Success on a new plate for those who shrugged off snow

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NOTHING as insignificant as a couple of feet of snow and near arctic conditions could stop shooters turning up at Braidwood on Sunday to vie for the newly- presented Braidwood Plate trophy.

Thirty-two members from as far afield as North Berwick, Bedlington and Annan braved the wintry conditions to make the event and, with another dozen or so guns arriving to practice, the ground was amazingly busy given the conditions.

To keep everyone moving round the course quickly (standing around being no pleasure) and make it relatively easy to manage the traps, ground owner Jim Black moved from the normal eight-stand layout to 10 with all shooting two pairs from each to make it easier to reach the possible 40 required. After a very welcome and hearty bowl of soup at the halfway stage, competitors shot the same stands again as the second layout.

Jack Carlyle (Dalton) and Donald Livingston (Edinburgh) made the best of the first half, heading back for lunch, both on 33. In the end only one target separated them in the ensuing shoot-off with Carlyle just edging in front, the first to claim the new trophy.

Rab Neil (North Berwick) and Kyle Smith (Dunbar) missed out in joining the shoot-off, having both shot 32, while the next highest score was 29.

Jim Brodie (Denholm) best utilised the first half as ‘practice’ by posting a sterling 36 to claim victory in round two. Smith bettered his first-half tally by one to finish on 33 just one in front of Davie Scott (Haddington).

Another notable improvement came from Suzanne Little (Clovenfords) who was disappointed by her 18 before lunch and delighted by a magnificent 30 afterwards, fully deserving of a real cheer when her name was called to collect a prize.

The aggregate medal and overall winners’ title fell to junior gun Smith, whose consistency resulted in a total score of 65 ex-80. Brodie and Neil were closest with 63 and Livingston right up there, too, on 62.

The next club competition, and last of 2010, on Sunday, December 19, is the annual Christmas event and celebration lunch. A limited number of places remain, but need to be pre-booked to avoid disappointment.

The first event of 2011 follows two weeks later on Sunday, January 2, when members will contest the Roger Tyrer Trophy, Jim Brodie the defending gun.

Clubrooms open from 10am, last entry noon. All welcome.