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.

History is made

At Kippen Gun Club on Saturday, history was made!!! Four, yes four lady shooters took part in the 100 OS competition – and even more remarkable, one of them was the South Area Champion and equalled the High Gun score. Nickie Keene had a great day out, shooting 86 – a personal best by 13 – targets over the hundred and a new PB over 75 with 65 scored. Fantastic. Sian Bruce the 14 year old superstar shot 85 and thus equalled 2nd place – another great result.
Furthermore, to add to all of the amazing events, 22 guns shot the competition. Eventual winner – at around 7pm in the evening was Trevor Jeffrey after a shoot off with Toddy – also on 86.
What a great day for Olympic Skeet – long may it continue.
There was an ABT shoot on at the same time at Kippen, with what looked to be a good turnout. I don’t know all the stories, but Cameron Hay has decided he will shoot ABT this year – he’s busy building a new house – and stuck in a pretty good score of 98! I thought that this may be the highest in Scotland this year but Hugh Pinkerton had shot this at the ABT at Loch Ness earlier in the year. Well done to them both.

Off to East Yorkshire later this week for the 2nd GB OS Selection.

Watch this page.

Suhl Shoot.

If you go to the European Shooting Confederation page – what do you mean you’ve never heard of it – you’ll see results from a dedicated junior competition in Suhl for all three Olympic disciplines. Luke Garner won the Double Trap with 137 and 42 in the final. Excellent! Britain also got a bronze in the team in DT so again, a great effort. Claire Weston shot 60 in the trap – 66 made the final so a high standard, Sally Bond shot 56 in the skeet, narrowly missing out on the final which required 58 to get in. All good experience though. Brett Winstanley made the final of the trap with 118 and 19 in the final – on looking it seems that the scores are wrong – so don’t know what happened there!!!!!! Jozef Skura shot 115 and William Marshall 104 thus making them 7th in the team competition.
Guy Franklin was the highest of the skeet shooters with 112 – 114 made the final – Rory Warlow shot 110 and Leslie Johnstone 107 – thus making 6th in the teams. Standards at these shoots are high of course with 141 winning the skeet.
Lets all hope this proves a productive trip for all involved.


Land Rover help required

I have a 1968 series 2a landrover with no MOT. I think it needs quite a bit of work which I am very happy to have done. Any suggestions who might do this in the Central belt of Scotland? Drop me an e mail or phone me.

Ups and downs

It’s an age since I’ve written – one of the main excuses being that I’ve had that most ghastly thing – MAN FLU!!!! Men will know it’s much worse for us!!!

How and ever I’ve still been about.
Southern Counties hosted the first GB OS Selection shoot last weekend. John McCarthy shot brilliantly in none too fine conditions to come out the clear winner on 122+22. There was a big gap between him and the next shooter – Richard Brickell.

Good news for Scotland is that Alison Nicol shot very well in the qualification and the final and is now number 2 GB lady. Further is that Sian Bruce, 14 years old, at her first big shoot, made the final!!!! Sian said she was “tickled pink” and particularly enjoyed the pretty colours when she hit the flash targets. A big future for this young lady lies ahead.

Roger Searle won class C with and equal PB which bodes well for the rest of the season and Charles Davidmann came in a good third in the same class. Just shows you!!! One competitor in his 60’s and one only 15. It’s a great game.

Drew Christie and Sian shot at Kippen last week – both posting personal bests. Drew came in with a good 94 – not that he was happy – and Sian shot a 79. Cameron Murray who at the moment shoots a PB every time he competes came in with a 77. All good for Scottish shooting.

I’m off down the road to the Brittannia GP to day so more next week.


A grand Grand Prix!!

Off to sunny Cyprus on 9th of March for the Victory Grand Prix. This is a big event with over 400 guns in the three Olympic disciplines. Scotland had shooters in Double Trap, Olympic Trap (men and women) and Olympic Skeet (juniors, men and women)so a good turn out. The reasoning behind this attendance was to get shooters introduced to large multi discipline events having to pace themselves over long days of competition.
The good news stories are that Shona Marshall from Alford won the ladies trap competition with a magnificent performance in the final leaving her three targets ahead of her nearest rival. Well done to Shona. In the men’s trap, Andrew Addison came in a very creditable 15th at his first big shoot with a score of 116. Bearing in mind 119 made the final this was another great performance.
In the junior men’s skeet Ben Wilson from Islay came in as the third placed British junior, which for a young lad of just 17 was a fine display.
All of those who attended regarded it as a great learning experience and a very worthwhile event.
Photos will follow when Peter Scott Aiton, a very new OS shooter who shot a personal best at this event, gets his camers disc into my sweaty hands. My little camera seemes to have packed in although it may be my useless skills in handling it!!!
Did I mention, I love this job????