British Shooting Grand Final

Matt Coward Holley took the top spot in the mens’ Olympic Trap

The cream of Britain’s international Skeet and Trap shooters battled it out over a wet and windy two days at Fauxdegla shooting ground in Wales for the honours at the British Shooting Grand Final 2019.

The competitors had fought their way through a series of qualifying events to reach the final, with a slew of medals to be won. After two days and 125 targets, the top shooters in each category went into a shoot-off to decide the medal positions.

In seniors, Olympic Trap gold went to Matt Coward-Holley in mens, and Kirsty Hegarty in ladies. In the Olympic Skeet, the top honour in men was won by Dominic Cooper, and Amber Hill took the ladies gold.

Clay Shooting’s Mitchell Brooker-Smith won the juniors gold

Clay Shooting columnist Mitchell Brooker-Smith finished first in Olympic Skeet junior men, commenting “We fought through some crazy weather conditions this weekend but I’m really pleased to have come first in qualification with 121/125, in both the Junior category and the Seniors.

“After a tight final I was able to clinch the gold medal! Congratulations to David McNeill  and Arran Eccleston for pushing me all the way to the end, and for displaying some impressive shooting.

“I would like to thank my family for each way you support me, to British Shooting for putting on a great Grand Final and to my coach Des Davies for your knowledge and encouragement.”

Maddie Purser took the junior ladies gold and afterwards said “I finally got a gold to add to the two bronzes and a silver from the Series. It was great fun despite the very Welsh weather of rain and wind. Well shot to all the competitors and congratulations to all the medalists.”

Kirsty Hegarty (centre) on the podium

Lucy Hall, who was the winner of the silver in the junior ladies Olympic Trap, commented “It was a great way to end the competition season, with a silver medal at the British Shooting Grand Final, adding to my golds and bronze from the Shotgun Series.

“It was great to see everyone, even if the weather was a little unpleasant. Thanks to Mike and Debbie Faux for hosting another fab competition.”

Full results from the Series, and the Grand Final, are on the British Shooting website, www.britishshooting.org.uk. There’s also some video from the Grand Final on their Facebook page www.facebook.com/BritishShooting

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