Henriques tops Street Gun champs
Richard Bryan, Gleaner Writer
Orville Henriques emerged winner of the year's first National Street Gun Championships, held at the Lincoln range in Manchester at the weekend.
However, his tournament win was not achieved with the predictable ease of previous editions - clear signs perhaps that the gap is closing, but nonetheless ample credit of a competitive environment at Manchester Rifle and Pistol Club (MRPC).
This year's six stages provided a stern test for all 17 contestants, requiring shooters to produced angled shots on the run, hit steels masked at distance and rise from extremely creative positions depicting danger scenarios within the Jamaican context.
For example, stage one depicted a game of domino scene where the shooter awaits the range officer's signal. Scene two depicted a shooter in a lying position as if having a tub bath and which was followed by a scene in which he rises from a sleeping posture on his back.
Henriques looked extremely fit and fast, but even he admitted the effect of the testing conditions.
"The stages were tough, but I was focused and I have no excuses (for my performance)," explained Henriques. On Sunday, he also experienced an unaccustomed third placing on stage five.
His budding reputation as the top exponent locally in the International Limited category was also soiled in last month's Florida Open when Kingston's Ron Brown's seventh spot bettered his ninth, in a world-class field.
The Street Gun Championships was remarkable also as Sue Ann Henriques, the top female shooter - who despite toppling all on stage five - was displaced from her customary second placing in the overall standings by clubmate Thomas Jones.
Interestingly, Jones, who was disqualified at the Florida Open, did not win any of the stages, but remained consistent to finish with 333 points at 75 per cent. Fourth was R Mendez (288 points, 65%), fifth E Dixon and sixth T Webb.