Wales hosted the Home International FITASC this year at St Dials in Monmouth.
The event took place on September 24 a day blessed with Indian summer weather and attended by a full complement of five United Kingdom teams.
The 100-bird FITASC course was made up of four new system layouts, set by Nigel Hart, across the steep Welsh hills and lush valley floors. The course provided a challenging set of targets for the five countries attending, and there were positive comments returning from every quarter.
Despite trying to make each competitor work hard for every target, there was the need for a shoot-off to decide between those at the top, for the titles and trophies before the banquet could be enjoyed that evening.
Nigel put on a crowd-gasping shoot-off with an array of distant targets to test the competitors to their fullest and a list of the successful completed the final winners list for the Saturday evening presentation.
England’s Adam Cork had already done enough to avoid shooting again with a secure High Gun place of 95. Second after a shoot-off was Martin Papworth on 94 + 21; Matt Hance took third place on 94 + 17.
Overall Ladies High Gun went to Pet Easton with 88 and overall Juniors High Gun was taken by Chris Papworth on 90. The overall Veterans High Gun was awarded to Graham Stirzaker with a 93 – the England squad took a strong command of the top slots and trophies on offer for the competition.
In the team events the winning Senior trophy went to England – Adam Cork, Martin Papworth, Matt Hance, Chris Broomfield, Stephen Williams and Captain Roy Cherry – with a combined score of 469. Ireland took the Runner-Up spot on 451.
The winning Ladies team was England’s Becky Bream, Pet Easton and Sarah White on 162 followed by Scotland on 155.
Ireland took the Junior team title as Patrick Cole, Christopher Moriarty and Jake Byrne scored 173 and Wales finished Runners-Up on 171.
England clinched the Veterans team event on 183 thanks to Graham Stirzaker, Dave Asher and Fred Townsend with Wales taking the Runner-Up spot on 169.
The coveted Captains High Gun overall went to Scotland’s Colin Will with 94.