SHETLAND’S clay shooters have had more success on the mainland, starting with John Magnus Laurenson being picked to represent Scotland at the Olympic Skeet Home International this weekend at Auchterhouse.
More success came last weekend when five shooters attended the ABT Scottish Championship at Ayr. The shoot was a two-day 200 target event. At the end of day one the best score from the Shetland contingent came from Ross Work on 93 followed by Peter Davies (91), Jim Work and Lou Jackson (86) and Jo Dunlop (75).
Day two saw more good scores with Jim Work hitting 94 for a two-day total of 180 that was beaten by Ross Work on 89 for a total of 182. Davies and Jackson hit 86, giving Davies a two-day total of 177 and Jackson a two-day total of 172. Dunlop with 76 giving her a two day total of 151. Ross Work had been in close competition with Struan Brodie all the way for the Junior Scottish Champion Cup, having held a four point lead overnight and at one point during day two a seven point lead.
Brodie finished strongly and closed the gap to four points but Work’s two-day total of 182 was enough to take the championship.
Jackson shot brilliantly both days and her total of 172 took the Ladies’ Scottish Championship.
For their efforts four of the Shetland shooters made the Scottish squad with their scores added to scores from selection shoots held earlier in the year.
Davies will represent Scotland for the third time at the Home International in Wales in September. He will be joined by Ross Work who will make his second appearance representing Scotland in the juniors and new caps Jackson and Dunlop will represent Scotland in the women’s competition.
The senior Scottish champion was another islander. Magnus Norquoy from Orkney hit amazing scores of 98 and 96 to win by one point and he will be a tough opponent for the Shetland shooters at next year’s island games.
This Sunday it is back to slow targets as the club puts on a down the line (DTL) trophy shoot over 50 targets. The shoot is open to non-members and starts at 10am.