After a 3-year Pandemic gap, SPA held their 2023 Clay Shoot on Friday 19th May.  The venue was Beacon Hill Farm, the new home of the long-established Acorn Shooting School, owned and run by Des Sturgess. The threatened rain never happened, although at one point there were thunderstorms all around, and the shooters enjoyed dry weather shooting, with ample refreshments provided all afternoon.

15 Teams of 4 turned out, shooters varying in ability from complete novices to Olympic Standard. Acorn provided an excellent, and at times challenging, variety of clays from 7 different stands, over which each shooter attempted 50 clays. In addition we had the Team Flush, and this year thanks to the generous sponsorship of Simpson Hilder, each Team had the excitement of a 100-clay flush.

The scores were totalled at the end of the day and the team prizes went to:

TEAM FLUSH (sponsored by SIMPSON HILDER) was won by BADDOW’S BANGERS, Mike Pennock, David Allsop, Alex Foster and Paul Dunlop.

RUNNER- UP TOP TEAM (sponsored by SPA) was GUNS AND DOZES, Jonathan Brown, Alice Toop, Jennie Cartwright and Andrew Watling.

THE DAVID OLDS MEMORIAL PRIZE along with prizes provided  by DUTTON GREGORY went to this year’s TOP TEAM, which was BLAZING SADDOS, Mark Hiskett, Howard Jenkins, Harry Cliffe-Roberts and Alan Sydney.

This year we decided to make the awarding of the Top Gun prize (a magnificent glass trophy and magnum of wine both provided by E3 Consulting) more of a “spectator sport” and the four highest individual scorers of the afternoon were entered into a shoot off, watched closely by all of the other entrants. The four highest scorers were Jennie Cartwright, Ollie Noble, Harry Cliffe-Roberts and Mark Hiskett (scores 45,37,39 and 37 respectively). The shoot-off comprised 3 pairs each of very difficult clays. The first round eliminated Mark, but Jennie, Ollie and Harry drew with 5 out of 6 clays hit each. The second round eliminated Harry, and the third round produced a winner by one clay – Ollie.

RUNNER-UP TOP GUN (sponsored by 820 GIN)                    JENNIE CARTWRIGHT

TOP GUN (sponsored by E3 CONSULTING)                            OLLIE NOBLE

     Full results table:

Baddow’s Bangers1087329
Blazing Saddos1226339
Shoot Happens755533
Clays of Glory975834
Guns and Dozes1156845
The Hammer Falls936835
Clay Protection Society646520
Send the Dog914937
Pooping Pigeon Poppers696624
Blazing Bullets995534
Shotguns, Bricks & Mortar755624
Last Blast1016229

A HUGE thanks again to our sponsors:

Runners Up Top Team – GUNS & DOZES
Team Flush Winners – BADDOWS BANGERS
Top Gun – Ollie Noble
Runner Up Top Gun – Jennie Cartwright
Team Flush in Action