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.
The final qualifying event for Supreme Champion has been shot, Sportrap. It was a very closely fought contest, and congratulations to all who took part. Dare you take a peek at the final leaderboard here? Or are you going to wait for the Supreme Champion Winner for 2017 to be announced at the AGM ?
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 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 .
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.
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