The England FITASC Sporting team rounded off the Home International season with victory across the board at Esker Shooting Ground in Ireland over the weekend.
A resounding win in Ireland completes a successful season for the England Home International teams.
However, the event was certainly not a walkover. The Irish course setters made it very tough for the shooters, with several extreme 60/70 yard targets on most layouts. England Team Manager Guy Bond described it as “not for the fainthearted” whilst team captain Chris Broomfield thought a winning score would not break above 90×100.
Broomfield was to be proved right, as Paul Lovick took home Overall High Gun with a score of 90.
Perfect weather, bright conditions
Paul – closely followed by son Jack – led the way for England and the pair came top in every team category. Whilst Paul topped the leader board, Jack claimed second after a shoot off having tied for 89 with another Englishman, Matt Hance, as the Senior team dominated proceedings – finishing 11 clays ahead of second place Ireland with an impressive average score of 85.5.
The Veterans and Super-Veterans also claimed victories for the English. Chip Smith and John Pool excelled for the Veteran’s, scoring 84 and 83 out of 100 respectively, as they claimed individual and team prizes. Not to be outdone, the Super-Veterans team of John Dyson (80/100) and new cap Jeremy Bland (78/100) also saw success in their category.
Both the Ladies and the Juniors also picked up team victories. Georgia Moule and Pet Easton shot a combined 136 to finish ahead of Scotland in the Ladies, with Billy Baughan and Ben Sutton breaking 154 together, four more than second placed Wales. Billy, another new cap, also picked up Junior Runner Up for his part, shooting a fantastic 81/100.
Guy Bond won the prize for Winning Team Manager.
All in all a fantastic weekend – and season – for England.
Guy commented: “The Irish reputation for hospitality was untarnished and as England won all the team events, we can honestly say probably one of the most memorable ever!”