THE summer shooting season at Rathfriland Clay Pigeon Club has become increasingly busy in recent weeks with the biggest attendance yet for the summer at the recent 20-bird DTL, held on Thursday 17 May.
The club saw a total of 11 lines shot with no less than nine shooters reaching the final, all shooting scores of 20/60.
The first shoot-off comprised of the ever-present Geoff Dale, Frank McKay, Damien Corvan, Neville Ferguson and Mark Balfour. From this line it was Balfour who impressed, coming away with a hard-fought 20/59.
The second shoot-off had more of a local feel with Aaron Smyth lining up alongside Enoch McCauley, Norval Harrison and George Gracey. This line saw more top scores with both Smyth and McCauley hitting 20/60’s again to force a head-to-head.
The pair went at it through fast-fading light. The final went all the way to single barrel competition but in the end it was McCauley who took first place, leaving Manchester United die-hard Aaron Smyth disappointed - and not for the first time lately!
Final results were as follows: 1st, Enoch McCauley; 2nd, Aaron Smyth; 3rd, Mark Balfour.
As per usual shooting will continue on Thursday nights throughout the summer, the next 20-bird DTL taking place on Thursday May 24. Shooters are also reminded of the 100-bird DTL competition taking place at Rathfriland on Saturday May 26.
This will hopefully be a big event for the club and all shooters will be made welcome.