Air Rifle Grand Prix II
Janis Thomson won the Women's 3x20 Open and Confined titles, for the new Pleasance Cup (donated by E U Alumni Rifle Club), coming through in the final. Shirley McIntosh raised the Scottish record for a standing final in taking 2nd place in both events, with Helen Vincent 3rd in the Open and Lynda Sinclair 3rd in the Confined.
In the Men's Prone a tight final produced a win for Harry Creevy (Isle of Man) in the Open, just missing the 700.0 barrier by the narrowest of margins. The Confined title went to 1999 runner-up Simon Clark with Martin Sinclair 3rd in the Open/2nd in the Confined and Graham Rudd 3rd in the Confined.
Full results are available here.
Martin Sinclair extended his run in the Scottish 50m 3x40 Championship to three in a row, pulling up from 4th to 1st in the Olympic final at Denwood on Saturday 4th August. England's Jason Burrage took second in the Open section, with Jonathan Hammond 3rd in the Open/2nd in the Confined and Donald McIntosh 3rd in the Confined.
In the Women's Prone England's Helen Vincent won the Open section on countback from Sheena Sharp, who took the Confined title. 3rd in the Open/2nd in the Confined went to Lynda Sinclair, with Barbara Mackay 3rd in the Confined.
Full results are available here.
The championships conclude tomorrow, with the Women's 3x20 and the Men's Prone.
The following people will be representing the Scotland region at the NSRA/Eley Inter Region Match at Bisley on Friday 10th August:
Men's Prone - Jim Cole-Hamilton, Cliff Ogle &
Men's 3x40 - Cliff Ogle & Jonathan Hammond
Women's Prone - Sheena Sharp, Mary Melvin &
Women's 3x20 - Shirley McIntosh
Jonathan Hammond moved into a lead in the Prone Grand Prix series, with a win at the Caithness Open in Wick, but along with second placed Martin Sinclair will miss the next round due to a clash with the Commonwealth Championships at Bisley in August.
In the C&D series Charles Allan moved into a commanding lead, with his second win of the year, having taken silver at the first match.
Susan Jackson has come 16th in the Women's Prone at the European Championships in Zagreb. In the Junior Men's Prone, Graham Rudd came 21st, with Neil Stirton 47th.
Jonathan Hammond raised his personal best by a massive fifteen points at the Hampshire 3P Open on Saturday 14th July. His 1155 beat John Croydon of Wales by two points.
The following shooters have been selected to compete in smallbore and air rifle events at the Commonwealth Shooting Federation Championships which will be held at Bisley in August immediately after the NSRA National Meeting:
Where appropriate, the first two named shooters will form the teams for the pairs matches. The remainder of the Scottish team will be nominated by the pistol, clay target and fullbore associations within the next couple of weeks.
A large contingent of the SSRA 'A' squad attended the International Match Week in Karstula, FIN, from the 4th to the 8th of July, and there were fine performances all round. In the re-entry match period Sinclair Bruce raised his personal best first to 595 and then to 597, with that being the top score of the week. Simon Clark equalled his PB of 593 in the re-entry period, and Donald McIntosh set a new Scottish Men's record of 573 in the 3x20. Janis Thomson set a new PB of 573 in the 3x20, with Barbara Mackay equalling her PB of 593 in the prone.
In the main competitions the women were dominant, Lynda Sinclair winning the prone, with 2nd and 3rd also going to the Scots, and Janis Thomson won the 3x20. Over on the men's side, five of the eight finalists in the prone were Scots, ending up with the top three places including another equal PB for Simon Clark on his way to his first international win. A clean sweep was denied in the 3x40 however, with Finnish Olympic medal winner Juha Hirvi and Swedish Paralympic champion Jonas Jacobsson showing how it should be done, and despite a season's best of 1141 Donald McIntosh could only come 5th.
A summary of the results is available on the International Results page.
Following on from The Freuchie, the NSRA confined Scottish events were held at Denwood on 1st July. In the club team events E U Alumni secured the 50m championship, with Watsonians second. The 100 yards event was won by Bon Accord, with E U Alumni and Alloa & District tying for second place.
In the Earl Haig Final Martin Sinclair produced a fine performance, his 590 pipping Graham Rudd by one point, with Trevor Hastings two points further behind. Graham also secured the under 21 event.
The Earl Haig final for competitors in classes B, C & D also produced some fine shooting, with Graham Rudd coming out on top, followed by Charles Allan and Sheena Sharp.
With the NSRA Scottish Meeting postponed, the Scottish Long Range Matchplay Championship, otherwise known as The Freuchie, was held over the afternoon of 30th June at Denwood. Some fine shooting produced a first win in the event for Tom Hodgson, with Graham Rudd second and Bill Copland third. In the C&D event Charles Allan secured his first win of the weekend, with David Champion and Willie Allan tying for second place.
Martin Sinclair secured a second win in the SSRA Grand Prix 3x40 series on Saturday 30th June, helped by the withdrawal before the final of English visitor Jason Burrage who had held a two point lead. Jonathan Hammond secured second and Cliff Ogle third.
In the women's 3x20 a rare appearance by Shirley McIntosh proved that she can still produce the goods, with 564 the best Scottish score this year. Susan Jackson produced a third personal best in three matches to take second, also setting a new Scottish ten-shot final record in the process.
Three Scots are included in the British team to compete in the European Championships in Zagreb next month. Susan Jackson is part of the women's prone team, with Neil Stirton and Graham Rudd competing in the junior men's prone.
The Freuchie is being held on Saturday 30th June at Denwood in Aberdeen, and will commence at 1pm. There is still room to get your entry in!
Five SSRA members - Jim Cole-Hamilton, Bill Brown, Neil Stirton, Donald McIntosh and Cliff Ogle - qualified for the Great Britain team in the annual Dewar international match, shot at Appleton on Saturday 23rd June. Cliff produce the top score in the match, with a fine 398 ex 400.
Lynda Sinclair proved the most successful Scottish shooter at the NSRA ISSF Meeting over the weekend of 8th - 10th June, winning the Women's 3x20 and taking third place in the Women's prone. Husband Martin successfully defended the Men's 3x40 title, but ruined his chances in the men's prone with a cross-shot for his last shot of the prone match.
Susan Jackson took third place in the Women's 3x20, with Janis Thomson eighth. In the Men's 3x40 Donald McIntosh took fourth, Jonathan Hammond sixth and Cliff Ogle seventh. Unfortunately none of the Scottish men qualified for the prone final, Sinclair Bruce the best placed at tenth.
Donald McIntosh won the second 3x40 Grand Prix of 2001, narrowly beating Martin Sinclair at Denwood on Saturday 2nd June. In the 3x20, Susan Jackson (in her first ever match) recorded a win over Lynda Sinclair.
Donald went on to win the Angus Open at Gagie the following day, and took third place in the Grand Prix. Jonathan Hammond won comfortably, with a fine 597, with Martin Sinclair second. Fifteen year old Matthew Thomson produced the shoot of the day, his 591 in the Grand Prix putting many a seasoned internationalist to shame!
Martin Sinclair won the 3x40 event at the Hampshire Open on 19th May, placing him at the top of the GB squad rankings at the half-way stage. In the prone event Sinclair Bruce lost on countback to Olympian Mike Babb, despite a 300 finish.
Following the postponement of the 2001 Scottish Meeting, alternative arrangements are in the process of being finalised to hold the Scottish Championship events at Denwood.
The 3P Grand Prix scheduled for 8th July will now be held on Saturday 30th June, starting at 9am.
The "Freuchie" Matchplay Championships will be held on the afternoon of Saturday 30th June.
The NSRA Scottish Club Team Championships, and the Earl Haig Scottish Long Range Championship will be held on Sunday 1st July.
The NSRA have advised that it is hoped to hold the 2002 Scottish Meeting at Lauder over the first week in July.
The NSRA have published the results of the "Daily Record" Scottish Short Range Prone Championship, which was held as a postal competition due to the Foot & Mouth outbreak. Neil Calder of East Grinstead produced a perfect 300 to beat Bill Brown of Chobham by one point, with Graham Rudd of Watsonians a further point behind.
Martin Sinclair won the first 3x40 Grand Prix of 2001, narrowly beating Cliff Ogle at Denwood on Saturday 5th May. In the prone event the next day, Martin took second in the Grand Prix behind Graham Rudd, with Lynda Sinclair in third place. As a direct result of his fine score in the GP, Graham Rudd was immediately added to the GB Junior Squad, and left for the junior tour to Oldenburg in Germany within the week.
Donald McIntosh won the 3x40 at the first ever English Open event, held on the new Commonwealth Games range at Bisley, on Saturday 5th May. Donald also came 8th in the Air Rifle event, with Barbara Mackay 6th in the Women's Prone and Janis Thomson 8th in the Prone and 4th in the Women's Air Rifle.
The following classification will apply to the Open Meeting section of the SSRA Grand Prix events (Denwood, Angus, Caithness, Grampian & Gagie). The classes are based on the scores shot in the Open Meetings (not the actual Grand Prix) last year (or the year before that for those who did not take part last year). The shooters are ranked, and the classes divided into roughly four equal parts. Anyone wishing to enter a meeting whose name does not appear on this list must submit an average based on indoor prone competition cards.
|T F Hodgson||Dumfries||G Rudd||Watsonians|
|J W J Hammond||Bon Accord||Miss B Burnside||Market Drayton|
|G J B Winch||Alloa & District||W Copland||Banff & MacDuff|
|M Sinclair||E U Alumni||P Jess||St Andrews|
|C W C Ogle||E U Alumni||R Brunton||Watsonians|
|A F Mackenzie||Callander||J R Ward||Horsham|
|I Shanks||Bon Accord||J Henderson||Halkirk|
|J Lavety||Bon Accord||N T J Calder||East Grinstead|
|A S Bruce||Alloa & District||E Watt||Bon Accord|
|W M J Cole-Hamilton||Bon Accord||W J Long||Steeple|
|C G De Jonckheere||Dumfries||J R Sinclair||Wick Old Stagers|
|S J Clark||Bon Accord||J G Campbell||Halkirk|
|H Simpson||Wick.Old Stagers||Ms S M Sharp||Huntly|
|G Motion||Callander||M Mutch||Watsonians|
|Mrs B E Mackay||Watten||G Cox||George Watson's|
|N Stirton||Bon Accord||W T Vaughan||Selkirk|
|D A M McIntosh||Alloa & District||W Moonie||Callander|
|R Nilsen||St Andrews||C Gibson||Aberdeen University|
|Mrs S M Jackson||E U Alumni||Mrs A M Hamilton||Watsonians|
|R Law||Alloa & District||T S Hastings||Bon Accord|
|Mrs J W Thomson||Appleton||J R Brown||Perth|
|A J Horne||Balerno & Currie||T Credland||Glenrothes|
|Mrs S J McIntosh||E U Alumni||P Dingle||Kemnay|
|D H Bremner||Watten||G Sutherland||Wick Old Stagers|
|W F Brown||Chobham||Mrs L J Sinclair||E U Alumni|
|P Gray||Steeple||A G Love||Leyland Motors|
|A J Jackson||E U Alumni||W G R Walker||E U Alumni|
|H Rae||Callander||C Danskin||Forfar|
|H A Simpson||Wick Old Stagers||E Traynor||Steeple|
|R B Campbell||Halkirk||L R Graham||E U Alumni|
|W Crawford||Alloa & District||S J Batchelor||Forfar|
|J N Hammond||Bon Accord||D Roberts||Bon Accord|
|Dr P S Curtis||E U Alumni||C Sime||Ellon|
|Miss R S Fraser||Perth||W Emburey||Clachnacuddin|
|D Simpson||Wick Old Stagers||B Mackie||Banchory|
|B A Farquhar||Huntly||G Scott||George Watson's|
|N Craven||St Andrews||H A Ross||Watten|
|Mrs M Melvin||Bon Accord||S Younger||George Watson's|
|G Malcolm||Steeple||E Brown||Aberdeen University|
|L Cooper||St.Andrews||J McIntosh||St Andrews|
|V K Nilsen||St Andrews||Miss E Cole-Hamilton||Bon Accord|
|R J Cole-Hamilton||Bon Accord||M Malcolm||Bon Accord|
|Miss R Ronnie||Eastleigh||M Melvin||Bon Accord|
|J Swanson||Watten||G Mortimer||Kemnay|
|N G Doherty||Bon Accord||L Allan||Larkhall|
|D Henderson||Balerno & Currie||G McGregor||Banchory|
|R Thomson||Appleton||A Ramsey||Steeple|
|Miss K Nilsen||St Andrews|
|W A Campbell||Halkirk|
The NSRA have announced that, as a result of the Foot & Mouth outbreak, the 2001 NSRA Scottish Meeting has been postponed. The NSRA and SSRA are consulting as to the options available for holding the Earl Haig championship somewhere in Scotland at around the same time, and options for the Freuchie are also being considered.
The inaugural competition on the new ISSF 50m range at Bisley on Sunday 29th April produced a win for Donald McIntosh in the 3x40 event, beating England's Jason Burrage on countback.
Edinburgh dominated the British Universities Championships, held at Appleton on 28th April. They won the team of eight, the quartet, the ladies triad and the pairs, with Jo Hossack winning the ladies individual but losing the overall individual title to Jonathan Hammond (of Leeds) on countback.
Stirlingshire and Clackmannanshire have won Division 1 of the Inter-County 3P League at the first time of entering. The team of Robin Law, Donald McIntosh, Shirley McIntosh and Tony Credland equalled the British record for the course of fire in round 8.
Donald McIntosh has been awarded the "Sports Personality of the Year" award for 2000 by Falkirk Sports Council. The presentation took place at the end of an evening of awards for sports and the arts in Falkirk Town Hall on Tuesday April 24th.
Aberdeen University won the Scottish Universities Long Range team event at Denwood on 21st April. Neil Stirton won the individual title, with Aberdeen team-mate Simon Clark one point behind. Edinburgh won the ladies event.
A small contingent of Scots cross the Irish Sea to the Isle of Man for the 2001 Easter Open. Donald McIntosh lost the 3x40 match on countback to Wales' John Croydon. In the women's 3x20 match Janis Thomson's 553 was a point off the lead.
In the Air Rifle Janis took third place with a agg of 1132 and a good final of 100.2. Jim Cole-Hamilton produced a fine 591 in tricky conditions for second in the Saturday prone event, with the Alloa pair of Sinclair Bruce and Donald McIntosh winning the pairs event. Sinclair and Donald went on to take second in the Sunday pairs event also.
England's Chris Hector won the Scottish Open Air Rifle Championship, equalling (subject to ratification) the British Senior Men's record of 593 in the process. David Rattray and Robin Law took second and third respectively, with the confined Scottish title going to David. Janis Thomson won the Ladies Open and confined events, with Stuart Rillie winning the Junior titles.
The Scottish Team of David Rattray, Robin Law and Donald McIntosh won the Home Countries match. Robin also combined with Tony Credland to win the club pairs for Glenrothes. Full results will be posted as soon as possible.
Bon Accord secured the "News of the World" British Team of Six in Easingwold on Sunday 8th April. In the individual event, Martin Sinclair and Hugh Simpson tied for second place with 397, with Martin taking the silver on the regauge. Cliff Ogle took 9th place, securing the Northern Ireland championship in the process.
Robin Law won the Scottish Short Range 3P Championship with a score of 1144, with Donald McIntosh a further two points behind. Full results will be posted in due course.
The Speedway finals were held over the weekend of 31st March/1st April in Perth. Hugh A Simpson of Wick won the C&D Speedway, with Cyril De Jonckheere of Dumfries winning the main event. Full results will be posted in due course.
E U Alumni have secured Division 1 of the British Standing & Kneeling League, for the fourth consecutive year, along with Division 1 of the Women's Prone League.
The NSRA have announced that Scottish Cup and Daily Record finals will be shot as postals this year following the cancellation of the events at Perth earlier this month.
The final Air Rifle Grand Prix of 2000/1 was cancelled due to a lack of entries and the Foot & Mouth situation. The series therefore goes to Robin Law once more.
Martin Sinclair has won the British Short Range 3P Championship, with Neil Calder 2nd and Donald McIntosh 3rd.
The NSRA Short Range Scottish Team of Six (Scottish Cup) and Individual (Daily Record) Championships, scheduled to be held at Perth on 11th March, have been postponed due to the Foot and Mouth crisis.
The Scottish Universities Indoor season concluded
with the Championships at Perth on February 24th. Edinburgh University won the
Main VIII, Quartet and Ladies Triad trophies with St Andrews University taking
silver in each of these events. Ross McQuillan and Jo Hossack from Edinburgh
took the Pairs award. Jo won the Ladies Individual but was
narrowly beaten in a tie shoot for the overall Individual trophy by Graham Rudd of Heriot-Watt. There was high scoring in each of the teams present, making it one of most closely contested matches in recent years. Robert Gordon University entered for the first time and were a welcome addition to the fold. The event also saw prizes given out for the 2000-2001 League season. St Andrews University were undefeated to win the Main VIII trophy and Edinburgh University collected the Ladies III award. Neil Stirton of Aberdeen University had a superb individual season finishing at the top of the overall averages, with Laura MacNeil of St Andrews taking the Ladies average award.
David Rattray produced a steady 590 with brand new Kurt Thune jacket and trousers to win the penultimate Air Rifle Grand Prix of the season in Dumfries on Sunday 18th February.
The final British Championships to be held at the National Indoor Shooting Centre in Wolverhampton produced a win for the Scottish Men in the Home Countries International. The team of David Rattray, Robin Law and Donald McIntosh were five points clear of the Welsh, with England a further two points behind. The match, shot concurrently with the British Championship, also saw all three Scots qualify for the individual final, with David ending up 3rd, Robin 4th and Donald 7th. The Championship went to Andy Lawrence of Wales, with Craig Miles of England 2nd.
The Women's team of Janis Thomson, Tricia Littlechild and Susan Jackson were less successful, coming third behind England and Wales. Only Janis qualified for the individual final, ending up 8th. The Championship was won by Louise Minett of England with a stunning 397 + 104.0, with Becky Spicer and Claire Griffin (both England) in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
David Rattray ended Robin Law's long unbeaten run in our Air Rifle Grand Prix events, winning the first event to be held on the new 10m range in Callander on January 14th. David's score of 591 was just one point away from the Scottish record.