Clean sweep for Highlanders

May 17, 2018

Army Cadets from the Highlands fired their way to success at a shooting competition. 

The cadets, from 1st Battalion the Highlanders, returned home with a clean sweep of trophies from the Scottish Cadet Target Rifle Meet, held at Barry Buddon Ranges near Dundee.

Twelve cadets from the Battalion took part in the competition, either in shooting or by helping in administrative duties throughout the day: Cadet Colour Sergeant Euan Stewart (17), Cadet Lance Corporal Samuel Stubbs (14), Cadet Corporal Rhianna Russell (17), Cadet Lance Corporal Kaleb Robertson (16) and Cadet Lance Corporal Katie Wallace (14), from Inverness Company, Cadet Colour Sergeant Jadzia Calder (17), Cadet Lance Corporal Leah Goodman (15) and Cadet Lance Corporal Jennifer Calder (15), from Moray Company, and Cadet Corporal Hunter Ross (15), Cadet Lance Corporal Andy Tait (15), Cadet Lance Corporal Lewis McMillan and Cadet Cameron Ross (13), from Ross Company.

The day-long competition saw the cadets fire the Cadet Target Rifle competing against Battalions from across Scotland. The Battalion entered two teams: the A Team consisting of CSgt Calder, CSgt Stewart, LCpl Tait and LCpl Stubbs and the B Team: Cpl Russell, LCpl Robertson, LCpl Calder and LCpl Goodman. The team was supported by Cpl Ross, LCpl McMillian, LCpl Wallace and Cdt Ross who were responsible for the range butts, changing the targets and other admin duties.

It was a very successful day for the Highlanders, with the Battalion winning every single trophy on offer. The A Team came 1st in the Watts Bowl, for the 300m shoot, and the Frankfurt Trophy, for the 500m shoot. The team also competed for a new trophy in this year’s competition, a self-coached 600m shoot, which saw CSgt Stewart of Inverness Detachment win.

The B Team had an equally successful day by coming 2nd just behind the A Team in every competition, with the exception of one event.

As well as competing against cadets from across Scotland they were also competing against each other for top shot, which went to LCpl Stubbs of Raigmore Detachment.

Both teams have now qualified to take part in the Inter-Service Cadet Rifle Meeting, held at Bisley Ranges in Surrey, during the summer, competing against Army, Air and Sea Cadet units from across the UK.