Bisley autumn match report
The last match of the season at Bisley, with a record attendance of 60, saw a lovely sunny Saturday and a very autumnal Sunday. Wind for much of the match was gentle and deceptively benign until the final 1200 yard shoot when a fishtailing 6 minute bracket with added mirage thrown in caused much wailing and gnashing of teeth.
The North London Rifle Club Championship was run concurrently with the English 8 and Irish Rifle Club Meeting.
Tim Kidner was the overnight leader, with two points clear, and all looked good for a Scottish sweep of the silverware until the last 1200 yard shoot, when a combination of some curious marking and outstanding shooting in the conditions (75.11) by Rob Lygoe, saw a reversal of fortunes. Rob instead swept the board although Tim won the Dram trophy for the highest score on Saturday. Fergus Flanagan, flushed with success after Cambridge where he lost to Cambridge Cup to Nick Tremlett on a tie shoot, was second overall and won the under 25s Cup and the Donegall Badge. Special mention to Ron Scaglione who fought his way up from 9th over night to finish fourth overall. Zoe Woodroffe and Keith Baxby can both be pleased with their form.
The prizegiving saw the Maitland Cup, shot for at the last Blair meeting, being finally awarded to the correct winner, Silke Lohmann.
Our shooting colleague Mike Ballie-Hamilton Buchanan becomes first Buchanan Chief since 1681
Mike’s nine years of service to the Club as Captain and President has been recognised for various major NRCofS team shoot successes (including four Elcho Team wins in a row!) plus an impressive five Hopton wins for himself.
Although officially The Buchanan the Clan Chief he will always be Mike to his fellow club members.
NRC of S Autumn Open Meeting
Blair Atholl 1st/2nd September 2018
Bisley Meeting including Elcho Match
M C M
Awarded MBE for services to Target Shooting and Commonwealth Games Scotland
NRC of S Spring Open Meeting
Jubilee Range Blair Atholl 26th & 27th May 2018
Temperatures in the mid 20s centigrade, blue skies, majestic scenery and not a midge in sight combined with shooting conditions at the longer ranges that bamboozled the great and the good, must be the abiding memories for the 20 MR and 2 F Class shooters who attended the Club’s spring meeting at Blair.
Saturday’s 987x was benign enough but 1114x began hint at difficulties to come with a wide wind bracket, but at least all from the same direction. Saturday at 1233x saw senior Elcho shooters languishing in the mid 80s. The resident djinns of Glen Tilt clearly become peevish in warm weather! Your captain, however, managed a score of 94.5 which was 5 points clear of the next highest.
After a convivial dinner at the Atholl Arms on Saturday night, Sunday morning saw competitors gather in hotter conditions yet for 2+15 at 1114x and 1233x. The spirits of the glen were particularly active at the longer range with a wind bracket from ¼ to 5 minutes at any one time. Your captain cross shot at 1233x, thus throwing away most of the advantage gained from Saturday. Sic transit gloria mundi!
Sunday afternoon saw the inaugural team shoot for the Tilt Trophy. Six teams of three, shot in rotation, coached and plotted. The top six shooters on Saturday were the team captains and team members were allocated by working from the top and bottom of the list. No sighters and 15 shots to count at the two longer distances, saw a close finish in which Derek Lowe, Keith Baxby and Sophie Wentges, beat Nick Tremlett, Michael Wentges and Jack Roberts by 405.29 to 405.21. Third were Ron Scaglione, Tim Kidner and Claire Halleran with 400.19.
Tim Kidner took away the Crawford Cup with an outstanding result of 419.29, four points ahead of Mike Buchanan (aka Mike Baillie-Hamilton). Derek Lowe won the Visitors Trophy and your captain won the Craigfillan Tyro Trophy.
Our thanks to Tim Kidner for running an exceptional meeting, and to our hosts, the West Atholl Rifle Club for the use of certainly the most beautiful and arguably the most difficult range in the world. The electronic targets worked perfectly, a tribute to the hard work WARC have put in to improving the butts.
M C M
21st Commonwealth Games
NRCofS congratulates our full-bore target rifle compatriots, Ian Shaw and Sandy Walker, on winning bronze in the Queen's Final Pairs event. There is a good write up from the Scotsman and daily updates on the STS website
The Scottish team as a whole is doing well with their medal count now standing at 5 for shooting out of 30 for all sports.
Match Rifle shooting dates for 2018:-
|Blair Atholl dates:|
|NRC of S Practice day (Joint with WARC LR Club Shoot)||April||15th|
|NRC of S Practice day (Friday Afternoon)||May||25th|
|NRC of S Spring Meeting||May||26th / 27th|
|NRC of S Practice day (Saturday)||June||16th|
|NRC of S Autumn Open Meeting||September||1st / 2nd|
|Practice Target (Saturday)||April||21st|
|Practice Target (Friday)||May||11th|
|Combined Clubs Spring Meeting (English VIII)||May||12th / 13th|
|Practice Target (Saturday)||June||2nd|
|Practice Target (Saturday)||June||23rd|
|Match v Ireland||July||12th|
|Hopton Agg.||July||14th to 17th|
|Welsh Open MR Championships (Monday)||August||27th|
|English VIII Autumn Match Rifle Meeting||September||29th/30th|
|Other dates available at West Atholl web site|