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
All but one of the Cambridgeshire Fixtures are now determined – see here for details. The ABT will be held at The Priory, but the date is yet to be determined. There was a *provisional* date of 17th June – this has been cancelled.
The first Cambridgeshire Championship is English Skeet on April 1st – Easter Sunday – although the first East Midlands Championship is this Sunday, 11th March (ABT).
Cambridgeshire CPSA, in conjunction with Cambridge Gun Club, are delighted to announce their new Young Shots Programme. This new programme is designed for youngsters, with a keen interest in shooting (but maybe lacking experience), to gain training and experience across a number of disciplines. The idea is to provide support, mentoring and tuition to increase the number of youngsters entering our sport, and shooting for Cambridgeshire ….. and maybe even go as far as intercounty or national competitions. Who knows maybe we’re already looking at our future Commonwealth Games or Olympic champions!
The first intake for February 2018 are (from L>R) Henry Sperring, Sam Halls, Daniel Wareing, Oscar Jarvis, Alice Wareing, Ethan Lord and Finlay Watson. [Photo provided by Cambridge GC with parental consent]
Good luck to you all and we’re looking forward to hearing about your progress and achievements in the future.
At the recent East Midlands AGM Chris Morris was awarded the Supreme Champion title for an incredible 6th year. Well done Chris!
Michele Conway won a very well deserved lifetime award for her service to the sport. She has shot and won at County, regional and national level competitions. She has also been heavily involved with the CPSA over the years, having held the position of Cambs CPSA Chair on numerous occasions as well as regional and national posts.
Last, but not least, Allan Wright collected the Directors Trophy for Cambridgeshire.
Thank you to all our members who took the time to attend the Cambridgeshire CPSA AGM. Some new faces and some old. A huge thank you to all the committee members for offering their time to (amongst other things) schedule competitions and organise trophies, and badges. Details of your new committee, including contact details, can be found here.
Well that’s all the Cambs shoots done for another year and the time seems to have gone so quickly we have had lots of good shooting from all the people who have been involved in the counties shoots. The last one as always was the ZZ Helice, held at Rugby Sun 26th November. A cold day with a light breeze from the rear which just could make a difference to the targets if you left them a bit late. But a strong turnout from Cambs, taking the first 3 placings. Sat at the top for the day was K Flitton taking top spot again by one target from T Jones to take the vets and M Conway just 2 targets behind and takes the Ladies. With thanks to John and his team for a good day always a pleasure to go.