Perseverance pays off for Reid at NCB Capital Markets Sporting Clays
Sunday's superb win for Brandon Reid epitomised the hallmark of championship mettle.
The new NCB Capital Markets Junior Sporting Clays nationals champion has been knocking on the door for over a year.
Despite shortcomings and being upstaged time after time, he stuck to his guns and finally triumphed, at the Portmore Range in St Catherine.
Reid scored 93 in Junior A Class 100 birds, and hit 16 of 25 birds in the Super Six to end with a table-topping 109 overall.
"Leading up to the tournament, I wasn't shooting particularly well, so to come out and shoot this score was great," he told The Gleaner.
"Following the Sasco Open last week, I did not shoot well, so I went to Uncle Khaleel (Azan) Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, who tweaked some stuff for me which helped improve my performance," he explained.
The day's de facto was Nicholas Chen, who started as defending champion, having shot 94 birds last season. This year, it was Reid, Chen's Hillel schoolmate, who upstaged him. Chen was second with 107, while Danzell Knight emerged from B Class to total 104, in third.
Close competition throughout saw seven shooters make it to the Super Six round - Brandon Reid (93), Danzell Knight (89), Nicholas Chen (87), Matthew Josephs (85), Jake Therrien (84), Chad Ziadie (82), and Todd Lazarus (82).
Runner-up Chen described it as 'very competitive'.
"The course was well set, quite challenging ... . I think Brandon Reid did excellent to shoot a score of 93," said the dethroned champion, who rued "missing easy targets".
NCB Capital Markets' manager of private client service, Najah Peterkin, described the tournament as "NCB's flagship event".
"We love supporting the juniors. We are on board to take it (clay shooting) forward, and more Jamaicans can participate; it doesn't have to be just the 70," she said.
Meanwhile, Jamaica Skeet Club president/national coach, Khaleel Azan, was pleased with the outcome.
"I set the course 10 birds harder than last year, and for Brandon Reid to shoot 93 is an amazing score, really. I am extremely pleased with the turnout in each class, and the scores in other classes were truly amazing.
Brandon Reid 109 Nicholas Chen 107 Danzell Knight 104
17-19 Class: Nicholas Chen 87 Chad Ziadie 82 Shaun White 77
A Class: Brandon Reid 93 Jake Therrien 84 Todd Lazarus 82
Junior B Class: Danzell Kinght 89 Simon Khouri 81 D'andre Simpson 75
Junior C Class: Zacre Davidson 77 Liam Johnston73 Jan Pierre Dipchand 73
Beginners Boys' (50 birds): Zaniel Knight 44 John Chin 43 Matteo Hui 42
Sub Juniors A Class: Matthew Josephs 85 Zach Lazarus 76 John Paul Asher 69
Sub Juniors B Class: Roman Tavares-Finson 78 Sebastian Levy 76 Mark Desnoes 71
Girls A: Alysia Evans 65 Leah Azan 63 Isabelle Chin 59
Girls B: Tayla Ziadie 56 Ashleigh Azan 50 Jolie Chin 48