Noble overcomes

DSC_0543 moyla 11Determined shooter Noble Patterson overcame some serious odds – a leg injury, wintry weariness and tough contenders – to fight his way to the prestigious silverware at Moyla Gun Club recently.

After a week of wintry conditions a 60-strong contingent turned out for a shot at the sought-after Captain McCaldin Cup, and it wasn’t long before some decent scores were on the board.

From squad one the scores were impressive, Ronald Sloan’s 100/294 on any other day a contender for the silverware.

But even better was to come – William Armstrong finished on a hard-earned 100/297, which was matched later by David Beattie MBE and Noble Patterson, who was battling his way back from a serious leg injury and showing great determination to finish strongly, forcing a shoot-off for the top prize.

It was a day of high-scoring, with no less than 17 shooters reaching the 90s, including Irish international Jim Doherty, who posted 296, while Geoff Dale and Junior Aaron McDowell finished with 294 and 293 respectively.

Armstrong, Beattie and Patterson took on a further 25 targets for the shoot-off and in the end it was Noble Patterson who held his nerve, shooting 25/73 to overcome both Armstrong and Beattie and to finish the day as winner of the Captain McCaldin Cup, a fantastic achievement.

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