Britain’s teams strike gold at Universal Trench European Championship

The Universal Trench European Championship for 2015 was held in Ychoux, France, a ground not unfamiliar to some of Britain’s shooters. With eight layouts spread along the ground nobody would shoot the same one twice during the four days of competition. The weather, similar to the last two years, had been forecast tough conditions and during the official practice day it was dull and overcast, then for the main event the rain poured.

It did not deter 25-straights from coming in and there were than seven perfect 50s on the first day, though Rod Gould was the highest scoring British shooter on 49, one ahead of Kevin Borley, Nigel Caves and Dick Fletton.

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Furious shooting continued, and on the penultimate day the weather conditions remained unchanged. The leaderboards were changing as the day progressed and at the close of the shoot there was a new leader, Jean Susperregui on 147ex-150. Kevin Borley was in joint first in Veterans with Italian Franco Sozzani on 145. The Ladies had a new leader in Audrey Germain from France and Daniela Mazzocchi from Italy on 144. Katie Cox was in fifth position at this time on 138.

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At times the sun came out on the final day, making the light conditions difficult.

The final scores showed that the European champion was Jiri Gach from the Czech Republic, who shot 196. This was followed by Italy’s Alessandro Camisottii and France’s Fabien Couvidat.

Franco Sozzani from Italy won the Veterans gold medal on 193 ahead of Guy Commeres of France and Kevin Borley in bronze position. The Super Veterans class saw shoot-off for bronze between John Riley and Mario Vaccari, with Mario taking it 24-23. The silver went to Giorgio Bottigella and the overall winner of the Super Veterans went to lionello Masiero on 191.

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In the Ladies class Audrey Germain of France took the gold with 191, and in silver position was Daniela Mazzocchi with 188. Katie Cox won bronze on 186.

Britain’s Seniors won bronze as did the Super Veterans and Juniors, but the Veterans and Ladies struck gold in the team events.

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