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Published:Tuesday | November 15, 2016 | 11:00 AMShayne Fairman
Roman Tavares-Finson takes aim during the Digicel Inter-School Clay 50 Birds Championship at the Jamaica Skeet Club yesterday.

Young marksman Roman Tavares-Finson was unstoppable with close-to-perfect shooting, setting the stage with a brilliant 49 of 50 birds, which saw him claim the High Overall Champion spot at the Digicel Inter-School Clay 50 Birds Championship on Sunday at the Jamaica Skeet Club in Portmore, St Catherine.

The 13-year-old, who was claiming his first major title, missed just one target on his way to upstaging a very compact field. In the Super Six round, he hit a table-topping 64 birds.

The Hillel Academy standout shooter scored 15 in the Super Six to lead his school to a winning score of 215, a seven point advantage over the American International School of Kingston (AISK), which shot 208, and Champion College 204 in third.

Jamaica College finished fourth with 176 points.

"I have won a couple times, but not as big as this one, I guess it was more of adrenaline happening. I am very happy with the win," he told The Gleaner.

Roman, the son of prominent lawyer and government senator, Tom Tavares-Finson, said the course was a challenging one.

"If I thought about it in my head, I wouldn't have done it, so I just maintained my momentum and concentrated," he said.

The competition saw more than 70 upcoming junior shooters give a good account of themselves, with Jamaica Skeet Club president Khaleel Azan giving them much credit.

"I didn't think we would have more than a high score of 45, Roman shot 49, and this gives me an idea of where we are and how we are really achieving a lot from year to year, and where we go and how we are to overseas standards," Azan noted. "I think we are getting closer."

He also credited second overall runner-up, Danzel Knight, who bravely shot with a broken hand.

Meanwhile, the category winners received $1,500 credit from main sponsor Digicel along with their other prizes.

The Super Six top finishers were Roman Tavares-Finson (64), Zachary Chen (58), and third Danzel Knight (58).

Jonah Subaran scored 56, followed by Zachary Lazarus and Mark Desnoes 55, respectively. Peter Mahfood hit 52 and Zachary Duncan was the next best with 51.

 

Class Winners

 

 

Juniors A

 

Danzel Knight (45)

Zachary Chen (42)

Peter Mahfood (42)

 

Junior B

 

Zack Lazarus (42)

Shoot off

Second Zachary Duncan (42)

Shoot off

Third Sebastian Levy (41)

 

Junior C

 

Adam Fletcher (39)

Dylan Williams (37)

Jack Tickle (35)

Girls A

Isabelle Chin (39)

Leah Azan (36)

Savannah Miller (30)

Girls B

Savannah Miller (45)

Anna Issa (38)

Annabelle Chung (37)

 

Sub Junior

 

Girls C

Abigail McMaster (41)

shoot off win

Christina ChangPong (41)

Kimberly McNally (39)

 

Sub Junior A

 

Roman Tavares-Finson (49)

Jonah Subaran (42)

Mark Desnoes (42)

 

Sub Junior B

 

Nikolai Azan (41)

John Chin (38)

Amir Azan (38)

 

Sub Junior C

 

Jonathan Ralston (49)

Matthew Holness (40)

Alexander Desnoes (33)

 

Sub Junior D

 

First Jordan Vaz (47)

Thomas Gore (45)

Richard Todd (43)

 

Sub Junior E

 

Darren Gordon (44)

Shoot off win

Rajhir DaCosta (44)

Raheed DaCosta (43)