Moar aims true to set new ABT record

Shooter Alan Moar set a new isles record for the automatic ball trap (ABT) as Shetland Clay Target Club held three selection shoots at the weekend.

The first event on Saturday morning was the second Universal Trench qualifier for the 2011 NatWest Island Games.

The shoot had an entry of eight and was held in good conditions. The first-round scores were all in the 20s, headed by Moar on 24 and Ross Work on 23.

By the halfway stage Moar and John Magnus Laurenson were in the lead on 46 while the remainder of the entry were missing a few with 21 and 22 being the average score per round of 25 targets.

With 75 targets shot Laurenson held a two-point lead on 69 from Moar on 67.

Moar then produced the best last round with a 24 to win with a total score of 91, followed by Ewen Johnson on 88, Laurenson and Peter Davies on 87, Christopher Williamson and Jim Work on 86, Ross Work on 83 and Bryan Sutherland on 79.

On Sunday morning four com­petitors entered a Scottish selection automatic ball trap (ABT) shoot that produced a termendous new record score for the discipline in Shetland.

The shoot was dominated by Alan Moar who started with a 24 (ex 25) having missed the last target.

From this point onwards he made no more mistakes over the next two rounds, hitting all 50 to lead on 74 (ex 75) from Jim Work on 69 and Peter Davies on 67.

Moar almost hit all of the last 25 when one got away but made no more mistakes for another 24 to win the shoot on a new record score of 98 having hit rounds of 24, 25, 25, 24. The previous highest ABT score in Shetland was 96.

Second equal was Davies with scores of 22, 23, 22, 24 and Jim Work who hit 22, 22, 25, 22 for 91. Ewen Johnson with 22, 22, 20, 23 was on 87, all good scores.

Moar’s performance equals the highest ABT score in Scotland so far this year and establishes him as a contender for a Scottish squad place.

At the same time as the ABT was on the skeet shooters were taking part in an island games qualifier.

John Magnus Laurenson set the standard and was never challenged, winning with a total of 88 from Bryan Sutherland in second place on 81 and Christopher Williamson third on 80.

This Sunday the selection shoots continue with Scottish selection in ABT and Olympic skeet (OSK) with the OSK also counting as a games qualifier.

Both shoots are scheduled to start at 10am.


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