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Thwaites blows away competition at skeet

...But DuQuesnay remains overall leader with 16 points

BY SHERDON COWAN

Thursday, July 03, 2014    

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BRETT Thwaites shot two perfect rounds in the skeet section to top contenders in the ACDelco National Shotgun Championships Skeet and Trap shoot round, which took place at the Jamaica Skeet Club in Portmore on Sunday.

On a day when shooters were on top of their game, Thwaites blew away all 50 of his targets to top the class, ahead of Bruce DuQuesnay (49), Shaun Barnes (49) and Paul Josephs (49). Richard Azan Jr (47) and Andrew Hopwood (46), who both enjoyed one perfect round of 25, completed the top-five.

Gerry Chin hit 46 of his 50 targets to top the B Class. Andrew Azan took out 47 of his 50 to take the C Class, while Hugh Jones (42) outgunned opponents to easily win the D Class. The E Class will require a shoot-off to decide a winner, as Zachary Chen (41) and D'Andre Simpson (41) ended in a deadlock.

Despite his brilliance on the day, Thwaites (39) and Geoffrey Ziadie (39) are currently locked in fifth position in the overall standings, as DuQuesnay continues to lead with 16 points, with Shaun Barnes (20), Ian Banks (21) and Richard Azan Jr (25) keeping him on his toes. Jeffrey Panton (57) continues to lead the B Class, being closely followed by Gerry Chin (63), Kingsley Chin (64) and Ruel Chung (66). Andrew Hopwood (55) maintains a slim lead in the C class over Andrew Azan (57), with Nickolai Clarke (67) sitting in third spot.

The D Class is being led by Brian Richardson (106), who has a reducing lead over Jake Therrien (107) and Nicholas Chai Chong (119), while Zachary Chen (119) continues to extend his lead in the E Class over D'Andre Simpson (138). Asaf Keren (154) has slipped to third in the class.

Richard Sleem had an excellent day in the Trap shoot section, leading the way with 43 birds. Ian Banks (42), Shaun Barnes (42) and Bobby Chung (42) were hard on his heels followed closely by Joey Chin (41). Kingsley Chin shot down 42 of his 50 birds to top the B Class.

Andrew Azan, who shot 39 targets, again topped the C Class, while Brian Richardson (37) stole the D Class, so too did D'Andre Simpson (35) who proved a cut above the rest in the E Class.

Richard Azan Jr was HOA in the Skeet division, with Bruce DuQuesnay as runner-up. Ian Banks was A1, with Shaun Barnes (2) and Brett Thwaites (2) set to duel in a shoot-off for second and third. Jeffrey Panton (10) came out on top as B1, while B2 and B3 will be decided between Kurt Hudson (11), Isaac Mair (11) and Stafford Hyde (11). Jordan Thwaites (9) was the C Class winner, with second and third to be settled between Andrew Hopwood (11) and Andrew Azan (11).

The Trap division saw Shaun Barnes coming out HOA, followed by Ian Banks (2). Bobby Chung (5) is A1 with Brett Thwaites (8) A2, while a four-way shoot off between Craig Simpson (9), Joey Chin (9), Bruce DuQuesnay (9) and Richard Azan Jr (9) will decide the third-best shooter.

Kingsley Chin (3) won B1, while B2 went to Gerry Chin (9) and B3 to Marc Barnes (16). Nickolai Clarke (8) stole C1, ahead of Andrew Azan (9) and Andrew Hopwood (12).

The final NSC Sporting Clays Event will take place over the weekend at

the Knolford Polo Club in Bog Walk, St Catherine.

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