THE ANNUAL Double Rise Trophy clay shoot held last Sunday produced the highest scores seen in the 19 years the event has been held.
Double Rise is two targets thrown simultaneously to a fixed height and angle at Down the Line (DTL) speed. The wind on the day was fairly strong from behind resulting in the targets having to be set a little faster to prevent them diving too quickly. The targets were viewed by the eight who entered the competition prior to starting and appeared difficult.
The competition was shot over one round of 25 pairs in two squads and included four previous winners.
The first squad was dominated by Bryan Sutherland who hit an amazing 45 out of 50 with Jim Work hitting 40. This set a task for squad two – if anyone was to beat Bryan they would need to shoot a near clear round on pairs.
The second squad had Peter Ratter who was fairly capable of a big score, holding the previous record. Ratter and Ross Work both had three points off by midway through the round when Ratter missed a pair to fall out of contention; this left Ross Work with 13 pairs to shoot that he completed with only one miss to finish on 46 to win the trophy by a single point from Bryan Sutherland.
Ratter took third place with a score of 41, followed by Chris Johnson on 30, Ian Sutherland on 30 with Dennis Middleton and Ian Towriess on 27.
This Sunday the club is putting on English Skeet and DTL practice. Both disciplines are suitable for beginners and start at 10am.