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Fri, 10 Oct 2014  15:40

The ever improving 15 year old Alex Trafford, winner of the Isle of Man Shooting Clubs October Handicap at Sinclair Range on Sunday morning
The ever improving 15 year old Alex Trafford, winner of the Isle of Man Shooting Clubs October Handicap at Sinclair Range on Sunday morning

Monday saw the start of a revamped Isle of Man Rifle Association Winter League. To attempt to enhance the local leagues, a decision was approved at the Annual General Meeting to run an enlarged league by 50% which allows for more competition in the five man teams. It appears that this decision has created a casualty in the form of the withdrawal of the talented second Sulby team of Cossacks, which catered mainly for junior shooters. Let’s hope that the established Sulby team will be able to reverse the situation in the near future.

 

            This week’s fixtures had IoM Sandsiders travelling south to a sixteen man team at Port St Mary and the home team came out on top by a mere 2 points in Division 1 and also claimed Divisions 2 and 3. It is terrific to see that both teams fielded new junior members, Liam Townsend and Jerad Hodge for Port St Mary and Mathew Roosen for IoMSC Sandsiders, all three lads produced very creditable scores for their teams – well done lads!

 

Port St Mary                                      IoMSC Sandsiders

Division 1

Ashley Gardner           98                    Bill Jones                     99

Kevan Kneale              97                    Andy Traynor              97

Gary Knight                 97                    Richard Arthur                        96

Ean Brewis                  96                    Norman Ormrod         95

Ashley Gardner (J)      96                    Tony Kneale                95

                                    484                                                      482

Division 2

Derek Kermode           96                    Terry Green                95

Patrick Cubbon (J)       95                    Ian Arthur                    94

Dave Bould                  94                    Liz Jones (L)                 94

George Dalton-Brown (J) 94                           Steve Callus                 92

Orry Kerr (J)                94                    Mathew Roosen (J)     86

                                    473                                                      461

Division 3

Peter Lewis                        93                           Ken McWaters                  85

Liam Townsend (J)      91                    Phil Kneen                   83

Peter Gelling               90                   

Patrick Kerr (J)                        89

Graham Brown           86                                                        00

                                    449                                                      168

Additional shooter

Jerad Hodge (J)           93 (reserve)

 

            IoMSC Douglas hosted Castletown with the home team taking the win in all three Divisions. Douglas welcomed new members, Mike and Lorrie Thompson who have switched teams this year, ironically, from Castletown. Top shot for Douglas went to a disappointed Andy Potter who dropped his only point with his last shot!

 

 

 

 

IoMSC Douglas                                   Castletown

Division 1

Andy Potter                 99                    Robin McFee               98

Dave Humphry            98                    Nigel Christian            97

Tracey Skelton            (L)        98                    Shirley Caley (L)          96

Mike Clague                97                    Chris Birtwhistle         96

Mark Osborn               96                    Steve Gardner             95

                                    488                                                      482

Division 2

Martin Burns               96                    John Brewis                 95

Nick Brown                  96                    Henry Qualtrough       93

Thomas Clague (J)      96                    John-Paul Bridson       93

Mike Thompson          95                    Andy Bell                     91

Keith Lowney               94                    Lauren Cooper (L)       89

                                    477                                                      461

Division 3

Lorrie Thompson         93                    Reg Caley                    89

Paul Perkins                92                    Duncan Watterson      75

Christian Eaton (J)       88       

Sam Jones (J)               88

Aaron Astill (J)             87                                                        00

                                    448                                                      164

 

            Laxey entertained a strong Sulby team at the Glen Gardens range and although both Harry Creevy and Nick Kennish claimed top shots on the night for Laxey, the win in all three Divisions went to the visitors. As no indication was given on the result sheet, and no one has informed me, I am unsure who the junior shooters are for Sulby. It would be most helpful if the information could be forth coming!

 

Laxey                                                   Sulby

Division 1

Harry Creevy               99                    Julian Teare                98

Nick Kennish                99                    Will Quayle                 97

John Wood                  95                    Orry Teare                  96

Gary Kneale                94                    Mark Cain                   96

Andrew Jessop            92                    Fergus Coulter             94

                                    479                                                      481

Division 2

Judy Kee (L)                 92                    Jess Clague (L)          94

James Hewison (J)       91                    Peter Faragher            94

Charlie Kennish           87                    Jim Teare                    93

Bridget Kneale (L)       79                    Mark Boyde                91

                                    00                    Peter Webb                 91

                                    349                                                      463

Division 3

                                                            Teddy Sayle                 89

                                                            Rod Forshaw               89

                                                            Andrew Cawte          88

                                    00                    Richard Faragher        88

                                    00                                                        354

            I understand that regular Laxey shooter Peter Clague is at present in Liverpool, Broadgreen Hospital. On behalf of the shooting fraternity, I wish him best wishes for a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing Peter back on the shooting scene soon.

 

Obviously, with the withdrawal of Cossacks, the match with Kirk Michael was not shot.

 

15 year old Trafford wins the Monthly Handicap

            In near perfect shooting conditions teenager, Alex Trafford produced a personal best score to win a closely shot match at Sinclair Range on Sunday morning from elder statesman, Tom Lord. Gun scores for the match from the eight members who managed to compete, were reasonable but top shot on the day went to Andy Potter, who shot an excellent 590 x 600 but unfortunately included a 95 in his series, however, Tracey Skelton (who also posted a personal best) and Tom Lord were reasonably close, both posting 587’s. Full results were:- 1 – Trafford 94, 92, 96, 96, 98, 97 = 573 + 39 (h/cap) = 612, 2 – Lord 98, 98, 97, 99, 98, 97 = 587 + 24 = 611, 3 – Skelton 97, 99, 98, 99, 98, 97 = 587 + 19 = 606, 4 – Bill Jones 98, 97, 96, 99, 96, 97 = 583 + 23 = 606, 5 – Potter 98, 100, 99, 95, 99, 99 = 590 +15 = 605, 6 – Nick Brown 98, 96, 97, 94, 95, 95 = 575 + 29 = 604, 7 – John Wood 96, 98, 91, 97, 97, 97 = 576 + 22 = 598, 8 – Mike Clague 99, 94, 93, 97, 94, 98 = 575 + 15 = 590. 

 

Dates for your Diaries

            Next week’s matches on Monday, October 20th will be IoMSC Douglas v Kirk Michael, Port St Mary host Sulby and IoMSC Sandsiders travel north to the Glen Gardens range, Laxey. PLEASE NOTE - Cossacks v Castletown is cancelled.

            The IoMRA Competition Secretary has asked me to correct an error in a previous column and inform all shooters that Wednesday October 22nd is the evening for two Isle of Man Rifle Association competitions, The Veterans Cup and The Oake Memorial Trophy (NOT the Lady of Mann competition which will be organised later in the season). The competitions are a “turn up on the night to compete” event and the venue is the Sinclair Range, St Johns. Shooters are asked to arrive at 7.30 pm for an 8 pm start. Please support these competitions as the entry fees are a valuable source of the Isle of Man Rifle Association funding.   

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