A winning week for Surrey at the 2011 Scottish Shooting Championships

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Gerry Moncur of Sykes / McQueen target division presents the club pairs trophy to Lina Jones and Paul Duxbury Gerry Moncur of Sykes / McQueen target division presents the club pairs trophy to Lina Jones and Paul DuxburySurrey small-bore rifle shooters have returned from a windy July Scottish National Small-bore Rifle Meeting with a collection of trophies, including Bookham RC shooters bagging wins in the two club pairs competitions, the squadded X/A Class Any Sights and the Women’s Scottish Championship. The Surrey team were also on form, but had to settle for consolation runners-up medals against home county, Caithness, in the County Sextette Shield. True to form, the Scottish national teams were successful in the home countries competitions.

The event took place in the far north of Scotland, near Castletown, Caithness, from 2nd to 9th July 2011, with Surrey represented by 8 competitors and supported by County President Mike Bailey and Janet Bailey.

The range facilities were excellent, with the usual stats, club, association and tea tents, all positioned close to the 120 covered grass firing points. Competitors were able to leave their rifles overnight in the range armoury and the W.I. catered with exceptional cakes. For English shooters, the only missing ingredient was a St George’s Cross flag amongst the home nations and UN flags decorating the range – apparently the Scots ran out of flag poles!

Flags flying high at the Thurdistoft rangeFlags flying high at the Thurdistoft rangeThe story of the opening weekend was the weather, which was reportedly exceptionally good for Caithness and superb by any standards. So, with very light winds (6 mph), bright blue skies and brilliant sunshine, many of the Surrey shooters took full advantage as conditions peaked towards the end of Sunday, plastering on as many un-squadded competition stickers as possible. As a result, Surrey achieved a competitive position in the County Sextette match at the close of the weekend, with half of the team having shot, whilst Bookham effectively won the Club Pairs on the Sunday by posting a score that would prove to be unbeatable in the increasingly windy conditions that prevailed thereafter.

At an individual level, Lina Jones (Bookham RC) achieved dominance with scores of 786 ex 800 in the Women’s Scottish Championship and 392 ex 400 in the NSRA Life & Annual Members competition - scores that would have been good in any conditions. Lina also won the X Class Help for Heroes competition. Further success followed for Paul Duxbury (Bookham RC) in the Any Sights squadded competition, which he won with an impressive score of 397 points out of 400. Peter Jones (Bookham RC) was pipped by a point for the Class B,C and D squadded Any Sights trophy.

The tale of the meeting was the wind… more precisely the shooters favourite, a fishtailing head wind. Described by a Scottish shooter as conditions “I wouldn’t play golf in”, average wind speeds were constantly above 15mph, with heavy gusts shaking rifles. The effect of the wind could be clearly seen in the scores, with an average of 97.6 winning the X class weekend aggregate, compared with an average of 93.8 winning the X class aggregate for the entire week (see all the scores here):

Experimental range procedures also presented a challenge for competitors and range officers alike and while aspects of the experiment were welcomed by some, by common consent they were too rigid to make the most of the limited 10 minute changeover between details. It is hoped that significant modifications will be made before the Bisley meeting, if the experiment continues.

Two Surrey shooters coped particularly well with the challenging conditions, with Jane Newing and Charlotte Doe both achieving 6th place in their classes (B and D respectively) in the main aggregate. Elsewhere some Surrey shooters held their own with ‘mid table respectability’, whilst others found the conditions too challenging on this occasion and will be moving down a class for the Bisley meeting. After Lina Jones’ achievements at the weekend, she was heard to exclaim that she was “Gone with the Wind!” after her disappointing performance in the aggregate.

The Surrey Sextette members who had not shot their cards during the weekend tried their best to identify calmer details during the week to complete their contributions. However in the end Surrey were overcome by a very strong Caithness team, who, faced with similar conditions for their remaining shooters, emerged as worthy winners, leaving Surrey in 2nd place. The Surrey team consisted of Lina Jones (Captain), Stephanie Postlethwaite (Addiscombe RC), Jane Newing (Hampton RC), Geoff Doe (Worplesdon R&PC), Paul Duxbury and Peter Jones.

Geoff and Charlotte DoeGeoff and Charlotte DoeFather and daughter team Geoff and Charlotte Doe (Worplesdon R&PC) also tried their luck in the Sharpshooter 100 yard clay disc shoot and while they didn’t manage to progress as hoped, they did manage a smile for their team photo.

So a mixed week of results for Surrey county, club and individual competitors at the Scottish championships, with some highs and lows but overall a sense of a very enjoyable and challenging week of competition, in an excellent location with first class facilities and a desire to do even better at the National meeting at Bisley in August.

For those interested in more information about the Scottish meeting, an excellent website was put up, including details of scores and pictures: http://www.caithness-scottishrm.org.uk Pictures taken by Surrey shooters can be found at: http://flic.kr/s/aHsjvisM1a

The NSRA faces challenges in 2012 with pressures on staff, volunteers and competitors due to the Olympics, but hopefully Surrey shooters will be keen to attend future Scottish meetings to challenge again for the Sextette honours and enjoy a shooting holiday in picturesque surroundings.











SCOTTISH NATIONAL MEETING 2011 SURREY COUNTY, CLUB & INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

 

COUNTY RESULTS

County Sextette

1st Caithness 2312

50m

100yd

Total

L Jones

197

196

393

 

P Duxbury

194

195

389

 

JE Newing

190

193

383

 

P Jones

189

189

378

 

S Postlethwaite

187

185

372

 

G Doe

193

177

370

 

2nd Surrey

2285

3rd Aberdeenshire 2262

 

CLUB RESULTS

 

Lord Forteviot Cup

1st Dumfries 1129

P Jones

365

L Jones

351

P Duxbury

374

9th Bookham

1090

 

NZ Challenge Shield (100yds ex 400)

1st Alloa & District 1106

P Jones

372

P Duxbury

354

L Jones

343

10th Bookham

1069

 

Club Open Pairs (concurrent with club mixed pairs)

L Jones

197

196

393

 

P Duxbury

194

195

389

 

1st Bookham

782

 

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meeting Aggregate (Comp 6)

Class

Aggregate Score

Position

Winning Score

 

L Jones

X

1759

32nd

1878

 

P Duxbury

A

1830

26th

1878

 

S Postlethwaite

A

1785

43rd

1878

 

JE Newing

B

1874

6th

1916

 

P Jones

B

1847

18th

1916

 

CS Doe

D

1813

6th

1864

 

 

 

Kent Cup (Women’s Scottish Championship)

Life & Annual Members

1st L Jones

786

1st L Jones

392

 

 

 

Kathleen Smith Cup (Any Sights Squadded)

Help for Heroes

1st P Duxbury

397

1st L Jones

394