Churchill’s World Com­pak

Sporting Shooter - - Clay News - WITH DON BRUNT

EJ Churchill hosted the 2016 World Com­pak Sport­ing, where nearly 400 shoot­ers from around the globe came to­gether to take part in the four-day, 200-tar­get event.

For those not fa­mil­iar with the dis­ci­pline, it is sim­i­lar to Spor­trap, and sees five shoot­ing po­si­tions on each lay­out. Shoot­ers take turns to shoot a mix­ture of sin­gles (full use of gun), dou­bles and sim pairs, and the tar­gets must cross within the bor­ders of a 40 x 25m box in front of the shoot­ing po­si­tions.

In most sit­u­a­tions this means that the ma­jor­ity of tar­gets are rel­a­tively close, mean­ing that it is of­ten the speed and an­gles of the tar­gets that must be read by the shooter to achieve suc­cess. Con­se­quently, scores are rel­a­tively high, and to per­form at the high­est level re­quires to­tal con­cen­tra­tion to pro­duce perfect round after perfect round.

By the half­way point at the World Com­pak, Brett Win­stan­ley had shot a 100-straight ahead of three 99s, while Chris Childer­house and Richard Faulds were fifth on 98, and Ge­orge Dig­weed was 10th on 97.

The third day proved to be a dis­as­ter for Brett though, as he posted 44 and tum­bled down the or­der to 13th, leav­ing Bri­tish hopes in the hands of Dig­weed, Faulds and Mark Winser, who were all in sev­enth place on 145. Christophe Au­vret of France took the lead, but had a hic­cup on Fri­day, cost­ing him four tar­gets and the win, which went to Ta­mas Jeri (198). Michael Spada, of Italy, and Au­vret both fin­ished on 195, so had to shoot off for Sil­ver and Bronze, with the lat­ter pre­vail­ing 24 to 22. Faulds and Winser fin­ished fourth on 194, with Dig­weed, on 193, in sev­enth place.

There was, how­ever, plenty of suc­cess for GB shoot­ers in the other cat­e­gories. John Bid­well took the Super Vets win on 185, while fel­low Brit Alan Pearse col­lected the Bronze on 179. In Vet­er­ans it was a one-two for Glenn Hunt (191) and Martin Doughty (190). In Ladies, Ch­eryl Hall fin­ished fifth on 181, with Amy Ease­man three tar­gets be­hind her; team­mate Linda Grayson ended on 174. Ju­niors saw a dream come true for Josh Bridges who, hav­ing been nar­rowly denied ti­tles at the World Sport­ing and World FITASC, came through to take the win.

In the team stand­ings, GB Ju­niors (Josh Bridges, Nathan Skin­ner and Henry Young) took Sil­ver be­hind France, while our Ladies took Gold ahead of Italy. Hunt, Doughty and Nigel Hart brought home Vet­er­ans Gold with Italy win­ning Sil­ver, while Christo­pher Dennis, Frank Haigh and Dennis Webb took the Super Vets win.

‘There was plenty of suc­cess for GB shoot­ers with John Bid­well tak­ing the Super Vets win and fel­low Brit Alan Pearse col­lect­ing the Bronze’

Josh Bridges is a very wor­thy Ju­nior world cham­pionJohn Bid­well fol­lowed up on his World FITASC suc­cess with an­other Super Vets Gold

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