NRC of S 2010 Autumn Meeting
The NRCofS Autumn Meeting could be said to have started in Edinburgh on the Friday when 11 members, witnessed by an English observer, handed over the Elcho Shield to Lord Provost George Grubb – the first time we have “returned” the shield to the City Chambers for display in 34 years.
Thereafter it was on to Blair Atholl. Saturday morning saw our organiser, Tim Kidner, sneak into the lead with the only possible at 987x hotly pursued by three 99s. 1114 saw him extend his lead in the only wet detail before Mike Baillie-Hamilton pulled back a couple at 1233 and for these two to lead overnight. Dinner in the Atholl Arms proved popular and provided the opportunity for John Hissey to hand over the new “Brodie” trophy present by him in memory of his wife and inspired by his 24 consecutive visits to this meeting.
Sunday saw the fresh left hand wind persist and result in several hits in the white. Mike Baillie-Hamilton made the most of a tricky 1114 detail but he faded at 1233 where Angus McLeod top scored to become the first recipient of the Brodie trophy for the 1233 aggregate. Meanwhile a steady shoot from Tim saw him back in the overall lead to win the Maxwell Cup and Sandeman Tankard. Third and fourth places formed something of a sin bin comprising members who had donated shots to neighbouring target. High visitor was Julian Peck who remarkably appeared to have no new gizmos on his rifle this weekend. Top Tyro was Mark Crichton Maitland. After a weak start at 987x our new Secretary showed her best form for some while using her dad’s rifle whilst Colin McEachran also recovered from a misfortune (misbehaving telescope) at short range to post some steady scores. The concurrent pairs event went, rather appropriately, to the donor and recipient of the Brodie trophy.