It was the perfect birthday present for veteran Guyanese shooter Richard ‘Dickie’ Fields who celebrated his 72nd birthday; Guyana successfully defending the West Indies Fullbore Shooting Council (WIFBSC) Long Range Title for the Milex Cup.
The Guyanese led by Captain Mahendra Persaud turned back the challenge of four other Caribbean nations including hosts Barbados at the Paragon Ranges, Christ Church yesterday afternoon.
So commanding was the performance of the 8-man Guyana team ably backed up by its support staff and Head Coach Paul Slowe that they touched the 700+ mark – none of their opponents were able to come close as the Guyanese won by a handsome 63 points – a final score of 741 and 37 V-Bulls which was also the most achieved by any of the countries.
Taking the 2nd place was hosts Barbados with 678-29; Antigua and Barbuda shooting in Barbados for the first time after joining the WIFBSC just over 4 years ago, upset Trinidad and Tobago to take the 3rd place with a score of 670-29. Trinidad finished 4th with 652-26 while Bermuda occupied the cellar position with 534-16.
The performance of the Guyanese team was splendid given the challenging conditions at the Paragon Ranges; the team continues to hold its own in displaying a high level of togetherness and unity.
The experience of Wind Coaches Paul Slowe, Ransford Goodluck and Captain Mahendra Persaud has also contributed in a major way to Guyana’s victory.
Persaud complimented the team for putting in a great effort allowing them to retain the top spot at the Long range in the Caribbean. “I must compliment these guys and the support staff for this effort in taking us to victory once again. This win is dedicated to Mr. Richard ‘Dickie’ Fields a great asset to our team and we wish him God’s continued Blessings and more outstanding performances for Guyana.”
Persaud, who has been leading Guyana for the past 8 year’s noted that Guyana has always been recognized as the best in the Caribbean at Long Range but is also cognizant that at Short Range it will be a fierce battle.
The Short Range Championship for the Wray & Nephew Anchor Cup will be contested today at the 300, 500 and 600 yard ranges and Persaud is anticipating that the teams will be aiming to rebound today.
“When it comes to the short ranges you find that they will all be coming hard at us and can do well but, so we have to lift our game and maintain the focus and continue to be strong as a team.”
Guyana will be fielding the same team for today’s competition which will bring down the curtain on this year’s West Indies Fullbore Shooting Championships.
The team from the Land of Many Waters will be aiming for a clean sweep of the major silverware as they aim for another win today to compliment the Long Range and Individual Championship which was won by veteran Ransford Goodluck after 3-days of intense rivalry.
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