The Cambridgeshire ABT held on the 1/10/17 this was held at Cambridge Gun Club, This was a hard fought battle and didn’t sort itself out until the later stages of the day. Only 4 targets separated the top 5 shooters at the end of the day but the top man was Chris Morris with a 93 The runner up on 91 Philip Barnard even shot a 20 to help Chris on his way. Only one 25 straight was recorded and that was by a previous Cambridgeshire Shooter Paul Neal just to show he doesn’t just do DTL.
The Cambridgeshire Double Rise championship was held at Cambridge Gun Club on 10th September 2017. This was a windy old day that made it fun to watch if not to shoot. This was a close match and could have gone any way, with 3 shooters not that far apart: Phil Barnard, Richard Morris and Matt Sheldrake. At the end of the day Phil Barnard came out top with 84. Hazel Whiten won the Ladies and Tim Jones the Vets:
The Cambridgeshire Olympic Trap was held at Nuthampstead Shooting Ground on Sunday 10th September.
A total of 39 shooters took part, including 9 from Cambridgeshire – more than the usual turnout!
As usual, James Sole won with an impressive score of 94 – he has now won 10 of the last 11 years. Sarah Christensen took the Ladies’ Trophy. Veterans’ High Gun was Graeme Carter on 86, with Colt Ollie Cheng taking Juniors’ High Gun.
The County FITASC Championship which was held on the 26/27th August at Grimsthorpe. I went on the Sunday to get some pictures but being held over 2 days the County winners shot on the Saturday so no pictures of them. But the Cambs Championship was taken by Harry Seal with a 86 the Vets went to Steve Grant with 83 and the Ladies went to Holly Duggan with 68. These are very good scores indeed judging by the score board only two people shot better than Harry over 2 days.
The 20th Aug was the eagerly awaited Cambs DTL Championship held over 4 layouts at Cambridge Gun Club. Cambridgeshire fielded its top shooters, all looking to be the next DTL Champion. But there is only room for one and it was soon evident that the early score of 299 put in by Richard Morris was going to be enough to crown him Cambridgeshire DTL Champion for 2017. The other places went to Chris Morris (Richard’s Dad) taking the Seniors and A class with a 293. The Ladies went to Hazel Whiten with a 286, so far all the honours are going home in the same car! The Vets went to Gordon Webster 287, Junior title to Taylor Hedgecock 287 and Colts to Archie Bowman 252
Champion Richard Morris 100/299
Senior Champion Chris Morris 99/293
Vets Champion Gordon Webster 97/287
Junior Champion Taylor Hedgecock 98/287
Ladies Champion Hazel Whiten 97/286
Colt Champion Archie Bowman 90/252
AA Matt Sheldrake
A Chris Morris
B Phil Barnard
C Gordon Tate
The Cambridgeshire Double Trap competition was held at Nuthampstead Shooting Ground on 13th August 2017. 1st and 2nd place in the overall competition were taken by Steve Scott and Tim Kneale, respectively, who you will recall came 3rd and 4th in the Rio Olympics.
Up against this competition, a mere 3 Cambridgeshire shooters entered: congratulations to all for having a go, and to James Sole for winning the county title.
Skeet Doubles – 29th and 30th July -– Cambridge Gun Club
As luck would have it (bad luck) another very windy weekend was had and as all you skeet shooters know skeet is best done without the wind – or at least not so strong as to make the targets hit the ground shortly after passing the centre peg; but this it did on some occasions, making the word skeet redundant in the title as in fact much more like sporting for some of the time.
We had a total of 22 cambs shooters in all and for this type of shoot I would say not too bad at all. Some very good shooting took place over the weekend and for most of Sunday, Michele Conway was leading the way with a very solid 93 which was good in the conditions. The next squad out had Chris Morris and son (and Dog), Malcolm Collins, and Steve Kirby, none of who were strangers to winning Cambs shoots, although with Steve it is mainly trap type events, being the current Cambs DTL Champion. From this squad, Malcolm Collins shot a 93 to match Michele, both also Vets but Chris came in with a 94 so taking over the lead, for a while at least. The last squad of the day went out to shoot consisting of Taylor Hedgecock, sister Ami and Grandfather Gordon Webster, all very capable shooters . Well all of a sudden the targets became easier (not)….. just easier to watch, with Taylor doing what he does best just good solid shooting, he shot a 98. Well I can say that was excellent in the conditions and it was a pleasure to watch – as it was seeing his young sister Ami making it look much easier than it was.
So Taylor claims his second County Championship of 2017 to go with the All Round Earlier in the year.
High Gun And county Champion Taylor Hedgecock 98
Senior Champion Chris Morris 94
Ladies and Shared Vets Champion Michele Conway 93
Malcom Collins also Shared Vets Champion 93
Junior Champion Taylor Hedgecock 98
Colts Champion Archie Bowman 84
(Archie will soon be needing a new skeet vest as it will be soon full of County champion badges)
I was there both days and I would say I saw some very good shooting from some very good shooters and also some bad luck from a very good shooter the current skeet Champion Albert Taylor with his Semi auto playing up and costing him targets. Many thanks to Rod And Leslie Gifford for their marathon scoring session and many thanks to Cambridge Gun Club for once again looking after us .
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.