The Free Press (Corowa)
Willett’s display a Tokyo boost
Local Rio Olympian James Willett displayed his class to overcome a low qualification ranking to capture the men’s Trap gold medal in the Victorian ISSF Shotgun Championships in Echuca last Sunday.
Willett, who will compete at his second Olympic Games in Tokyo in July, entered the six-man final as the fifth qualifier but withstood the pressure to hit 45 of 50 targets in the final to defeat Victorians Todd Malone (42/50) and Joey Yarak (32/40).
It was Willett’s first Performance Series victory of the year after he was placed third at the Yarra Valley Grand Prix in March.
Willett missed his opening target in the final on Sunday but was flawless in his next 19 shots to take a two-target lead over Malone at the half-way mark and maintained a decisive lead for the remainder of the event.
“I was happy with the final and came away with a decent score in the end,” Willett said.
“Conditions were good, but it’s one of the tougher ranges to compete.”
Willett was unconcerned with his low ranking in the final which could have seen him eliminated had he tied with another higher ranked athlete at the elimination stages.
“It didn’t really affect me. You go out to hit as many targets as you can and, if you do that, the bib number doesn’t come into play,” he said.
Last month Willet competed in the Universal Trench National Championships, Melbourne Gun Club in Lilydale, Melbourne scoring 190 out of 200.
It was hot competition in adverse weather conditions. Competing in a field of 68 shooters, mainly from NSW and Victoria, second and third placings scored 189/200 and 187/200.
Willett will compete in the Individual Trap and Mixed Trap in Tokyo with Laetisha Scanlan from Melbourne.
Anzac Day at Corowa Clay Target Club saw us start later than usual with a minute’s silence to honour those who served and currently serve our great nation.
Event 1 50 target DB Continental, overall and 1st AA grade Terry Walls 52/53, 2nd Daryl Hunt 51/53, A grade 1st Scott Glossop 52/56, 2nd Dave Whyte snr 51/56, B grade 1st Tim Rogasch 47/51, 2nd Jo Ford 46/51, C grade 1st John Collins 45/50 2nd Paul Aubrey 36/50.
Event 2 30 target DB, Overall and 1st AA grade David Pearce 62/62, 2nd Greg Pinner 61/62, A grade 1st Scott Glossop 28/30, 2nd Rod Green 32/35, B grade 1st Carol Stokes 37/38, 2nd Jo ford 29/30, C grade 1st John Collins 25/31, 2nd Paul Aubrey 24/31.
Overall High gun for the day went to Terry Walls 132/133, Veterans Greg Pinner 96/111, Ladies Jo Ford 75/80 and juniors Cameron Ford 73/80.