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SATURDAY saw Braidwood blessed with one of the best days of the year for the second and home leg of the annual inter-club competition against East Lothian Gun Club.

With a 12-point deficit following defeat away from home, Braidwood had it all to play for.

It was particularly good to see numbers turn out in force, including a number of juniors and lady shooters, for the 40-target event. The assembled crowd were divided into squads, some from each club, hosted by Braidwood regulars and set off on the ground to rotate round the six-stand layout.

Ground owner Jim Black had elevated the high pheasant on stand one to add to the fun. Bob Clark (Lauder) and wife Jean also ran a pool shoot before all descended on the clubhouse for dinner and presentations.

The day’s high gun fell to Stuart Donaldson (Wallyford), shooting for ELGC. He shot a fantastic 38, missing only two of the clays offered, leaving him four points clear of runner-up Midge Little (Clovenfords) representing Braidwood.

On the day the local shooters stepped up and took the lead, earning enough points not only to win the day but take the lead overall in the 2011 series.

However, it is definitely the case that this well established annual event is not all about the winning but the fostering and nurturing of friendships built over many years.