Andrews retains CI clays honours
CRACK Jersey shot Mark Andrews certainly thrives in the beautiful setting of Talbot Valley.
The Jerseyman, who won the 2015 Island Games gold medal on his home range at St Ouen, defended his 100-bird Channel Islands Sporting Championship title by finishing three shots clear of Guernsey’s Kris Marquis – the pair heading an entry approaching 80.
With a warm, slightly overcast day, which favoured good visibility, the Guernsey shooters and those from the UK, Sark and 26 from Jersey, took on the challenge of the 12 stands that awaited them.
These stands, split between eight and ten targets, totalling the 100 overall competition targets and provided the shooters with an array of ground and aerial challenges – indeed, all forms of sporting-based targets.
This year the Guernsey Clay Target Shooting Club, which organised the event, was lucky enough to have a dedicated team to stage it all.
This meant that the event ran exceptionally smoothly, with very few target breaks and minimum waiting times for squads as they progressed through the shoot.
But nobody could get the better of Andrews, who took the overall high gun scoring 87. His reward was not only the prestigious title, but £250 in cash.
Guernsey high gun and second overall, with a score of 84, was Marquis – one hit ahead of Guernsey’s Dean Wilson.
Andrews’ score was slightly down on his 2017 effort, when he shot 84 to win by one from fellow Caesarean Graham Le Cornu, who finished well down the leaderboard on this occasion.
Top woman shooter was Avril Rimeur (Jersey) scoring 56. Top veteran was Richard Le Brun (Jersey) with an 81 and top junior was Guernsey’s Finn Cloarec on 72.
Run in conjunction with the main event was, for the first time, a side-by-side event won by Guernsey’s Wayne Le Cocq with 69.
Many of the clay target shooters took part in the annual inter-island match the following day, at Portinfer, between the Guernsey Clay Target Shooting Club and Jersey’s Lecq TSC.
Competitions featured 50 English skeet, 50 down-the-line and 50 sport trap.
Andrews again emerged high gun with a superb score of 138, beating Guernsey’s Graham Eker by six points.
The host club won the match by 1,190 points to 1.155.