Smith shows why he’s headline news

In a totally different vein to the previous weeks 100 bird championship event, Braidwood opened its doors on Sunday to the annual All Round contest for the Longhope Trophy and Willowgreen Ladies Cup.

The competition was broken into four elements; 10 down the line, 15 skeet, 25 compact sporting and 30 sporting.

No one gun dominated all four aspects of the day, although junior shot Kyle Smith (Dunbar) – featured in this month’s Clay Shooting magazine – demonstrated skill and concentration throughout.

Living up to his reputation, he finished the day on 73, ahead of clubmate and fellow Scottish team representative, Stuart Donaldson (Wallyford).

Liz Shanks (Otterburn) took a well-earned break from her recent endeavours to make the England DTL team to successfuly defend the Willowgreen Ladies Cup.

Sporting – Donaldson, Livingston, Stuart Dawson (Bedlington), Dave Allison, Bob Bigwood (both Hawick) and Rab Neil (North Berwick) tied the lead on 28 ex-30.

Skeet – Smith and Jim Brodie (Denholm) and Davie Scott (Haddington) tied the lead on 14 ex-15.

DTL – Smith was the outright winner on 9 ex-10.

Compact – This time Smith, Dawson and Ali Cumming (Galashiels) had to bow to Livingston, who missed only one out of the 25 clays shown, while the three runners-up missed two.

This weekend sees Braidwood host the Macmillan Centenary Shoot. The week after, shooting returns to normal with an 80-bird Sporting.

For more information visit www.braidwoodsc.co.uk or call 01835 870280.