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Rifle Shooting - Skelton wins the March Handicap

Wed, 05 Mar 2014  22:20

Tracey Skelton who won the IoMSC March Handicap on Sunday morning
Tracey Skelton who won the IoMSC March Handicap on Sunday morning

    Sixteen shooters turned out on a very cold but otherwise good conditions, for the Isle of Man Shooting Clubs March monthly handicap match on Sunday morning. A very consistent series proved the winning combination for Tracey Skelton and as this was her first 50 metre match, Skelton’s handicap was relatively high, her consistent results gave her a 4 point win from Mike Clague who until his last two shots was in line to claim a personal best score. Junior shooter, Thomas Clague posted an excellent score for third slot, on the same handicap as Skelton. Just two full houses were shot during the match and both went to Andy Potter who had a gun score of 583, 3 points behind the top gun score of Mike Duncalf.

Full results were :- 1 – Skelton 95, 95, 95, 95, 95, 94 + handicap 45 = 614, 2 – Clague 97, 95, 96, 99, 98, 95 + 30 = 610, 3 – Clague (J) 92, 97, 92, 93, 96, 94 + 45 = 609, equal 4 – Andy Traynor 96, 98, 96, 97, 97, 96 +25 = 605, Alex Trafford (J) 93, 93, 91, 92, 93, 88 + 55 = 605, equal 6 – Suzanne McKnight 96, 94, 97, 97, 94, 94 + 30 = 602, Martin Burns 96, 96, 95, 96, 99, 95 + 25 = 602, 8 – Illiam Christian (J) 98, 93, 92, 96, 96, 95 + 30 = 600, equal 9 – Bill Jones 94, 98, 95, 94, 94, 97 + 27 = 599, Andy Potter 94, 99, 100, 95, 100, 95 + 16 = 599, Tom Lord 99, 99, 95, 94, 95, 92 + 25 = 599, 12 – Mike Duncalf 98, 95, 99, 96, 97, 99 + 12 = 596, 13 – Tony Kneale 93, 94, 92, 91, 92, 95 + 35 = 592, 14 – Gemma Kermode 98, 96, 94, 95, 96, 97 + 15 = 591, 15 – Nick Brown 96, 96, 97, 93, 91, 92 + 25 = 590, 16 – Perryn Callister 93, 96, 93, 90, 92, 95 +30 = 589.

Laxey continue their grip on the League Championship
    A terrific score of 492 x 500 gave the Laxey Rifle Club a win in Division 1 of the IoMRA Indoor winter league against a nine man team from Cossacks. The home team also claimed wins in both Division 2 and 3 to wrap up an evening of shooting at the Glen Gardens, Laxey.

Laxey             v    Cossacks
Division 1
John Wood        99    Jess Clague (L)        97
Nick Kennish         99    Tim Hardisty        97
Stephen Curphey     98    Jonathon Webb (J)    94
Gary Kneale         98    Chris Clague        93
Harry Creevy        98    Fergus Coulter (J)    93
            492                474

Division 2
Suzanne Curphey (L)    98    Ronnie Fairbairn    91
Bill Snelling        95    John Cottier        91
James Hewison (J)    95    Anthony Cawte (J)    91
Judy Kee (L)        93    Callan McPhillips (J)    77
Bridget Kneale (L)    93                00
            474                350

Division 3
Peter Clague        93                00
            93                00

    Kirk Michael entertained an ‘on form’ IoMSC Sandsiders team and three 97’ and two 96’s were not enough to threaten the visitors. The northern team had Suzanne McKnight, Kevin Quinn and Perryn Callister all posting 97 but the opposition posted 3 x 98’s from Bill Jones, Ian Arthur and Tony Kneale. All three Divisions went in IoMSC Sandsiders favour. I know that if there are any ex shooters who may be interested in returning to the sport or indeed new shooters of any age in the Kirk Michael area, they would be made very welcome at the range alongside the Mitre pub in the village. Contact number – Tom Lord on 413865 or 880510

Kirk Michael        v    IoMSC Sandsiders
Division 1
Suzanne McKnight (L)    97    Bill Jones         98
Kevin Quinn        97    Ian Arthur         98
Perryn Callister (L)    97    Tony Kneale        98
Illiam Christian (J)    96    Richard Arthur     97
Alex Trafford (J)    96    Andy Traynor        97
            483                488

Division 2
Tom Lord        95    Marion Jones (L)    95
David Lord        95    Liz Jones (L)        94
Oliver Fleming (J)    83    Terry Green        95
                Norman Ormrod    92
            00    James Jones        91
            273                467

Division 3
                Dan Simpson        89
                Phil Kneen        89
            00    Chris Ollett        87
            00                267

    Orry Teare joined the 2013/14 “100 club” when Sulby entertained Castletown. Teare had Peter Webb just behind on 98 with Julian Teare and Mark Cain both posting 98’s. For the visitors, Chris Birtwhistle and Robin McFee both recorded 98 with John Brewis on 95. The home team won both Division 1 and 2 with Castletown taking the third Division by a single point.

Sulby             v    Castletown
Division 1
Orry Teare        100    Chris Birtwhistle    98
Peter Webb         98    Robin McFee        98
Julian Teare        97    John Brewis        95
Mark Cain         97    Nigel Christian     94
Mark Boyde        96    Steve Gardner        93
            488                478

Division 2
Will Quayle        95    Lauren Cooper (L)    93
Peter Faragher    95    Shirley Caley (L)    92
Teddy Sayle        94    Henry Qualtrough    92
Jim Teare        90    Duncan Watterson (J)    91
Phil Quayle        90    Andy Bell         91
            464                459

Division 3
Don Ault        88    Mike Thompson    89
Rod Forshaw        87    Reg Caley        87    
            175                176

    Second highest score of the week in Division 1 went to a strong IoMSC Douglas when they hosted a slightly depleted Port St Mary team. Top score on the night for the home team went to Mike Clague on 99 with Mark Osborn, Tracey Skelton, Mike Duncalf and Keith Lowney all posting 98. For the visitors, Kevan Kneale and Derek Kermode both scored 98 with a delighted Dave Bould hitting 97. All three divisions were won by IoMSC Douglas.

IoMSC Douglas    v    Port St Mary
Division 1
Mike Clague        99    Kevan Kneale        98
Mark Osborn        98    Derek Kermode    98
Tracey Skelton (L)    98    Dave Bould        97
Mike Duncalf        98    Harry Harrison        95
Keith Lowney         98    Paul Clague        95
            491                483

Division 2
Andy Potter         97    Gary Knight        95
Dave Humphrey    96    Geo. Dalton-Brown (J)    95
Nick Brown        95    Ashley Gardner (J)    95
Tony Leadley        95    Ean Brewis        94
Martin Burns        95    Juan Clague        93
            478                472

Division 3
Thomas Clague (J)    93    Peter Gelling        93    
Christian Eaton (J)    93    Patrick Cubbon (J)    90
Aaron Astill (J)        87    Graham Brown    89
Sam Jones (J)        86                00
            359                272
    With just 2 matches of the season left, the Division 1 honours look as though Laxey Rifle Club have one hand clasping it, however, the northern village club still have to shoot Port St Mary at home and IoMSC Douglas away, so the season is not yet over, ‘till the fat lady sings’ , as they say. IoMSC Douglas are holding onto Division 2 and Port St Mary should take the honours in Division 3.

Division 1        W  D   L    Agg    Pts
Laxey            11  1   0  5836    23
IoMSC Douglas        9    0   3   5867    18
Port St Mary        9    0   3      5840    18    
Sulby            5    2   5      5788    12
IoMSC Sandsiders    4    1   7      5807      9
Castletown        4    0   8      5761      8
Kirk Michael        2    0   10 5722      4
Sulby Cossacks        2    0   10 5708      4

Division 2        W  D   L      Agg    Pts
IoMSC Douglas        10  0   2      5717    20
Port St Mary        9    0   3   5702    18
Laxey            8    0   4      5620    16
IoMSC Sandsiders    8    0   4      5570    16
Sulby            6    0   6   5585    12
Castletown        5    0   7   5545    10
Sulby Cossacks        2    0   11 5274      4
Kirk Michael        0    0   12 3214      0

Division 3        W  D   L   Agg    Pts
Port St Mary        11  0   1   5127    22
IoMSC Douglas        9    0   3   4719    18
IoMSC Sandsiders    8    0   4   3643    16
Castletown        6    0   6   4209    12
Laxey            6    0   6   2494    12
Sulby            3    0   9   2572      6
Sulby Cossacks        3    0   9   1805      6
Kirk Michael        0    0   12     85      0

Kirk Michael claim the H D Hamilton – Meikle Cup
    The H D Hamilton – Meikle Cup Final, a match for specific classed shooters, was held on the Port St Mary Range and the winners were Kirk Michael. Unfortunately, just two teams entered the competition on the night and the runners up were Castletown. The northern team produced a surprisingly low score to win with Kevin Quinn on 96, Illiam Christian 95, Perryn Callister 96 and Alex Trafford 89 giving a team score of 376 with the Castletown team of Nigel Christian on 95, Chris Birtwhistle 94, Robin McFee 91 and Andy Bell 91 producing a score of 371. Thanks must go from the IoMRA to the Port St Mary Club for hosting the match and it is a shame that once again, the event was not supported by other clubs.

Two hundred shot in the NSRA County match round 5
    Richie Arthur and Ashley Gardner (J) both shot 100 in round 5 of the NSRA County postal match full results were – Arthur 100, Gardner 100, John Wood 99, Ashley Gardner (Snr) 99, Kevan Kneale 98, Kevin Quinn 98, Harry Creevy 97, Andy Potter 97, Marion Jones 96, Mike Duncalf 96, Harry Harrison 96, Suzanne McKnight 96, Tracey Skelton 95, Bill Jones 94, Mark Cain 94, Gary Knight 94, Juan Clague 93, Nigel Christian 93, Shirley Caley 93, Chris Birtwhistle 92. The team score was 1920 whereas the opposition, Durham and Cleveland Rifle Association scored 1927.
    In the junior section, the Island team lie mid table, incredibly, just a single point on aggregate behind the league leaders, Hampshire. Unfortunately, the island has lost 2 matches to Hampshire’s loss of just one. In round 5, the island was against the leaders and scored the following; - Jess Clague 98, Fergus Coulter 98, Ashley Gardner 97 and Illiam Christian 91 – a total of 384 to the oppositions 386. A hard luck score.

Dates for your Diaries
The league matches continue next Monday and this will be the final matches of the 2013/14 winter season when Sulby entertain near neighbours, Kirk Michael, Port St Mary host Cossacks, IoMSC Sandsiders travel south to the Stadium, Castletown and IoMSC Douglas host what may be the league winners in waiting, Laxey.  
A. J. Osborn Trophy Handicap match
Tomorrow evening, March 12th is the A.J. Osborn Snr Trophy match, which is an individual 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 on 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 has 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.
    On Monday March 24th, the NSRA BSA Cup and the Ladies County Medal Competitions will be held at IoM Shooting Club, Sinclair Range.  

 

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