June 12, 2015

Clockwise from top left: Sgt Rae, Sgt Crawford, Cpl Kelly and LCpl Connah with one of the team medals.

A team of Forres Army Cadets have won medals in a National Shooting Competition.

Cadet Sergeant Finlay Rae (16), Cadet Sergeant Jake Crawford (17), Cadet Corporal Duncan Kelly (16) and Cadet Lance Corporal Oscar Connah (15) from Forres Detachment, 1st Battalion The Highlanders, have come second in the Walter Kirke National Shooting Competition.

The Walter Kirke is a National Small-bore Rifle Association-sponsored competition, run by the Cadet Council for Rifle Shooting, and is open to all detachments in the Army Cadet Force, with each detachment being able to enter up to two teams with four Cadets in each.

The competition is over two rounds, with each round consisting of each team member firing 10 rounds with the No8 .22 Rifle at a NSRA ‘Bull Target’ card. The first round of the competition was  towards the end of last year and if the team shot well enough they then qualified for the final round, which was fired at the start of this year. Forres Detachment entered one team which came 2nd in the competition and scored 348 points out of a possible 400 in the final round.

This is the highest the detachment has ever come and the highest their battalion has come in recent years.

Forres Detachment Commander, Lieutenant Ryan Dey, was extremely proud of the detachment when he received the letter from the CCRS with their overall final position.

He said: “I myself fired the Walter Kirke a few times as a cadet for Forres Detachment and I never came as close as our Cadets did this year. I am extremely proud of them in everything they have achieved. It’s safe to say we shall be aiming for first place next year.”

The Forres team competed against 92 other ACF teams in this year’s competition, including a team from the battalion’s Stornoway Detachment who finished 5th in the competition.