Well folks Another weekend another Championship this time it’s the Universal Trench being held at Nuthampstead Shooting ground in Herts. This ground is always worth a visit, I have been going there for more years than I care to remember, in fact since its start. We are very lucky to have it within reach of the Cambs shooters to enable us to hold our Championships every year. When I arrived, it was packed with shooters, not just for the UT, as it was also the South East Intercounties shoot, but they were also holding a sporting shoot on the other ranges.
And to the nitty gritty. The winner of the Cambridgeshire UT was Graham Carter who shot an 81. This score was also shot by George Waller, who last time I saw him was a little lad, but not anymore, he was full grown and about 6ft 6 tall or more in fact I am sure I could see snow on his head. Joking apart they both shot 81 but a technicality prevented them from having a shoot off. So not only did Graham take the Cambs Championship he also took the Vets title. Following close on his heels was Nick Evans (this year’s OT Champion), Peter Waller and John Russo (last year’s Champ). The Ladies’ went to Michele Conway and not for the first time I might add, as her name was sprinkled all over the trophy having won it many times.
It was a good tough shoot as it was also the weekend of the gales. Well shot to all who travelled and many thanks to the staff of Nutty Shooting ground.
Right folks this is the one The Cambridgeshire sporting championship.
On rolling out of my bed Sunday 13th May I thought this is the day we all look forward to drawing back the curtains, I thought what rotten luck its dark, cloudy just like the forecast said but didn’t see any rain yet. Anyway, left home with all my waterproofs taking my camera and not my gun, thinking at least it won’t be wet in the club house.
Getting to the ground still no rain in fact it looked a bit lighter, the club house was full of happy shooters all raring to get going and it wasn’t long before the time came and they started to make their way to the nominated stands to start.
Seeing the top man of the week Richard Bunning, making his way up the very high hill to start I decided to take my camera and go and join the squad. That was an eye opener seeing him shoot the stand straight, a tricking rabbit going down the hill just in front and a long L to R looked miles away. He did make them look easy and I thought I know who is going to be High Gun today.
I spent most of the day wandering about from stand to stand. I watched a lot of top class shooting, it was a pleasure to be there.
I came across some squads of Colts who were for the first time shooting a new format of 50 targets for the Cambs Championship Trophy. They could if they wished shoot the full 100 but the Championship was over 50 targets, this was a follow on from the training giving by Cambridge Gun Club working with the Cambs CPSA Committee.
Seven Colts were in attendance. As we were lucky to get even one in previous years it was good to see. Well done to all Cambridgeshire new colts for entering the competition, great to see.
Out of the seven Colts Sam Halls came out on top shooting 40 from the 50 and with Ami Hedgecock breathing down his neck with a 37 the young lad became Cambridgeshire Colt Champion. Not to be out done Ami carried on to finish with 69, taking the Cambridgeshire Ladies Championship from nine other ladies, so a well earned Championship for Sam and Ami.
If I reported on all the super shooting going on that day, it would take more than this magazine could cope with.
I came across, who seems to be, the Cambs permanent Champion. He has won it so many times its remarkable. He makes it look easy and I guess it perhaps is for him and if he could bottle it he would become a very rich man. And so, Philip Gray shot 97 to become 2018 county Champion again. And as last year Justin Bladen was runner up and Senior Champion with a 93 also super shooting.
Michael Fryer went steadily on his way to a super 88 to take the Vets title. The juniors went to Taylor Hedgecock with a super 88 again top shooting worth going just to watch.
Final Results :
Cambs Champion Philip Gray
Senior Champion Justin Bladen
Vets Champion Michael Fryer
Ladies Champion Ami Hedgecock
Junior Champion Taylor Hedgecock
Colts Champion Sam Halls
The classes AA Phil Gray 87
A Justin Bladen 93
B Chris Morris 89
C Mark Adams. 75.
Many thanks to Cambridge Gun Club for their support as usual.
Hi Folks, well a fairly quiet month was June but on the 3rd we held the Cambridgeshire Single Barrel Championship at Cambridge Gun Club. A nice but cold day and a good few shooters taking part including a good size contingent from across the border in Suffolk.
As the day unfolded it seemed that last year’s winner with a 99, Steve Kirby, would not be taking the massive shield back home with him as Steve’s score of 93 was not quite enough. Tim Jones had shot a 94 not long after Richard Croft (the recently crowned Vets DTL Champion), had also recorded a 94. At that point a shoot off was envisaged. Going steadily on the last squad was Steve Eley, who had every chance of beating the 94 until the last round which meant he finished on a steady 92. So we did have a shoot off to look forward to!
Meanwhile we had an unusual thing, two colts from the training program organised by The Cambridge Gun Club & Cambs CPSA had entered, and usually we never get Colts shooting Single Barrel, so this was a first. So we had, Sam Halls, the Colts winner of the Cambridgeshire Sporting, who was changing disciplines and Ethan Lord, winner of the Colts Cambridgeshire DTL and so we had a competition in progress. The DTL winner (Ethan Lord) came out on top so is now both Cambs DTL and Cambs Single Barrel Colt Champion.
As a side note, the Cambs DTL didn’t have a Colts Trophy, but Philip Barnard offered to buy one and have it in memory of Philip’s parents Linda & John Barnard. His Dad (John), would have been known to many of you, having supported Cambridgeshire in shooting and in his work on Cambs CPSA committee over many years.
And so the shoot off………….. Tim Jones shot an excellent 24, beating Richard Croft by 3 points – Well done Tim!
Champion. Tim Jones 94
Vets Tim Jones 94
Ladies Hazel Whiten 89
Colts Ethan Lord 57
Many thanks to Cambridge GC for their hospitality.
The Cambs teams for the Inter-counties skeet at Northampton on the 12th August are as follows .
Peter Wright.John Russell. Roger Fletcher. Peter Cook.
Phil Barnard. Albert Taylor, Glen Mouldin, James Yarrow, Peter Gaskin.
Marcus Webb, Janet Maguire, Amelia Smith. Archie Bowman. Mandy Webb..
Ami Hedgcock, Taylor Hedgcock, Marcus Lord. Ethan Lord, Julian Berridge.
Chris Morris and Malcom Collins picking there own time
Team Manager Roger Fletcher.
Any mistakes Allan Wright
The Cambs teams for the Intercounties Sporting to be held at Highwaymans on the 5th August are. Senior Team: Phil Gray / Justin Bladen / Wayne Reeve /M King / Robert Allen / Mark Bowes / Graham Valentine /Daren Stanford. Vets Team.
Brian Dunbavin / Michale Fryer / Dennis Pettett /A Corney/ Junior Team.
Taylor Hedgcock / Keiran Carter / Dan Mawby/ Ladies Team.
Ami Hedgcock / Mel Comyn Otter/ Amelia Smith / CA Lowrie.
No booking required, just turn up and shoot.
Will you please contact Allan Wright to confirm whether you are going or not .
01354 653290 .
This was the East Midlands and Cambridgeshire Double Trap Championship. 5 Cambs shooters attended and after a very close match between Matt Sheldrake and Tim Jones. It did come down to the last round, but Tim took the title with his score of 116 with Matt finishing on 114. Many thanks to Nuthampstead for hosting this event
EM & Cambridgeshire Champion – Tim Jones
Ladies EM & Cambridgeshire Champion – Michele Conway
Well another eagerly awaited Championship is upon us the Cambridgeshire DTL Championship. This is always well attended and today was no different. 10 squads were lined up in the hope of taking home the coveted DTL trophy. From the go it looked rather like last year’s champion may be doing the same this year having started with 50/150 with half the shoot done and dusted. But unfortunately thing
s don’t always go as planned as it didn’t for Richard Morris on this day but he completed the next 50 targets to finish with 99/292 as did his dad Chris Morris. We still had a strong contingent to follow with the likes of Matt Sheldrake and Paul Ward (who last won this trophy in 1992) and Philip Barnard sporting a new Beretta which works at skeet having shot a 96 at Nottingham in the EM championship in the morning, before getting to Cambridge GC to change the chokes for DTL.
The weather was good but for a varying wind making the odd target either raise or drop but not too bad considering the disastrous last few months.
As the scores started coming in it was clear that it was not possible to pick a clear winner as yet.
But at the end of the day we had a clear Champion in Paul Ward with a 100/296 closely followed by Matt Sheldrake with 99/295. To add to the excitement Richard Croft came in with a 100/295; Richard being a Vet had it sewn up for his first ever county championship. Geoff Howlet a Suffolk shooter put in a super 299 to take High Gun over all, but lucky for the Cambs shooters he couldn’t take the Cambridgeshire Championship.
Champion Paul Ward
Senior Matt Sheldrake
Ladies Hazel Whiten (not for the first time)
Colts Ethan Lord
Vets Richard Croft
AA Richard Morris
A Chris Morris
B Brian Jacobs
C Jason Pereira
Well done to everyone who entered and many thanks to Cambridge Gun Club once again.
Well we were not disappointed as on the day 60 entries were recorded at the desk of Eriswell Lodge. Later 2 shooters did call off but 58 according to Johnathon the ground manager this was a record.
Also, it’s worth saying we had the gods shining on us with the weather.
When arriving I spoke to last year’s winner Albert Taylor as he was leaving for another shoot he had posted 99. When I reached the Clubhouse I found Chris Morris had done the same. Well I’m thinking we should have a good team this year.
During the day I saw a lot of very good shooting and some very good scores posted. It didn’t take me long to see that we had a good selection of Ladies and Colts to make up the numbers as well.
At the end of the day Albert Taylor and Chris Morris with their 99’s were the winners. This meant a shoot off was imminent and with the Bev Waller trophy at stake this meant that any shooter on the day could take the trophy, so a shoot off to decide that had to take place. The shoot off consisted of two Suffolk shooters and our own Chris Morris.
This was doubles on 4 and was well worth watching. Eric Chapman took the honours and was a worthy winner.
That over results were:
Chris Morris was Cambs County Champ. 99
Albert Taylor is Senior Champ 99
Vets went to Tim Jones 97
Colts Archie Bowman 93
Ladies after a shoot off with Janet Maguire went to Ami Hedgecock 89
AA Chris Morris 99
A Glen Moulding 97
B Peter Gaskin 95
C Marcus Webb 90.
I note that Archie Bowman shot 2 x25 straights on his way to the colts trophy , It also looks like we have ladies Colts and Vets a plenty so the Intercounties at Northampton on the glorious twelfth (12/8) should see a very good entry from Cambs