Davy, who has represented Ireland in international competition many times in the past may have had a fair ways to come to get to the match, but the long journey seems not to have fazed him in the least, as he
won the competition outright with a six-point lead.
Second place went to Sandy Wilson of the Fassaroe Sporting Club, also a veteran Irish target shooter with several National Championships under his belt, but on the day Davy's performance just inched ahead of Sandy for the first half of the match and Sandy wasn't able to catch him in the second
Third place went to Ray Reilly, another well-known veteran shooter (an alumni member of DURC), who has also represented Ireland internationally in the past and has several championship medals behind him. Ray was making his return to the 50m event today, and putting in a 582 with a strong finish, only just missed a tiebreaker with Sandy Wilson for Silver and instead had to settle for Bronze.
This shoot was the last registered selection shoot before the selection for June's Milan World Cup, and thus the pressure was on people to perform in particularly miserable weather. It was also the first 50m competition of the season in the Republic, so we can expect some close competitions in the coming months if this competition was any example.
Scores were as follows:
|Dublin Rifle Club|
|Co.Wicklow 50m Championships|
|May 9, 2004|
|Davy Gaw||A||99||99||99||96||97||99||589||396||Gold, 1st Class A|
|Sandy Wilson||A||97||98||96||97||98||97||583||390||Silver, 3rd Class A|
|Ray Reilly||A||95||96||98||97||97||99||582||391||Bronze, 2nd Class A|
|Ewan Bell||B||96||97||97||96||96||94||576||386||2nd, Class B|
|John Keeney||B||93||92||94||99||100||97||575||390||1st, Class B|
|Michael Walls||B||94||92||95||96||96||97||570||384||3rd, Class B|