South West Region

Clay Shooting

The weekend of the 26 / 27 June saw the 4th Annual Inter Service Cadet Clay Shooting competition which was held at Maine Barracks Clay Shooting Ground Catterick Garrison Yorkshire.

With an entry of 33 teams and hot sunny weather all was set for a good weekend shooting the format being the same as previous years a 50 clay English Sporting layout and a 50 clay flush where all team members shoot together.

Both teams shot their sporting rounds on Saturday and the A team comprising Sgt Raut and Cpl Burrell from 413 Sqn, Cpl Webb and Cpl Melhurish from 2407 Sqn surprised everybody including themselves I think by leading the competition with a very good score from them all. The B team comprising Sgt Boulton 457Sqn , Sgt White 1189 Sqn and Cdt Shrees 413 Sqn were somewhat handicapped by the late withdrawal of their 4th team member but all posted reasonable scores. Their adult team captain was WO Bradley who in his first ever competition scored 12, not bad for somebody who has only shot a few clays at Browndown Camp - well done!

Sunday saw both teams shoot their flushes with the A team scoring 28 / 50 and the B team 21 / 50 but some superb shooting by the nearest rivals to the A team in the flush eventually pushed them down to 5th place overall by only 2 clays behind Glasgow Wing ATC A team. This was a great result for them and all the practice both teams put in paid dividends.

Cpl Melhurish finished 3rd overall with a score of 35 / 50, a good score. This also made him the top ATC cadet for which he was also awarded a Wing ?Blue? for representing the ATC against the ACF and the CCF in the final flush.

Air Chief Marshall Sir John Cheshire (rtd) President of the CCRS presented the prizes. The overall winners were Seaford College CCF.

The weekend was a great effort by both teams the B team especially with one member short they all performed superbly, they were a great credit to the Wing and to the ATC, my thanks go to WO Pete Bradley for his help over the weekend and for the ice creams and tea!

I am looking forward now to getting on with the squadron shoots at Longmoor where I hope to find next year's team members.

And finally I will just mention that I upheld the honour of the Corps by winning the adult competitions in both the sporting and the Double Rise.
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