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Rifle Shooting - The Islands British Champion, Glover and World Champion, Creevy qualify for the final round of the British Short Range Championship, News of The World Cup.

Fri, 21 Feb 2014  19:40


80 competitors are listed on the result sheet of the BSR Championship, News of the World Cup. The listed names have completed the postal section of the match and all scores above 296 x 300 qualify for the final match which is held at the home of British shooting, Bisley Range in Surrey. Rachel Glover, York based Manx lass and British Prone Champion, along with local publican and 300 metre World Champion, Harry Creevy, both scored identical scores of 297 x 300 and therefore will compete in the finals at Bisley. Glover was shooting under her home club, Easingwold and Creevy, under Laxey Rifle Club. The qualifying round was headed by well-known and regular Easter Shoot competitor, Mark Szymankiewicz who dropped just a single shot recording 299 x 300. Best wishes to both Rachel and Harry for the final round and hopefully, the trophy will return to the custody of a Manx shooter once again.

British Prone Campion, Rachel Glover who will be competing with Harry Creevy at Bisley
Skelton leads the G Jones Memorial Trophy (IoMRA C Class)
    Barry Jones has forwarded the ‘C’ League monthly results and these show that the competition is proving to be a very tight league. After what proved to be a disastrous January card, the previous leader, Dave Humphrey finds himself dropped to eighth position, an unfortunate and thankfully rare situation when his error was a missing a target completely, losing 10 points in one shot. Tracey Skelton (IoMSCD) takes over the lead, but is being hard pressed by Port St Mary’s Gary Knight and IoMSC Sandsiders Tony Kneale, both sitting just 2 points in arrears and Kirk Michaels Perryn Callister a point further behind. Full results from November through to January are as follows:-
1 – Skelton              (Nov)     97, 98, (Dec) 95, 98, (Jan) 99, 99 = 586
2 – Knight             99, 96, 98, 96, 98, 97     = 584
3 – Kneale             99, 95, 99, 98, 97, 96     = 584
4 – Callister             97, 99, 98, 93, 98, 98     = 583
5 – Kevin Quinn (KM)         93, 98, 99, 97, 97, 98     = 582
6 – John Brewis (CSTN)     96, 95, 98, 95, 99, 98     = 581
7 – Nick Brown (IoMSCD)     98, 96, 96, 95, 98, 98     = 581
8 – David Humphrey (IoMSCD) 99, 97, 97, 98, 98, 88     = 577
9 – Lorrie Thompson (CSTN)     95, 95, 97, 97, 95, 94     = 573
10 – Dave Bould (PSM)     95, 92, 99, 96, 94, 94     = 570
11 – Tony Leadley (IoMSCD)     92, 96, 95, 93, 97, 96     = 569
12 – Mike Thompson (CSTN)     95, 94, 92, 96, 95, 94     = 566
13 - Judy Kee (LXY)         93, 95, 89, 96, 94, 98     = 565
14 – Chris Clague (CSSKS)     95, 96, 89, 93, 98, 94     = 565
15 – Tim Hardisty (CSSKS)     95, 96, 98, 96, ncr, ncr     = 385
16 – Fergus Coulter (CSSKS)     93, 96, 95, 93, ncr, ncr     = 377
17 – Andy Traynor (IoMSCS)     97, 95,  ncr, ncr, ncr, ncr     = 192
18 – Ean Brewis (PSM)     95, 95, late, late, ncr, ncr    = 190

A full house in January gives Nick Kennish pole position in the IoMRA D League
    The IoMRA ‘D’ League has two shooters who have, over the past three months, both shot full houses and on this occasion with his 100, Nick Kennish (LXY) takes over the lead from the other shooter who shot 100 in the November round, Mike Clague (IoMSCD). Clague has a considerable advantage from third placed shooters and IoMSC Douglas team mates, Thomas Clague (Jnr) and Martin Burns. Full results from November through to January are as follows:-
1 – Kennish                     (Nov) 99, 97, (Dec) 98, 98, (Jan) 98, 100 = 590,
2 – Clague             100, 98, 98, 97, 96, 97 = 586
3 – T. Clague             96, 95, 99, 98, 94, 98     = 580
4 – Burns             97, 98, 98, 96, 95, 96     = 580
5 = Keith Lowney (IoMSCD)     97, 97, 94, 97, 95, 96     = 576
6 – Illiam Christian (KM)     98, 98, 93, 97, 95, 95     = 576
7 – Liz Jones (IoMSCS)     95, 98, 93, 94, 97, 98     = 575
8 - Robin McFee (CSTN)     96, 97, 98, 94, 93, 95     = 573
9 – Peter Clague (LXY)     94, 95, 95, 97, 95, 94     = 570
10 – James Hewison (J) (LXY)     95, 91, 92, 86, 98, 98     = 560
11 – Paul Perkins (IoMSCD)     94, 90, 95, 92, 88, 92     = 551
12 – Duncan Watterson (J) (CSTN)     84, 89, 94, 91, 88, 87     = 533
13 – Antony Cawte (CSSKS)     88, 86, 85, 91, 80, ncr     = 430
14 – Charlie Kennish (LXY)     91, 93, 96, 94, ncr, ncr = 374
15 – Norman Ormrod (IoMSCS)     88, 94, 91, 88, ncr, ncr = 361
16 – Jemima Coulter (J) (CSSKS)     85, 89, 85, 90, ncr, ncr = 349

Jess Clague heads the Under 21 League
    Cossacks Jess Clague continues to lead the under 21 League this month by a substantial margin. The northern teenager has had a consistent string of results except for one card where she dropped 7 points which is very unusual for this talented shooter. Fifteen year old Illiam Christian holds onto second position with Fergus Coulter, a team mate of Clague in third.  Again, I will list the results in monthly order.
1 – Clague (CSSKS)          (Nov) 97, 99, (Dec) 98, 93, (Jan) 99, 99 = 585
2 – Christian (KM)         98, 97, 97, 93, 98, 94     = 577
3 – Coulter (CSSKS)         98, 96, 94, 95, 92, 97     = 572
4 – Thomas Clague (IoMSCD)     94, 96, 93, 95, 97, 96     = 571
5 – Aaron Astill (IoMSCD)     91, 81, 91, 92, 93, 91     = 539  
6 – Duncan Watterson (CSTN)    88, 90, 94, 90, 83, 90     = 535
7 - Antony Cawte (CSSKS)     96, 89, 82, 85, 86, 90     = 528
8 – Jemima Coulter         90, 85, 90, 85, 85, 88     = 523
9 – Tim Hardisty (CSSKS)     95, 96, 96, 91, ncr, ncr = 378

IoM Loose in the latest NSRA Inter Counties match
    The Island twenty man teams latest match was against Middlesex SBRA and unfortunately, the Island came out the losers 1933 x 2000 to the Middlesex score of 1935 in round 4. The team scores were: -
Harry Creevy         100
Marion Jones         99
Bill Jones         99
Suzanne McKnight     99
Mike Duncalf         98
Ashley Gardner (Jnr)     98
Kevan Kneale         97
Richard Arthur     97
Mark Cain         97
Kevin Quinn         97
Jess Clague         96
Andy Potter         96
Harry Harrison     96
Gary Knight         96
Tracey Skelton     96
John Wood         95
Nigel Christian     95
Chris Birtwhistle     95
Lorrie Thompson     95
Ashley Gardner     92 = 1933



Juniors are in equal pole position in their league
    In the junior section of the NSRA County League, the Island 4 man team are progressing very well and round 4 results show how tight the league has become. In equal position with 3 wins and 1 defeat each and identical aggregate scores of 1521 x 1600 after round 4, are Oxfordshire Rifle Association and the Isle of Man Rifle Association. Ironically, round 4 paired these two rivals and Oxford managed a 2 shot win. The Island scores were: - Ashley Gardner     99,
Illiam Christian     95,
Jess Clague         94 and
Fergus Coulter     94 = 382 x 400 with Oxford posting 384.
Ladies maintain a mid-table position
    The ladies were fortunate in round 4 to have a bye but they hold onto third position just 23 points behind the leading team, Norfolk County Rifle Association.
Marion Jones         99,
Suzanne McKnight     96,
Jess Clague         95,
Tracey Skelton     94 and
Lorrie Thompson     93 = 477 x 500.

    In next week’s column, I hope to bring you the latest Ulster Counties and with just 3 matches left in the local indoor championship, the up to date positions without any matches counted out.  
Dates for your Diaries
The league matches recommence next 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.
The following week will be the penultimate match of the 2014 season when Castletown host Kirk Michael, Laxey have the long trip south to Port St Mary, Cossacks entertain IoMSC Douglas and IoMSC Sandsiders welcome Castletown.
A. J. Osborn Trophy Handicap match
Wednesday, March 12th is the evening of The A.J. Osborn Snr Trophy match, which is a handicap match organised by IoMSC Douglas. Entries will be taken on the night at a charge of £3.00. The handicap will be based on the best 5 from your last 6 matches. Competitors are asked to be present by 7.30 pm for an 8 pm start.
Golden Jubilee
    Sulby are hosting the Golden Jubilee match Thursday March 20th. This match is for juniors aged 18 years and under on September 30th. Competitors are asked to be present by 7.30 pm for an 8 pm start. There are no qualifying rounds for this, so just turn up on the night.
Isle of Man Rifle Association Annual Dinner and Prize Presentation
    The Isle of Man Rifle Association have announced the venue for the 2014 Annual Dinner and Prize Presentation. The event will be held on Saturday April 12th at the Wentworth Suite (the golf club) of the Mount Murray Hotel – 7.30 for 8 pm. A vegetarian main course is available and the ticket price is £24 per person. The Association have asked if interested parties could inform Lorrie Thompson of numbers at the earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment. Support from local clubs and friends for this event would be appreciated.

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