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Clay shooting team continues to triumph

Posted 3 May 2013

It’s also really exciting how popular women’s shooting has become at Harper.

Louis Sanders - photo by Georgi Edwards

Louis Sanders - photo by Georgi Edwards

There has been yet more success for the Harper Adams Clay Shooting Club - this time at the Countryside Alliance Cirencester Cup Competition.

Around 30 students past and present travelled to Hollow Foss Shooting Ground on April 27, joined by teams from universities across the country.

The day entailed of a 50-bird sporting with some challenging targets, and a four man team 100 bird flush which tested the competitors’ skill. It was followed by a meal and social hosted by the Royal Agricultural University.

Harper Adams won the graduate competition and secured men’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd highest gun. The ladies team and men’s 1sts both came second.

Social Secretary and REALM student, 18-year-old Georgi Edwards from Ross-on-Wye, said: “Everyone really enjoyed the event and it was nice to socialise with students at other universities, including the Royal Agricultural University.

“Everyone was very friendly and we have decided to host a mini competition for RAU later this year.

“This was one of many competitions that we take part in each year, others include St. Andrews and of course the BUCS league. The Clay Shooting Club is going from strength to strength.

“It’s also really exciting how popular women’s shooting has become at Harper. There are more women in the club than ever before and for the first time we have three girls on the exec – Ladies Captain, Social Secretary and Vice-Chairman.”

The Ladies team has won competitions at BUCS, Oxford Brookes and came second at St. Andrews.

Adeline Jones, Ladies Captain and Rural Property Management student from Yorkshire, said: “I am really proud of the women’s team, they produced a great score at Cirencester and shoot brilliantly.

“Women’s shooting suffers from lack of support and sponsorship, however we are trying to promote the sport and encourage more ladies to give it go.”

The Harper Adams Clay Shooting Club welcomes new members, with the ground open every Wednesday 1-3pm for both staff and students. The ground accommodates all abilities and coaching is available for beginners.

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