Shooters keep hitting the medals target

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Dave Ward took first spot in three competitions on Thursday and yesterday, as well as adding two silvers.

Yesterday at the shooting range in Kalamonos Ward won the centre-fire pistol gold, with fellow Islander Derek Bernard taking bronze.

Ward also finished top in the ISSF 25m standard pistol following a six-round score of 557 – three shots ahead of Gotland’s Pontus Norgren.

But a hat-trick of golds on the final day eluded him when he finished 14 points adrift of Norgren to claim silver in the ISSF 25m rapid fire, Bernard again claiming bronze.

Ward won a gold and silver on Thursday, the results not being confirmed until yesterday lunchtime.

He finished top in the sport pistol in the morning and netted silver in the afternoon in the ISSF ten-metre air pistol at the Kapodistriou Shooting Hall just outside Rhodes Town.

Ward has won six golds and five silvers this week, taking his Island Games haul to 55.

Incredibly, had he been an Island – Wardonia perhaps, with squatting rights on Green Island – he would have finished tenth in the medal table behind Åland! The pistol marksmen have won 21 medals in Rhodes.

Also at the shooting range in Kalamonas, the final smallbore match was fired, with Jonathan Billot placing sixth and Richard Bouchard eighth in the 50m prone rifle.

Jersey clay pigeon shooters also celebrated last night after Jon de la Haye and Dave Le Rendu medalled, de la Haye topping the pile in the sporting individual after a brilliant 74, with Le Rendu taking third, after being edged out in a tie-shoot 24-23 by Peter Davies from Shetland.

Mark Andrews missed out on a medal in the automatic ball trap competition after placing fourth, two points behind Sark’s Stefan Roberts.

Menorca shooters took the top two places and Andrews paid credit to them.

He said: ‘Two of the Menorcans are Spanish internationals and they are class acts.

I don’t believe they are spoiling the competition.

It’s great to watch because they don’t seem to miss.’ In Thursday’s clay discipline, Andrew de la Haye (83) and Andrews (82) finished fifth with 165 hits.

Menorca won the event with 186.

Sark were second and Guernsey third.

In the Olympic Skeet final Andrew de la Haye qualified for the top six shoot-off with 102.

In the final he scored 18 to total 120 for fifth spot overall.

Graham Pallot failed to make the top six following a score of 83.

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