday as part of the Brunei December Festival 2018.

Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Datin Paduka Dr Hajah Norlila binti Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Jalil shot an arrow to mark the opening ceremony.

The permanent secretary also toured the Archery Gallery showcasing archery equipment, safety equipment, clothings of traditional and modern archers, brief details about Ar-Rafi Archery as well a display from Nadi Quranic Learning Centre. She was escorted by owner of Ar-Rafi Archery Pengiran Haji Radno bin Pengiran Haji Mohd Tahir and spouse Dayangku Hajah Kartewi binti Pengiran Haji Abdul Rahman, along with Ar-Rafi Archery’s committee Siti Nur Hidayah binti Haji Ismail.

Entering the second day of the festival, Kasyful Firdaus won the Junior Public Static category with 109 points and Nur Sarra Batrisyia won second place.

In the Public Youth & Adult Static category, Mohd Izzuddin emerged champion with 287 points. Mohd Harith Iskandar took second place with 228 points and Kasyful Hadil in third place with 221 points.

Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Datin Paduka Dr Hajah Norlila binti Dato Paduka Haji Abdul Jalil prepares to shoot during the opening ceremony
Participants compete during the festival
A demonstration performance by members of Ar-Rafi Archery. – PHOTOS: KHAIRIL HASSAN

Md Safiyullah of Ar-Rafi Archery won the Brunei Open Static Personal Bow Male category with 95 points, followed by Enoy of Seri Begawan Archery in second place with 90 points and Apesh from Seri Begawan Archery third with 86 points.

In the Brunei Open Static Personal Bow Female category, Nura from Ar-Rafi Archery won after shooting 53 points, followed by Ziq from Seri Begawan Archery in second place with 52 points and Susi of Ar-Rafi Archery with 43 points in third place.

Archers from Ar-Rafi Archery produced a clean sweep of the top three in the Brunei Open Static Beginners Bow Male category with Md Safiyullah in first place with 248 points, Mizan in second with 240 points; and Haji Zainuddin third with 235 points.

In the Brunei Open Beginners Bow Female category, Ar-Rafi Archery’s members also dominated as Fatin won first place with 200 points; Nuva in second place with 198 points; and Ziqah took third with 190 points.

Md Safiyullah emerged champion of the Ar-Rafi Personal Bow Male category after shooting 95 points, followed by Haji Zainuddin in second place with 74 points and Adi in third with 71 points. Nura won first place of the female category with 53 points, while Susi took second place with 43 points and Fatin third with 38 points.

Md Safiyullah also won the Ar-Rafi Beginners Bow Male category with 248 points. Mizan finished second with 240 points and Haji Zainuddin finished last with 235 points. In the female category, Fatin won first place after shooting 200 points, as Nura finished second with 198 points and Ziqah third with 190 points.

Today will begin the Dynamic Events where archers will be shooting at animated targets, followed by the prize presentation.