Shoot-offs and Medals for Mihailovits and Watterson

English Skeet Individual – Open

Paul Mihailovits followed a trio of 24s yesterday with another 24 and a 21 today under challenging conditions, taking him through to the final where he drew with Ynys Môn’s David Tavernor, necessitating a shoot-off.

Following sudden death of pairs on pad four Paul unfortunately missed the high bird, conceding gold to Ynys Môn and walking away with a well deserved silver medal and 140 points on the last day of the 2023 Island Games.

Rachel Bowen Matthews too found her form and made the final, where she scored 19 points placing her in fifth place amongst a field of 19 tough competitors – well done Rachel and Paul!

ABT Individual – Men

Shoot-offs were the order of the day for our Automatic Ball Trap competitors too, and although Mark Riley and Rob Watterson would both make the final it was Watterson who went on to claim bronze after going head-to-head with Sark’s Nicholas Dewe in a nail-biting finale.

This was the last bout for our clay-popping athletes in the 2023 Island Games, rounding off a week of highs and lows, of fun and friendship that’ll probably last longer than Jack’s sunburn. Cheers!

Full Results

Sporting Boys Bring Home Bronze

English Sporting Teams – Men

The English Sporting team consisting of Alan Kinrade, Stan Cross and Micheal Cross secured Bronze with a score of 158 in the mens team event today, just 5 points behind Guernsey over a course of 100 challenging targets.

Alan Kinrade, Stan Cross, Micheal Cross take third in Men’s Sporting Teams

Missing out on third by 9 points were Paul Mihailovits and Rachel Bowen Matthews, whose score of 168 saw them in fourth place behind Ynys Môn in the English Skeet Team Open.

Meanwhile Mark Riley and Robert Watterson finished the ABT Mens Team event in eighth place on 136, just one point behind Åland and Western Isles, and two points behind Orkney.

Full Results

Davis and Riley just Shy of Final

Olympic Skeet & Trap

Ted Davis and Mark Riley each finished in seventh place during today’s Olympic Skeet and Olympic Trap disciplines with 92 and 97 points respectively.

Meanwhile Giulio Fabrizio bagged 82 for 12th place in the Olympic Skeet, and Rob Watterson scored 93 to finish 11th. Both disciplines enjoyed difficult targets thanks to high winds and awkward light towards the end of the day on Guernsey’s west coast.

Full Results

Father and Son in Kneen Shoot-Off

Men’s Sport Trap

Marty and Jack Kneen joined Isle of Wight’s Mark Downer and Jersey’s Greg Sanderson in joint third on 81 points, necessitating a shoot-off which saw Marty finish one point ahead of Jack to claim the bronze in Men’s Sport Trap at Mont Herault.

2023 Island Games Sport Trap: W Rand, N Barnett, M Kneen, J Kneen

Meanwhile at the Portinfer range, some tough targets saw Ted Davis finish in 10th place in Olympic Skeet with 51, two places ahead of Giulio Fabrizio on 47.

Mark Riley and Rob Watterson ended their day of Olympic Trap neck-and-neck with Faroe’s Finn Ludvig on 57. Both disciplines consisted of 75 targets today, leaving 50 targets to go before the final.

Women’s Sport Trap saw Nicky Barnett finish in 5th place with 58 points, just six targets shy of a medal in her first Island Games – well done Nicky!

Full Results

Watterson and Riley Scoop Gold in Guernsey

Olympic Trap Team Event

Rob Watterson and Mark Riley scored 164 to win gold in the Olympic Trap Team Event, beating Nickolas Dewe and Stefan Roberts from Sark by just one point on the first day of competition here in Guernsey.

OTR Team Winners Rob Watterson and Mark Riley

Giulio Fabrizio and Ted Davis scored 143 to place fourth in the Olympic Skeet Team Event, which was won by Jonny Lindstedt and Fredrik Melin with 171.

Also in fourth place were Jack Kneen, Will Rand, and Marty Kneen with 148 in the Sport Trap Team Event, which was won by Dan Bishop, Mark Downer and Lee Pitman from the Isle of Wight with 170.