Mark takes the Thursday shoot honours

THURSDAY July 9 saw the latest in Rathfriland's summer season of shooting.

The good weather brought the shooters out in good numbers and a total of 23 lines were shot with 13 men making the final.

Shoot off one saw Hendy Hume, Trevor McGibbon, Geoff Dale, Norval Harrison and Geoff Birch go at it and from this it was Belfast shooter McGibbon who excelled, shooting another 20/60.

Shoot off two was made up of A Buchanan, Aaron Smyth, Raymond Graham and Derek McAdam. From this it was local shooter Smyth who forced a later showdown by also scoring 20/60.

The third shoot off was between Mark McKeown, Jimmy Rountree, Aaron McDowell and Guy Carlisle and it was McKeown who progressed with his 20/60. The three 20/60 shooters went at it and final results were as follows:

1st, Mark McKeown; 2nd, Aaron Smyth; 3rd, Trevor McGibbon; 4th= Jimmy Rountree, Guy Carlisle and Hendy Hume.

Shooting takes place this week on Wednesday night instead of Thursday as the majority of shooters will embark on a trip across the water to the Home Internationals competition and the club would like to wish the Northern Ireland squad all the best.