Clay Shooting

Lin­ing up at By­well

Lloyd Pattison re­ports from the big DTL week­end at By­well that saw the Perazzi Grand Prix and Laporte Chal­lenge

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The Perazzi Grand Prix and the Laporte Chal­lenge shot ahead un­der glo­ri­ous sun­shine

Af­ter host­ing the Euro­pean, the English, and the Bri­tish DTL al­ready this year, By­well weren’t done just yet.

The Au­gust Bank Hol­i­day week­end saw an­other three days of DTL and Dou­ble Rise – and with only the light­est of breezes and tem­per­a­tures soar­ing into the up­per 20s on all three days, it proved to be a lovely week­end for ev­ery­one.

The week­end’s shoot­ing started on Fri­day with the Pre­lim events to get ev­ery­one warmed up. Each day has 50 pairs DR, and 100 DTL, and many shoot­ers shot both dis­ci­plines. Lo­cal shooter Tony Grad­well told me: “There’s no ex­cuses this week­end. The tar­gets look like bin lids,” and look­ing at the su­perb con­di­tions all week­end, the only likely im­ped­i­ment for shoot­ers was heat ex­haus­tion.

The DR Pre­lim showed no sur­prises with Mullarkey, Chap­low and Cox­head in the top spots, while the top three in the DTL were Cox­head, Martin Jemin­son and Ke­van Smith. Austin’s 100/299 was just half a bird short of per­fect af­ter shoot­ing a sec­ond bar­rel on the third lay­out. Satur­day marked the first day of full com­pe­ti­tion for the Perazzi GP, which was shot over 200 birds on both Satur­day and Sun­day. The Laporte Chal­lenge was shot as 2 sep­a­rate days of 100 birds with cash prizes on both days. Fi­nally, the By­well 400 was an ag­gre­gate com­pe­ti­tion based on shoot­ers’ to­tal score in both dis­ci­plines on both days of com­pe­ti­tion.

Satur­day’s DR saw Ian Mullarkey take High Gun with 96, fol­lowed by both Paul Chap­low and Marty Smith tied on 90. In A Class, Shaun Gar­dener and Matt Shel­drake tied for the lead on 89, fol­lowed by Lee Gundry on 87. B Class was Scott Mas­son on 85, Keith Ritchie on 82 and Ed­die Jedan, 79. Tom Burns won C class with an 81, fol­lowed by John Sinclair, 78 and David Stan­brook, 75.

Colt Leah Southall, who also placed sec­ond in the Ladies over­all, won her class fol­lowed by Corey Doble and Lizzie Wil­liams. Ju­nior Tom Burns shot an ex­cel­lent 81 to win his class fol­lowed by Flett Mar­sham and Jack Ruane. Char­lotte Kitchen beat the afore­men­tioned

Leah by only one clay on 74, with Clova Ren­nie in third on

64. Ted Phillip­son won the Vets prize purse with an 88, fol­lowed by Marin Clark on 83 and David Bell on 80.

Over on the DTL line, the Day 1 scores looked promis­ing for Richard Green­law of Scot­land with a per­fect 100/300, fol­lowed by Scott Mas­son and Austin Cox­head, both of whom were on 100/298. Austin’s score was no­table as the Fri­day had been his birth­day, and I un­der­stand he en­joyed a wee tip­ple in the evening and was feel­ing par­tic­u­larly re­freshed on the Satur­day.

Sun­day was if any­thing the hottest of the three days, and sun cream and cold drinks were much in ev­i­dence as the com­peti­tors took to the field for the fi­nal day of shoot­ing. By­well, still very much a work­ing farm, was in full har­vest mode with the men of the Henry clan vis­i­ble from the shoot­ing line toil­ing away in the fields around the ground all week­end, mak­ing the most of the dry weather af­ter many days of rain lead­ing up to the Bank Hol­i­day week­end.

Back at the ground, Day 2 of the Laporte Chal­lenge saw Ian Mullarkey joined at the head of the field on 93 by Scott Mas­son. Paul Chap­low on 92 took AA with Austin Cox­head on 90 and Lee Gundry on 89. In A Class, Shaun Gardiner led the field on 91, fol­lowed by Matt Shel­drake, 87, and Ge­orge Turnes, 85. In B Class Stephen Cor­ner won on 87, fol­lowed by Jack Ruane, 86, and Steve Petch,

82. C Class win­ner was tied with Flett Mar­sham and Nor­man Scott on 81, with An­drew Mar­sham on 79. Only two Colts com­peted on Day 2, and Corey Doble won with 76, fol­lowed by Lizzie Wil­liams on 59. The Ju­niors were led by Jack Ruane, with Flett Mar­sham and Tom Burns in sec­ond and third. Ladies win­ner was Leah Southall on 76, with Char­lotte Kitchen and Gilly Naisby tied on 73.

In the Veter­ans, Ge­orge Turnes won on 85, fol­lowed by John Brad­nam on 84 and Nor­man Scott on 81.

Richard Green­law, con­tin­u­ing to shoot strongly af­ter the per­fect Satur­day, took High Gun for the Perazzi GP with a 200/597, drop­ping three half birds in the last

50 on Day 2. Scott Mas­son took first in AA, with Austin Cox­head tak­ing sec­ond af­ter a shoot off with Don Mackay. Ed­die Jedan fin­ished top of A Class fol­lowed, by Alis­dair Mc­donell and Mervyn Turk­ing­ton.

Tom Di Mur­row led B Class with Peter John­son in sec­ond and Sean Mac­donough in third. C Class win­ner was Alex Wishart with An­drew Mar­sham and An­drew An­der­son tak­ing the sec­ond and third spots.

In Colts, Corey Doble won, with Lizzie Wil­liams Run­ner up. Ju­niors Jack Ruane, Tom Burns and Grant Ste­wart put in some very re­spectable scores to make up the top three, with Jack on 197/581 tak­ing the win.

Ladies win­ner Char­lotte Kitchen scored 196/572, with Leanne Pow­ell 192/563 in sec­ond and Clova Ren­nie 192/562 third.

In the Vets, Mike Hart­ley on 199/591 was vic­to­ri­ous, with Mervyn Turk­ing­ton 197/587 and Gor­don Shank­land 199/586 run­ners up.

“There’s no ex­cuses this week­end, the tar­gets look like bin lids”

 ??  ?? TOP LEFT Proud Perazzi prizewin­ners, with Richard Green­law hold­ing the cup cen­tre right
TOP LEFT Proud Perazzi prizewin­ners, with Richard Green­law hold­ing the cup cen­tre right
 ??  ?? ABOVE Corey Doble won the Colts prize, beat­ing Lizzie Wil­liams into sec­ond place
ABOVE Corey Doble won the Colts prize, beat­ing Lizzie Wil­liams into sec­ond place
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 ??  ?? Lloyd Pattison is a keen clay shooter, and re­views shot­guns on the Gun Shorts chan­nel on Youtube, in as­so­ci­a­tion with By­well Shoot­ing Ground
Lloyd Pattison is a keen clay shooter, and re­views shot­guns on the Gun Shorts chan­nel on Youtube, in as­so­ci­a­tion with By­well Shoot­ing Ground
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 ??  ?? ABOVE Paul Chap­low took AA Class with a 92 on Day 2 of the Laporte Chal­lenge
ABOVE Paul Chap­low took AA Class with a 92 on Day 2 of the Laporte Chal­lenge
 ??  ?? RIGHT Austin Cox­head cel­e­brated his birth­day on the Fri­day of the event
RIGHT Austin Cox­head cel­e­brated his birth­day on the Fri­day of the event
 ??  ?? ABOVE The har­vest con­tin­ued in the back­ground, mak­ing the most of the weather
ABOVE The har­vest con­tin­ued in the back­ground, mak­ing the most of the weather
 ??  ?? BE­LOW Austin Cox­head won the By­well 400 High Gun
BE­LOW Austin Cox­head won the By­well 400 High Gun
 ??  ?? RIGHT Lizzie Wil­liams took third place in Colts in DR on the Satur­day
RIGHT Lizzie Wil­liams took third place in Colts in DR on the Satur­day

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