All-Ireland title for Monaghan’s Edel!

22 July 2010 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The National Clay Bird Championships were held at David Brennan’s Shooting Ground, Ardee last week-end — an event which saw Monaghan’s Edel Gilliland win her first all-Ireland title.

On Saturday it was it was the turn of the Monaghan county team of Geoffrey Quinn, Malcolm Graham, Mattie Gilliland, Declan McKenna, Sean Gilliland, Raymond McKenna, Darren Duffy, Laurence McArdle, Gavin Haughey, Alan Gilliland, Rory McKenna and John Babbington to take part. Veterans Martin Gilliland and Joe Rehill, as well as ladies Edel Gilliland and Rose McArdle also competed.

In the team event, they started at the very difficult trap 3, two right to left crossers, and we were in immediate difficulty with 16 birds dropped. At trap 4 they were again in trouble with 12 birds dropped. At this stage the team’s experience came to their rescue and over the last six stands they shot as we would expect. They ended up with an average score of 42.2, which having regard to their start was very creditable.

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