The 2015 All Round County Final held at Mid Wales Shooting Centre was brought forward to 30 August to alleviate the congestion of three county finals at the end of the year, and possibly benefit from some favourable weather. While 73 competitors from West Glamorgan, Gwent, Powys,Dyfed and Gwynedd enjoyed a slightly overcast, cloudy day without a breeze even to disturb the flight of the clays, and the numbers of competitors was an increase on last year, the change of date caught out some regular participants and Gwent in particular had a number of shooters who were unable to make the final.
The All Round competition is one of the most enjoyable of all the disciplines due to the four different events and some people shooting disciplines that they only shoot possibly twice a year.
Dyfed fielded a team consisting mainly of Sporting and Skeet shooters, with the Powys team looking strong – they had last year’s winner and Runner Up among them.
Setting the pace early was Dyfed Junior Tom Hill with 25-straight on Sporting, but the rabbit on stand one seemed to be the nemesis of many other shooters. Another Dyfed achievement early in the day was the complete squad that cleared the Skeet layout without losing a single target lost.
The leaders on the scoreboard at the halfway point were Gwynedd’s Dennis Evans on 49 and last year’s High Gun, Dyfed’s Rob Scales, and Anthony George on 48.
With a clear lead in Veterans after Single Barrel and ABT was Powys shooter Gerwyn Parry on 44. Tom Hill was on 47 after the Sporting and ABT, with Gwynedd’s Geraint Matulla on 37. The Gwent Ladies were in a battle for individual honours with Laura Thomas on 39 and Karen Mason on 37. Dyfed led the team rankings on 447 at half time and West Glamorgan had 375.
Rob Scales was the first score back in the club house with 94 but Dennis Evans was on a possible 99 with last year’s Runner Up, Powys shooter Josh Keeble, on a possible 98 starting his final discipline ABT. Fellow county and squad member Richard Hughes had been scoring consistently through all the disciplines.
After the last shot had been fired Dennis Evans’ score after the Sporting took him off the leaderboard, but Richard Hughes’ single dropped target to Josh Keeble’s three away on ABT meant a tie between Josh and Richard for the top score on 95. After a round of Skeet as a tie breaker Josh’s 24 to Richard’s 22 pushed the youngster one step further than 2014 to take the All Round County High Gun Trophy.
High Gun J Keeble 95
Veterans K Hill 84
Super Veterans G Seabourne 81
Ladies K Mason 79
Juniors T Hill 90
Colts A Evans 59
Captains Cup R Hughes 95
Winners Powys 706
Runner Up Dyfed 701
Veterans Gwynedd 157
Super Veterans Dyfed 158
Ladies Gwent 153
Juniors Dyfed 166