Cambs ABT – 27th & 28th September 2018 – Priory CTC

Some more very good shooting took place, bearing in mind all the shooters taking part could be classed as part time ABT Shooters doing it only a few times a year, but you wouldn’t know it as the standard was top drawer.  Also added to the fact that many had to travel from here to Northampton and some the other way on the same day to take part in the Intercounties All Round.

L>R Ethan Lord, Tim Jones, Hazel Whiten & Phil Barnard

One such shooter was Philip Barnard on the last squad of the day but this didn’t stop him from posting a 93 and the winning score just pipping Richard Morris by 1 and Paul Ward by 2.  Richard Morris took the Senior title so didn’t go home empty handed. So that was 93/92/91, how close was that !!  Paul Ward shot the only 25 straight as well.  Well shot gents. The ladies went to Hazel Whiten who did on the way overcome all the other top ladies in Cambridgeshire getting an 80, (just pipping me), well shot Hazel. The Vets was taken by Tim Jones with an 87 and Tim was at one point on 48 from the first 50. The Colts was taken by the ever improving 12 year old, Ethan Lord, with a 65 using a 20 bore semi firing only one shot, very impressive.   Well done all of you and many thanks to Priory for their hospitality.

[Thanks to Allan Wright for the report]

Cambs Skeet Doubles – 25th & 26th August 2018 – Cambridge GC

 

Held at Cambridge Gun Club on the August Bank Holiday weekend, which was run over both days.  What a mixed weekend it was, very cold, very windy, and as if that wasn’t enough we had rain as well. But the rough weather didn’t do enough to stop Marcus Lord and Chris Morris from posting a pair of 96’s.  Both shot on the Sunday, so that made it a fair result.

L>R Peter Cook, Ethan Lord and Marcus Lord

The ladies was taken by Michele Conway with an 84 and the Vets to the solid Peter Cook with a 92. The battle of the younger ones was taken by Ethan Lord just pipping Julian Berridge, Ethan shot 76 and Julian shot 74, but as it happens Julian has just moved into Junior status so both had trophies to take home.  I can’t remember the last time this shoot was contested by both colt and junior categories so perhaps things are looking up for us.

Apart from the Championship Title which was shared between both Marcus and Chris there was the senior title also being shared for the year. Many thanks to Cambridge GC for their hospitality.

Cambs Sportrap – 22/23rd September 2018 – Cambridge GC

This was another wintery affair with Saturday being very cold and windy and Sunday very cold windy, and with some rain thrown in for good measure.  It would be nice to get it right for once but In the British Isles never.  But as a spectator over both days it was very exciting to watch and the weather didn’t stop Taylor Hedgecock from showing his class and doing what he does best at busting clays and that’s what he did.  He shot a 94 and that was super in the conditions with very testing targets. So Taylor wins another Cambridgeshire Championship and also the Juniors.

The Vets was a very close thing with Tony Leonard and Michael Fryer both shooting 89 followed very closely by Brian Dunbavin, Alan Stronge, Peter Simpson and Gordon Webster all covered by 4 clays. As the top two had gone we used the count back system so it was Tony who is our county Vets Champ.

The Ladies was also close with Holly Dugan posting a 76 on Sat and in that wind that was a very good score indeed, but on the last squad on Sunday Ami Hedgecock came in with a 77 so took the Ladies and Colts, not for the first time I might add. Just to inform, that the Sportrap trophy turned up this year after a ten year absence, and it was one I donated many years ago, so all that history has been returned to us.

Super shooting folks and thanks to CGC for your hospitality.

11th/12th August 2018 – Cambridgeshire All Round – Cambridge GC

Both days were much the same weather wise and we got away without any rain which was a result as most of the country did get wet.

Tony Randal (L) and Jason Pereira (centre)
Amelia Smith

This shoot clashed with the Inter counties Skeet at Northampton, so unfortunately we did lose some entries, but never the less we had a good few shooters and the standard was top notch.  On the Saturday, Philip Barnard went home with a 92.  Having spoken to him he felt he should have done better, and that proved to be the case as on the Sunday David Hewitt Hulin also shot a 92.  As Philip was flying the flag for the county at Northampton he couldn’t get back for a shoot off, giving David the well earned title of County Champion.  The Vets title was also a very close affair with 5 shooters within 1 target, with Richard Croft coming out on top.  For Amelia Smith, it is her first year as a competitor and in fact she hasn’t been shooting a year yet, so she will be happy with the County Ladies Championship to take home. Results are:

David hewitt Hulin & Carol Adams
Mark Adams AR 2018

County Champion David Hewitt Hulin 92

Ladies Champion Amelia Smith 67

Vets Champion Richard Croft 83

Colts Champ Samuel Halls 78

AA Class Chris Morris  80

A Class Mark Adams 90

B Class Philip Barnard 92

C Class Jason Pereira  85

 

28th/29th July 2018 – Cambridgeshire FITASC – Grimsthorpe SG

This weekend was when the wind and gales started and some shoots were called off, but not the Cambridgeshire FITASC, being run not for the first time at the lovely Grimsthorpe Estate Shooting Ground.  We are used to wind here in the east so the weekend was as we expected.  Bearing in mind the weather, some very good shooting took place.  Our Mark Stevenson shot a 78 followed very closely by Dan Mawby,  recently being upgraded to senior category as his age determined.  Performing well, Dan is picking up wins where ever he travels.  Dan shot 76. The top Vet was Tony Leonard with a 74. Unfortunately, no Ladies or Juniors entered this year, but 14 Cambs shooters entered in total.  So many thanks lads for flying the flag.  Thank you also to everyone at Grimsthorpe for holding the event.

29th July 2018 – Cambridgeshire UT – Nuthampstead SG

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.

Graham Carter Winner of vet’s and Cambs OT Champion 2018

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.

Cambs Sporting – 13th May – Cambridge GC

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.

Cambs ESP 2018

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.

Cambs ESP 2018

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.

Phil Gray Cambs ESP 2018 Champion

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.

Allan Wright

Cambs Single Barrel 3rd June 2018 Cambridge GC

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.

 

Allan Wright

Inter-counties Cambridgeshire Skeet Team 12th August Northampton

The Cambs teams for the Inter-counties skeet at Northampton on the 12th August are as follows .
12.20
Peter Wright.John Russell. Roger Fletcher. Peter Cook.
12.40
Phil Barnard. Albert Taylor, Glen Mouldin, James Yarrow, Peter Gaskin.
1300
Marcus Webb, Janet Maguire, Amelia Smith. Archie Bowman. Mandy Webb..
13.20
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

Inter-counties Sporting Team 5th August 2018 Highwaymans

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 .