Sports

Biggest event ever held at Rathfriland

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

RATHFRILAND Clay Pigeon Club capped off a busy festive period with a charity event held on Thursday, 29 December.
The event run at the Rathfriland club was largely organised by Ryan Farquhar, with proceeds to be donated to the Air Ambulance Northern Ireland.
After years of campaigning, Northern Ireland is set to be provided with two air ambulances ensuring rapid patient response standards, and saving numerous lives in the process. The aircraft will be based at Belfast International Airport, where they will be within a 25-minute flight time to any part of Northern Ireland.
The event, which was 20-bird DTL was fantastically supported with a total of 90 lines, including a pool trap competition. Competition was tight, with prizes for the top male, female and junior shooter.
After no less than 21 shooters hit the top 20/60 score, five of these repeated the flawless score, namely Aaron Smyth, Geoff Dale, Gerard McIlmale, Darren Armstrong and Enoch McCauley. There was to be no denying Smyth however, who hit his third 20/60 to take the win and the Phil Morgan Challenge Cup. Final places were as follows.
1st: Aaron Smyth
2nd: Darren Armstrong
3rd: Enoch McCauley
The pool trap competition was also fiercely contested, and it was Anthony McLaughlin who came out on top, with Clifford Barr and John Kernaghan in second and third places respectively. Further prizes were awarded to Timothy McCauley as the best junior shooter and Katie McQuillan was named as top lady shooter of the day.
This was arguably the biggest event ever held at Rathfriland Clay Pigeon Club, with a range of shooters from across the province in attendance.
The day was also well supported by the road-racing community, with several racers including Jeremy McWilliams and Conor Cummins enjoying a day's shooting.
A brilliant day of shooting and to date, just over 4500 has been raised for such a worthy cause. This total included prize money awarded, sportingly handed back to add to the donations. Big thanks go to all those who attended, and to those who sponsored the event and helped the day run as smoothly as possible.

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