Cross pips Mihailovits to Big Prize

Meary Veg English Sporting Grand Prix

The Meary Veg Sporting GP was held at Meary Veg, Santon, kindly sponsored by Juan Cowley with prize money of over one thousand pounds up for grabs by the thirty competitors taking part in dry but windy conditions making high scoring difficult. The competition was held over 16 stands with each of the six squads doing four laps of four stands on each lap.

We had a six way tie for first place after the first lap with Michael Cross, George Davies, Dave Lally, Jack Clague, Mark Riley and Mark Barnett all returning scores of 26 out of a possible 32. George Davies was in the lead on his own after lap two with 49 points, in second place on 48 was Michael Cross with Dave Lally in third place on 45 followed by Paul Mihailovits in fourth place on 44 with John Moore, Andy Morgan and Jack Clague next on 42. We had a new leader after lap three in Michael Cross with 69 points with Dave Lally now in second place on 67 with George Davies and Paul Mihailovits in equal third place on 66, John Moore was in fifth place on 64 and making the top six was Andy Morgan on 61. 

After the fourth and final lap junior Zac Bellhouse finished in third place in C class with 64 points, in second place in C class was Richard Kneen on 68 but winning C class with 69 points was junior Joe Faragher with 69 points who also won the junior high gun cup.

In B class we had to have a sudden death shoot off to find out who was in third place between Rob Corlett and Peter Kelly who both shot 77 with Peter winning by 4 to Robs 3, second place in B went to Andy Morgan on 79 but winning B class with 81 points was John Moore. We had the same situation for third place in A class with Jack Clague and Mark Riley tying on 78 points with Mark winning the shoot off 2-1, Dave Lally was second in A on 84 with George Davies taking A class with 86 points. The runner up overall was Paul Mihailovits with 87 points but winning the Meary Veg GP with 91 points was Michael Cross – well shot Michael.

In the team highgun section of the competition the winners were father and son Stan and Michael Cross with 167 points in second place on 162 were George Davies and Juan Cowley with Peter Kelly and Jack Clague taking third place on 155. A handicap team event was also held and the winners were Paul Mihailovits and Zac Bellhouse  with 240 points, in second place were Dave and Andy Morgan on 229 with Brian Kelly and Mark Sweetman third on 226.

On behalf of the club may I thank all that helped in setting up, running the competition but mainly Juan Cowley for sponsoring the event and Will Rand for putting up the highgun, team and junior cups for the winners, a long day but most enjoyable thank you all.


High Gun

  • M Cross
    (26, 22, 21, 22 = 91)

Runner Up

  • P Mihailovits
    (22, 22, 22, 21 = 87)

Class A

  1. G Davies
    (26, 23, 17, 20 = 86)
  2. D Lally
    (26, 19, 22, 17 = 84)
  3. M Riley
    (26, 13, 18, 21 = 78)

Class B

  1. J Moore
    (23, 19, 22, 17 = 81)
  2. A Morgan
    (23, 19, 19, 18 = 79)
  3. P Kelly
    (21, 17, 18, 21)

Class C

  1. J Faragher (J)
    (15, 18, 15, 21 = 69)
  2. R Kneen
    (18, 22, 15, 13 = 68)
  3. Z Bellhouse (J)
    (16, 21, 13, 14 = 64)

Next week on Saturday we have an MCTSA ABT selection shoot at 1-30pm and on Sunday the IOM ABT championship sponsored by Sadler Agricultural Supplies. Duty officers this week are B Faragher and W Rand.

Squads Announced for Sporting GP

We’ll be starting promptly at 10:00 for this Sunday’s 120 target Sporting GP, please make sure you arrive at the range in good time.



  • Brian Faragher
  • Nicky Barnett
  • Jackie Clague
  • Giulio Fabrizio
  • Tom Bowman


  • George Davies
  • Andy Morgan
  • Alan Wright
  • Dave Corlett
  • John Kneen


  • Stan Cross
  • John Moore
  • Micheal Cross
  • Mark Riley
  • Paul Mihailovits


  • Will Rand
  • Peter Fabrizio
  • Zak Bellhouse
  • Rob Corlett
  • Brian Kelly


  • Peter Kelly
  • Mark Barnett
  • Richard Kneen
  • David Morgan
  • Mark Sweetman


  • Juan Cowley
  • Ted Davis
  • Joe Faragher
  • Steven Craine
  • Callum Craine

Prize Money

High Gun: £140.00
Runner Up: £120.00

Junior High Gun: £20.00
Runner Up: £15.00

Juniors can also win Overall High Gun/Runner Up Prizes and Class Prizes

Class A

  1. £80.00
  2. £60.00
  3. £40.00

Class B

  1. £80.00
  2. £60.00
  3. £40.00

Class C

  1. £80.00
  2. £60.00
  3. £40.00


  1. £80.00
  2. £60.00
  3. £40.00

Many thanks to IOMCPSC and Juan Cowley for sponsoring the event and
Will Rand for purchasing the cups.

Moore wins All-Rounder

Summer Club All-Round Championship

The IOM Clay Pigeon Shooting Club held their All Round Club Championship kindly sponsored by Manx Petroleum at Meary Veg, Santon, in very changeable conditions.

The leader after the first two disciplines English Skeet and DTL was Mark Barnett with 142 points, in equal second place on 137 were John Moore and junior Joe Faragher followed by Peter Kelly in fourth place on 136. In fifth place on 134 was Brian Faragher and making up the top six was Stan Cross on 132. Joe Faragher and John Moore had straights in English skeet while Mark Barnett was the only one in DTL to have a straight.

After the next two disciplines ABT and Olympic Skeet John Moore had forged a commanding lead going into the sporting section scoring 66 in Olympic skeet to have a running total of 254 to Stan Cross’s 246 in second place with Mark Barnett and Peter Kelly in equal third place on 244 followed by Brian Faragher in fifth place on 227 and making up the top six was Giulio Fabrizio on 220.

The final discipline was sporting and Mark Barnett had a complete melt down only scoring 30 points to finish in sixth place with Giulio Fabrizio on 274 points. In fourth place on 278 points was Brian Faragher with Stan Cross taking third  place on 294 points. Peter Kelly finished the runner up breaking the 300 barrier scoring 301 points but the Champion on the day was John Moore who finished in style, being the only one to clean the last stand of the sporting to take the title by 16 points with a final winning total of 317 – well done John!

John was also veteran champion with Allana Wade taking the honours in the ladies section. Joe Faragher was the junior winner with Stan Cross the senior winner. In the team event Stan Cross and Brian Faragher won with 572 points.


High Gun

  • J Moore (317)
    75 ESK, 62 DTL, 66 OSK, 51 ABT, 63 ESP

Class B

  1. P Kelly (301)
    66 ESK, 70 DTL, 48 OSK, 60 ABT, 57 ESP
  2. S Cross (294)
    60 ESK, 72 DTL, 63 OSK, 51 ABT, 48 ESP
  3. B Faragher (278)
    66 ESK, 68 DTL, 48 OSK, 45 ABT, 51 ESP

Class C

  1. A Wade (L) (242)
    54 ESK, 56 DTL, 27 OSK, 54 ABT, 51 ESP
  2. A Wright (184)
    42 ESK, 52 DTL, 12 OSK, 33 ABT, 45 ESP
  3. N Barnett (L) (150)
    51 ESK, 27 DTL, 21 OSK, 12 ABT, 39 ESP


  • J Moore (317)


  • S Cross (294)


  • A Wade (242)


  • J Faragher (245)

Next week is Meary Veg sporting GP over 120 targets with prize money of over £900 up for grabs. Entries for this are now closed and the squad draw taking place on Wednesday 27th July at 3pm. Duty officers this week are S Craine and T Davis.

B Faragher, A Wade, A Wright, J Moore, N Barnett, S Cross, P Kelly

Mihailovits wears CM Skeet Crown

CM Partners English Skeet Grand Prix

The annual CM Partners English Skeet GP was held at Meary Veg, Santon, with 18 competitors taking part in near ideal conditions and over £600 in prize money up for grabs.

The leaders after the first round were Rachael Bowen Matthews, Andy Morgan Giulio Fabrizio and Jeff Corkill who all shot 25 straights followed by Dave Corlett, Stan Cross and Madeleine Simpson on 24. Andy Morgan was in the lead on his own after round two, recording another straight, hot on his heels were Rachael Bowen Matthews and Stan Cross on 49 with Madeleine Simpson next on 48. After round three Bowen Matthews and Morgan were tied in first place on 73 with Paul Mihailovits coming into the frame in third place  on 71 along with Dave Corlett.

Things started to hot up after round four with Mihailovits, Bowen Matthews and Morgan all tying for first place on 96 with Corlett and Jeff Corkill one behind on 95. 

The shooters were re-squaded after the fourth round from bottom to top and what a round we were going to have with the top five going in the last squad. We had Mihailovits, Bowen Matthews and Morgan all equal on 96 with Corlett and Corkill on 95, not a target was missed till pad four when Corlett dropped one then on the next stand Morgan dropped three and Corkill dropped one, on stand six Corlett dropped another target but Mihailovits and Bowen Matthews both hit straights so a shoot off was required to find a winner which was sudden death with pairs on four.

Mihailovits won the toss and went first and hit all four targets but Bowen Matthews dropped the second target on the second pair so Mihailovits was crowned the winner. Mihailovits also won the vets cup with Bowen Matthews taking the ladies, winning the Colts cup was Joe Faragher. Mihailovits made it a hat trick by winning the team event with partner Madeleine Simpson with 232 points one ahead of Stan Cross and Joe Faragher in second place on 231 with Dave Corlett and John Moore third on 230.

The prizes at the end were presented by David Morgan on behalf of the sponsors CM partners Ltd.

2022 CM Partners English Skeet GP Winners: J Faragher, A Morgan, D Corlett, P Mihailovits, Z Bellhouse, RB Matthews, D Morgan, M Simpson, N Barnett, B Faragher, J Corlett


Grand Prix

  1. P Mihailovits
    (23, 24, 24, 25, 25 = 121 + 4)
  2. R Bowen Matthews (L)
    (25, 24, 24, 23, 25 = 121 + 3)

Class A

  1. J Corkill
    (25, 22, 23, 25, 24 = 119)
  2. A Morgan
    (25, 25, 23, 23, 22 = 118 + 4)
  3. D Corlett
    (24, 23, 24, 24, 23 = 118 + 2)

Class B

  1. M Simpson (L)
    (24, 24, 19, 20, 21, 23 = 111)
  2. M Barnett
    (22, 22, 24, 19, 21 = 108)
  3. B Faragher
    (21, 22, 20, 20, 22 = 105)

Class C

  1. Z Bellhouse (J)
    (23, 20, 23, 20, 22 = 108)
  2. D Morgan
    (21, 19, 20, 22, 23 = 105)
  3. N Barnett (L)
    (19, 17, 17, 18, 22 = 93)

Next week is a MCTSA  Sporting selection shoot on Saturday afternoon at 1-30 and on Sunday is the Club all Round Championship over one round of each discipline. Duty officers this Saturday are S & M Cross.

Squads Confirmed for GP

CM Partners English Skeet GP

Entries have now closed and a draw has taken place for this Summer’s big Skeet competition, taking place next Sunday 17 July. Squads and teams are as follows:

Team Event Cup

  • P Kelly
  • P Fabrizio
  • N Barnett (L)
  • J Corkill
  • J Moore
  • D Corlett
  • B Faragher
  • G Fabrizio
  • Z Bellhouse
  • R Bowen Matthews
  • M Simpson
  • P Mihailovits
  • D Morgan
  • M Barnett
  • S Cross
  • J Faragher (J)

Squad One

  • P Mihailovits
  • Z Bellhouse (J)
  • M Morgan
  • P Kelly
  • A Morgan

Squad Two

  • R Bowen Matthews
  • B Faragher
  • D Corlett
  • M Barnett
  • G Fabrizio

Squad Three

  • D Morgan
  • J Faragher (J)
  • J Corkill
  • S Cross

Squad Four

  • M Simpson
  • P Fabrizio
  • J Moore
  • N Barnett (L)