An impressive 64 guns turned out eager to shoot the first 100-bird DTL of the year at Rathfriland Clay Pigeon Club.
A bright start to the day brought a swarm to fight for the William Hughes Perpetual Cup but the weather took a turn for the worst and took scores down with it.
Early to the punch, however, was Belfast shooter Trevor McGibbon. The Rathfriland regular was one of the first through the gate and used the initially bright conditions to his advantage, thrusting himself ahead of the pack with an impressive 99/294.
But as blue skies and sunshine faded to grey conditions steadily worsened and this was reflected in poor scores. But the top prize kept many fighting and there was some tough competition from William Armstrong, who shot a 99/293, and Ronald Sloan also among the top shots with 98/292.
In the end, no one was going to stop the Belfast man from taking the silverware and McGibbon finally emerged in the top spot (pictured above).
The local shooters were making their presence felt too; Rathfriland’s George Gracey took control of Class A, finishing with 97/289 to win the class overall, while Mourne shooter David McBride took third place, shooting 96/284.
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