Cross pips Mihailovits to Big Prize

Meary Veg English Sporting Grand Prix

The Meary Veg Sporting GP was held at Meary Veg, Santon, kindly sponsored by Juan Cowley with prize money of over one thousand pounds up for grabs by the thirty competitors taking part in dry but windy conditions making high scoring difficult. The competition was held over 16 stands with each of the six squads doing four laps of four stands on each lap.

We had a six way tie for first place after the first lap with Michael Cross, George Davies, Dave Lally, Jack Clague, Mark Riley and Mark Barnett all returning scores of 26 out of a possible 32. George Davies was in the lead on his own after lap two with 49 points, in second place on 48 was Michael Cross with Dave Lally in third place on 45 followed by Paul Mihailovits in fourth place on 44 with John Moore, Andy Morgan and Jack Clague next on 42. We had a new leader after lap three in Michael Cross with 69 points with Dave Lally now in second place on 67 with George Davies and Paul Mihailovits in equal third place on 66, John Moore was in fifth place on 64 and making the top six was Andy Morgan on 61. 

After the fourth and final lap junior Zac Bellhouse finished in third place in C class with 64 points, in second place in C class was Richard Kneen on 68 but winning C class with 69 points was junior Joe Faragher with 69 points who also won the junior high gun cup.

In B class we had to have a sudden death shoot off to find out who was in third place between Rob Corlett and Peter Kelly who both shot 77 with Peter winning by 4 to Robs 3, second place in B went to Andy Morgan on 79 but winning B class with 81 points was John Moore. We had the same situation for third place in A class with Jack Clague and Mark Riley tying on 78 points with Mark winning the shoot off 2-1, Dave Lally was second in A on 84 with George Davies taking A class with 86 points. The runner up overall was Paul Mihailovits with 87 points but winning the Meary Veg GP with 91 points was Michael Cross – well shot Michael.

In the team highgun section of the competition the winners were father and son Stan and Michael Cross with 167 points in second place on 162 were George Davies and Juan Cowley with Peter Kelly and Jack Clague taking third place on 155. A handicap team event was also held and the winners were Paul Mihailovits and Zac Bellhouse  with 240 points, in second place were Dave and Andy Morgan on 229 with Brian Kelly and Mark Sweetman third on 226.

On behalf of the club may I thank all that helped in setting up, running the competition but mainly Juan Cowley for sponsoring the event and Will Rand for putting up the highgun, team and junior cups for the winners, a long day but most enjoyable thank you all.


High Gun

  • M Cross
    (26, 22, 21, 22 = 91)

Runner Up

  • P Mihailovits
    (22, 22, 22, 21 = 87)

Class A

  1. G Davies
    (26, 23, 17, 20 = 86)
  2. D Lally
    (26, 19, 22, 17 = 84)
  3. M Riley
    (26, 13, 18, 21 = 78)

Class B

  1. J Moore
    (23, 19, 22, 17 = 81)
  2. A Morgan
    (23, 19, 19, 18 = 79)
  3. P Kelly
    (21, 17, 18, 21)

Class C

  1. J Faragher (J)
    (15, 18, 15, 21 = 69)
  2. R Kneen
    (18, 22, 15, 13 = 68)
  3. Z Bellhouse (J)
    (16, 21, 13, 14 = 64)

Next week on Saturday we have an MCTSA ABT selection shoot at 1-30pm and on Sunday the IOM ABT championship sponsored by Sadler Agricultural Supplies. Duty officers this week are B Faragher and W Rand.