Wales All Round Inter-county Final

The final Wales County Final of the year was the All Round Championship at Mid Wales Shooting Centre on 19 October. A few miles down the road at Llanidloes there was bright sunshine but a low lying mist was prevalent at Trefeglwys, while the sun valiantly burned the mist off. Gwynedd sent half a dozen shooters and a Junior contesting individual honours and other teams travelled from Dyfed, West Glamorgan, Gwent and Powys in particular, which looked to add another notch to the team’s seven previous victories.

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Deena Irving scoring well on the ABT

The first squads started on the Skeet layout and the mist made for an even background, but it made life difficult on the ABT layout as some of the clays travelled on unscathed. The Sporting stands comprised three stands: the first a driven high tower with an incomer on-report – which was a difficult target for left handers – the second stand was right-to-left crosser and a left-to-right quartering on-report, and the third stand was left-to-right target follwed by an incomer. All stands were four pairs and the the final incomer on stand three completed a round of 25.

Gwent’s Stephen Roberts hit 25 on Skeet and Dyfed’s Rob Scales, whose traffic delay did not affect him, also straighted the Sporting layout.

Rob took on ABT next and lost three targets to leave him on 47ex-50 alongside Dave Pugh of Powys who lost 2 targets on Skeet and one Single Barrel DTL. Last year’s High Gun, Peter Humphreys, was in contention with only two dropped at this stage to lead on 48ex-50.

Gwent’s Veterans team members Geoff Seabourne and Captain Ray Webb were tied on 44ex-50 at the halfway stage with Dyfed Veterans Del Davies and Dai Francis close behind, and West Glamorgan in third place. In the Ladies class Deena Irving, after a 16 on ABT and 20 on Sporting, was two targets ahead of fellow Dyfed shooter Rose Owen.

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Powys collecting the All Round trophy once again

Junior shot Josh Keeble, from Powys, was in contention for overall honours at the three-quarter stage with a 74ex-75, as was Rob Scales on 72, but Josh let six slip away on the ABT layout. However, Jack Beech was shooting steadily in the 20s for the Powys Junior team.

Early scores at the end were on the 90 mark with Mark Legge of Gwent on 92, but taking away the High Gun trophy for Dyfed was Rob Scales with 96. The Veterans High Gun needed a  shoot-off to decide the winner between Gwent’s Geoff Seabourne and Dyfed’s Del Davies who had both finished on 90. A 10-bird SB DTL separated the two with Del missing his fifth and seventh bird and Geoff letting just the eighth fly on to take the title. The Ladies title was retained by Dyfed’s Deena Irving with 82, and the Juniors trophy went to Josh Keeble on 93. The Powys team added another year to the team shield in first place.

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