John Ross goes one better to become popular winner of cup

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The televising of the Rugby World Cup final failed to deter a field of more than 60 guns from making their way to Braidwood on Sunday, where two trophies were up for grabs.

Although the ground was sodden from even more rain, conditions for the shoot turned out favourable, even quite mild as the wind blew the warm breeze in from the south.

Scoring on the first layout of the day was extremely tight, with more than half the field achieving 75 per cent and over and only three targets separating the top 12 guns.

John Ross (Whitburn) was particularly delighted to learn he had done enough to win the Ian Graham Cup outright, having carded 37 ex-40.

Several times the bridesmaid – runner-up after the shoot-off only two previous – and now the bride, his win was well deserved and greatly appreciated by his peers.

Gordon Boertien (Lockerbie) made a welcome return to Braidwood, matching Davie Scott (Haddington) in the second highest score of 36, while Tam Patterson (Galashiels), Jim Watt (Whitekirk) and Jim Brodie (Denholm) all shot 35.

Neil Redpath (Embleton) was part of a chasing pack on 34, enough to secure the Whinneybrae Rosebowl for the member who has not yet won a Braidwood trophy outright.

The scoresheet would suggest that the second layout was probably the tougher of the two.

A trio of guns – Brodie, Keith Learmonth (Heriot) and Stuart Donaldson (Wallyford) – all tied the lead on 35.

Trophy winner Ross shared the next tier of scores with Boertien and Donald Livingston (Edinburgh) on 32, a chasing pack of five just one point behind.

Absolute consistency, 35 ex-40 both halves, and very good shooting, ensured Brodie the aggregate medal for the day.

He was the only gun to break that magic 70 barrier. Ross and Donaldson were only one adrift on 69, while Boertien shot 68 overall.

The next competition at Braidwood is on Sunday, November 6, at which time Stuart Donaldson has another opportunity to defend, this time the New Trophy.

With the clocks changing at the end of this month, the Braidwood ground goes on to winter hours, events starting half an hour sooner to allow for poorer light conditions.

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