All Bets Are On For The Annual Brewlands Clay Pigeon Shooting Competition

On 31 May 2014 the fourth year of the Brewlands Estate Clay competition will take place: with reputations and silver salvers at stake the pre-match banter is heating up!

Defending champion and Brewlands Estate Head Keeper, Craig Graham, rates his chances at defending his title as “fair to medium depending on how much cheating takes place”. Our Under Keeper and champion from our second year, Aarron Laidler, will sadly be back in college, giving Craig some (much needed?) breathing space.  Craig brushes away suggestions of potential competition from Bob Connelly, Head Keeper on a nearby Estate, (“Bob talks a good game”), and from one of one of picking up team, Les Hunter, (“Les is one of our older competitors: he will try again but won’t get anywhere”).

This competition draws participants from far and wide: Hugo Bashall is returning from New Zealand to have a

nother bash at the title – we look forward to seeing whether his lighter 20 bore can give him a winning edge.

New competitors in the Juniors for this year include Tom Conlin, our gamekeeping student from Newton Rigg College in Penrith, and our first female participant, Clova Rennie, - not that we are taking sides but we would definitely like her to give those boys a run for their money! We will have to wait and see whether Matty Gray can defend his Junior title?

With the Open, Junior and Team sections, it should be a fun event for participants and spectators alike. After some strong banter and some secret practising I’m sure – will Craig be able to fight off the competition and return victorious?!?

May the best shot win!


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