Dunkeswell's Moon is top shot

PUBLISHED: 10:00 11 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:19 15 June 2010

Top shot Andy Moon.

Top shot Andy Moon.

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DUNKESWELL clay pigeon shooter Andy Moon came second in strong field in the British Open Championships of the clay pigeon shooting discipline, English Sporting.

DUNKESWELL clay pigeon shooter Andy Moon came second in strong field in the British Open Championships of the clay pigeon shooting discipline, English Sporting. Held at Wardon Hill, nr Dorchester, last weekend, the field included Team GB's 2000 Sydney Olympics gold medal winner Richard Foulds.Moon, 47, who has been shooting for the past 25 years, is no stranger to top honours in the sport for he has represented England 11 times and also shot for the five-man Great Britain team at various events around the world. His specialities amongst a number of different clay pigeon disciplines are, English Sporting and FITA.With the 'perfect' score in English Sporting being 100, Moon's 90 was just two behind winner Martin Myers and the delighted runner-up, who received a large trophy and a cheque for his efforts, said very graciously: "I had the sort of good fortune you always need in these events, but it is a great thrill to come in the top three in the British Open."Moon is a member of the Culm Valley Gun Club, based at Hemyock, and has also played his fair share of football having been in the game for many years, in his younger days playing for both Hemyock and Culm United until a cruciate ligament injury curtailed what was proving to be another successful sport for him.Away from clay pigeon shooting Moon, who has previously run a gun business, is these days fully employed on the land in all sorts of agricultural work. He also runs his own pheasant shoot and it is that season that is set to start again in the coming weeks.The clay pigeon shooting campaign is now all but over for another year and the British Championships brought an end to the 2008 tournament season, but Moon, who will keep his eye in during the winter months, will be back chasing more honours next year: "As long as my eyes and arms remain co-ordinated I'll be merrily shooting away and we'll take what success comes as and when," said Moon.TOP GUN: Clay pigeon shooter Chris Moon was second in the British Open.


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