Geoff is the top man at Rathfriland

Finalists, from left to right, Ronnie Peters, Geoff Dale, Frank McKay and William Robinson
Finalists, from left to right, Ronnie Peters, Geoff Dale, Frank McKay and William Robinson

THE latest 20-bird DTL event was held at Rathfriland Clay Pigeon Club on Thursday July 5 and the club was encouraged to see a slight increase in attendance. 

Over the night the club saw a total of 10 lines shot with four shooters hitting the 20/60 scores to reach the final.

The final was shot in decent light and the shooters, namely Geoff Dale, Ronnie Peters, Frank McKay and William Robinson were set for a tight finish.

In the end it was the ever-present Dale who stole the win, shooting another 20/60 while the three other finalists could only manage 59 scores - a fantastic line to finish the night.

The club will now take a few weeks break due to several different international competitions to be held in Wales. With Home Internationals, the British Open and World and European Championships to take place the next shooting at Rathfriland will see 20-bird competition resume on Thursday August 1, commencing from 6pm onwards. Shooters are also reminded of the DTL taking place at Mourne Gun Club this Saturday July 14.

The selection process for the Northern Ireland team for these competitions has been on-going for several months and there are numerous familiar names among the line-up.

Local shooters including Aaron Smyth, Enoch McCauley, Hugh Ervine, Ronald Sloan and Gordon McDowell are yet again involved in team competition while Rathfriland shooters Gary Laffin and David Graham will be making their debuts for the team, qualifying for the squad for the first time.

The junior squad too sees plenty of local involvement. David Henning and Aaron McDowell are again included while there are new caps for Mark Henning and Andrew Charleton.

Everyone at Rathfriland Clay Pigeon Club will be hoping for success for all involved within the team; hopefully some silverware will be coming home!