J'can shooters impress at World Sporting Clays Championship

Sunday, May 07, 2017

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It was a very happy Jamaican team of shooters that returned to the island earlier this week, following their fourth-place finish at the recently concluded World English Sporting Clays Championship in San Antonio, Texas.The seven-member Jamaican team accumulated 782 points, behind the star-studded United States of America (914 points), England (867 points) and Australia (818 points).

Jamaica finished ahead of Italy and South Africa for the first time since competing at the championships, with Venezuela completing the table.

A total of 17 countries were present at the championship, but only seven featured in the team category. The others competed in the individual events, as over 1,000 competitors converged at the tournament.

The competition comprised 100 and 200 birds preliminary and main events, Super Sporting (100 birds), FITASC (100 birds) and Five-stand (100 birds).

Team captain Craig Simpson though happy with the performance, expressed dissatisfaction with the lack of financial backing for the team.

“I believe that if there was more emphasis placed on financing the team, we would have comfortably placed in the top three. There needs to be a period of practice to allow our shooters to acclimatise to the standard of these overseas events,” he opined.

Meanwhile, immediate past president Khaleel Azan, who was also a part of the Jamaican contingent, lauded the performance as Jamaica's “best” ever showing at the tournament.

Veteran shooter Geoffrey Ziadie led the Jamaicans hitting 166 of 200 birds to finish second in the main event of the AA Class and fifth in the preliminary competition. The AA Class is immediately below the Master Class or highest competition level.

Five-time national champion Shaun Barnes (156) also had an impressive outing, as he placed third in the main event of the A Class, first in the Super Sporting (81), first in the preliminary competition (85) and third in Five-stand (80).

Reserved team member Ray McMaster (75), who was recently elected to the Jamaica Skeet Club board, placed fourth in the B Class of Super Sporting category.

Ryan Chung (65), who competed in D Class, was first in FITASC and fifth in Five-stand, while the other D Class member Jordan Thwaites was fifth in the main event.

In the E Class, Dominic Simpson (119) placed 10th in the main event, with female shooter Wendy McMaster showing her class with a similar score of 119 in the E Class main event.

The 19-time world champion Ben Husthwaite, who does specialist training with several of the Jamaican shooters, placed second in the main event of the Master Class with scores of 96, 89, and 22, finishing with a score of 207 out of a possible 230 birds.




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