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Trio shine at Woodleigh Easter Xtravaganza

Published:Sunday | April 5, 2015 | 12:01 AMAinsley Walters
Contributed Ryan Bramwell taking aim through the Cooper Tunnel.

VETERAN Tony Johnson, Ryan Bramwell, and Andy Yapp were high overall winners of their respective divisions at last Sunday's (March 29) Easter Xtravaganza pistol shoot at Woodleigh range in May Pen, Clarendon.

Johnson scored 690.26 points to win the Open Division ahead of Kevin Cheung, 531.77, and Steven Changpong, 387.87.

Bramwell tallied 634.87 to lift Production, beating Chris Hart, 589.95 and Darin Richards, 359.95. Yapp totalled 675.01 to lead in Ellsworth Dixon, 608.29, and Patrick Evelyn, 593.73, in Limited Division.

Contested over eight stages and requiring a minimum 141 rounds, the shooters were required to exhibit speed, agility, and accuracy.

Hart took first place in A Class Production and Chris Nunez (338.50) won C Class Production ahead of Edgerton Mitchell (148.89). Richards won D Class Production ahead of Mohan Pai (280.42) and RenÈe Rickni (235.04).

Evelyn won Master Class Limited and Dixon beat Raniel Mendez (573.60) and Thomas Jones (571.70) in B Class Limited. Greg Henry (482.52), Sanjay Elliott (440.26), and Ronald Richards Sr (411.46) clinched the top three places in C Class Limited.

D Class Limited was won by Orlando Johnson (332.07) ahead of Paul Dixon (324.43) and AndrÈ Wallace (323.33).

The shoot required a high level of agility and accuracy, requiring athleticism on most of the stages. Stage One, the biggest of the eight, required 30 rounds. The shooters engaged a range of targets, 12 paper and a bianchi plate rack with six steel.

Stage Two was also testy as the shooters started in a seated position, with legs raised and crossed on a table, with guns unloaded and all magazines to be used on the table. The stage featured 12 paper targets and a steel popper.

Organiser Harry Chin Hing said he was pleased with the feedback from the big field of shooters, who turned out for another exciting day at Woodleigh.

"Everybody said there were good stages, requiring a lot of movement. However, they also spoke about how they had to be careful in avoiding the penalty targets," he pointed out.

"It certainly exposed unfit persons as it was a test of athleticism, agility, and accuracy," Chin Hing added.