Benest on target in Open Grand Aggregate

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The annual event took place last week at Crabbé and Les Landes and attracted 37 visitors shooting alongside Jersey members.

The visitors included teams from ‘The Old Codgers’, captained by David Cole, and the Great Britain under-19 team.

The opening shoot began on Wednesday morning but rain stopped play at lunchtime and the competitions recommenced early on Thursday.

The first, the Bissett, was won by Island veteran Bob Hordle with the only score of 105 ex- 105.

This was followed by the Le Riche which was won by another Jersey vet, Cliff Mallett, the president of the Jersey Rifle Association.

It was to prove a good omen for the home shooters as they went on to win 25 of the 31 competitions serving a reminder to the younger participants as only three open shoots were won by competitors under the age of 50.

Mallett also won the Ann Street Trophy for the aggregate of the first day and the first stage of the Jersey VIII, which is the local championship.

After the Bissett and Le Riche three of the four ten round competitions were fired and a very high standard was again achieved.

Richard Benest won the Rive and the Seymour after tie shoots, Mary Norman the Mourant.

Shooting continued on Friday morning at Les Landes for the long range events at 900 and 1000 yards.

In strong winds and blustery conditions Benest won the Sirett Bowl at 900 yards, Chris Cotillard won the Cotillard Trophy at 1000 yards and the aggregate for the long range was won by visitor Rupert Dix.

Returning to Crabbé on Friday afternoon the first of the 15 round shoots, the Jesse Boot, was fired and won by Denys Le Vesconte – this was the start of an 80 consecutive bull run for Le Vesconte at short range where he did not drop a point for the rest of the meeting, an excellent achievement by yet another veteran Jersey shooter.

Le Vesconte went on to win the Upton Trophy with a maximum score that has only been achieved once before.

Following the weather delays earlier in the week Saturday featured four shoots.

The first was the Pool, which was won by Wally Langley in which he recorded the only perfect score of 50.10 of the meeting.

This completed the second stage of the Jersey VIII, which was also won by Langley.

The final three 15 round shoots were completed and won by Sarah Jane Binder, the Under-19 coach, Le Vesconte and Peter Chance of the UK Veteran team.

The Grand Aggregate of all competitions was won convincingly by Benest by seven points.

Benest put just ten of his 165 shots into the inner.

He also won the Guy Mallet De Carteret Bowl for overall winner of the Jersey VIII competition, the Le Gresley Bowl, the 200 and 300 yard aggregates, the Townsend and the Major De Gruchy Sweeps Trophy, making 11 trophies in all.

Benest, Mary Norman, Cliff and Colin Mallett will be representing Jersey in the European Shooting Federation Championships at Bisley this September.

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