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Barrow Heath: Some of you may have heard on the grapevine that Barrow Heath has been the victim of a suspected arson attack. However the planned shoots will continue to happen - full details at www.barrowheath.co.uk
The 2009 AGM will be held at Quy Mill Hotel on Tuesday 20th January. This year's entertainment will be provided by Dry Fire who have offered to demonstrate their practice system; there will be an opportunity for people to try this from 6.30pm onwards. The AGM starts at 8pm.
Those of you who knew Geoff Barton, may be interested to read of the first annual Geoff Barton Memorial Sportrap at Country Pursuits which occurred on November 9th. It is written up, with photos, on the Country Pursuits Website.
Congratulations to the Seniors' Sporting Team for a near-win and a well-earned runners-up place in the East Midlands Intercounties Sporting at Grange Farm on 12th October. Beaten by Bedfordshire (533) to our 530. So near, and yet....
For shooters who wish to see their classifications in a concise layout, take a look at www.cpsd.co.uk.
CONGRATULATIONS to the Seniors' and Veterans' Skeet Teams for their wins in the East Midlands' Intercounties competition. Although we're used to the Veterans' Team doing well (won in 2007, 2nd in 2006), it is 13 years since Cambridgeshire won the Seniors competition at Skeet. Well done everyone. And on the subject of the Veterans' team, well done to Rod Gifford for scoring 100 straight (shame you went Birds Only, eh Rod?).
J Barnard, R Gifford, A Clarke, D Christensen, C Morris, P Cook
The Intercounties Sporting Team has now been announced. FITASC teams to follow. Remember that one of the few perks of representing your county is the right to buy some stylish and oh-so-desperately-elitist County Team Clothing embroidered with the county crest. For 2008 we have completely revamped what is available and how you can obtain it - see here for details.
The Intercounties DTL took place on September 21st. Remember it's the taking part that matters, not the winning!
The County Olympic Trap Championship, the last individual championship of the year, was won in fine style by James Sole, shooting a 75-straight as part of his awesome 96ex100 score. Anita North retained the Ladies' trophy and Michele Conway took the Vets'. Also the Champion of Champions has concluded with only two points separating the top three: if you don't want to know the result before the AGM, then don't click here!
The County Double Trap Championship took place at Nuthampstead. Mick Burrows romped home as County Champion with 122ex150, ahead of Veteran High Gun Rod Gifford on 112. Lady High Gun was Sarah Christensen on 82. Full details here.
Congratulations to Cambridgeshire's All Round Veterans Team (John Barnard, Rod Gifford, Tony Randall, John Reynolds) on winning the East Midlands Intercounties' All Round Competition at Mid Norfolk Shooting School on August 31st. Full details here.
Teams for the forthcoming intercounties Skeet can be found by clicking on the discipline name.
Congratulations to the Ladies' ABT Team for winning the East Midlands Regional Intercounty ABT. Commiserations to our other ABT Teams. The Veterans' Team came 3rd, while the Seniors' Team limped home in in 6th (from 8). And while the Juniors' Team sadly came last, at least George Waller did have the wherewithall to put in an 87, two ahead of his father and the third highest Cambridgeshire score of the day after Anita North (90) and Phil Barnard with a most impressive 94.
Congratulations to Leroy Buckland on shooting 100 straight at the British Open Skeet at Doveridge. Further congratulations on a further 25 straight in the first round of the shoot-off. Commiserations mixed with hearty congratulations on coming second in the sudden-death shoot-off to take second place in the British Open.
The All-Round Competition took place at Northampton SG on July 27th, sponsored by Whittlesey Gun Shop
As well as sponsoring the competition, Dave Shipman of Whittlesey Gun Shop managed to take the AA class title with a fine score of 90. Overall County Champion was Steve Grant with 93, two ahead of Brian Dunbavin (A Class winner) on 91. Veterans' and B Class winner was John Reynolds. C Class went to N Reynolds. Full All Round details here.
Congratulations to County ZZ Champion Jane Bell on winning a place in the Great Britain ZZ Team. After a superb performance in the qualifying shoots, including a high-gun 20/20, she is off to Argentina with Team GB for the World Championships in September.
The Unremittingly Torrential weather for the Universal Trench competition saw Pete Waller take the County Championship and Michele Conway retain the Ladies' and Veterans' trophies. Grace Rogerson in her first ever UT shoot took the Junior HIgh Gun. Full details and photos here.
The Cambridshire 2008 English Skeet Competition, sponsored by Camtech Photographic, was shot in very blustery wind giving very variable targets that kept everyone (in the remarkably small turnout) on their toes at Northampton Shooting Ground on June 29th. Peter Cook regained his County Title with 99ex100 - making it all the way to high 6 on layout 4 before dropping his only target. Sarah Christensen took the Ladies' title and C Class on 88, Rod Gifford to the Veterans' and A class on 95. Chris Morris took AA with 96, and Phil Barnard B class with 95. Full details and photos, including the Bev Waller Memorial result are here.
The Sportrap Championship at Country Pursuits targets which, although tough, was reported as enjoyable by most of the competitors. The consistency of the target setting was shown by the County Championship being won on the same score as the previous two years, by Brian Dunbavin on 86, four ahead of Juniors' Champion Phil Gray. Rod Gifford took the Vets' with 77, Josh Pearson the Colts' with 75 and newcomer Kay Hodson the Ladies' with 37.
The big shoot of the year, the Cambridgeshire Sporting Championship, sponsored by Camtech Photographic, was held as usual in conjunction with the Les King Memorial Shoot at Barrow Heath. 246 shooters, including 67 Cambridgeshire shooters, attended over the two days. Barry Simpson took the County Championship on 92 (having dropped 6 of his eight losses on one stand), but lost the shoot-off for the Les King by one target to his son Paul. Anyone visiting their shop this week, please try to avoid mentioning the shoot! The Veterans' Trophy was retained by Philip Simpson, Juniors was won by Phil Gray and Jane Bell retained her Ladies' trophy. Full scores including Class winners and photos are available here.
FITASC: Philip Simpson and Jamie Harding tied on 86. A shoot-off saw Jamie take the County Championship, with Philip having to content himself with the Veterans' Trophy. Phil Gray took the Juniors' Trophy with 83, and Sarah Christensen retained her Ladies' Trophy. Thanks to Simpson's of Newmarket for sponsoring this competition. Full details and more photos here.
A busy weekend of other conflicting shoots - and torrential rain - saw a disappointingly low turnout for the ABT. The shoot was sponsored by Northampton Shooting Ground, and also held there. Competition was fierce with a 25-23 victory in the shootoff clinching the title for Phil Barnard ahead of Mick Burrows with 85 apiece. Hot on their heels was Michele Conway with 84, just snatching the Ladies' Title ahead of Sarah Christensen on 83. John Barnard took the Vets' title with 82. Full details here. As an intersting aside - this is the second consecutive county championship with two winners in the same family!
Our first sponsored competition was the DTL sponsored by Mike Williams of High Tower Shooting Ground, taking place at High Tower Shooting Ground on a sunny May day. Despite a reasonable turnout, most of the trophies went home in the same car, with Gordon Tate taking the County Championship and Veterans' title and his granddaughter Grace Rogerson taking the Ladies Trophy, Colts' Trophy and C Class Trophy. An outstanding family performance, particularly from the young Ms Rogerson. Full details/photo here.
Bank Holiday Monday saw more perfect shooting weather for the Cambridgeshire Double Rise Championships at High Tower Shooting Ground. Bright sunlight on orange targets and a steady wind lead to much higher scores than last year, with Phil Barnard taking the County title with 94ex100 and Tony Randall taking the Veterans' title with 80. Lady High Gun was Sarah Christensen with 82ex100, with Junior High Gun going to G Rogerson with 53ex100. Full details here, with photos.
The winter-wear for the Sleet Doubles gave way to suncream for the ZZ Helice Championships and a clear winner emerged in the form of Jane Bell, successfully defending her Ladies' title and really rubbing the point home by taking the overall Championship as well. With only two birds dropped, it was a commanding performance from the start, inspired it seems by missing all but one of her practice birds before the competition! Full results here.
The Skeet (or should that be Sleet, given the weather!) Doubles took place alongside the East Midlands' championship at Lakenheath on 23rd March. Despite a bitterly cold wind, snow on the ground and freezing conditions there was a closely fought competition with a shoot-off for the title which went to Chris Morris (96+23) ahead of our new Veterans' champion, Alan Clarke (96+20). Janet Maguire retained her Ladies' title with 91, and newcomer Matthew Pluck took the Juniors' title with 90. Full results and more photos here.
16th Feb: So that the members can see what the committee is up to (and hopefully feel more inclined to stand for election in future years), the committee decided at its February meeting to publish the minutes from now on. A list of available minutes is on the committee page. Team managers have also been appointed.
The County AGM was held on 29th January. The evening opened with a remembrance of Geoff Barton and Dick Aves, both keen shooters and recent CPSA County Champions, who sadly both died in the last year.
A vote was taken at the AGM as to whether to continue with the County Magazine in its paper form. After a lively discussion a decision was taken to stop producing the Magazine. It was felt that the combination of details published in Pull! and on this website would suffice.
If you are a shooter and would like to join the CPSA, please see here. As well as comprehensive shooting insurance (which covers rough and game shooting as well as clays), it allows you to compete in the county and national championships and teams. We are particularly keen for young shooters and ladies to join as it is a sport that can be enjoyed by all (and we need some more ladies/juniors for some of our teams!)
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