50th Home International Sporting
England managed to turn a six-target deficit into a six-target lead
Seven nations were represented at this year’s Home International Sporting event held at Westfield Shooting Ground, with more than 160 shooters taking part over a 100-bird course, split into two sessions of 50 targets.
England has dominated the event for decades, and the Senior team hasn’t lost the event since the 70s, but team manager Richard Hunter must have felt a little nervous at the lunch break at this year’s event!
Although Phil Easeman of England had shot a phenomenal 49 ex 50 in the morning session, three of the Welsh team had posted 48s, which had helped the team to a six-point lead over England.
Although Phil continued to shoot well in the afternoon, he slipped down the order a little, and Rob Claybrook of Wales emerged victorious in the individual standings with a 95, earning himself the prestigious High Gun trophy.
Martin Doughty took the runner-up spot jointly with Josh Keeble of Wales, on 93. Easeman shared third place with two English teammates and a Northern Irish shooter, and having that many competitors in the top spots ensured that England managed to swing the scales in their favour, turning a six-target deficit into a six-target lead by the end of the day.
Arnie Palmer had to shoot off for the Captains’ Cup against Paul Heywood of Wales, but once again it went England’s way, as did the rest of the team events.
Individual wins for England in Seniors, Vets and Juniors didn’t quite equate to a clean sweep, thanks to Janine White’s 86 taking the Ladies win for Wales.
A good day for Team England