Smallbore shooters maintain momentum

Regan Cowe, left, and Bill Stevenson shot well during the Inter-Island match. Photo: David James.

Marlborough’s smallbore shooters made their presence well and truly felt during the annual Inter-Island match at Hutt Valley on August 17-18.

Six shooters from Marlborough took aim at the many awards and accolades on offer, representing the Mainland with distinction.

Val Wadsworth and Bill Stevenson competed in the open, men’s and veterans teams, Simon Senior and Kim Bishell were part of the veterans team, Regan Cowe featured in the open and men’s teams while Ryan Harris was a member of the junior line-up.

Wadsworth had a highly-successful weekend. He top scored the veterans match with 395.17 on Saturday, resulting in him being named as captain of the New Zealand team which shot postal cards against English Home Counties on Sunday.

He again top scored the team in that match with 298. In the men’s match he scored 392.21, missing selection in the NZ men’s team, then scored 395.20 in the open match, gaining selection in the NZ open team where he scored 390.

Cowe also had a successful weekend, scoring 394.21 in the men’s Inter-Island match and 396.24 in the open match, gaining selection in both those NZ teams, where he scored 293 and 391 respectively.

Stevenson shot well in the veterans and men’s matches scoring 388.12, 393.17, and narrowly missing selection for those two NZ teams.  In the open match he scored 385.18, but then bounced back in the derby match on Sunday for those shooters not in NZ teams, scoring 298 to finish second.

Bishell scored 387.16 in the veteran’s match, only a point away from selection in the NZ veterans team and 295 in the derby match.

Senior scored 385.11 in the veterans match and 286 in the derby match, while Harris registered 379.8 in the junior match and 291 in the derby match.

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