The county’s most prestigious shooting event took place last Sunday in Mostrim shooting grounds. Despite a wet start to the day, by the time the 21 teams took to the field shooting conditions were ideal, with neither wind nor sunshine to impair shooters.
The targets couldn’t have been better, and this was reflected in the winning scores compared to last year. To the best of my knowledge, it was also the first time ever that there were two clear rounds shot in the same county shoot.
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Starting with the individual categories, James Flynn from Streete took the win in the Trainee License category with 310/350.
The Under 21 title went to Mostrim’s Cian McLoughlin, who dropped only half a clay in his warm-up for an entertaining display of Skeet shooting later in the day.
The remaining 3 categories saw some of the finest shooting ever witnessed at a county shoot. The Overall High Gun was contested by the shooters with the aforementioned 2 clear rounds, the ever-reliable Martin Gilchriest of Mostrim and our own chairman David McCloughrey of Templemichael.
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The standard in recent years has been such that not even a perfect score can guarantee you a clear run to the High Gun trophy, and after a tense battle it was Davie who came out on top, adding to his ever-growing haul of cups.
Martin had the consolation prize of winning the Veteran trophy for the second year on the trot, and also a place in the shoot-off for the Peter Lyons cup for the DTL, which has the distinction of being the easiest shoot-off to get into but by far the hardest to win, as Davie would later find out.
After a handful more clear rounds on the DTL, Davie came out the winner, after firing at nearly 150 targets over the course of the day and being able to count the misses on one hand. We may have to consider handicapping Davie in future in the interest of fairness!!!
On to the team events, and the Junior category was taken by Streete C, with Mostrim C coming in 2nd and Newtownforbes D in 3rd.
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Ballinalee/Killoe took the win in the Intermediate category, with Legan shutting out the remaining two places, their B and C teams taking 2nd and 3rd respectively.
In the Senior category, Mostrim A looked poised to take the home win having missed just 14 and a half clays out of 175.
However, the boys from Streete were hot on their heels, and later turned in an incredible score of 1630/1750 to complete the glorious “double” of county shooting, winning both the Sporting and DTL County shoots this year. Moydow took 3rd place with a score of 1585, which would have been enough to win last year, just to highlight the incredible standard of shooting.
Well done to all our various winners, and also Mostrim Gun Club on a finely ran shoot. A thoroughly enjoyable day was had by shooters and spectators alike.
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