Top gunner Shaun Barnes upbeat about sporting clays championship
Top gunner and defending champion Shaun Barnes is upbeat about the two-day National Shotgun Championship 200 Sporting Clays which shoots off tomorrow at the True Juice Estate in Bog Walk, St. Catherine.
Barnes who got the better of runner-up Errol Ziadie last year, to re-take the championship and post his five-time hold on the trophy said "I am focused and ready go. My preparation has gone well and I am upbeat about my chances of retaining my championship."
The picturesque venue which has not been used for sporting clays for a long time should pose an interesting challenge to the shooters who are vying for top positions in their classes as well as to be crowned national champion. A number of shooters were involved in a warm-up tournament yesterday.
The course consists of 15 stations. More than 100 shooters have already registered for the championship including top shooters such as Shaun Barnes, Errol Ziadie, Ian Banks, Geoffrey Ziadie, Robert Yap Foo and Craig Simpson who were all involved in the 'Super Six' to determine last year's champion.
Other shooters to look out for include the class champions such as: A Class - Geoffrey Ziadie, B Class - Mark Desnoes, C Class - Jordan Thwaites, D Class - Brandon Laing, E Class - Gordon Laing, Juniors - Jake Therrien, Sub Juniors - Mark Desnoes, and Hunters - Matthew Sale.
Last year's female championship went to sixteen-year old Jolie Chen who had to battle Marguerite Harris in a shoot-off after both shooters ended the tournament on the same score.
Evan Thwaites, president of the Jamaica Skeet Club indicated that the championship was well planed and its now for the event to begin. He expected a very good tournament that start on time as all the shooters have now bought into the current executive's modus operandi of on-time start for its tournaments.