Report on the Inter-Plymouth and Plymouth Challenge matches 2012

On a rather chilly October morning, a motley band of shooters and supporters gathered at Plympton to catch their “Target Travel” coach to Bisley for the 12th annual Inter-Plymouth match and Plymouth Challenge.

This year they had an uneventful journey arriving at the Lord Roberts Centre at Bisley with an hour or more to spare before the match would begin.

At Bisley we were met by more shooters and supporters from Plymouth, other parts of Devon, Dorset and Cornwall. We also welcomed two Guests from Scotland who had been down for the Eley Finals and asked if they could join in our shoot as well. We hope they enjoyed it even though their scores don’t feature within the teams’ scores. (But hey!, who knows? Perhaps next year a team of six representing Scotland could take part in the ‘Challenge’.

Shooting got under way at 1 o’clock sharp and during the first detail (when I shot) it was cool, with a good light and only a 4mph breeze. In fact, the breeze was so light that sometimes, although you knew it was there, it didn't lift the wind flags. That caused one or two stray shots from quite a few of us. It was a dry day, after about a fortnight of heavy rain, but not enough sun or warmth to cause mirage and the flags were probably sodden which is why they didn’t move. The wind picked up a little on the second detail, but not enough to cause too many problems, even for those shooting in this match for the first time.

Jock Allan our stalwart Chief Range Officer once again organised the Olympic Final which this year was revenge for the boys!

The winner was Derek Andrews of Yealmpton (Plymouth A), second was Mike Frizzle of Dorset (Rest o’ the West) and 3rd was Pete Hobbs of Yealmpton (Plymouth A).

After another excellent meal at the City Rifle Club came the provisional results.

Once again, the USA team were shooting at the same time as us, and it was to be another fortnight before the New Zealanders shoot, so only a provisional result could be announced. At this point, in the Challenge, Plymouth UK had won with 3472, Devon were second on 3461 and the Rest o’ the West were third on 3422.

The Olympic Final was sponsored as usual by “Banana Frog Cars” and the prizes were presented by Maralyn Avery. The P & D trophies were “Open 50 m Champion” - Eric Robinson (Devon); P & D (closed) Club Teams of Three and P & D Open Club Teams of Three, both won by Yealmpton.

There were a total of 61 shooters of whom many were ladies, 10 Juniors  (as well as at least 18 Pensioners!). Ages ranged from 14 years to 82 years.

Thanks for taking the time to take part! (John Alexander - Organiser)

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