Ease­mans make it a fam­ily first for Eng­land

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

GREAT Mis­senden duo Phil and Amy Ease­man have be­come the first fa­ther and daugh­ter ever to shoot to­gether in an Eng­land in­ter­na­tional.

Last month’s Fi­tasc Home In­ter­na­tional was a fourth Eng­land cap for Phil but a first for Amy, de­spite her hav­ing rep­re­sented Great Bri­tain on nu­mer­ous oc­ca­sions.

Mis­bourne School pupil Amy marked her mag­i­cal mo­ment with a bronze medal too af­ter her score of 75 put her be­hind only Wales’s Rachel Par­ish and Eng­land team­mate Ge­or­gia Moule in the ladies cat­e­gory.

While Phil’s fin­ish did not match his daugh­ter’s, he helped the Eng­land men take home the team prize.

He said: “Amy has wanted an Eng­land cap for ages, and she’s just missed out a few times. The ironic thing is, I’ve achieved all I want from shoot­ing and only went along to the Eng­land tri­als to sup­port Amy – and end­ing up get­ting picked my­self.

“It’s al­ways nice to rep­re­sent your coun­try and even nicer to see Amy fi­nally do so.”

An­other Bucks shooter, Wen­dover’s Billy Baughan, won the ju­nior cat­e­gory with a score of 84, while the Eng­land team cap­tain was Matt Hance, who grew up in Amer­sham be­fore mov­ing away from the area.

The tour­na­ment fol­lowed a re­cent Grand Prix in Greece, where Amy shot in the com­pak and won the ladies’ cat­e­gory by 10 tar­gets, but it will be the last bit of com­pet­i­tive shoot­ing she un­der­takes for a while as she fo­cuses on tak­ing her GCSEs at Mis­bourne next sum­mer.

Eng­land caps: Phil and Amy Ease­man

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