New Year goes off with a bang at Dunoon Clay Tar­get Club

The Oban Times - - Sport -

THE NEW Year went off with a bang in all re­spects. The at­ten­dance for this tra­di­tional open­ing shoot of the year was ex­cep­tional, with 46 se­nior, 2 ladies and 3 ju­nior guns tak­ing part. The weather was mixed, but did not af­fect the stan­dard of the shoot­ing, which was ex­cel­lent, with five max­i­mum 75 ex 75 scores in the in­di­vid­ual rounds. The dif­fi­culty was the short­ness of day­light, with the last lines shot in near dark con­di­tions.

The John Ja­cob­son Tro­phy was pre­sented by an Amer­i­can serv­ing at the Holy Loch Base, and is by tra­di­tion the first open shoot of the year. It was a pe­riod when lo­cal shoots had record fields with many keen ser­vice­men join­ing the lo­cal clubs. The Cowal clay tar­get clubs con­tinue to wel­come en­trants from a wide area. It is not easy to run suc­cess­ful shoots and the clubs rely on a small band of helpers, too of­ten the same per­sons. Clearly the qual­ity of tar­gets and the sup­port or­gan­i­sa­tion is ap­pre­ci­ated – ev­i­dent in the high at­ten­dance. Visi­tor Al­varo Pieri, Lar­bert, took the tro­phy with 146 points from a pos­si­ble max­i­mum of 150. Don­nie MacPhail, Glen­daruel, was sec­ond on 145 with a fur­ther one point dif­fer­ence to Leighton Reid, Bute, on 144 in third place. Brian McDonough was fourth on 143, and there was a tie for fifth be­tween two reg­u­lar vis­i­tors from Bute, Ron­nie Robert­son and Alan Brown with 142. Top lady was Fiona Pieri, Lar­bert with Ali­son Brown, Dalry in sec­ond place.

Archie MacBride, Dunoon, was the win­ner of the ju­nior com­pe­ti­tion, and Josh Cowan, Bute, and James Mil­ton, Lar­bert both shot well to be placed sec­ond and third. The Pool Trap was de­cided by a com­plex shoot- off, with Ian Smith, Dunoon, tak­ing the kitty.

For con­tact de­tails and fix­tures see the Club web­site - ht tp: // www. dunoo­nand­dis­trict-

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