This year’s sporting clay shoot for the North Wolds Gun Club Local Schools Trophy was held on Saturday 12 May.
This is the annual competition in which Woldgate College students compete against members of other local schools. The event also provides an opportunity for complete beginners to have a go at a new sport.
Attendance was very good and a dry, bright afternoon helped make it a very enjoyable occasion for spectators and competitors alike.
The senior (year 10 and above) competition was won by Tom Cooper, formerly of Woldgate, with a very solid 19/24. Tom has competed well in all previous events over the past five years, winning the overall trophy two years ago. It was no great surprise to see him come out on top this time. Second went to Zak Sissons of Market Weighton School with 18/24, not quite finding the standard that saw him take last year’s overall prize. Tom Foster of Woldgate came third with 16/24, which was his first time being placed in this competition.
The junior (year nine and below) section was won, with an outstanding 23/24, by Owen Vining of Hornsea School. This almost perfect score equalled the best ever (in 24 years) in this competition. Second, with 16/24, was Ryan Clark from Filey School; another very good performance for a junior. Joint in third place, on 13/24, were William Foster of Driffield School and Tom Rushworth of Woldgate. An extended shoot-off between the two, needing 20 more targets each to separate them, eventually saw William just come out on top to take home the third place trophy.
An extra trophy is always awarded for the highest Woldgate score not to be placed in the first three. This year it went to Dan Strangeway on 14/24. This was some way off his best but, on a day when some of the targets were just that bit more challenging than in previous years, showed hints of what he is capable.
As well as individual trophies to keep, the overall High Gun is presented with the perpetual North Wolds Gun Club Local Schools Trophy, to hold for the year. This, of course, went to Owen Vining, well clear of the field.
Many thanks are due, as always, to Malcom Midgley and his team at North Wolds Gun Club for all their hard work and expertise in providing another thoroughly enjoyable afternoon.