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NEFTA Classic 2022

Held at Emley Moor, Yorkshire last weekend, this is one of the most prestigious events on the FT calendar with a slightly different format to the standard competitions. Once again, our roving reporter, James Kay was competing along with Jacob and David Elvin and he brings us this report ………..

“Go on give it a try, it’s one of the best shoots on the calendar ” was all that was needed for father and son duo of James and Jacob Kay to Join the Pink Panther himself (David Elvin) at what turned out to be a most enjoyable weekend.  Well what else is there to do on a bank holiday weekend other than to look forward to 88 standing shots, 8 kneeling and 72 sitting shots!

Given that this was the 31st NEFTA Classic the format has to be a winner.  Shooters are split into two main groups – group one would shoot the FT course in the morning and the Silhouettes in the afternoon and Group two silhouettes in the morning and FT course in the afternoon.  Silhouettes were a first for both myself and Jacob – how hard can it be!!!  They look so small to the naked eye – a bank of 5 targets of varying sizes set out at 20 yards, 30 yards, 36 yards and then 45 yards. All set out in the aptly named shed of doom!! You shoot at each ‘bank’ once in the allotted time, rest reload and then re-shoot the same rack before moving onto the next rack behind to repeat the process. Despite being fixed to the ground – for me anyway – the Silhouettes would not stay still.  First shot off first one down – not a bad start – then it went miss hit miss – you know the score.  After an intense session, 17 of the 40 were hit but at least it was one from each rack thus avoiding a duck badge. one rack even saw 4 out of the 5 go down – so close to getting a 5 badge – well that was the aim and remains the aim for next year now as Sunday saw the 17 fall to 14 out of 40 for me this included the accumulation of a duck badge – that actually turns out to be quite cool so i now wear it with pride.

Meanwhile over on the FT course – set out in beautiful bluebell woodland – the FT course had appeared at first flat but long, however as any Andy Calpin course is it soon turned out to be slightly different with interesting angles and massive height changes.  Target 1 being nearly full distance but elevated possibly 50 feet above the shooting position to ‘ground level.  The nature of the land also lent itself to shooting across valleys from the side of a valley thus making the shooter think about their position and stability.  I will call this the white course – simply because they were white targets with black kills – not our normal and not that easy to spot when at distance but you soon adjust.

The nature of the weekend sees you paired with a shooting partner for the whole weekend – they score you in the shed of doom and you score them.  Then on the FT course it’s the same.  I was paired with John Amos (king of the spring gun and overall recoiling winner of that class at the 31st NEFTA classic) and Jacob was paired with Simon Francis. They say you learn from shooting but this weekend taught me you learn just as much from watching your shooting partner.  Moreover it taught me how lovely this sport is as we sat in the midst of beautiful countryside with great company and fresh air.  Anyway back to the FT and Jacob put in a 33/40 shooting in the morning – I had high hopes, single figure misses will do.  Alas some tricky wind (yes it was windier in the afternoon – well we’re sticking with that, saw me finish on 23.  So from 80 shots i had exactly 40 (17+23).  Jacobs Saturday had gone well as he added to his 33 on the FT course with a 26 on the Silhouettes – but he had also earned himself a 5 badge on the chickens (20 yards) for clearing all 5 targets on the rack.  I had a lot to do if I wanted to hit 75 % of the targets over the weekend as I now needed to be clear on the 40 silhouettes plus 40 on the FT course. For clarity no one out of all the shooters cleared the Silhouettes and only Nick Murphy went clear on the FT course.   

Again starting on lane 1 I managed to complete my first row of 10 targets at a shoot after seriously thinking about how to impress my shooting partner. For those first 5 lanes I was a shot up on him! However target 11 soon put pay to my chances of a clearance as did a long standing shot down into a ravine.  Not sure of the angle below our feet but it was steep, or so we thought until we got further around the course. Whereas on the Saturday we were low shooting up – today we were on high ground shooting low To say some of the targets had a 45 degree drop is no over estimation. As we all know – well we soon find out – when shooting at an elevated target it’s the horizontal distance the pellet travels not the distance to the target that is key. Some shooters had ‘charts’ to work this all out, some just aimed low, at least now I know why it was important to pay attention in Maths class when working out angles of triangles and lengths of its sides!! The good news was that the ‘aim low’ camp still had some success. I finished the FT course with 32 from 40 and only missed one positional shot. All was looking good for the shed of doom in the afternoon. Jacob re-joined me at lunch and had acquired another 5 badge this time for a rack of rams in the morning Silhouette shoot – on seeing my morning score on the FT course he knew he had to concentrate so he wasn’t beaten by his dad. He didn’t disappoint and posted came away with only 4 misses.  

Due to a Technical Information Technology error Jacobs 122 combined score should have been good enough to place him 4th overall in his grade, However he didn’t get to receive this award on the day, only to arrive home to find an apologetic email from the organizers promising him his prize when they next meet up. My combined score was good enough to keep me out of the bottom 10 (my main aim) and on a list of the scores I wasn’t in that group.  However Jacob did take pleasure in letting me know that two shooters were shooting ‘sporting’ and one Spring so I was actually in the bottom 10 PCP. Even more determined for next year now.  

If you’re a parent reading this as a non-shooter then please consider shooting alongside your children. It’s a great sport to do together and watch them grow. I know from my own perspective I have seen how shooting has had a positive impact on my son. Sadly the days of him needing me to drive him around and me saying I am only doing this shooting as i am here have long since passed. Fortunately the frustration of missing still pushes me to put it right on the next shot. Get yourself down to the club, share the frustration, enjoy the satisfaction of a hit and get the bug. Watch your children develop, learn new skills, how to make decisions, interact with a variety of people, learn to deal with disappointment, learn the importance of preparation and concentration. FT Ticks so many boxes – get involved – or if you’re already involved get shooting more. 

Easter Sunday Fun Shoot 2022

Sunday morning saw the annual Easter Fun Shoot organized by Mark & Kathy J with evil target positioning from David Elvin. An excellent turnout of 24 members ventured out on a bright and sunny morning, ready to do battle for the chocolate spoils. Thanks to all involved in organizing and getting the course ready.

Shooters were paired up and their combined score would see which team were victorious. The format was a little different than normal where the first target was worth 1 point and the second worth 2 points, the twist being that the first target had to be knocked over before progressing to the next. If you missed the first one, it had to be shot again so 3, 1 or 0 points per lane. The competition was fierce with some excellent shooting, notably Jacob who cleared the course and earned his team 45 points. James McGee was snapping at his heels, only missing 2 targets and David Elvin close behind with 3 misses.

With some close team scores, it was a tie for top spot with Jacob and partner Shaun Peacock and James McGee with his partner Kelly Loveday both scoring 73 points, closely followed by David Elvin and David Ryder on 65 points.

May be an image of 8 people, people standing and outdoors

May be an image of 6 people, people standing, tree and outdoors
May be an image of 2 people, people standing, tree and outdoors
May be an image of 1 person and outdoors

Don’t forget, 23/04/22 sees the first round of the summer series.

Rnd 2 Sat May 21st

Rnd 3 Sat June 18th

Rnd 4 Sat July 16th

Rnd 5 Sat August 13th

Your best 4 rounds will count towards your final SS score. You will be handicapped according to your latest running % for each round. Your un-handicapped score will still count towards your Saturday shoots. Suitable awards will be ‘awarded’ at the end of the series.

2022 British Championships & Regional Finals-Nelson FTC, Wales

It was a busy weekend for some of our club shooters and the FFTA team who made the long trip across the country to sunny wales to compete.

Saturday saw our own Jacob Kay hit a magnificent 38/40 to earn himself a place in the shoot-off for top spot along with Phil Hollis and ‘Bertie’ Bassett. A 50 yard stander was his nemesis and was just edged out by Bertie, one of the best shots in the country. Phil came in an excellent 3rd place. Well done Jacob, you have made your family and club proud!

Does the signature of his shooting partner look familiar?

Sunday was the final of the Inter-Regionals and we were lucky to have our very own Kate Adie (James Kay) on the ground to bring us this report…………..

Late Drama on Sunday saw a normally calm Nathan Reeve break into a sprint as he realised that the BFTA only had 14 team scores listed for FFTA and not the whole 15! Whose missing was the question.  Earlier in the afternoon, as the FFTA scores came in we started to get some good scores with three of our first 4 shooters posting decent scores in the thirties. After the 10th Group had completed we had 5 shooters scoring 30+ and two with 28, surely we could not start to dream! 
Up Steps Steve Lyon with a decent 32 closely followed by Tony Yerrell with a spring gun 30 (just think what he can do next year when the Steyer is back up and running), rumors were circulating that we had missed out on third place by 6!  and the summer poaching of David Elvin was beginning to look critical – he was tempted by the SEFTA (i used to think that was South Eastern but after shooting with Colin i soon realised it was the Sweet Eating Field Target team 🙂 .  a late 33 from David Clarke pushed this difference down.  but we thought that was our fate, close but no cigar. After such a promising Saturday that saw Three fenland shooters finish in the top 10, two that would go head to head with the ultimate winner Mark Basset after all three finished on 38/40.  Two of those 38’s for Mark and Phil Hollis were from the first squad out, the last belonging to Jacob Kay was from squad 8.  Could the memories of a disappointing Broadlands winter shoot be spurring the young man on or was it shooting with Mr. Field Target Roger Moy that was making the difference.  I am sure the elder one of the two will tell you one thing the other something else, anyway after Saturday, things were looking up.  
Results were in and tallied BUT LATE Drama, FFTA only had 14 results recorded.  Who’s was missing? Where was the results sheet where we were recording our scores!  Oh My it was Simon Martins score missing – it was a fantastic 36/40 – we needed the score card.  Who has Simons contact number ? Who was he shooting with were now the questions being asked as FFTA members ran to their phones – surely we would not miss out as a score card was missing.  Relief it has been found and the points are-tallied.  First WFTA = 278Second SEFT = 271 and a very close third ahead of MFTA, CFTA, NEFTA and SWEFTA were the very proud (just look at the smile on Roger Moy’s face) with a 268 were the FFTA.  David Clarke couldn’t believe the result so had dressed for a quick get away as a runner just in case another mistake was made but it wasn’t and it’s now official.  FFTA was third.  Team scores are in the link below along with the photos.  
And to think, there was me thinking that if i can make the team another year, go for an early slot to be home at a better time. However to miss that excitement and the realization we were seeing something unexpected you have to have been there.  Roger’s face went from anger (ok so maybe strong disappointment when a card was missing) to the deepest Joy when it was found to the proudest beam when we collected the medals.  Phil Hollis you are an inspirational leader , thank you for organizing and letting me be apart of it. My shooting on Sunday wasn’t up there with you guys but it’s a team game.  Well done team FFTA and get yourselves (everyone at Sywell, Midshires, Hereward, Cromer, Lea Valley, Colne Valley and Broadlands) to those winter shoots.  You could be the difference that gives us silver next year.

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Loads of pictures can be found on our BARC Facebook page and the FFTA page for those who would like to see more.

Congratulations to all who represented the area from BARC (Roger Moy, James and Jacob Kay and Phil Watts)-you played a blinder!

News Update

Last Sunday saw the finals of the Inter-Regionals and Saturday was the British Champs. Congratulations to all who participated from BARC, especially James Kay winning C Grade in the Champs and David Elvin hitting a brilliant 39/40 for Fenlands on Sunday. Top paint chipping gentlemen!

New ‘Whats on’ header

You may notice a new addition to the headers on the website.

In it you’ll find a list of up coming club, national and international events they may be of interest to some of you.

Keep an eye on it as it will be updated as new event dates are released.

2019 Chairmans Challenge

The Chairmans Challenge took place after the Clubs AGM today. An interesting course was put out to challenge all on a slightly different firing line to normal. The handicap system worked well and 1st place was decided using a handicap figure to 5 decimal places.

Full results can be found below

Chairmans challenge results 2019

Well done to Phil Watts  this years champion.