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Reid cops NCB Capital Markets Junior Sporting Clays again

Sunday, June 18, 2017

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Brandon Reid overcame extreme pressure from the shooters, in the main event as well as the 'Super Six' shooters, including runner-up Nicholai Clarke, to cop his third NCB Capital Markets Junior Sporting Clays title recently at the Jamaica Skeet Club in Portmore.

For the first time in the tournament, which began in 2011 with under 20 shooters, all 62 shooters had to knock off 100 targets. Up to last year the beginners shot 50 targets.

Reid and Clarke shot 96 in the main event and had to be separated by a 'shoot-off' to determine the A Class winner and the super-six line-up.

The super-six shooters — Reid, Clarke, Diallo Richardson (95), Roman Tavares-Finson (94), Zachary Chen (93) and Todd Lazarus (92) took to three more stations to shoot another 25 birds to determine the overall winner. This stage was pressure filled as all the shooters proved quite accurate with very few lost birds.

Reid came out the winner with a total score of 119 ahead of Clarke with 116 and second runner-up Roman Tavares-Finson with 114. Tavares-Finson had to be separated from Zachary Chen by way of shoot-off after ending with a final score of 114 as well. Lazarus (112) and Richardson (111) grabbed the other spots in the super-six.

Reid was very happy with the win. “I feel good. I had to be really focused today to perform and I had a great squad around me. I had a lot of friends shooting, so that was always good too. I just came out here and shot well so I am happy.”

The top three class positions were: 17-20 — Brandon Reid with 96, Nicholai Clarke with 96 and Diallo Richardson. The top two were separated by way of shoot-off. Junior A — Danzell Knight with 92, Jake Therrien with 91 and Matthew Josephs with 90. Junior B — Cameron Pang Sang with 88, Luke Chin with 83 and John Paul Aaher with 81. Junior C — Nicholai Azan with 82, Karan Dhiman with 79 and Cody Delisser with 78. Sub Junior A — Roman Tavares-Finson with 94, Mark Desnoes with 82 and Jonah Subaran with 78. Sub Junior B — John Chin with 87, Zanell Knight with 85 and Nathan Chin with 83. Sub Junior C — Richard Todd with 79, Thomas Gore with 76 and Noah Azan with 73. Girls A — Isabelle Chin with 75, Jolie Chin with 73 and Cassandra Chin with 70. Girls B — Anna Issa with 74, Annabelle with 66 and Taylor Phillips with 64.

Khaleel Azan, coach for the juniors, was very pleased with the performance of his charges. “The quality target that I was able to set was much better than in previous years because, as the juniors improve, I am able to make the course harder. We never even had a 50-bird tournament for the beginners because the 'so called' beginners are really learning at a more rapid pace and we are now able to get everybody to shoot a hundred. I was extremely pleased with the scores in every category.”

President of the Jamaica Skeet Club Evan Thwiates said that “it was good. It was very pleasing to see the support from the juniors. We had over 60 shooters here today, support from their parents and from their friends. It was a lovely afternoon.”

Thwaites was also pleased with the on-time start of the tournament in keeping with the thrust of the club to start all events on time.

Kerry Spencer, vice-president of NCB Capital Markets and title sponsor, said: “I am excited that we continue to sponsor the junior sporting clays. We have been doing it for the last seven years. I am excited to see the juniors coming up in terms of the sport that they like to do and also that we formulate a part of that. They also continue to do well in academics at the same time, which is very important to us”.

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