Anthony Minott, Gleaner Writer
A number of Junior shooters shone brightly as they won most of the categories up for grabs in the
Nicholas Chen, only 16, won the A Class and the Junior category with a score of 90, beating off challenges from Robert Yap (89) and Joey Chin (86) in the A Class, and topping Brandon Reid (89) and Andre Azan (85) for the junior title.
Chen had to come back well in the second half of shooting as Reid smoked 49 of 50 targets in the morning session.
With the level of difficulty greater in the second half of shooting, Reid faltered and Chen came through for the win.
"It was fun shooting out there today," said Chen. "What I learnt was how to shoot close birds; it's a bit tricky, as some birds (targets) come quick at you, while others are slow, but I'm thankful for the win."
According Khaleel Azan, coach of Jamaica Skeet Club, this speaks volumes to the level of preparation for the juniors who will be in action on Sunday, November 10, at the same venue for the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) shotgun competition.
"Today was the first competition for the season, as the shooters are just coming back from bird-shooting season. I'm pleased with the turn-out," said Azan. "The juniors did well; they won A class, B class, C class, second in D class and came first, second and third in E class. So I'm pleased with their progress," he added.
For the B class it was a junior, Reid (89), on top over senior shooters Thomas Smith (89), Stafford Hyde (87); ands for C class Andrew Azan (85) was the best. He overcame seniors John Barnes (80) and Paul Burke (79).
In D class, a junior, Richard Lechler, placed second; while in E class, juniors swept the top three places with Peter Mahfood, who is just 13 years old, shooting 82 for first place. Mahfood also easily won the Sub-Junior award.
Second place in E class went to Diallo Richardson (75), while D'Andre Simpson shot 75 for third.
There was a tie between senior men Bruce Duquesnay and Shaun Barnes for the shooter with the overall-highest score.
Both men were tied on 92 birds out of 100 and a shoot-off ensued, with Duquesnay emerging victor, four of eight to Barnes' three of eight.
Duquesnay said it was just his day.
"I kept focus right throughout the competition, hit one target at a time, everybody has their day and today is mine," he said.