Georgios Gets Gold – Cyprus Cruises Confidently

Alliteration, alliteration, don’t ask me about alliteration. Anyway to the matter in hand. Georgios Achilleos from Cyprus managed a reasonable score in Belgrade to win the gold. 149 can’t be bad!!!!! 124 + 25 put him a target up on Benelli, Terras and Sychra all on 148. Benelli shot 20 in the shoot off, Terras, 19 and Sychra 1. Bet he was sick!!!
The competition here was fierce with 122 needed for the final but also, 18 in that shoot off as there were 4 competing for two places. Brovold shot 18, Alrashidi 18 but Mavrommatis and Shomin only 17. Hard going but fine shooting. Wish I’d been there to see it. Just to put thibgs in context as I’ve told you all before, you don’t really have any control of winning. Terras shot 100 straight at one point to shoot 124, 24 in the final and came 3rd. Kinda tough on a boy.

Anyway Cyprus would be jumping with both golds in the skeet. I hope Petr Malek gets a big bonus. He’s doing a marvellous job out there.

Eleftheriou wins – but not easily

Andri Eleftheriou won the ladies OS at Belgrade with a 73 + 21 to make 94. How and ever she then had to shoot off to winn, hitting 5 in the shoot off against the lovely Danka Bartekova who had shot 71 + 23 to be equal on 74 and also Ning Wei who shot 72 + 22. So, a good competition. 69 made the final. Elena Little representing GB shot 66 so a little off the pace.
Yes, I do see that Andri is not wearing her ear muffs!!! It’s a posed photo. Don’t write in!!!!

This young lady probably shoots pretty much every day with Petr Malek watching her so it’s no wonder she’s good.

Keep up the gun mounting – slowly at first to make sure it’s right. Ignore the foresight bead and WATCH THE TARGET.

Grubb Grabs Glory Gleefully

What a fine example of alliteration! What is? The title my friend. My old English lecturer would be quite proud of me.
Yes, you may well ask what am I blethering about and the answer would be the OS shoot at Cluny on Sunday. 20 shooters this time – going up – shot in good conditions with the targets again set by the radar. Young Ben, needing to get back to the ferry, and with a dodgy car, shot quickly and well and probably thought that a 93 would do to scoop honours.
Stuart Ferguson, on the same line thought that another 93would be pretty good but ye anciente campaigner Robbie Grubb (left) rattled in a 25 in his last line for a fine 94 to win the day. A damn fine effort. It’s not the greatest photo of Robbie I confess!!
Again a host of PB’s were achieved. Young Rory shot a 74 – on his 2nd OS shoot so a good effort from a young man who will go places, 92 from Ian Stewart which is less than he can but more than he normally does from one with such perfect technique, 88 from Brian Morris, and in fact Stuart Ferguson’s 93 may fall into that category. I’ll check that one. Andy Coull’s 90 also makes it into that list.
A good day was had by all. It will be many a year since an OS shoot in sunny Scotland had 8 scores of 90 or above. Cluny in general and Robert and Drew in particular are to be commended for their efforts on behalf of the OS shooters.
Keep smiling folks and keep up the good work. Life is indeed wonderful now.

PB’s are the bees knees

We shot at Auchterhouse on Saturday, which is where the home international will be held this year. 18 of us which is a good turnout – and that wasn’t everybody so OS is having a good time in sunny Scotland just now. The targets were set using the radar at 57mph leaving the low house trap and 55mph leaving the high. Seems to be pretty much the norm although at a recent shoot the coaches had them both at 57mph. The shooters say they seem faster abroad but nobody can tell me why. Do they just pump them up and send them further? Not in the rules though and, yes, I do appreciate setting them with a gun isn’t either, but it makes it fair and equal, especially if several ranges are being used. At E. Yorks a few weeks ago all the ranges were different. Is that fair? The comment was made that it made no difference in the past but we are not in the past and have technology to help us.
Was I talking about Auchterhouse? Oh Yes. Stuart Ferguson back from Iraq shot a 92 as did young Ben over to the mainland with the mad islanders for a day or two. John Laurenson was down with a different group of islanders and he shot an 89.

Chris Williamson shot an 84 for a pb so that helps to make the trip worthwhile. Nick Miller shot 78 for a pb, missing a stack on 8 so we’ll work on that this week and make a difference.
PB’s are always good. You may have twigged that the person on the left is not Chris or Nick, but she apparently achieved a personal best somewhere recently (at the belly dancing, not the shooting) and looks a lot better than them – sorry boys!!!!!
I could,of course, have put in a photo of bees knees but it’s not much of a contest is it?????

Ladies Skeet in Suhl

Better follow things up with the Skeet shooters I suppose. Diana Bacosi (left) won the ladies event with a 72 + 23 – 95. The good news for us in the UK is that Elena Little made the final with 70, then shot a 20 to finish in 5th. This may just suit her to sneak along in the background keeping her powder dry and her energy levels up, always thinking about that thing in China later in the year.
Must scoot just now as real work to do.-

More later as lots happening in the skeet world just now.
Maintain your 150 gun mounts a day programme folks it does make a difference.

Pipped at the post.

Notwithstanding the direly sore shoulder, the excruciating tennis elbow, nobody to look after the dogs and the sun blazing down on my pale body, I went to North Ayrshire on Sunday to shoot in the West Area Championship. Armed with such a catalogue of excuses, I could not fail – and didn’t until the last hurdle when Trevor managed to shoot a 25 straight by some miracle and thus equal my score. By this time I was away home and couldn’t thrash him in the shoot off. No hard feelings of course, but the picture above left is the best I could get of a slime ball!!!!!
Well done Trev. The rat also shot 100 straight National skeet the other week too. There must be some small talent in there.

Hot stuff.

Basking in the Channel Islands lately – not loafing – honest!!! It certainly was verging on hot and I think I possibly took my jacket off briefly one day. Good fun at the ranges with the sea and the sky as a background. Black targets are the norm – on the skeet anyway – but they show up well enough. A good little ground with a good group of very committed shooters. Back soon folks so keep up all the training exercises.

European meanderings.

Some of the proper shooters are tootling around Europe just now getting in some good preparation for the big event later in the year. No, that may not be the Ladies OS Grand Prix to be held in Scotland, but the other thing going on in Beijing.
In Belgrade at the GP Perazzi, Lodde from Italy won the OS with 118 and a fine 25 straight in the final to shoot 143 ahead of George Salvantakis from Greece with a 142and then Ioan Toman from Rumania with a 141. Salvantakis, as you will read below is certainly putting in the miles this year. I wonder why? Elena Little from GB also shot and put in a 113 x 125 but, more importantly shot 71 x 75 (25, 23, 23)which is much more relevant to what she will need to do.?
113 was needed for the final but I don’t know if she shot off to get in or wasn’t bovvered. Her last round was a 19 so maybe a bit tired. Who knows
At the Polar GP, in sunny Finland, Leskinen won with a 119 + 25 (gets common that) to shoot 144,and then two Spaniards (Aramburu and Nunes) on 143. Moragues from Spain also made the final, so no prizes for the winning team. 118 was needed for the final. Timo Laitinen won that shoot off against 4 others.
Peter Pakk, the excellent coach for the Spanish skeet shooters will be getting his boys geed up for the Chinese thing, and I imgaine he will be happy with this result at this time.
I think I need a haircut so I’ll go now. Keep Shooting, and, keep shooting well.

Hail Hegrie!!

John Magnus Laurenson, gets the big accolade of the week after shooting 95 x 100 at the OSK competition in Shetland yesterday. The highest score in Scotland this year I think and a new PB into the bargain. John – nicknamed “Hegrie” in the local dialect as he looks like a heron when he is on the peg, ready to pounce on the targets when they appear – is a fine Olympic Skeet shooter and has represented Shetland at many Island Games. Last year he got his act in gear to achieve a place in the Scotland Home International team and shot well in Wales. He’ll easily make a place for himself again this time!
Shetland benefitted big time from hosting the Island Games a few years ago and got a new shooting ground with an OS layout plus a UT layout incorporating a ball trap. Now the shooters up there can use their scores from registered matches as a contribution to their Scotland team scores – which at least helps to minimise travel a little. They are to be commended for their efforts.
Interestingly they can even quote the windspeed at the ground. John shot in a 22 mph wind from the North East. Now I haven’t a clue what that means but it’s amazing that they know at all!! Apparently there is a weather post very nearby. Should future records contain this info?
I remember John Pirie shooting round about 86 x 100 years ago in a most vile snow storm. A useless score for team consideration, but a miracle on that day. Maybe that should matter!!!!

Cluny Clays

15 shooters started the 100 OS shoot at Cluny on Saturday – 11 finished, 4 scratching along the way. What do we do about that? At the very least it disrupts the squads and can’t be fair for the other shooters. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

Anyway, of those who stuck at it Trevor (he of the stick on moustache – left) managed to shoot a 90, John McIntyre an 89 and Mr Marsden – as he likes to be known (right) – an 88. Mr Marsden has had a couple of pops this year at Cluny and I keep reminding him that the Home International is at Auchterhouse this year and he won’t have to travel far. I don’t think this photo does him justice – I think he must have started dyeing his hair now!!!!! .

Anyway it was quite a good turnout which is fine to see. I suppose to an extent the highlight of the day must be Peter Craig who shot 69 and improved his PB by a stack of targets. Credit to him for his regular training and also to the fact that he had an op the Monday before. Tough people these OS shooters.

I thought for fairness I better put one of John in but I don’t have too many. This happy smiley face of him (above right) in Africa will have to do.

I am usually at Cluny on a Monday if anyone want to come along for OS training. No, it’s not free, I’m sorry. I have a lawnmower and a landrover to pay for – see below.

Keep shooting and, most importantly, keep smiling.