Tuesday 23 January 2018

Maher posts leading score in Ferrycarrig sporting shoot

CLAY TARGET Sports Wexford held its very cost effective 100 bird sporting shoot recently at their Ferrycarrig grounds. On the day one hundred quality competition targets could be shot for just €25 or €20 for a Junior shooter.

The weather as always at Wexford was bright and sunny and highlighted the targets nicely. The targets were of proper sporting competition standard. This is the norm for this ground as the club feels that shooters should be tested.

Little is to be learned by shooters making big scores on simple targets. The score sounds good in the pub afterwards bragging to people who know no better, but when these local heros meet decent targets then the wheels fall off. By the same token targets must not be set so difficult that shooters are dismayed; in other words a balance must be achieved and C.T.S.W. have a knack of consistently delivering that balance.

Early observations of the course showed that the slow dropping incoming target over the pond on stand one was catching the unwary while it would appear that stand four was also a bogey to those that did not read the cunning change of angle on both targets. Those giving straightforward lead were doomed.

One of the first back to the clubhouse was ace veteran shooter Joe Hollingsworth posting a very respectable 82, while Liam Doran had 79 and Joe Meaney had 77.

Mick Kavanagh brought in 83 on a birds-only card. Mick Knowles also posted 79 with sidekick, All-Ireland side by side champion Eamonn Healy, on 71.

Late afternoon saw that irrepressible veteran and ambassador for clay pigeon shooting, Bill Maher, post a score of 90. It was now up to the 'comeback boy', Anthony Curtis, to try to topple Bill's excellent 90 but it was not to be, with Anthony shooting a very creditable 81. This was brilliant shooting considering Anthony has done very little in the last few years, and it is also a very definite marker that he is back.

Final placings then Put Bill Maher first with 90, followed by Joe Holly on 82 and Anthony Curtis on 81. I bet Mick Kavanagh will pay the prize fund next shoot.

Entries for the shoot topped the 50 mark which in current times is not bad.

Well done to all those who supported this event and a big thank you to Peter Lacey, John Howlin, Helen James and Catríona Cullen who made it all possible.

The next shoot is a charity event on September 9, 30 sporting and 15 D.T.L. in aid of the Nicola Furlong Fund. All are welcome.

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