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Outstanding results for locals in the Ulster Counties Postal League

Fri, 26 Sep 2014  23:00

Bill Jones has forwarded the results of the final round of the Ulster Counties Summer Postal Leagues which show that locals have secured significant wins. In the individual Divisions, five Isle of Man Shooting Club members have collected first positions and five runners up and our teams have produced outstanding wins in 3 of the available 5 Leagues.

In the individual Division 1, Mike Duncalf has had the closest of finishes possible when Northern Ireland International Gary Duff who is well known to locals, lost to Duncalf on aggregate score after both producing equal aggregate points. Other shooters who collected wins were,


Division 4 - Martin Burns

Division 5 - Tracey Skelton

Division 6 - Michael Clague

Division 10 - junior shooter, Thomas Clague


Full list of positions are

Division 1 – Mike Duncalf 1st, Tom Lord 6th

Division 2 – Bill Jones 2nd

Division 3 – Andy Potter 2nd, Nick Brown 7th

Division 4 – Martin Burns 1st, Suzanne McKnight 2nd

Division 5 – Tracey Skelton 1st, Richard Arthur 2nd, Andy Traynor 5th, Illiam Christian (J) 6th Division 6 – Mike Clague 1st, Perryn Callister 7th, Tony Kneale 8th

Division 7 – Steve Callus 2nd, Liz Jones 5th

Division 9 – Alex Trafford (J) 3rd

Division 10 – Thomas Clague (J) 1st


            In the team event, the Islands shooters claimed pole position in 3 of the 5 Divisions. Division “A” had Isle of Man A, Mike Duncalf, Tom Lord and Bill Jones, in first position on 9 wins from 10 with a score of 5874 from East Antrim “A” team on 5816. Division “B” had two local teams involved and the win by a single point, went to Isle of Man C, Suzanne McKnight, Richard Arthur and Tracey Skelton, on 5787, from Isle of Man B, the team of Andy Potter, Nick Brown and Martin Burns, on 5788. Division “C” had two more local teams involved and Isle of Man E took second slot with Isle of Man D in third. Finally, in Division “D” the local team of Steve Callus and junior shooters Alex Trafford and Thomas Clague stole the show, winning all 10 matches and posting a lead of 20 points to second position, Bristol Aero’s 12 points.  

A great result from everyone involved and thanks must go to Bill and Liz Jones for the prompt delivery of League results on a regular basis. 


New League format agreed at the Isle of Man Rifle Association AGM

            At the Annual General Meeting of the Isle of Man Rifle Association on Tuesday, it was agreed to operate the league in a slightly different format to previous years. This will involve each of the eight teams shooting on a Monday evening, three times during the winter months, meaning that the following year the fixture list will reverse. There are significant reasoning’s behind this move and these are to enable more shooting during the season, enabling a more competitive Indoor League and to advance and enhance indoor shooting generally. Several comments were raised from some of those present regarding the proposal but in general, the proposal has been warmly welcomed and was approved by a majority of those in attendance.    


Dates for your Diaries

            Monday, October 6th will see the start of the 2014/15 winter indoor league in the format mentioned above with Cossacks hosting Kirk Michael, Castletown travelling to Sinclair Range to compete against IoMSC Douglas, Laxey host Sulby and IoMSC Sandsiders go south to Port St Mary.

            Wednesday October 8th is the evening for two Isle of Man Rifle Association competitions, The Veterans Cup and The Oake Memorial Trophy. The venue has not yet been decided but hopefully I will be able to let you all know in next week’s column. Please support these competitions as the entry fees are a valuable source of the Isle of Man Rifle Association funding.   

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