The Inter Plymouth and Plymouth Challenge

Link to the scores of the Inter-Plymouth Matches 2001 - 2013.

Link to the History of the Inter-Plymouth Match and the Plymouth Challenge.


Report on the Inter-Plymouth and Plymouth Challenge matches 2013

On Sunday 6th October 2013 a group of 16 Plymouth marksmen, 1 from Cornwall and 2 supporters boarded a Target Travel coach at Plympton and left for Bisley, for the 13th Annual Inter-Plymouth match and Plymouth Challenge.

First stop, Exeter where we were joined by 2 Devon shooters and on to Taunton Deane services where we managed to squeeze in another 3 from Devon. It WAS a squeeze as this year we had a 25 seat coach and we had 24 people PLUS all the rifles, shooting mats and bags of equipment. Apart from the driver relying on his Sat Nav which took him off the M3 a junction too early, it was an uneventful journey.

We arrived at Bisley at 1210 and met up with 8 more shooters and 3 spectators from Plymouth, Devon and other parts of the South West of England. With 15 bays booked for 4 hours from 1300, we sorted out who would be on which detail. That done, the first 15 shooters took their places on the firing points.

The weather was kind to us this year with only a light but steady breeze, so expectations were high. Although some of us improved dramatically over last year, that was not the case for everyone. When the first 15 shooters had completed their English Match, their places were taken by another 15. The weather remained kind for them too, again resulting in improvement for some, but disappointment for others.

Our thanks must go to the Range Officers, Maralyn Avery and Mary Robinson throughout, plus Dave Reed for the first squad and Dave Hurrell for the second. When shooting and scoring had been completed, the top eight individuals were identified and were invited to shoot a ‘stand alone’ Olympic Final. This was won by Eric Robinson who was also top score in the earlier match.

We then went to the City Rifle Club for our presentation Dinner. Thanks once again to Pam, Sara and the crew. The first item on the agenda was to work out who was in which team and what the team scores were. The Plymouth A team comprised the six highest scoring P & D shooters. They were Derek Andrews, Dave Reed, Pete Hobbs , John Alexander, Kate Lee (all from Yealmpton) and Mark Yearling of GWRSA.

Only local scores could be given out at the City, as the American teams from Plymouth New Hampshire were shooting at the same time as us, so we would not have their scores until the following day, and New Plymouth, New Zealand would (hopefully) be shooting later in the month. Eric Robinson was presented with the Rose Bowl as P & D Open 50 metre Champion and Dave Reed and Maralyn Avery presented the prizes for the Olympic Final - 1st Eric Robinson, 2nd Ann Travis and 3rd Pete Hobbs.

A rapid exit from the City and an even more rapid journey home meant we were back in Plympton by about half past ten, - a thoroughly enjoyable 15 hours!

John Alexander - Organiser



Team scores of all the previous matches in the Plymouth v Plymouth's since the inaugural match in 1951


1951 Inter-Plymouth Results

Team of 10 - 20 shots each
Plymouth UK
Plymouth Michigan
Plymouth Pennsylvania
Plymouth Indiana
1954
1871
1791
1703


2001 (teams of 10) 2002 (teams of 10) 2003 (teams of 10)
Plymouth UK "A"
New Plymouth NZ
Plymouth UK “B”
5736
5625
5599
Plymouth UK “A”
Plymouth NH USA
New Plymouth NZ
Plymouth UK “B”
Plymouth UK “C”
Plymouth Indiana USA
5660
5605
5596
5483
5304
4908
Plymouth UK “A”
New Plymouth NZ
Plymouth UK “B”
Plymouth UK “C”
5724
5705
5549
5372
 
2004 (teams of 10) 2005 (teams of 6 & 10) 2006 (teams of 6)
Plymouth UK "A"
New Plymouth NZ
Plymouth NH USA
Plymouth UK “B”
5726
5713
5519
5483
Plymouth UK “A”
New Plymouth NZ
Plymouth UK “B”
Plymouth NH USA “A”
Plymouth NH USA “B”
Plymouth UK
Plymouth NH USA
3475
3449
3380
3320
3031
5739
5381
Plymouth UK "A"
New Plymouth NZ
Plymouth UK “B”
Plymouth NH USA
Plymouth UK “C”
3434
3425
3334
3280
3179
2005 - ReadMe
2007 (teams of 6) 2008 (teams of 6) 2009 (teams of 6)
Plymouth UK “A”
Plymouth UK “B”
Plymouth NH USA “A”
Plymouth UK “C”
Plymouth NH USA “B”
3478
3358
3317
3201
2930
Plymouth UK “A”
Plymouth UK “B”
Plymouth UK “C”
Plymouth NH USA
3464
3402
3267
3260
Plymouth UK "A"
Plymouth UK "B"
New Plymouth NZ
Plymouth NH USA
Plymouth UK "C"
3495
3442
3420
3249
3235

2010 (teams of 6 & 10) 2011 (teams of 6 & 10) 2012 (teams of 6 & 10)
New Plymouth NZ
Plymouth "A" UK
Plymouth "A" NH USA
Plymouth "B" UK
Plymouth "B NH USA
Plymouth "C" UK
Plymouth UK
Plymouth NH USA
3425
3418
3399
3334
3186
3179
5652
5564
Plymouth UK “A”
Plymouth NH USA "A"
New Plymouth NZ
Plymouth UK “B”
Plymouth UK “C”
Plymouth NH USA "B"
Plymouth UK "A"
Plymouth NH USA
Plymouth UK "B"
3400
3385
3370
3276
3188
3124
5595
5626
5294
Plymouth UK “A”
Plymouth NH USA "A"
New Plymouth NZ
Plymouth UK “B”
Plymouth UK “C”
Plymouth NH USA "B"
Plymouth UK "A"
Plymouth NH USA
Plymouth UK "B"
3400
3385
3370
3276
3188
3124
5595
5626
5294

2013 (teams of 6 & 10)
Plymouth "A" UK
New Plymouth NZ
Plymouth "A" NH USA
Plymouth "B" UK
Plymouth "B" NH USA
Plymouth "C" NH USA
Plymouth UK
Plymouth NH USA "A"
Plymouth NH USA "B"
3451
3406
3384
3323
3257
2675
5673
5591
4460

To view all of the scores, including the Plymouth Challenge results, see the Statistics Page. Photos can be viewed with this link.




History of the Inter-Plymouth Match and the Plymouth Challenge


John AlexanderBack in 2000, John Alexander discovered that a postal match had been shot as “Shooting’s Contribution to the Festival of Britain” in 1951.

The match was between Plymouth in Devon and teams from Plymouth's in Pennsylvania, Indiana and Michigan

The English Plymouth team of 10 shooters and two reserves from clubs affiliated to the P & D Small Bore League shot at the Citadel in the presence of various Chiefs of Staff of the Royal Marines, the Navy, the Royal Air Force and the Army. Also present were the Lord Mayor of Plymouth and the Commanders of four US Navy ships that were in port at the time, along with the Chief Gunner’s Mate of the US Aircraft Carrier.

The American teams had shot their cards and sent the scores to Plymouth where they were placed under Mayoral seal and taken to the Citadel by the Lord Mayor.

Once the local Plymouth team had shot, the package was passed to the Chief Gunner’s Mate to break the seal and announce the scores.

The result was a resounding win for our local heroes.

John realised when reading the archived newspaper reports of the match, that the following year would be its 50th Anniversary…… and so the idea of a repeat match was formed.

It was agreed that the match would be shot as an English Match (60 scoring shots at 50 Metres for teams of 10). To encourage people to take part, it was decided that teams should be self-selecting. That meant that any eligible shooter, being a resident of Plymouth or a member of a club affiliated to the P & D League could shoot, with the top ten forming the “A” team. The next ten would be the “B” team and so on. Any left over would be deemed to be “Shooting Reserves” who had been ‘counted out’. We would shoot our part of the match on the new ‘Malcolm Cooper Range’ at Bisley, the National Shooting Centre.

John contacted several rifle clubs and associations around the world and with just two months to go had persuaded no fewer than 7 Plymouths in the USA to take part, as well as New Plymouth in New Zealand.

The came the events of “9/11”. One by one the US teams reluctantly withdrew. The coach to get to Bisley had been booked along with the range itself, but the NZ team said they would still shoot and to help pay for the coach, we invited the ‘Rest of Devon’ to enter a team in a concurrent shoulder to shoulder match, to be known as the Plymouth Challenge. John also had an email from a Lt. Colonel in the South Dakota National Guard, asking if they could take part in the ‘Challenge’ (There is no Plymouth in S. Dakota)

The match was shot on a dull November day and the opposing teams sent their results by email to Arthur Harvey of Budleigh Target Shooting Centre. He had shot in the original match, and had been invited to accompany us to Bisley as our Guest.

At a meal following the match, Arthur revealed the scores and announced the results of the matches.

The whole event was such a success that it has continued every year since, with regular appearances by the NZ team and Plymouth in New Hampshire, USA. The Challenge has attracted opposition from such diverse places as the Rest of Devon, Cornwall, the Rest of the West, Kenya and of course, the South Dakota National Guard.


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