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Shooting: Mihailovits holds his nerve to be crowned champion

He overcomes Sammer at the last to claim English Skeet GP title

Report by Peter Kelly:

The annual CM Partners English Skeet GP was held at Meary Veg Santon with 18 competitors taking part in near ideal conditions with the added bonus of over £700 in the prize fund.

The joint leaders after the first round were Michael Cross and Paul Mihailovits with perfect 25 straights, in equal third place were Roman Sammer, James Simpson, Dave Corlett and junior Joe Faragher.

At the end of the second round Mihailovits was in the lead with 50 straight to lead by one from Michael Cross who in turn was one ahead of Roman Sammer on 48 followed by junior Zac Bellhouse on 47 who had a straight in his second round.

Mihailovits was still in the lead by one after round three on 74 but this time it was Sammer who was second, courtesy of a straight in his third round, in equal third place now were junior Zac Bellhouse (another straight) and Michael Cross on 72, in fifth place on 70 was Jeff Corkill and making up the top six were James Simpson, Dave Corlett and junior Joe Faragher on 69.

With the top five going through to a final it was all to shoot for to see who would get the spots. 

First spot in the final went to Mihailovits who finished on 98 in equal second place on 96 were Zac Bellhouse and Roman Sammer, the fourth spot went to Michael Cross on 95 but we had a four-way tie for fifth spot between Dave Corlett, Stan Cross, James Simpson and Joe Faragher all on 92 so a sudden death shoot was required to see who got the fifth spot and it went to junior Joe Faragher.

In the final there was some good shooting and at the end we had a tie between Mihailovits and Sammer on 121 so we had to have another sudden death shoot of and the winner was Paul Mihailovits who hit three of his four targets to Sammer's two.



Champion - P Mihailovits    25,25,24,24,=98+23+3

Runner up - R Sammer      24,24,25,23=96+25=2 


             A Class 1st - M Cross  25,24,23,23=95

                        2nd - S Cross 23,20,25,24=92+3+4

                        3rd - J Simpson 24,21,23,24=92+3+2

             B Class 1st - Z Bellhouse (jnr.) 22,25,25,24=96

                         2nd - J Faragher (jnr.)   24,22,23,23=92+4

                         3rd - D Corlett         24,22,23,23,=92+2

           C Class 1st - M Hepworth     22,23,22,22=89

                       2nd -  A Vishnjov     22,17,20,21=80+2

                       3rd - T Kermeen        20,21,20,19=80+1.

             Team 1st R Sammer/Z Bellhouse 192, 2nd P Mihailovits/S Cross 190+7+8

                      1st Senior R Sammer
                      1st Vet P Mihailovits
                      1st Junior Z Bellhouse
                      1st Lady R Bowen Matthews.




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