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2015 Events Diary
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Spring National April 2015
Dick just prior to taking Bronze in the Pape Hammer Gun 'shoot off'.
Bev 'smokin' his way to Silver in the Airedale Hammer Gun.
Tosh 'n Carol celebrating their 2nd and 3rd places.
Martin 'blanking out' the wonderful view on his way to a victorious day.
...also glad to win some beer - gave him strength to carry all his other trophies.
Dave contemplating on yet another successful days shooting.
This years Spring National was held on Saturday 18th April at Greystone Wood Shooting Ground, Weston Moor, Otley, North Yorkshire.
Several of our number made the trip 'Oop North' and every one either won or came in the first 3 in one or more events - quite an achievement. A full report will hopefully follow shortly.
Presidents Cup - Percussion, 20 targets, singles
Ladies Cup - Percussion, 20 targets, singles (concurrent with Presidents Cup)
The Berni Inns Trophy - Flintlock, 20 targets, singles
The Pennine Double Barrel - Percussion 30 targets, pairs
The Small Bore Challenge Trophy - Percussion 20 targets, singles
The Big Bore Bowl - Percussion 20 targets, singles
The Pape Hammer Gun - Hammer Gun, 30 targets, pairs
The Airedale Hammer Gun - Hammer Gun, 20 targets, singles
The North of England Open Muzzle Loading Champion
Percussion, 20 targets, singles
The North of England Open Black Powder Hammer Gun
Hammer Gun, 30 targets, pairs
Scottish National May 2015
Some of the competitors (left to right) Tom Owen, Gareth Jones, Tim Owen, Martin Crix, Shane Rainey, Ron Maxwell (referee), Peter Donnelley, Ian Temple, Tosh McIntosh, Bev Keeble, Carol McIntosh, Clare Mills, Ian Hall & dog and Neil Atkin.
Martin blasting his way to a second Silver - this time in the Rhynd Hammer Gun.
Tim was given 'special dispensation' to shoot his Playfair Baker’s Patent Black Powder bolt action 12 Bore in the Hammer Gun competition.
Referee Ron Maxwell keeping a close eye on our specially imported 'Token Jock'
A deservedly 'chuffed' Clare with her Silver Medal in the Tayside.
Bev back on top with Gold after a fine 22 in the Rhynd Hammer Gun - that smile possibly compounded by his victory in a long drawn out shoot off against Martin in the Tayside.
Squad 2 shooting the Leuchars Double Barrel from 'The shaky pulpit'.
This years Scottish National was held on Saturday 30th May at the Scottish Clay Shooting Centre, Leuchars, Fife
This year our contingent comprised: Martin, Clare, Bev, Carol, Tosh, Tim (and in guest spot Tims son Tom). Between them Martin, Clare and Bev - managed to bring home six from a possible twelve medals. At one stage Tosh was in possession of a seventh - but that's another story! A full report will hopefully follow shortly.
Summer National July 2015
REPORT TO COME....
All 'Da Ladies' ...Clare, Jane , Carol and Sue ...well someone had to come last!
Martin 'in the trench' that was stand five - looks thought all the smoke that could be the Baker Flintlock Trophy.
Looks like Bev is just about to BEV* the long dropping incomer on stand five.
*According to Wikipedia to BEV is to shoot a target on
the drop - long after everyone else would have gone home.
Dave also on stand five, on his way to one of his 3 podium places on the day.
A very chuffed Dick with his bronze (after a 3 man shoot off with Dave and Shane) in the Thames Valley Trophy.
Dave showing off part of his impressive hail of trophies and medals from the Thames Valley 1st - Baker Flintlock 1st - Warwickshire Shield 3rd -
Bev showing off his trophy and medal for the Richerds Hammer Gun Trophy. It is also noticeable from the picture that he was close to showing off something else. (Note to self - always check buttons before presentation!)
The AML Gang - Dick, Carol, Tosh, Dave, Bev, Clare and Martin. As usual Carol and Tosh conspicuous by the abscence of shiny stuff!
Helice July 2015
5/6ths of 'Squad One' patiently awaiting the arrival of Mr Wellings and the scorer!
All that fuss trying to knock the centre out of a plastic helicopter - I ask you!
Nice 'hit' from Graham on his first go at Helice - also his first 'National' muzzle loading competition.
Mike and Graham making the most of the break between squads with a nice beverage - I believe Graham asked for a drugs test to be done after Mike sneaked ahead to beat him by 3 points. I believe that only caffiene showed up in the tests.
"...but you said I was underneath them ...then he said I was up the side of them...
Dave making the fatal mistake of turning his back on the trophy... He'll be back!
Tosh showing off his 'Special award' - the general consensus was that he should have been given it at the start of the day!
This years trip to Rugby for the annual Helice competition was a bit of a mixed bag for the club contingent. Ten eventually made the journey successfully - Pete and Derek getting lost whilst following Tim and Tosh who also got lost (but not to the same degree).
In total there were 24 competitors who were split into four squads of six, each squad taking there turn to shoot in rotation 6 targets, 6 targets, 4 targets, 4 targets.
It was a fairly close run thing at the top after the first two rounds but (outsiders) Jane Capewell and Barney Kilpatrick both straighting the 2nd round was a sign of things to come. That gave Barney a continuous run of 8 and Jane followed with a run of 10. In the meantime Martin was ‘up there’ as expected and from nowhere Dick made a late charge but it wasn’t to be. Tosh not so much as a bridesmaid - more of a ‘usher’. Jane and Barneys little runs proved more than enough to take them into a shoot-off with Jane taking the title with 14+4.
As for the rest of the gang every time I watched them shoot Mike and Graham appeared to be playing at ‘anything you can do’ .... i.e. you hit it - I’ll hit it - you miss... I miss - but obviously I wasn’t watching all the time as Mike managed to sneak ahead using his newly acquired 14 bore in it's debut outing.
Last years winner Dave just had a bad day at the office.This came as rather a surprise considering his other successes this year. He did comment (off the record) that polishing all his other trophies was rather time consuming and the ‘Helice’ trophy was tricky to polish (read into that what you wish).
Tim probably hadn’t recovered from spending 90 minutes in a car with Tosh - so that could explain his somewhat erratic shooting (or was it the thought of the return journey). He was though - praised on the performance of his gun - all be it one that he had sold to one of the other competitors the previous week. Pete (SP) couldn’t replicate his recent club form - some say he’s like a vintage wine - that just doesn’t travel very well.
Clare also had a bad day at the office - compounded by losing the ‘handbag fund’ competition to Derek - and having to present him with a nice crisp £10 note. In the words of the song - ‘things can only get better’.
Thanks go to all the team at Rugby and all the competitors - who made this yet another fantastic day.
Autumn National September 2015
Bev with his Bronze from the Blue Rock DTL Cup. I believe his 'shades' had to almost be surgically removed.
Would appear that a degree of 'badgering' is going on regarding Daves Bronze in the Cotswold Shield.
"...dont ask me how - but I've just won a medal! Note to self - must get a small portable ladder to make loading this big bugger easier next time!
YIP - Martin couldn't quite believe it either! He had seen Dereks previous cards on the day. Had only fired two shots with his 8 bore before today - RESULT!
It doesn't matter how many trophies Martin wins - he's always chuffed to bits! Whoever said it's the taking part that counts - 'Bah Humbug'!
Those that can ...'do' - and those that didn't ...watch the shoot offs!
Winners of the 3 'person' Trophy - Clares' Mob - Martin only slightly distracted by the assortment of beers available in the raffle - you cannot drink a trophy!
The crowd in raptures - probably Martin collecting another well deserved trophy/medal - whilst Tosh calculates the odds on having a winning raffle ticket.
"Watch my finger..watch my finger - when you wake up you'll be able to hit both targets on stand 4!
No sour grapes - BUT due to a managerial miscalculation at a senior level, an anonymous AML member was deemed to be one of the four top scorers and as a result appears in the official photograph - this was NOT correct - I cannot for legal reasons reveal the identity of who the fourth man should have been.
Now we know how he does it!
Stoke Orchard, Cheltenham, Saturday September 5th 2015.
For this years trip to Stoke Orchard, Team AML managed to muster seven shooters - Martin, Clare, Bev, Dave, Derek, Dick and Tosh! In total there were 39 shooters on the day.
The targets were what could only be described as ‘spot on’ all hittable (if you knew how) and no silly slow supposed ‘gimmes’. Well thought out and well presented. We also had the great fortune in having scorers and buttoners on each of the five stands. This makes such a difference - there are cases where ‘self scoring’ is for financial reasons the only option - but having scorers and buttoners makes for a much more relaxed day.
So we had five stands - doubles shooting 3 pairs and singles - 2 of each target
Stand 1 - 2 overheads going away.
Stand 2 - right to left low quartering followed by a left to right looper
Stand 3 - 2 left to right high crossers
Stand 4 - left to right tower followed by low left to right teal
Stand 5 - low going away followed by right to left rabbit.
A point about the presentation of the targets. We had an unusual presentation ref the pairs - in so much that the 2nd bird was on a delay, so not a ‘report pair’ nor ‘simultaneous’ - as long as you were aware of this it wasn’t a problem.
Considering several of our team had not long returned from ‘Portugese Portugal’ representing GB in the European championships - they put up a great performance. Tosh and Derek hoped to be wearing ‘Sombreros’ on the day to try to give them a psychological advantage over the GB team (5 of the team were thwarted by a lone Spaniard in Portugal) but couldn’t find any sombreros - hey ho! As it turned out Derek didn’t need one - all he needed was his recently acquired 8 bore which gave him a Bronze in the Big Bore Comp. Don’t ask him how he shot earlier on in the day….
You can see from the scores below that we (the royal we) held our heads up as usual and got back over our respective borders with booty whether that be trophy, medal or win in the raffle!
Special thanks to Dave Marland, of Gloucester Branch for doing a great job in organising - Cheltenham & District gun club members for assisting with scoring - Marion Marland who organised the cakes with the aid of volunteer cake makers - Sue Davies and Di Capewell who helped Marion with entries and recording scores.
A great day - great targets - great people - great weather - roll on the SKEET!
National Skeet October 2015
Dave with his Trophy and Gold medal after an outstanding 15/15 in the Flint Singles. Ed had a winners speech already prepared (in his hand) - BUT alas not this year Ed! (He wasn't even in the competition - DOH!)
I'm sure Julie had already put a cross on the card before Dave took his option for a Straight 15/15. Never looked like missing one - even the horrendous 'hangfire' on stand 5 couldn't break his concentration.
Stewart one of the 'Warwickshire Posse' winning his shoot off with Bev to secure Silver in the Hammer gun.
A very happy and surprised Stewart receiving the Nobby Clarke trophy - from Nobby himself. This trophy is for the person attaining the most AHG points over the past year in Hammer Gun. Stewart Narrowly pipped our very own Dick and Tosh to the post!
Martin on stand 4 winning his shoot off against Dave in the Percussion singles.
Bev shooting 'singles' on stand 4 shooting ' in his shoot off with Martin for 2nd/3rd places in flint.
"Go on - just miss another two and I'll be on for a medal"!
Technically a first for Carol - a medal for NOT just turning up! Positive thoughts - only one behind Jane!
Although scorers are supposed to by silent when not calling birds - Jane was 'allegedly' heard to ask Derek whether he had been loading his gun with 'coal dust' rather than 'proper' powder!
"How stupid does he think I am?"
Our scorer Julie on 4 - (having a 'head off the stock' moment......) was most likely trying her best to see the second target through the fog.
Young 'Ollie' (one of the onlookers at the skeet) - just couldn't resist having a go...
The 'Warwickshire Branch' in between doing a great job helping with scoring (and winning medals). 'Our ED' can be seen deep in concentration - making notes on what he was going to say as 'master of ceremonies' later at the prizegiving.
This year’s National muzzle loading skeet competition took place at the newly-opened Eriswell Lodge Shooting Ground. We had been allocated 2 of the 4 skeet layouts for our competition, and the weather was almost perfect, just enough of a breeze to blow the smoke away which was good, but it also had the effect of making the high bird drop rather quickly on both layouts which affected most of the final scores.
With a total of 19 shooters it was good to see some fresh faces. Dave Corneby is fast becoming a ‘regular’ at the Anglian Muzzleloaders earning a bronze in the double barrel with 19 ex 25. He definitely has the ‘bug’ and what is more his other half, Rachel, who unfortunately could not attend this shoot, also appears very keen.
We were also honoured by the presence of Nobby Clark and Albert Wall who had kindly transported Nobby to the shoot. Albert entered the hammer gun competition and considering he had some mechanical problems with his gun did not disgrace himself by shooting a 12.
As in previous years, Julie Green had kindly offered her services as a referee. She also joined us for the skeet competition and shot a respectable 5 ex 15. Not bad for a first timer, especially if you study the scores!!
As usual the competitions were closely-fought with some familiar names, bobbling to the top of the leader board. Martin Crix shot well throughout the day winning the double breech loading hammer gun competition with a 22 and, after a shoot-off against Dave Elvin, the single barrel competition with a 13 ex 15.
The shooter of the day must go to Dave Elvin who won the flint with a maximum score of 15 ex 15, and the double barrel muzzleloader with 22 ex 25. His score was a real achievement considering he had just replaced the touch hole and he had hardly shot the gun all year!
Clare shot really well scoring 12 ex 15 which gained her a bronze medal in the single barrel and a gold in the skeet ladies percussion competition ahead of Jane Capewell and Carol McIntosh.
Derek Richardson was, as always, entertaining. An example: - He missed a clay in the single barrel competition and needed to take his repeat bird. He quite happily re-cocked the gun and stood there waiting for the clay without bothering to reload. He appeared quite confused when we pointed this out to him. I think his mind was elsewhere, probably still on the grouse moor! A senior moment indeed!! Derek also won the bottle of ‘Proper Job’ (very kindly donated by Viking Pete!!) for his use of some absolutely abysmal gunpowder which didn’t suit his gun at all, and led to a number of unforced errors.
After the medal ceremony which was kindly fronted by Ed ‘the probe’ Bettany, some of us retired to the Walnut Tree at Worlington where Carol works. They treated us well and provided us with a super meal to finish off what was a lovely day in great company.