Scottish Schools Clay Pigeon Shooting Competition 2017
12th October, 2017
Four and five years ago, we pretty much swept the board at this competition, but then our top shooters left the school for university, so we have been trying to rebuild the team again. This year, we entered this event after missing last year, due to not enough boys able to take part. The usual schools were competing – Strathallan and Millfield, as well as a junior team from West Calder.
Most of our shooters were fairly new to the sport and this was their first competition, so they were a little nervous on the stands. We shot the 50 bird sporting layout first and most of the boys put in decent scores, with Hamish on 42: a superb first competition score, which, in previous years, could possibly have even won High Gun! James also put in a commendable 40.
After lunch, we shot the flush, where 60 targets were launched randomly in rapid succession with each of the four team members trying to hit them. This was the first time any of our boys had shot a flush, but they certainly enjoyed it and hit some great long range shots.
We gave a good account of ourselves, but it was not enough to beat Strathallan and Millfield, whose shooters were far more experienced than our boys. The standard of shooting was exceptional, with scores in the high 40s common. Hopefully, in the next few years, with practice and confidence, our team will improve to the standard at which we can once again beat such excellent teams. The boys certainly enjoyed the event and our junior, senior A and senior B teams all felt that they had performed their best.