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.
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.
A huge well done to David Elvin for winning the Paul James British Recoiling championships. This is a Non PCP shoot held annually at Anston near Sheffield. Top shooters from all over the country compete to raise money for charity. David shot superbly (once again!) and took first place against stiff opposition. Keep practicing David!
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.
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!
Air Rifle Field Target shooting near Norwich, Norfolk. Air gun target shooting.