Dawson’s shooting is not creaking

House of Cheviot Ladies Day winner Loraine Learmonth of Heriot
House of Cheviot Ladies Day winner Loraine Learmonth of Heriot

A FIELD of almost 60 guns turned out to make the most of the late summer sun at Braidwood on Sunday for the JB Millennium Quaich, defended by Denholm’s Jim Brodie.

Three guns tied the lead on a score of 34 ex-40, another couple just one behind.

Stuart Dawson (Bedlington) kindly took charge of organising a shoot-off, not only to determine high gun on the first layout of the day, but also the winner of the Member’s Trophy.

The outcome was a win for regular visitor, Broxburn’s Bobby Bruce, while Brodie retained the trophy ahead of Nigel Rock (Kelso). Dawson himself was one of the two on 33 alongside Scott Livingston (Edinburgh).

Dawson then went on to win the second layout after lunch, dropping only three clays.

Scoring was extremely tight with no less than four guns –Earlston pair David Bertram and Eric Forster, North Berwick’s Rab Neil (North Berwick) and Brodie, sharing the runner-up slot on 35 ex-40.

This change in fortunes meant that when overall scores were collated, Dawson was revealed as the aggregate title holder, the only man to achieve a score of 70 ex-80. Brodie just missed out on sharing the day’s top slot, finishing one behind Dawson.

Meanwhile, the 2012 House of Cheviot Ladies’ day, held the previous weekend, was open to shooters of all abilities.

Although meant to be a fun day, there was also a competitive element and when all the cards were added up, Heriot’s Loraine Learmonth emerged the winner of the House of Cheviot trophy on 21 ex-25, just one point clear of Liz Shanks of Otterburn. Third place went to defending gun Suzanne Little from Clovenfords.

The next shoot at Braidwood is on Sunday, September 23, when Keith Learmonth of Heriot defends Christianne’s Chrystal. Entries close at 12.30pm. All welcome.