The 1st October 2022 was the date of East Kent hosting the return clay shoot against our colleagues from Essex, every year we visit Essex and in turn they visit us here in the Garden of England.
The venue this year was Hawley Clay Shooting Ground, a small ground close to Dartford and the Queen Elizabeth crossing.
This was the first time that we had used this ground for our annual shoot with our friends from Essex in the hope to offer them an alternative venue.
Eleven of our visitors travelled across the mighty Thames and twelve of our shooters offered them an interesting and competitive morning, Andy, the ground owner, has arranged ten stands from which each shooter was faced with ten clays either as a simultaneous pair or one following the other in an attempt to simulate game shots and with the wind blowing quite considerably some of these proved challenging.
Shooting commenced with the 23 shooters being split into five squads and away we went but not until many cups of tea/coffee were consumed along with several bacon rolls from the very welcome “Chuck Wagon” on site.
Two hours of shooting, Banter and a great deal of laughter followed when we all returned to the much needed “Chuck Wagon” while the scores were calculated and it was a victory for East Kent who managed to win this event by a very modest eight clays. A very close result but a victory for the home team, here’s to our next very enjoyable outing with our colleagues from across the Thames.