One Day in August !
'' Outstanding'' this was the opinion of one of the competitors as he returned
to the club house after his shoot at this weekend’s Sean McKenna cup in Mill Hill;
'' Outstanding'' this was the opinion of one of the competitors as he returned to the club house after his shoot at this weekend's Sean McKenna cup in Mill Hill; an event wherein the preparation to it had the dynamics of the club changed with the sad passing a club stalwart Robert Cavanagh.
Robert had a huge passion for this club, of which he was a founder member back in 1978 and since that day he strived to improve all the aspects that he could in his chosen sport. In honour of this, on Sunday morning at 9.30, before the first squad headed for stand one, Sean McKenna gathered around everyone that was there to say a few words about the man who invested so much of his time and effort to the club and clay pigeon shooting in this country so as club members and visitors alike could enjoy their days shooting in here Mill Hill and beyond. Following an emotional minutes silence there was an appreciative and heartfelt round of applause from all those gathered in acknowledgement of the words and sentiment in Sean's address.
As squad one took a short van ride to the most southern end of the ground to the area known as the laurels they were greeted by a newly introduced section in the upper wood These first targets of an on report pair of left to right crossers showing full face so it was a nice start to the day. From here on there was a good mix of mid-range targets from sim pair teal and incomer to a low going away 90. Stand 7 was a super sporting stand with a left to right orange looper, left to right high quartering over the tree line and a right to left "high" crosser which when broken give the shooter grate satisfaction. Stand 8 visited the gallows which has not been used for some time and here we had a low going away and a dropping duck and was a good card boosting stand. The second target on stand 11 was a straight up looper that created the question for many where to take it, on the way up, at the top or dropping??? And throughout the day every version of these were tried. Four stands later we arrive at our last the tower a challenge that many relish and others would gladly pass up here we had an on report pair right to left full face looping and a high left to right crosser and with only six targets one had to adapt quickly, all in all a fitting end to a shoot that seemed to cover all abilities very well.
As the cards returned two scores of 89, Colin Dunne & Edmund McAuley Jnr sat on top spot and chat of a possible shoot off started and its set up considered this was quickly put to bed when Lewis Bryans returned one better with a 90. With only three squads left on the course his potential victory was the topic of conversation but as the old saying goes "it aint over till the large lady strike's a tune" and as the last card of the day appeared, Lewis also suffered a single bird defeat when Nigel Dowdall returned after dropping only 9 targets over the 15 stands, his 91 took top spot. 152 competitors entered this shoot to try and acquire the Sean McKenna cup but unfortunately only one achieved that goal, speaking after the event Nigel explained how happy he was at winning the Sean McKenna cup as not only is it a very well-known event and championship but for a mill hill club member to it win is extremely special indeed.
Today's shoot on the hill could only be described as a resounding success and Mill Hill Cpsc would sincerely like to thank everyone who supported this event and helped in the running of it event especially David Strickland for his assistance in the office. As has already been said, there has been some major changes in club in the last few weeks so we are still trying to find our feet, but if this weekend is any kind of an indication for the future normal service will resume soon.
Once again thanks to all the regulars, some old friends making a return and most importantly some new faces to our sport that attended this event and we hope everyone enjoyed there day on the "hill".
Mill Hill Cpsc.
A full gallery if this event will be posted soon.