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Woodleigh fires off pistol season with Winterfest

Published:Saturday | February 27, 2016 | 2:08 AMAinsley Walters
Andy Yapp

 

Woodleigh Shooting Range, May Pen, Clarendon, fires off the 2016 pistol-shooting season with a challenging seven-stage 140-round match tomorrow, Woodleigh Winterfest.

Top local shooters will be using the match as a warm-up for March's highly anticipated Jamaica Invitational Pistol Tournament at the Jamaica Rifle Association, Mountain View, St Andrew, at which six-time world champion Eric Grauffel will be back to defend his crown.

Woodleigh Winterfest match director Harry Chin Hing told The Gleaner Winterfest will be a stern test for even the top shooters.

"This match will consist of many penalty targets and small steel plates, which will force many shooters to slow down and pick their shots carefully," said Chin Hing.

The seven stages comprise 59 paper targets, seven steel poppers and 17 eight-inch steel plates. Some targets will feature swingers, flip-up and falling mechanisms, making it that much more interesting.

Shooters returning from the Florida Open in Frostproof will be in action at Winterfest, including Andrew (Andy) Yapp, who placed a credible ninth overall of 112 competitors in the limited division, securing third place in Master Class. Others to watch are Orville 'Reds' Henriques and Ron Brown Jnr, who were fifth and sixth, respectively.

The popular production division will no doubt be contested heavily with consistent Tony 'TJ' Johnson and Ryan Bramwell gunning it out for top honours along with Chris Nunez, Darin Richards and Paul Shoucair in the mix.

Open division has once again been affected by a shortage of ammo and will not see many of the usual competitors battling in the rapid-fire category.