Richard Bryan, Gleaner Writer
Internationally ranked Master Class shooters Orville Henriques and Ron Brown Jr copped the overall honours in the two contested divisions of the final qualifying match to select Jamaica's team to the International Practical Shooting contest to be hosted in the United States next year.
Saturday's day-long tournament featured eight stages and was hosted at the Jamaica Rifle Association (JRA) range on Mountain View, Kingston.
Henriques easily topped the stellar Limited Division, while Brown won the Open Division. Both are distinct, though the same targets and array of stages are engaged. The Open Division is shot by pistols which allow for quicker shelling because of the magnifying port that is attached, and a higher magazine load. The Limited resembles that of the normal carry-on weapon and does not have such additions.
Henriques finished with 740 points.
Incredible Winning Gap
The winning gap was incredible, 206 points ahead of the second-place shooter. However, second place was also a historic achievement, copped by Raneil Mendez. Mendez is an unclassified shooter at this level, shoots minor calibre and was performing at the JRA for the first time. Third was C Class shooter, Thomas Jones (514 pts) who shot major. Interestingly, all three are members are from the same club, the Lincoln-based Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC).
"The plan was to come here and win and remove all doubts as to my readiness to wear the national shirt again," Henriques told The Gleaner. "I have not been competing internationally since June, but I knew I was doing well in practice and at the MRPC tournaments. It was great that we all came here and did well."
Fourth and fifth places were copped by JRA members Clayton Foster and Alistair Stewart.
Brown, too, was impressive after winning his division with a tournament-high 777 points. He registered the fastest splits on all stages and won six of the eight. Despite missing the warm-up shooting extravaganza 'Fast and Furious' at Woodleigh two weeks ago due to injury, he still seemed hampered in his movements. However, he was very efficient on target and won ahead of JRA teammates Anthony 'TJ' Johnson (683 pts) and Lenny Moulton (617).