Sun shines on Dawson

AS shooting at Braidwood reverted to summer hours, so did the weather.

Competitors could be forgiven for thinking it was mid-July as they converged on the Midlem ground to take part in The Yarrow Trophy event.

The first 40, the trophy decider, went to a two-way draw between defending gun, Stuart Dawson (Bedlington) and Dave Allison (Hawick) who both carded 35, a single clay ahead of Donald Livingston (Edinburgh). Jim McPhillips (Bathgate) and shooting buddy, Billy Williamson (Linlithgow Bridge) shared third slot on 32.

Fortunately for Dawson, he clinched the resulting shoot-off to retain the trophy for another year. Fortunately, because he confessed he’d accidentally left the trophy behind in Bedlington when he set off north to shoot.

The second 40 was a much tighter affair. Unbelievably, six guns shot 32 ex-40 to share the lead, with another six on 31 and five on 30.

McPhillips’ and Williamson’s consistency over the piece gave them 2 x 32 each and total scores of 64. Not quite enough though. Although Dawson slipped back into runner-up slot on 31 in the afternoon, his first-half winning score of 35 gave him an aggregate score of 66 and the day’s overall title.

As the prizegiving was taking place, news filtered through from Bywell Shooting Ground. Braidwood junior Struan Brodie (Denholm) became the 2011 English and British Junior Double Rise Champion after competing in both events over the weekend.

The next competition at Braidwood is on Sunday. Donald Livingston has the opportunity to defend the Trophy with No Name. Entries close at 12.30pm.