The Final stage of the Individual Championship (Indoor) took place on Saturday 30th March at Balerno & Currie’s range. In the final, with a brilliant shoot to win his first Championship, Peter Brett (Watsonians) consigned the host club’s Niall Georgeson to the runner-up spot for the second year in a row. One day, Niall, one day…
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14 of the hoped-for 16 finalists attended this knock-out championship, and there was some good shooting along the way. In round 1 the top shooters were Peter Brett and Alasdair Horne of Balerno & Currie, both with 199s, beating George Watson’s Neasa O’Connell and Watsonians’ Adam Brown respectively. The ‘hot’ tie of the round between Jonty Barron (Watsonians) and Bill Vaughan (Hawick) went Jonty’s way, 197 to 193. The other round 1 winners were the experienced Alan Anderson (Hawick) who squeezed past young Sam Coates, (another of the Watson’s shooters) on a re-gauge, Jamies Topley (GWC), who beast Watsonians’ Rod Bryce-Stafford with something to spare, and Adam Dove (Watsonians) who overcame clubmate Mike Warwick quite comfortably. Robin Thomson (Watsonians) and Niall Georgeson were the lucky recipients of a Bye in round 1.
There was some good shooting in round 2, the pick being Niall’s 200 to take care of James Topley, and the 198 from Peter Brett to see off Alan Anderson. Jonty Barron beat clubmate Adam Dove by one point and Robin Thomson beat the defending Champion and multiple winner Alasdair Horne, also by only one point: Robin’s 100 on his second card to come from behind was the decider there.
So, there were three from Watsonians and one from Balerno & Currie in the semi-final. It was Peter Brett against clubmate Robin Thomson and Peter came away a convicing winner, 198 to 192. In the other tie, Niall Georgeson came out top with a fine 199 against Jonty Barron’s 196.
It was a high-scoring final, with Peter Brett putting in a wonderful 200 against Niall Georgeson’s 197. These two were undoubtedly the best shooters on the night and deserved to contest the final. Niall scored three 100s (all consecutive), two 99s and a 98 in the three rounds he took part in, and Peter scored four 100s, three 99s and one 98 in his four rounds. Fine shooting and a deserving Champion for 2019.