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News Archive - 2015

Carlisle Air GP switched and dates change too

14 December 2015

Due to flooding at Carlisle the SSRA's Air Rifle GP4 has been moved to Glenrothes, with the Rifle event on January 16, 2016 and the Pistol comp on Sunday January 17. Additionally, the news that our GP5 events clash with the NSRA's Air Championships at Bisley means that the final SSRA Air Rifle Grands Prix of the season will now be at Glenrothes on February 20 and the equivalent Pistol event on Sunday February 21. Our thanks for Cyril de Jonckheere for the updates.

Robin lays down the Law in Air GP3

14 December 2015

He might have had home advantage but Robin Law still had to fight hard to win Air Rifle GP3 in Kincardine. Bobby Spence came second and Sheena Sharp third. Results are now available on the Domestic Results page.

Open Days in Kincardine

30 November 2015

Two Open days have been announced at Kincardine Target Sports Centre: 20 and 27 February 2016.

Why not come along and watch members shoot on electronic targets and take part in a short instruction on small-bore target shooting. For more details, click here.

Shirley McIntosh honoured

5 November 2015

Congratulations to Shirley McIntosh who has been inducted into the Sportscotland Hall of Fame.

Watson's Open 2015

2 November 2015

An entry form for this popular competition in Edinburgh on December 5-6  can be downloaded here.

John Silcox

5 October 2015

We are saddened to hear of the death of former SSRA Council member John Silcox. The chaplain at Queen Victoria School, Dunblane, he ran the school shooting team there until 1996. He was the Scotland team organiser for the British Schools International Postal match from 1999 to 2003.

Success for Scotland  in New Zealand match 2015

27 September 2015

The main team tied with their counterparts in North Island New Zealand on a score of 5923. This is the first time in the history of the competition there has been a draw but the tie was broken by adding up all 15 last cards per team which gave Scotland a win by three points. The highest scores on the day for Scotland were James Henderson and Fiona Crowden, both with 398 ex 400. The Scotland Juniors lost 1916-1960.

The results have been added to the file in Competition History but in the meantime the spreadsheets for both Scotland and North Island can be found by clicking on the links.

Thoughts from Bisley

20 September 2015

SSRA Chairman Ian Thomson travelled to Bisley and shared his thoughts on Scotland's promising juniors...

The Junior International Week was held at Bisley recently. The team representing Scotland was Andrew Williamson, Brogan Smith, Steven Brown, Daniel Gutteridge and Georgia Gooch. Vikki Walls travelled with us but was representing the GB Squads. The number of competitors is increasing each year with teams from Germany, South Africa, USA, Denmark, GB Squads, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scout Association and Scotland. The SPA also send a team and had some encouraging results with a couple of medals.
In the Men’s Prone event all shooters made it through to the qualification stage. Brogan was best placed at 13th out of 35 competitors only 3 points below the lowest qualifying score for the final. Brogan was the only Scottish competitor in the 3P Match. After the prone and kneeling stages Brogan was placed 4th out of 19 competitors but dropped back to 8th place during the standing stage so he still qualified for the final. During the final the same pattern emerged, climbing to 6th place before the standing stage and being eliminated in 8th place following his standing score.
Star of the week was Georgia Gooch who won the Women’s Prone Grand Prix ahead of several GB girls. The top three scores were separated by 0.1 and Georgia won on the X count. Checking the records this is the first gold medal won by a competitor representing Scotland and Georgia, at 15 years old, is the youngest winner of a gold medal at this event. In the main Women’s Prone event there were 35 girls competing. Vikki shot a new PB to finish 10th and Georgia finished 14th after struggling with a tricky wind during the first 20 shots. Both girls finished ahead of several GB Squad girls.
Click here for photos from the Home International matches.


SSRA Team Prone League: Get your entries in

14 September 2015

League organiser Billy Crawford writes: "Hope you are well, it's that time again. Entries to the team league should be made by Friday 30th October 2015 so I can get the match stickers out in plenty of time."

Don't delay - visit our competition entry page (above) and get your club's entry in. Remember, the cards can be locally scored and the results emailed in to Billy. He should also be notified if your club intends to submit results from electronic targets.

Main man caps Grand Prix series victory with Gagie win

7 September 2015

Jim Main won a very close final in SSRA GP5 at Gagie with a shoot-off needed to separate second and third places. Main, winner of the Caithness Prone GP this season, had already won the series but was happy to pick up the trophy nonetheless...Sheena Sharp was second and Sarah Henderson third.

Pictured left: The podium places at sunny Gagie: From left, Sarah Henderson, Jim Main and Sheena Sharp.


Pictured right: A selection of athletes who won R50 ammunition courtesy of sponsors RWS.

Results can be found here





Sunny days are here again for Stirton

1 September 2015

Neil Stirton won SSRA Prone  GP 4 at Denwood, even though the sun caused everyone a few problems and technical gremlins delayed the running of the final. The final GP of the series takes place at Gagie by Dundee on Sunday September 6.

Scottish 50m Championships Official Results Book

1 September 2015

Is now available from the Domestic Results link

Support for change towards Scottish Target Shooting merger

2 August 2015

The SSRA Council will start working towards the merger into Scottish Target Shooting following resounding support from the members. In the recent vote 98% of members voted for a change. Details of the new opportunities were circulated before the vote and a healthy discussion took place at the AGM with Oliver Barsby from STS answering questions.

The next step is to agree details of the transition. The first meeting with STS has been set for early August and we will discuss transfer of Assets to the new Smallbore Management Group as well as transfer of the Membership database and Management of Finances. The current SSRA Constitution will also change to reflect the new structure.

Current membership will be extended from October to the 1st Jan in line with the new Organisation. The plan is that Members and Clubs will affiliate to STS on the 1st Jan.

Jen books place in Rio

21 July 2015

Congratulations to Jen McIntosh who finished fourth in the final of the Women's  3x20 3P event in Maribor and secured a quota place for next year's Olympics.

Take a trip to Tullygarth

21 July 2015

Here's a reminder of upcoming events at Alloa's Outdoor Range: Alloa 60 shots @ 50 metres,  Sat and Sun  8th and 9th August 2015.

Forth & Clyde TSA Open Shoot ( Double Dewar ) Sun 30th August 2015

West of Scotland Open Shoot ( Double Dewar )  Sun 20th Sept 2015

Entry forms for the Alloa club events can be obtained by emailing and for Forth & Clyde


NSRA Scottish  Meeting: Jackson returns for Haig glory

15 July 2015

Susan Jackson got the better of Jim Main and Kay Copland in the final at Lauder to win the Earl Haig trophy for the second time. Pictured left, the Scotland ladies team of Ashleigh Taylor, Kay Copland, Fiona Shedden (secretary), Mary Melvin, Sarah Burton (captain), Lizzie Paton and Sheena Sharp; Susan with her Haig score card; the main Scotland team of Back Row: Robin Law, Graham Shedden, Jim Main, Ken Greenaway, Richard Simpson, Bill Vaughan, Lenny Thomson, Ian Shanks, Front row:Kay Copland, Ronnie Chapman (secretary), Ian Burton (captain) and Sheena Sharp. Full results from this meeting are available from the NSRA site HERE 









NSRA Scottish  Meeting: Greenaway wins Freuchie

10 July 2015

St Andrews' Ken Greenaway won the Freuchie competition and "picked up" the Wilkinson Sword in Lauder. Jake Smith won the C&D final.


NSRA Scottish  Meeting: News on The Freuchie

8 July 2015

The first round of the 2015 Freuchie was shot in a changeable breeze, best described as a "light breeze from 360 degrees". The semi-final is on Wednesday July 8 and features: S Sharp, J Gutteridge, J Smith; L Thomson, K Copland, B Smith; A Littlejohn, K Greenaway, M Melvin. That's four C&D class shooters in the semis.

Thanks go to Stephen Gemmell and Frances Taylor for ROing and to Fiona Shedden, Kathryn Williamson and Ashleigh Taylor  for admin and back office support. Maria Bexley did the draw and back-office organisation too.

Jacqueline Smith made a name for herself by taking out two X-class shooters on her way to the semis.

There will be more updates on The Freuchie when schedules allow. Don't forget to check the SSRA Facebook page and Twitter @SSRAsite. Please visit the NSRA site for full results from their event.


Pictured right, Cyril de Jonckheere appears to be consulting a higher power before the first round of the Freuchie got underway in Lauder.

Date with destiny? SSRA AGM

29 June 2015

A definite date for your diary: Saturday July 4, in Lauder. The SSRA holds its AGM and will talk at length about the proposed STS merger. Oliver Barsby,  STS National Development Manager, will be on hand to take questions and give a presentation. The results of the recent vote on the merger will also be revealed. We need as many members as possible to attend. Meeting begins at 7.30pm at the Lauderdale Hotel, 1 Edinburgh Road, Lauder TD2 6TW.

Alloa Double Dewar

29 June 2015

The results from this two-day event, a traditional warm-up event for the NSRA Scottish meeting, can be found here.

Jim is the Main man in Caithness

20 June 2015

Jim Main took the honours in SSRA Grand Prix 3 in Caithness his first GP win, the only remaining GP to be conducted on paper. The results can be found here as an Excel file.

Your chance to vote on Scottish Target Shooting

1 June 2015

Scottish Target Shooting is a body developed in conjunction with Sportscotland which plans to unify the current four associations of Smallbore, Pistol, Fullbore and Clay Target. The time has come for SSRA members to vote on this exciting proposal to modernise our sport and add a layer of professionalism to it. A voting form is attached which should be returned to by 20 June 2015 for inclusion in the vote. The result will be announced during the SSRA's AGM at the NSRA Scottish Meeting in Lauder in July 2015. An STS flier, which can be downloaded and distributed, is attached and a presentation on the STS features can also be found here.

James Henderson takes Prone GP2 title

25 May 2015

James Henderson won the SSRA Prone GP2 final at Gagie ahead of Gary Duff and Bobby Spence in a strong field. The event also saw the latest renewal of our association with ammunition maker RWS who have sponsored our grands prix with air pellets and top of the range R50 cartridges for a further year.

The results from the first 2 GP weekends have now been published from
the Megalink software for your reference.





Pictured with their RWS ammunition prizes, from left, back row: Jim Main, Leonard Thomson, Brogan Smith, Ashleigh Taylor, Jake Smith. Front row: Steven Gemmell and Ian Henderson.


Say Alloa to summer comps

21 May 2015

There are a range of outdoor target shooting events being staged at Alloa's Tullygarth facility this summer and the latest update is: Alloa Double Dewar, Saturday and Sunday 27-28 June; Alloa 60-shot 50 metre event, 8th and 9th August and Forth & Clyde Open Comp, Sunday 30th August. Entry forms for the Alloa club events can be obtained by emailing and for Forth & Clyde

Caithness Entry Forms now available

4 May 2015

Caithness Small-Bore Rifle Association (CSBRA) have opted to change the date of the Caithness Open and SSRA Prone Grand Prix III to June 13 and 14. This will avoid a clash with the British 50m championships at Bisley. Organiser Marty Simpson has issued entry forms one and two now. This means the SSRA calendar will have to be updated.

Scottish Schools Teams results

23 March 2015

The results are available here and the scores summary here.

International flavour to Scottish Air Rifle Championships

16 March 2015

Dan Rivers won the men's title and Seonaid McIntosh, on her 19th birthday, won the Senior and Junior Women's title but that hardly scratches the surface of a successful two days at the PoliceScotland college in Tulliallan by Kincardine. With another 19-year-old, Gianluca Spiteri, travelling over from Malta and a host of Commonwealth Games champions past and present taking part, the competition was an exciting one and there was plenty room for shooters new to air rifle to show they were not overawed. The Target Technique team from the Inverness area, with their coach (and seamstress) Maria Bexley on hand, rose to the occasion and notched some personal bests. Alloa's Vikki Walls, a recent addition to the Scotland Under-21 Development squad, finished fourth in the Women's final and came away with  a clutch of  medals.

Spiteri scored three MQS for the Maltese Olympic Committee to scrutinise and took part in his first final on electronic targets. The SSRA's cyber army of Megalinks kept the range staff on their toes, perhaps welcome since it was distinctly cold in the range...

Results are available on the Domestic Results page and here

Let students cash in on that Winning feeling

12 March 2015

Students studying in Scotland have the chance to gain financial support thanks to the Winning Students scheme.

Winning Students provides scholarship funding to help students achieve their sporting and academic goals. The national sports scholarships are open to current students and to school leavers preparing to start their studies this September. Applications are sought for Individual Scholarships, which apply to athletes competing in individual and small combination sports such as Athletics and Weightlifting. Students competing in Badminton, Curling, Football, Golf, Hockey, Judo, Orienteering, Rowing, Swimming, Tennis and Triathlon should not apply as athletes in these sports are nominated directly by the appropriate governing body of sport. To be considered for support, applicants should meet the selection criteria outlined on the Winning Students website at:

Individual Scholarship applications are invited by current and prospective students before March 31 to be considered for funding support from September. School leavers should provide proof of application (college) or a UCAS number (university). College, universities and governing bodies of sport staff are permitted to submit nominations on behalf of an athlete. Winning Students is funded by the Scottish Funding Council and run by the University of Stirling.

Applications should be made through Donald McIntosh

Birthday boy Hodgson in tie-shoot glory

8 March 2015

Tom Hodgson, left, won the SSRA Speedway final at Balerno & Currie rifle club after a shoot-off against defending champion Dave Caughey, the culmination of a day of high scores and intense competition.

The host club's Martin Sinclair, right, took the honours in the C&D competition which enjoyed a competitive return after a number of years without sufficient numbers for a final.






Seonaid takes European Championships silver

4 March 2015

Seonaid McIntosh not only made it to the final of the Junior Women's Air Rifle event at the European Championships in Arnhem today but she was only denied gold by a shoot-off after a score of  207.0. Lalita Gaspar from Hungary won.

Need a club instructor? Look no further

22 February 2015

Alloa Rifle Club hosted the first of their 2015 instruction courses at the range in Kincardine and nine new Club Instructors and eight Range Conducting Officers passed their tests thanks to the instruction of Kevin Holland. Pictured: Kevin Holland, Jen McIntosh, Andrew Ross, Mike Ozmond, Simeon Attaway, Steven Gemmell, Martin Sinclair, Peter May, Martin Sinclair and Ken Greenaway.

A reminder then that the next Club Instructor course is on the 4th and 5th April 2015. If you are interested or wish to book a place, contact Willie McAulay  Bookings are on a first come, first served basis.
Alloa is also running a Club Coach course on the 14th and 15th March with course assessment later that month. This course does not have assisted funding. You must have held your Club Instructor's qualification for one year and show proof that you have carried out Club Instructors' duties at your club.



Scots to the fore at Bisley

22 February 2015

Seonaid McIntosh wonEmbedded image permalink the Junior Women's Air Rifle title at the British Airgun Championships held at Bisley.

Bobby Spence qualified sixth and followed that up as he also came sixth in the Men's final. James Paterson was ninth and Robin Law 12th in qualification. Seonaid's decisive scores in the final are pictured right.

McIntosh's results come hard on the heels of fine performances at Intershoot in The Hague in the Netherlands where sister Jennifer also scooped gold.

Meanwhile, Aberdeen University's Jonty Barron won the BUCS prone rifle individual title.






Seonaid is loving it

14 February 2015

Seonaid McIntosh took the honours in the final Air Rifle grand prix of the 2014-15 season with a win at Glenrothes.  Graphical results can be viewed at Maria Bexley was second, with her daughter Keira making her grand prix debut, while Bobby Spence was third. Robin Law won the series, with Seonaid second and Mark Joyce third.

Winter competition results

10 February 2015

Results are now available for the initial rounds of CanDicap, Speedway and Medal competitions. The good news is that the Speedway may have a viable C&D final for the first time in recent years.

Don't miss the deadline for Legacy 2014 funding

10 February 2015

A reminder that the closing date for funding applications to the Legacy 2014: Sustainable Sport for Communities fund is February 26, 2015.. Clubs need to call first to discuss their idea - if it fits the criteria they will be sent an Expression of Interest form. 

Legacy 2014: Sustainable Sports for Communities is a �1 million fund which supports the sustainability and capacity of aspiring and existing social enterprises delivering sport and physical activity in communities across Scotland. Funding, through this final round of funding, is available to help clubs and organisations meet the costs of investigating and developing their ideas.This could include: community consultation and engagement; needs analysis and feasibility study; support with organisational development; technical support in the form of architect/design fees/surveyors costs; legal and financial support.

The Programme Guidelines are also available online and an Expression of Interest form can be obtained by calling Tracy at SIS on 0131 603 8285 or Linda at The Robertson Trust on 0141 353 7300.Expression of Interest must be submitted by noon on February 26 2015..

Full information is also available at  or


Scottish Schools Team announced

10 February 2015

The selections for this year's Scottish Schools Team have been made. 41 nominations were received for the 24 places this year so selection was quite competitive. Match stickers should reach the recipients by the end of the week.

The future of target shooting in Scotland is here...

9 February 2015 A report has been published which updates us regarding the exciting proposal currently being developed by Scottish Target Shooting (STS) in consultation with its four existing members – the Scottish Clay Target Association (SCTA), Scottish Pistol Association (SPA), Scottish Rifle Association (SRA) and the Scottish Smallbore Rifle Association (SSRA). Things are firming up now, so please download and print off for your clubs to digest.

Entry forms now available for Scottish Air Rifle Championships

28 January 2015

The 2015 Scottish Air Rifle Championships will be held at the PoliceScotland college in Tulliallan by Kincardine on March 14-15. Online entry forms are now available via this site - see top of page.

Apply now for Club Instructor course

28 January 2015

Club Instructor courses run by Alloa & District Rifle Club are being part funded by Sportscotland.
Fully paid-up members of the Scottish Small bore Rifle association who complete the course will receive a DISCOUNT on the course fee.
The course being held on the 14th and 15th February 2015 is fully booked.  The next Club Instructor course is on the 4th and 5th April 2015. If you are interested or wish to book a place, contact Willie McAulay  Bookings are on a first come, first served basis.
Alloa is also running a Club Coach course on the 14th and 15th March with course assessment later that month. This course does not have assisted funding. This is the next step up in Small bore Target rifle Shooting Coaching and you must have held your Club Instructors qualification for one (1) year and show proof that you have carried out Club Instructors' duties at your club

Scottish Schools International Match

26 January 2015

Nominations are invited for the 2015 team. The Match Period this year is from Mon.16th Feb to Mon. 9th Mar.  Click here for more details.

Victoria reigns in Carlisle

18 January 2015

Teenager Victoria Walls continued her progress in air rifle when she stepped across the Border to win SSRA Air Rifle GP4, staged in Carlisle after a gap of several years. The Alloa youngster, 16 and recently promoted into the Scotland Under-21 Development squad, got  the better of clubmate Robin Law by 0.9 in the final. Results from the weekend's action, staged as a two-day event with the Scottish Pistol Association, are available from the Domestic Results page.

Awards for All steps in to support Scottish Target Shooting

22 December 2014

The Awards for All grant scheme has been busy dispensing festive cheer to clubs across Scotland. The scheme has agreed to a major cash injection for Alloa Rifle Club,  following hard on the heels on an award to Balerno & Currie Rifle Club. In recent years, both Orkney and Prestonpans have been given similar cash injections. The funds, in excess of �5000 for each club, go towards investing in equipment for training young shooters and upgrading the ranges' facilities.

SSRA's Team Prone league update

UPDATED 1 January 2015

Results from the first two rounds of this competition are now available on the Domestic Results page. Due to several sets of results being delayed in the, er, Christmas post, the results have now been reissued - along with the averages.

Main team: Back row, Mel Mutch, Bill Baird, John Smith, Bill Vaughan, Richard Simpson, Bill Brown and Charles Allan. Front row: Robin Law, Sheena Sharp, Bill Hamilton (sec), Ian Thomson (capt) and Mary Melvin. Junior team: Back row, Ian Thomson (capt), Bill Hamilton (sec). Front row, Alasdair Philbey, Andrew Williamson and Isla Ambridge. Ladies team: Kirsten Tulloch, Isla Ambridge and Sophie Nicolson. Front row, Sheena Sharp, Bill Hamilton (sec), Ian Thomson (capt) and Mary Melvin.


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