Competing competitions led to a disappointing turnout for the Cambridgeshire UT on Saturday 8th July 2017. The shoot itself – shared with the Hertfordshire Championship – had 27 entrants, but only two of these were from Cambridgeshire.
David Christensen, the defending champion, got off to a poor start with a 17ex25 and from then on stood little chance of catching last year’s Vets’ champion, John Russo, who finished with an impressive 89 to take both the County and Veterans’ titles. David’s form improved, but only enough to finish on 81, and in Cambridgeshire UT, like combat, there are no prizes for second place.
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Day one of the County Skeet was a hot glorious day. However, there was nothing glorious about the very high winds causing some interesting targets. In spite of their erratic flight Albert Taylor put in an amazing first day score of 98 with Robert Allen and Peter Gaskin hot on his tail with 97’s.
Sunday morning dawned bright and cooler with a brisk wind increasing later into what one shooter said was a ‘mini hurricane’. Some great scores were shot by Peter Cook, Chris Morris, Malcolm Collins and Richard Morris, but nobody managed to pip our Albert’s score.
County Champion Albert Taylor (98) also won the Bev Waller Trophy.
Senior Men’s: Peter Gaskin (97)
Ladies’ Champion: Janet Maguire (84)
Vets’ : Peter Cook (96)
Colts’ : A. Bowman(92)
AA Class: R. Allen (97)
A Class: R. Morris (97)
B Class: P. Gaskin (97)
C Class: A. Bowman (92)
28 County Shooters braved the windy conditions so thank you and well done to all.
Our thanks also to Mick & Karen and their staff at Cambridge Gun Club for hosting yet another of our County Championships.
Cambridgeshire results shown below, full results here.
The day was a super day for shooting, and it was good to see so many top shots on a course that us mere mortals thought very testing. The course setter Mick said he thought a 96 would do it but it’s always nice when a specialist course setter is wrong as he was in this case, as a 97 won it.
Wow!! how do they do it, 97 that is fantastic, and this was achieved by A Harvey from Suffolk. As I said, many good shooters took part, but our eyes are, of course, on the Cambridgeshire contingent. This was led By Phil Gray with a super 95 and this was enough to take the County title for who knows how
many consecutive times. Phil was closely followed by Justin Bladen with 93, Harry Seal with 92 and Mark Bowes with 90.
The Vets came out in force and all showed their form, but it was Brian Dunbavin coming out on top once again with a fine 88.
A squad of Ladies were evident, always good to see as Cambridgeshire has a task to get a full ladies team together but I think we may be in luck this year. From the ladies, Holly Duggan shone out not only winning the County Championship but also was top lady overall with a 71 and there was some very good ladies taking part on the day.
The juniors, well, what a top performance from Dan Mawby he shot 88 not only taking the Juniors but also winning A class. Super job Dan.
The Colts also thin on the ground but a very good day for K Carter 74, what a good shoot for a Colt and now County champion.
April 15th & 16th The Cambridgeshire All Round Championship.
This is the second Championship of the year closely following on from the Olympic Skeet but as expected this one was much more popular with the Cambs faithful.
The All Round as per its title consists of some of the most popular CPSA disciplines:
Single Barrel, derived from DTL, but only one shot is permitted
ABT two shots are allowed but only scored as one point whatever shot hits the target
English Skeet; and
and so the total is out of 100.
As we know the cream will always rise to the top, so even on a windy cold weekend, that was what happened with a score of 88: just 12 away can’t be bad. This is what Taylor Hedgecock shot, to become County All Round Champion. There was a chasing pack lead by last year’s Champion Philip Barnard who shot 87, how close is that?
The ladies went to Elizabeth Cook (last year’s Champion) and the Colts to Archie Bowman (again last year’s Champion). The Vets went to Gordon Webster showing his class, and the Juniors also went to Taylor Hedgecock.
Many thanks to Cambridge Gun Club for a very good enjoyable day.
[Thanks to Allan Wright for the report]
Cambridgeshire results shown below. Full results here
This year for the first time it was being held at Priory Shooting Ground at Sutton Bridge in Lincolnshire.
Not a shoot for the faint hearted, it takes a special type of dedication as with most Olympic disciplines. We have just that type of person in Cambridgeshire in Freddy Killander. The proof if you need any, is to look at the averages in “Pull” at the start of the year.
10 Cambridgeshire Shooters had booked in – well 11 if you count me, but I didn’t feel up to it so called off. 21 shooters in total, a very good entry for this shoot. It was also the East Midlands and Notts Championships. The Notts shooters found something else to do on the day and so were a no show.
Some Cambs shooters shot early and had gone by the time I arrived on the ground, but I was in time to watch Freddy in action and that was well worth the journey . He also had 4 other Cambs shooters on his squad including the skeet manager for this year, Don Green, without whom I doubt if we would have had such a good turnout as he worked hard to get them to attend. Don also did what he does best by entertaining the shooters taking part.
As expected Freddy shot very well, not just taking the Cambs Championship, but also the East Midlands – and not for the first time I might add. The next squad out included Philip Smith who took the County Vets title, as he did last year. Most of our shooters enjoyed the shoot, the ground was well run and is well worth a visit. Thanks to all at the Priory.
Cambridgeshire results are shown below. Full results here