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News Archive - July to September 2003

Scots defeat Army, but lose to Police

18th September 2003

Scotland's annual matches against the Army and the Police were held concurrently on Saturday 13th September at Bisley.  Scotland won both the prone and three position matches against the Army, but lost both against the Police.  Top Scottish score in the prone team was Tom Hunter with 585, top Scottish score in the three positions team was Simon Clark.  Emma Cole-Hamilton raised her own Junior Ladies Scottish records for the Standing, Kneeling and overall total in the 3x40.

Grand Prix victory for Bruce, with Series wins for McIntosh & Rae

7th September 2003

Despite tricky wind conditions, coupled with difficult light in the early part of the day and a cold front later on, there were some good scores recorded at the Gagie Open & Grand Prix.  Cyril De Jonckheere won Class A comfortably with 592, with Sheena Sharp second with a season's best of 590.  Class B went to Simon Clark on 586, Charles Allan repeating his Grampian Open success in Class C - this time with 579.  There were particularly high scores in Class D, Bruce McIntosh's 586 narrowly beating David Champion's 585.

In a repeat of the Angus event on the same range in June, the C&D Grand Prix was won by local organiser Peter Gray - Hamish Rae picking up a couple of points to secure the C&D series by a comfortable margin.

Sinclair Bruce won the main Grand Prix with a steady 593, another 590 from Sheena Sharp securing second place following an excellent final.  Despite entering the final in second place, Donald McIntosh slipped to fourth - however this was enough to secure the series, just two points ahead of Sinclair.

The 3 Positions Grand Prix at Denwood was poorly attended - Donald McIntosh a comfortable winner of the 3x40 with 1144, with Emma Cole-Hamilton the only 3x20 shooter with 544.

Sinclair Bruce, winner of the Gagie Grand Prix

Peter Gray, winner of the C&D Grand Prix

Three Scots selected for World Universities Championships

1st September 2003

Jon Hammond, Neil Stirton and Heather Rudd have been selected as part of the British team that will compete at the inaugural World Universities Shooting Championships which will be held in Plzen, CZE from 22nd to 28th September.

3x40 Series decided, GBR Major Match Scores for Sinclair & McIntosh

24th August 2003

Donald McIntosh secured the 3x40 Grand Prix series on Saturday, with one event remaining.  A equal personal best score of 1152, including an equal personal best standing of 374, provided a 16 point lead over Martin Sinclair, which was never threatened during the final.  Simon Clark picked up third place, raising his personal best to 1126.  In the 3x20 competition, Welsh visitor Johanne Brekke entered the final with a one point lead over Janis Thomson, and although she was briefly overhauled, she fought back to win the event.  In the series, Emma Cole-Hamilton has moved into the lead, and with Tony Credland's recent retirement this looks unassailable.

There were some high scores in the prone competitions at Grampian on Sunday.  Donald McIntosh won Class A with 596, with three scores of 593 being recorded also.  Lynda Sinclair won Class B with 589 - a GB Squad MQS - with Charles Allan winning Class C with the same score.  Lawrence Cooper also rose the occasion in Class D, winning comfortably with 586.

Ron Nilsen produced a steady 394 to win the C&D Grand Prix by a large margin.  Hamish Rae still heads the series prior to the final event at Gagie in two weeks time, and only John Campbell can catch him now.  In the main Grand Prix Martin Sinclair produced an excellent 597 for a five point lead.  With only one point separating the remaining finalists, 17 year old Tom Hunter - who had just set a personal best of 591 in the qualifying round - produced an excellent ten shots to secure 2nd place, with Sinclair Bruce just hanging onto 3rd.  Donald McIntosh remains at the top of the points table, but there are a number of shooters who can still catch him at the final round at Gagie.

Martin Sinclair, winner of the Grampian Grand Prix

Donald McIntosh, winner of Class A

Cole-Hamilton, Hunter, Law & Rattray included in GB Squad

19th August 2003

The NSRA have announced that Emma Cole-Hamilton and Tom Hunter have been added to the GB Junior Squad.  In addition, the Airgun sections of the Senior Squad for 2004 have been announced, and include David Rattray and Robin Law for Men's Air Rifle.  The Cartridge section will be finalised after the Grand Prix matches at Denwood this coming weekend.

Medals for Hunter, Thomson and Cole-Hamilton and Junior International

19th August 2003

Matthew Thomson collected a Bronze Medal in the Men's Prone at the Junior International Match shot at Bisley the week before the NSRA National Meeting.  On a tricky day, his qualifying round of 582 was enough to take him into the final in 3rd place, and despite some loose shots which dropped him to 4th at one point, he regained 3rd on the last shot.  Tom Hunter also collected a medal in this match, with a Silver in the team event.

Emma Cole-Hamilton picked up Silver in the Women's Air Rifle Grand Prix event, and qualified for the final of the 3x20, where she came 7th.

New Web Page for NSRA National Meeting

5th August 2003

Our new web page for the NSRA National Meeting has been launched today.  It will be updated daily during the course of the event, so check back regularly for an update on all the news and pictures from a Scottish perspective.

Scottish Record for Janis Thomson at 50m Championships

3rd August 2003

Janis Thomson set a new Scottish Final Record on her way to winning the Women's 3x20 at the Scottish 50m Open Championships, held at Denwood over the weekend of 2nd and 3rd August.  Janis' qualifying round of 573 was the best score recorded by a Scottish woman for five years, but despite her nine point lead before the final, Janis was hounded by Shirley McIntosh who beat her own Scottish record for the 10-shot final, cutting the deficit to 0.7 at the end.

There were some fine scores recorded in the Men's Prone event, including GB squad qualifying scores for Martin Sinclair, Donald McIntosh, Bill Brown and English visitor Jason Burrage.  Jason declined to stay for the final, leaving Martin to defend the title successfully, Sinclair Bruce overtaking Jon Hammond for the silver and bronze respectively.  Steven Campbell added the 50m Junior title to that he won at the Scottish Meeting three weeks previously.

Johanne Brekke of Wales was winner of the Women's Prone event, her score of 590 providing a comfortable three point margin over Shirley McIntosh, who took the confined title.  Carol McKenna took third place, beating Sheena Sharp and Susan Jackson on countback, while Emma Cole-Hamilton picked up the Junior title.

Jon Hammond added his name to the list of Men's 3x40 Championships, with a season's best of 1150.  With Jason Burrage declining to shoot the final there was little to play for in the minor places, with Donald McIntosh second and Martin Sinclair third.

Scottish 3x20 Champion, Janis Thomson

Scottish 3x40 Champion, Jon Hammond

Wins for Copland, McIntosh & Bruce in Wick

28th July 2003

A weekend of hot and sunny weather in Caithness produced some fine shooting despite tricky wind conditions.  Donald McIntosh coped best to secure Class A of the 50m SSRA Grand Prix qualifying competition with 594, and extended that with a steady 587 at 100 yards to win the Caithness Open Meeting Aggregate.  A poor first string of 95 in the Grand Prix prevented him from securing a second win - his total of 590 two points behind Bill Copland.  The 10 shot final had no impact on the places within the Grand Prix, Sinclair Bruce picking up the bronze.  Donald now has a six point lead in the prone series, with two more events to come.  Hamish Rae secured the C&D Grand Prix, extending his existing lead in the series.  The C&D match also featured the youngest ever competitor - 12 year old Kay Copland, who was competing along side her father and grandfather.

The Caithness Open Championships for the Mowat Trophy was held on the Sunday, with a qualifying round of a dewar course followed by a final at 100 yards - similar in format to the "Earl Haig" Scottish Championship.  Donald McIntosh continue his good run of the form in the qualifier - a dewar of 395 the best on the range.  However he was unable to continue this form in the final, with Sinclair Bruce producing an excellent 198 on the final card for a total of 390, snatching victory from Gordon Motion by a point.

Wick range, Caithness

Three generations of Copland - Kay, Bill and Willie - all competitors at Wick

Home-Countries International Matches – Generous Sponsorship From Peter Gray and Edinkillie Sport Services

15th July 2003

Two years ago, the NSRA ceased issuing medals to teams in Home Countries International Matches at their National cartridge and air meetings.  In doing so, they gave their remaining stocks of medals and bars to the home countries organisations.  The stock gifted by the NSRA has provided for the 2002 season and the SSRA has now assumed responsibility for continuing to present its team members with honours to a similar standard and quality. 

This exercise will incur considerable cost, particularly in this first year when new dies are required, and we gratefully acknowledge generous sponsorships at our recent AGM from Peter Gray, who has offered to provide Air Rifle medals for the first two years, and from Edinkillie Sport Services, who have offered to provide three-positions medals for the the same period.  Since the AGM, Watsonian Rifle Club has also offered a contribution towards the die required for junior match medals.

While these sponsorships are most welcome, the remaining cost of awards for this year, which includes our major prone teams of ten and women’s teams of five, is still daunting.  If you, your club or other organisation is interested in helping the Association to continue presenting our national team members with appropriate honours, please contact our webmaster for more information.

Three Scots selected for European Championships

8th July 2003

Three Scots have been selected for the GBR team to compete in the European Championships later this month in the Czech Republic.  Martin Sinclair competes in the Men's Prone, Susan Jackson in the Women's Prone and Heather Rudd in the Junior Women's Prone.

Hammond squeezes another win at Denwood

8th July 2003

Hot on the heels of his win in the Haig, Jon Hammond won the third three positions GP of the year at Denwood.  Although neither Donald McIntosh or Martin Sinclair were in attendance, Susan Jackson shot a 3x40 for some stamina training and pushed Jon right to the end.  Susan also secured a new Scottish record for the 40 shot standing course - beating Shirley McIntosh's ten year old record by four points.

Jon Hammond secures Haig for second time in four years

4th July 2003

Jon Hammond won the Earl Haig Scottish Long Range Championship at Forres, securing the title with a superb 197 for his last card in tricky wind conditions.  Donald McIntosh was two points behind in second place, with Sinclair Bruce a further two points behind in third.  It was interesting to note that all three men had not shoot the full week, having qualified last weekend and returned for the final.

Eddie Jones won the final for classes B, C & D, while Matthew Thomson won the under-18 event.

The Scottish Champion is chaired off the range

Scotland win Home Countries International

4th July 2003

Scotland won the Ian Hamilton Cup for the Home Countries International at the Scottish Meeting.  With a team packed with experienced shooters, including Donald McIntosh winning his 50th Scottish Cap, and David Bremner his first since 1973, the Scots came home five points ahead of England, with Wales considerably further behind in third.

The Scottish Ladies held their own at 50m, but at 100 yards they struggled, and were soundly beaten at the longer distance.

Once again the Scottish Juniors were denied a match, with no entries from any of the other countries.

Scottish Team

Scottish Meeting Round-Up

4th July 2003

A brief round up of Scottish results at the NSRA Scottish Meeting:

County Sextette - 1st Aberdeenshire, 3rd Forth & Clyde

Scottish 50m Team Championship - 1st Bon Accord, 2nd Alloa & District

Scottish 100yd Team Championship - 1st Alloa & District, 2nd Bon Accord

Junior Team - 1st George Watson's College

X-Class Squadded Aggregate - 2nd Jim Cole-Hamilton, 3rd Neil Stirton

A-Class Squadded Aggregate - 2nd Jim Mudie

B-Class Squadded Aggregate - 3rd Eddie Jones

C-Class Squadded Aggregate - 2nd James Headon

D-Class Squadded Aggregate - 1st Emma Cole-Hamilton, 2nd Greg Scott, 3rd Simon Batchelor

X-Class Unsquadded Aggregate - 1st Donald McIntosh

B-Class Unsquadded Aggregate - 3rd Peter Gray

C-Class Unsquadded Aggregate - 1st James Henderson, 2nd Tom Bamford

D-Class Unsquadded Aggregate - 1st Greg Scott, 2nd Simon Batchelor, 3rd Emma Cole-Hamilton

Junior Championship - 1st S Campbell

Daily Mail - 1st Ian Thomson

Pershing Supporters - 1st Jim Cole-Hamilton

Centenary Competition - 1st Jim Cole-Hamilton

Flowers - Top Score at Scottish - Shirley McIntosh

Emma Cole-Hamilton, winner of the D Class aggregate

Donald McIntosh, winner of the Unsquadded Aggregate

S Campbell, winner of the Junior Championship

All Woman Final in the Freuchie

4th July 2003

The final of the SSRA's "Freuchie" competition, held over the lunch-breaks at the Scottish Meeting was an all-female affair.  Alison Longbottom was the eventual winner, with Sheena Sharp taking second and the confined title, and Ann Travis third.

In the C&D class event it was family rivalry to the fore, with Richard Scott beating brother Greg, with Tom Bamford in third.

Sheena Sharp wins the Wilkinson Sword


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