Ziadie, DaCosta top Bernard Cridland Memorial


Ziadie, DaCosta top Bernard Cridland Memorial

Saturday, October 19, 2019

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Chad Ziadie and Simone DaCosta were crowned new champions of the Bernard Cridland Memorial Sporting Clays tournament, which was hosted by Friendly Lodge 239EC at Jamaica Skeet Club (JSC) in Portmore on Sunday.

Ziadie, the highest overall (HOA) winner with a score of 87, bettered JSC President Jordan Samuda, who was just one shot behind on 86. Over 90 shooters participated in the 14-station tournament.

Ziadie, the former junior standout shooter, who was claiming his first title, expressed delight with his performance.

“It feels good. Coming out of bird bush, it takes a lot of time to adjust back to sporting clays because it's totally different. I came out with Bruce DuQuesnay and Jordan Samuda, who was the runner-up on Thursday, and the practise went very well and I think that had a lot to with my performance today (Sunday) and I was just calm the whole day.

“It's my first win. It should have come a lot earlier because I have been shooting very well over the past few years, so I'm just glad to get the first win under my belt and just move forward to the sporting clays season,” Ziadie shared.

DaCosta, who topped the ladies and hunters division with 69 hits, earned promotion to the 'E' class after her surprising performance. She won the Ladies category ahead of former champion Wendy McMaster (61) and Savannah Miller (52), while Joshua Lym (54) and Kurt McKenzie (53) were the runners-up in the hunters class.

“It feels really good, and I am actually at a loss for words. It just shows that hard work and dedication really pay off. I have been working vigorously with Coach Khaleel Azan for the past year and I have been training with the juniors and it's really challenging. That competition during training actually helps me focus a little more coming into competition, so today I was just on my A game,” said DaCosta, who started shooting two years ago.

Six-time national champion Shaun Barnes (85) finished tops in the 'A' class ahead of two-time national champion Christian Sasso and DuQuesnay, who both shot 84.

Mark Desnoes outgunned Zachary Harris in a shoot-off, to claim top spot in the 'B' class, after both initially ended with a score of 78. Robbie Subaran (71) was third. Desnoes also topped the Junior class ahead of Cameron Phang Sang (76) and Rajhir DaCosta (73).

DaCosta also placed second in the 'D' class behind winner Dale Delapenha (74) with Justin Reid (72) finishing third, while Craig Davis (76) won the 'C' class ahead of Jonah Subaran (75) and Ryan Chung (74).

The 'E' class was decided by an entertaining shoot-off, which saw Gordon Bucknor (68) earning promotion to 'D' class after outgunning Gregory East, who also shot 68, with Winston Quest (66) finishing third.

Noah Azan shot 59 to top the Sub-juniors section ahead of Ryan Lue (41) and Kyle Reid (34).
Proceeds from the event will go towards Preemie Foundation of Jamaica, The Early Childhood Commission, Bahamas Hurricane Relief Fund, Mary's Child, YMCA, and Jamaica National Children's Home.

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