William Vella wins first Airgun competition of season

Monday, November 22, 2010, 11:00

The official opening of the Malta Air-Rifle & Air-Pistol Club’s shooting season 2010 – 2011 finally got underway last Saturday with various exciting airgun shooting competitions at the Bidnija 10m Indoor Ranges.

Malta Air-Rifle Champion William Vella being coached by British Air-Rifle Champion James Huckle

Malta Air-Rifle Champion William Vella being coached by British Air-Rifle Champion James Huckle

 
William Vella was again the protagonist in the air-rifle competition to win the event with a score of 573+97.8 ahead of Lawrence Darmanin, who after a long layoff made a good comeback to take 2nd place with a score of 562+98.1. Austin Vella finished in 3rd place scoring 457+64.8. Romeo Zuber was 4th with a score of 420+68.8.
 
In the Air-Pistol (men) event, Ray Cacciattolo who recently won a bronze medal during his participation in the Welsh Airgun Championships in Cardiff, won first place with a good score of 549+95.7. Martin Grech came in 2nd place scoring 494+87.5 points and newcomer Emmanuel Grech achieved a respectable 3rd placing with a score of 465+86.9 in his first competition.
 
The Ladies Air-Pistol event was won by Eleanor Bezzina with a score of 361+96.3 and was followed in 2nd place by the ever improving Josette Calleja with a score of 323+91.3. Eleanor also took part in the recent Welsh Airgun Championships quite successfully and left very good impressions after winning a silver and a bronze medals in Ladies Air-Pistol events when competing against experienced shooters coming from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales and Norway.
 
It is now hoped that with full support from the Malta Shooting Sport Federation and the Maltese Olympic Committee, our shooting athletes will continue to register further improvment in their bid to achieve even greater success in the forthcoming Liechtenstein GSSE next year.





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