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Rifle Shooting - Challenging wind, sun, varying light and cold conditions are no barrier for Clague

Sun, 09 Feb 2014  13:39

Thomas Clague wins his first handicap 60 shot match at only his third attempt.
Thomas Clague wins his first handicap 60 shot match at only his third attempt.

Fifteen year old Thomas Clague mastered the changeable weather conditions on Sunday in the IoM Shooting Club’s monthly handicap at Sinclair, St Johns. The plucky youngster competed last summer in the Sadler Junior Championship which is a 30 shot weekly match, but on this occasion he was competing in only his third full 60 shot competition and this gave him a significant handicap. To put his achievement into context, his gun score was only 7 points lower than Bill Jones who has been shooting for eons.  Fourteen hardy individuals managed to make the firing line and it was a pleasure to see all eight of the electronic targets in use. Top gun score on the day went to Andy Potter who posted a 584 x 600, an excellent result considering the conditions. Mike Duncalf was just a single point behind. 

 

Full results were:-

1 – Thomas Clague                 564 x 600 + handicap 49 = 613,

2 – Andy Traynor                    576 + 30 = 606,

3 – Andy Potter                       584 + 18 = 602,

4 – Perryn Callister                 570 + 30 = 600,

5 – Tracey Skelton                  554 + 45 = 599,

6 – Bill Jones                           571 + 27 = 598,

7 – Alex Trafford                     540 + 56 = 596,

8 – Steve Callus                       556 + 39 = 595,

9 – Mike Duncalf                    583 + 12 = 595,

10 – Richard Arthur                572 + 20 = 592,

11 – Suzanne McKnight          560 + 31 = 591,

12 - Illiam Christian                558 + 31 = 589,

13 – Tony Kneale                    553 + 34 = 587,

14 – Tom Lord                         564 + 19 = 583.

Winter League results

            This week’s IoM Rifle Associations Winter League results have produced a couple of closely shot matches in Division 1 and the first in the list is no exception. Jim Teare for Sulby, produced a 99 in what has been described as his first for so many years, no one including Jim can remember when and to quote Richard Faragher’s comments, “We don't know how long it is since Jimmy Teare had a 99 we haven't got access to all the team sheets at the range as the ones chipped out of stone are a bit heavy to carry” - well done Jim, it shows it is still in there somewhere. Mark Cain also for Sulby, matched Teare’s score as did both Paul Clague and Ashley Gardner (Jnr) for the visitors, Port St Mary. The ‘ Port won the match in Division 1 by a single point. Divisions 2 were claimed by Sulby.

 

Sulby                                       v          Port St Mary

Division 1

Jim Teare                    99                    Paul Clague                 99

Mark Cain                   99                    Ashley Gardner (J)      99

Barry Jones                 97                    Kevan Kneale              98

Mark Boyde                96                    Harry Harrison                        97

Orry Teare                  96                    Juan Clague                 95

                                    487                                                      488

 

Division 2

Julian Teare                95                    Patrick Cubbon (J)       95

Teddy Sayle                 95                    George Dalton-Brown (J)  94

Peter Faragher            95                    Ean Brewis                  94

Peter Webb                 94                    Gary Knight                 93       

Phil Quayle                  94                    Dave Bould                  93

                                    473                                                      469

 

Division 3

Don Ault                      92                    Patrick Kerr (J)                        91

Richard Faragher        91                    Orry Kerr (J)                87

Rod Forshaw               90                    Peter Gelling               86

                                    273                                                      264

 

            The second closely fought match was between IoMSC Sandsiders and League leaders, Laxey at Sinclair, St Johns. Bill Jones led the home team with a 99 from daughter Marion on 98. For the visitors, John Wood and Andrew Jessop posted 98’s with Suzanne Curphey on 97. Laxey claimed Division 1 and 2 with the home team taking the league points in Division 3.

 

IoMSC Sandsiders                  v          Laxey

Division 1

Bill Jones                     99                    John Wood                  98

Marion Jones (L)         98                    Andrew Jessop            98

Richard Arthur                        96                    Suzanne Curphey (L)   97

Tony Kneale                95                    Harry Creevy               96

Andy Traynor              95                    Stephen Curphey         95

                                    483                                                      484

 

Division 2

Ian Arthur                    93                    Nick Kennish                95

Liz Jones (L)                 91                    Bill Snelling                 95

Norman Ormrod         91                    Judy Kee (L)                 94

Chris Ollett                  91                    Peter Clague               94

Terry Green                91                    Bridget Kneale (L)       92

                                    457                                                      470

 

Division 3

Steve Callus                 90                    James Hewison (J)       91

Phil Kneen                   87                    Gary Kneale                87

Ken McWaters                        86       

Dan Simpson               86                                                        00

                                    349                                                      178

 

            IoMSC Douglas ventured north for their match with a rather depleted Kirk Michael team. Suzanne McKnight posted an excellent 99 for the home team with Kevin Quinn close on her heels with 98. For the visitors, Thomas Clague, who appears to be having a brilliant few matches and Andy Potter both produced 99’s with Mark Osborn continuing to post excellent results week after week, on 98. Worthy of a mention is Christian Eaton who, shooting in only his third match, scored an excellent 93 giving him a score suitable for division 2. The visitors were victorious in all three Divisions.

 

Kirk Michael                           v          IoMSC Douglas

Division 1

Suzanne McKnight (L) 99                    Thomas Clague (J)      99

Kevin Quinn                 98                    Andy Potter                 99

Perryn Callister (L)      97                    Mark Osborn               98

Illiam Christian (J)       96                    Mike Duncalf              97

Alex Trafford (J)          94                    Tracey Skelton (L)       97

                                    484                                                      490

 

Division 2

Tom Lord                     93                    Tony Leadley               95

                                                            David Humphrey         94

                                                            Keith Lowney               94

                                                            Mike Clague                94

                                    00                    Christian Eaton (J)       93

                                    93                                                        470

 

Division 3

Nick Brown                  90

Arron Astill (J)             90

Paul Perkins                90

00                    Sam Jones (J)               76

                                    00                                                        346

 

            IoMSC Douglas would like to place on record their thanks for the sportsmanship shown by the Kirk Michael Rifle Club when mechanical problems were encountered by the visitors. The Kirk Michael team offered assistance in many ways and this was greatly appreciated by IoMSC Douglas. Kirk Michael are experiencing a lack of membership and would be delighted to entertain any individuals who may be interested in either trying indoor 15 yard shooting or those who are considering returning to the sport after a break. Their club nights are Friday evenings and you would be more than welcome to just pop in and have a go – all equipment is available for use. The contacts at the range alongside The Mitre Pub, are Suzanne McKnight, Perryn Callister or Tom Lord.

 

            Cossacks travelled south to the Stadium at Castletown for their match where Laurie Cain posted the top score for the visitors with a 97. Jess Clague followed on 95. For the home team, Steve Gardner came out on top with a 98 closely followed by Robin McFee on 97. Castletown claimed wins in all three Divisions

 

Castletown                             v          Cossacks

Division 1

Steve Gardner             98                    Laurie Cain                  97

Robin McFee               97                    Jess Clague (L)                        95

Chris Birtwhistle         96                    Chris Clague                94

Shirley Caley (L)          95                    Fergus Coulter (J)        94

Nigel Christian            95                    Andy Mitchell              92

                                    481                                                      472

 

Division 2

Henry Qualtrough       95                    Tim Hardisty               92

Andy Bell                     93                    Ronnie Fairbairn         91

Mike Thompson          93                    Alfie Leach (J)             91

Duncan Watterson (J) 92                    Anthony Cawte (J)       91

Lauren Cooper (L)       89                    John Cottier                 90

                                    462                                                      455

 

Division 3

Reg Caley                    77                    Callum McPhillips (J)  56

                                    77                                                        56

 

Division 1                    W  D   L    Agg    Pts

Laxey                           9    1   0   4859              19

IoMSC Douglas            8    0   2   4890              16

Port St Mary                8    0   2   4866              16     

Sulby                            3    2   5   4813                8

Castletown                  4    0   6   4809                8

IoMSC Sandsiders       2    1   7   4830                5

Kirk Michael                2    0   8   4766                4

Sulby Cossacks            2    0   8   4751                4

 

Division 2                    W  D   L    Agg   Pts

IoMSC Douglas            8    0   2   4761              16

Port St Mary                8    0   2   4753              16

Laxey                           6    0   4   4675              12

IoMSC Sandsiders       6    0   4   4643              12

Sulby                            5    0   5   4656              10

Castletown                  5    0   5   4623              10

Sulby Cossacks            2    0   8   4488               4

Kirk Michael                0    0  10  2852    0

 

Division 3                    W  D   L    Agg Pts

Port St Mary                10  0   0   4406            20

IoMSC Douglas            7    0   3   3917            14

IoMSC Sandsiders       6    0   4   3202            12

Laxey                           5    0   5   2218               8

Castletown                  4    0   6   3773               6

Sulby                            3    0   7   2313               6

Sulby Cossacks            3    0   7   1733               6

Kirk Michael                0    0   10     85               0

 

Round six results from the Ulster Counties

            Round six of the Ulster Counties Postal Leagues are now to hand and I thank Liz and Bill Jones for keeping me up to date with the results.  As usual, with so many locals competing in the league, I will list the Division, name and league position only, for the results of round 6.

50 metre outdoor: -

Division 1, Mike Duncalf 1st, Bill Jones 7th

Division 2, Tom Lord 2nd, Ashley Gardner (Snr) 5th

Division 3, Barry Jones 3rd, Richard Arthur 4th, Mike Clague 6th, Perryn Callister 8th

Division 4, Tony Kneale 2nd, Dave Bould 3rd, Steve Callus 6th

Division 5, Andy Traynor 1st, Illiam Christian 2nd, Liz Jones 4th, Alex Trafford 5th

Division 6 Tracey Skelton 1st and Aaron Astill 8th.

In the 15yd indoor category, the Island have many more entrants –

Division 1, Kevan Kneale =6th

Division 2, Ashley Gardner (Snr) 7th

Division 3, Richard Arthur 1st, Suzanne McKnight 8th

Division 4, Ashley Gardner (J) 2nd, Chris Birtwhistle 5th, Harry Harrison 8th, Jess Clague 9th

Division 5, Mike Clague 1st, Lorrie Thompson 8th, Juan Clague 9th

Division 6, Barry Jones 3rd, Tony Kneale 7th, Gary Knight 9th

Division 7, Kevin Quinn 2nd

Division 8 Chris Clague 5th, Dave Bould 9th

Division 9, Mike Thompson 3rd, Nick Brown 5th

Division 10, Fergus Coulter 4th, Steve Callus 2nd, Jaccie Hamilton-Jones 9th, Ean Brewis 10th

Division 11, Perryn Callister 1st, Liz Jones 2nd, Robin McFee 6th, Peter Lewis 7th, Sandie Skuszka 10th

Division 12, Tracey Skelton 4th, Graham Brown 9th

Division 13, David Lord 9th

Division 14, Richard Faragher 8th

Division 15, Illiam Christian 1st, Ronnie Fairbairn 5th, Callum Grant 6th, Orry Kerr 7th, Patrick Kerr 8th

Division 16, Alex Trafford 2nd

Division 17, Rod Forshaw 6th, Arron Astill 8th

Division 18, Jordan Kiernan 5th, George Powell 7th

Division 21, Lauren Cooper 1st

The junior section results are as follows

Division 1, Ashley Gardner =1st

Division 2, Illiam Christian 3rd, Orry Kerr 9th, George Dalton-Brown 10th

Division 3, Alex Trafford 1st, Callum Grant 5th, Patrick Kerr 6th, Aaron Astill 8th

Division 4, Jordan Kiernan 4th, and George Powell 7th

Just four teams are competing and in Division B Castletown A have sadly dropped to sixth due mainly to the fact that Lorrie Thompson was unable to shoot due to ill health, the team shot as follows Chris Birtwhistle 97, Lorrie Thompson (ncr) and Mike Thompson 90 = 187 losing to Cumberland News on 292. Kirk Michael are in Division C and produced a score of 289 with Suzanne McKnight 93, Kevin Quinn 99 and Perryn Callister 97 recording a win against Ulster Rifle Association on 285. Sulby who scored  274, are also in Division C – Jess Clague 92, Barry Jones 94 and Richard Faragher 88 unfortunately losing to Kingsgate B on 286. Sulby have dropped to fourth whilst Kirk Michael hold onto 5th. The remaining team, Castletown B, are continuing to lead Division F having not lost a match to date. In this round the team recorded a win on 275 - Robin McFee had 94, Lauren Cooper 89 and Dave Handscombe 92 winning against St Austall C.

Dates for your Diaries

Isle of Man Rifle Association competitions

Next week, February 10th sees Cossacks welcoming IoMSC Sandsiders, IoMSC Douglas hosting Sulby, Castletown travelling north to the Glen Gardens, Laxey and Kirk Michael heading south to Port St Mary.

The following week February 17th  is half term and a short break for the indoor league and it will recommence on Monday March 3rd when Laxey will entertain Sulby Cossacks, IoMSC Douglas host Port St Mary, Sulby go south to Castletown and IoMSC Sandsiders travel north to Kirk Michael.

However, there are I understand, Isle of Man Rifle Association competitions in the meantime. Although I have not seen any correspondence with reference to the H. D. Hamilton Meikle Club teams of 4, match, it is on the fixture list to be shot on the Port St Mary Rifle Club range this Thursday February 13th. I am unable to give the start time, format or entry fee. I assume this is still on schedule.

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