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News Archive - October to December 2003

Request for results

amended 30th December 2003

Regular visitors will be aware that a research into the history of Scottish representation in Home Country, Commonwealth and other International Matches has been underway for some considerable time now.  This project is now nearing completion, with a little further research needed in the NSRA and CSF(ED) archives.  In order to speed this up, if anyone has access to the results of the following events, the webmaster would be keen to either borrow, or obtain a copy, of them:

SMRC Meetings 1907 (and anything earlier), 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1915 & 1939.

NSRA Scottish Meetings 1950, 1953, 1956, 1971 & 1972.

NSRA National Meetings 1947, 1950, 1953, 1956, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974 & 1976.

NSRA Air Rifle Championships 1975 & 1976.

CSF(ED) Championships 1974, 1976, 1978, 1979 & 1980

Please note, for National Meetings, all that is required is a copy of the results from the Home Countries matches.  Many thanks to Brian Woodall at the NSRA who has helped fill many of the gaps to date.

British Record for Glenrothes

24th December 2003

Round 2 of the NSRA Short Range Standing & Kneeling League appears to have produced a new British & Scottish Record for Glenrothes - subject to ratification by the NSRA.  The team of Donald McIntosh (194), Shirley McIntosh (191) and Robin Law (186) added four points to the record previously held by an E U Alumni team that also included Donald.

Air Rifle Records Tumble in Aberdeen

15th December 2003

The second Airgun Grand Prix event of the 2003/4 season produced some of the best shooting by Scotland's female air rifle shooters for some years.  Between them, Emma Cole-Hamilton and Heather Rudd - the latter shooting in her first 60 shot match - shattered almost every Scottish Junior Women's record on the books.  Emma increased the sixty shot match record by nine points to 577, Heather also beating the old record by six points.  Emma increased the forty shot match record by one point to 383, Heather increasing the forty + final record by over seven points to 479.5.  These results secured second and third place in the Grand Prix for the two young women, with only Robin Law able to beat them.

In the pistol event, Don Robertson was a comfortable winner, however a close fight for the minor places saw Lawrence Cooper come out on the top, while Mark Joyce picked up sufficient points to stay ahead in the series.

The next event will be held at Glenrothes on 18th January - please get your entries in now to avoid disappointment as these events are now proving very popular.

Emma Cole-Hamilton

Commonwealth Games Team Manager Sought

10th December 2003

The Scottish Target Shooting Federation (STSF) wishes to appoint a Team Manager for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Melbourne in March 2006. This appointment will be made in conjunction with the Commonwealth Games Council for Scotland.  Applications are sought from candidates with strong people management skills and knowledge of the sport of target shooting is desirable.  Candidates should be able to work under pressure for extended periods of time and have experience in managing teams at international sporting events.

Details of the post, along with details of how to apply, are available on the STSF website.

Scottish Shooting Team, 2002 Commonwealth Games

Watsonian Rifle Club Open Meeting 2003

10th December 2003

This year’s meeting was well supported with entries from Caithness, Worcestershire, Cheshire, Aberdeenshire and Dumfriess-shire as well as nearer home.

Entries is the inexpert classes swelled considerably from last year with a party from Dollar Academy after an absence of 2 years and also a group of beginners from Balerno & Currie Rifle Club.  Full marks to Craig Stewart and Alasdair Horne for getting their beginners out and about, hard work well rewarded, we hope.

The first day of the meeting, Sun 30th Nov., saw a strong lead taken by Tom Hodgson with 6 off 600, closely followed by Cyril De Jonckheere with 7 off.  Saturday 6th Dec. saw Matthew Thomson record another 7 off, just one point ahead of his Dad, Ian, and John Campbell from Halkirk, who called in on his way to the footie.  Last thing in the afternoon, Cliff Ogle breezed in to match but not beat Tom’s score.  The last day, Sun. 7th, was well attended with Alasdair Horne making the closest challenge to Messrs Hodgson and Ogle with another 8 off.  Cliff Ogle won the A class aggregate on countback.  Matthew Thomson also edged Cyril De Jonckheere into 4th on countback.

Angus Jackson wrapped up B class with 13 off and Jamie Holwill, 14 years of age, stormed C class with 19 off, including the only possible scored outside A class (his first ever).  Sheena Sharp held off Susan Jackson to retain the Ladies competition and Cyril De Jonckheere’s 5x400 took the Veteran’s competition.  Matthew Thomson retained both the under-21 and under-18 competitions with Jamie Holwill taking the under 15 competition.

Watsonians retained the team competition with both the A and B teams holding off teams from Balerno & Currie, Dumfries, Alloa and Kirkcaldy.

The meeting enjoyed a total entry of 67 shooters, recording 21 possibles, 32 99’s and 46 98’s, the last being the most frequently recorded score.

An innovation, just for fun, this year, was Bill’s Best Bulls Awards.  Christmas crackers, for 10’s for which the flange on the oversize gauge covers all the black inside the 10 ring, were presented to Robin Thomson (Wat’s Dyke), Mel Mutch (Worcester Regiments Association), Dave Taylor(Dumfries) and Thomas Halliday (George Watson’s College).

Much appreciation goes to the non-shooting Mum’s and one Dad from George Watson’s College Rifle Club for their support in providing refreshments each day.

Record breaking start to the season for Emma

16th November 2003

Emma Cole-Hamilton started the 2003/4 Air Rifle season in good form, breaking her own Scottish Junior record for the Olympic Final at Callander this afternoon.  In an otherwise uneventful match, Robin Law produced another in a recent run of steady performances to win the Air Rifle comfortably, while Mark Joyce cruised to a victory in the Air Pistol.

The series continues at Denwood on 14th December.

Emma Cole-Hamilton

SSRA Senior 'A' and Under-25 Squads for 2004 Announced

7th November 2003

The Scottish 'A' and Under-25 Squads for 2004 have been announced.  There are a number of changes from the 2003 squad - Emma Cole-Hamilton, Neil Stirton and Simon Clark are promoted to the 'A' squad from the Under-25s, with Gordon Motion being promoted from the 'B' to the 'A' Squad.  Tom Hunter has been promoted from the Junior to the Under-25 squad.  Donald McIntosh and Jim Cole-Hamilton have declined places in the 'A' squad for 2004.

Good Start To Season for Scots at Welsh Open

3rd November 2003

A small Scottish contingent attended the Welsh Airgun Open Championships in Cardiff over the weekend of 1st and 2nd November.  Robin Law was second in the Open Championship, climbing from 4th to 2nd in the Olympic Final.  Graham Rudd equalled his personal best of 571 on the first match, and promptly added four points to it on the third match.  Pat Gray also set a new personal best, just missing the 500 mark by a single point!

Commonwealth Championships Cancelled

24th October 2003

The Fifth Commonwealth Shooting Championships, scheduled to be held in India at the beginning of December, have been cancelled due to a lack of entries.  The possibility of rescheduling them for March 2004 is being investigated.  A small Scottish team, consisting entirely of smallbore and air rifle shooters, had been selected.

Third Place at Inter-Region Match

17th October 2003

Simon Clark and Graham Rudd picked up third place in the Air Rifle team event at the Airgun Inter-Region Match, held at Aldersley on the 12th October, Simon setting a new personal best score of 559 in the process.

Club Affiliation Forms Available

4th October 2003

Club Affiliation and Winter League Entry Forms are also available now.  Please contact the Executive Officer if your club would like to receive forms and has not already done so.

10m Airgun Grand Prix entry forms available

1st October 2003

Entry forms are now available for the 10m Air Rifle & Pistol Grand Prix events which will be held from November through March at venues across Scotland.  Forms can be obtained from the Executive Officer.

Annual Membership & Winter Competition Forms Available

1st October 2003

The forms for annual membership of the SSRA, and the individual winter leagues and other competitions are now available.  If you would like a copy of the forms, please e-mail the Executive Officer who will send one out as soon as possible.

Juniors Win, Seniors Lose against North Island, New Zealand

1st October 2003

News has recently arrived from New Zealand of the scores shot by the North Island team in their annual match against Scotland.  The Scottish Junior team had a convincing win, setting a new record score for the match in the process.  However, the Senior team did not fare so well, being defeated by 8 points - extending the current run of New Zealand wins to 6, with their lead in the series now extended to 16 - 14.

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