DTL Report 2023 Season

Wales DTL Report 2023

It has been an exceptional year for Welsh DTL shooting with excellent individual and team results throughout the year. However, amongst the Welsh contingent we now another two World Champions and a British Champion. It is also worth mentioning our junior Iwan Mills, who posted his 1st but 100/300 this year whilst also finishing top 3 junior in most of our major shoots.

World DTL Championship

We started the year, with a team of Welsh shooters travelling over to Cape Town, South Africa to compete at the World DTL Championships in March. The Worlds greeted them with high winds and sunshine affecting the targets all over the place, although the bright sunshine gave good visibility. The team shot well overall however not quite close enough to gain a podium place.

Individually, Dave Baugh shooting extremely well finishing top in the Super Veterans on a score of 297/300 kills 869/900 points to become World DTL Super Veteran Champion. To add to this, we had another Welshman on the podium, Elis Jones shot a score of 300/300 kills 895/900 points to become the new World DTL Champion. This was certainly a trip to remember for the Welsh team.

  • World DTL Champion – Elis Jones (300/895)
  • Super Veteran World Champion – David Baugh (297/869)

European Championships

The team travelled over to Crossmore SG, Ireland to compete, in what was a long week of competitive shooting. We had an excellent start to the week, in the European Championship which preceded the Home International and British Open. We saw some great individual results with Phillip Morgan finishing 3rd overall on a tremendous score of 200/598 following a shoot off and Iwan Mills following on with his good form finishing 3rd in the Juniors on a brilliant score of 197/588.

In the team event, performing well yet again this year, our Veteran and Super Veteran teams finishing on the podium.

The Veteran team consisting of Colin, Dennis Evans and David Waite finished in 3rd position behind the French and a very strong English squad.

The Super Veteran team finished one better in 2nd position consisting of Tim Howells, Richard Millichamp and David Baugh with the Irish team in 3rd and just behind the English team in 1st position.

  • 3rd Overall Bronze Medal – European DTL Championships – Philip Morgan (200/598)
  • 3rd Bronze Medal Junior – European DTL Championships – Iwan Mills (197/588)
  • 3rd Bronze Medal – Veteran Team
  • 2nd Silver Medal – Super Veteran Team

Home International

The Home International competition followed two days of tough competition in the Europeans. The weather was not kind to us with it being overcast and showers throughout the day. The Irish team were superior with high scores coming in across the board; however, there were some good performances from the Welsh team members. Yet again the ‘on-form’ Iwan Mills finished Runner-Up Junior of the Match on 99/292 and yet again our Super Veteran team gaining a spot to finish on top, winning ICTSC Trophy and Badge as the winning Super Veteran team consisting of Tim Howells, Richard Millichamp, David Baugh, Tom Devaney and Tom Griffiths.

The individual awards went to:

  • Overall and Senior High Gun of Wales – Elis Jones
  • Runner-Up Senior High Gun of Wale – Phil Morgan
  • Ladies High Gun of Wales – Laura Lewis
  • Junior Hugh Gun of Wales – Iwan Mils
  • Veteran High Gun of Wales – Colin Lewis
  • Super Veteran High Gun of Wales- David Baugh
  • New Cap High Gun of Wales – Llion Faulkner

British Open Championship

It was similar weather conditions again for the British Open, however the Irish and Northern Irish teams were strong with high scores shot, in the categories the English teams were shooting particularly well with the Welsh teams slightly off the pace.

However, we saw some fine shooting from many individuals, with Glyn Bullock shooting a brilliant personal best 100/298 to win the A Class Trophy. Tied at the top for British Open title was Elis Jones on 100/299 with the Scot Kevan Smith and Northern Irish shooter Bernard Cassidy. Following an exciting shoot off the British Open title went to Elis.

  • British Open Champion – Overall High Gun and Senior Gun – Elis Jones (100/299 s/o 25/75)
  • High Gun of Wales and High Gun over 2 days – Elis Jones
  • Ladies High Gun of Wales – Laura Lewis
  • Junior High Gun of Wales – Iwan Mills
  • Veteran High Gun of Wales – Colin Lewis
  • Super Veteran High Gun of Wales – David Baugh