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West Midland Inter Counties ESP -  Garlands SG  - 22nd September

 

The ESP West Midlands Inter Counties Event of 2019 was held at Garlands SG on Sunday 22nd September 2019, both run and set up by Steve Lovatt of Westfields Clay Company. The course was over thirteen stands  and the targets were well thought out offering the competitor a varied mixture of both colours and types with varying speed and angles. All the targets were fair and hittable. The early starters benefited the most from the dry conditions but those that chose to start later suffered with the poor visibility caused by the rain clouds and darkened sky, let alone the torrential downpours. Let us not though detract from an extremely competitive event which saw some amazing scores from members of all the Counties in attendance with over three hundred entries on the day. 

Cheshire fielded two teams of each category and were duly awarded for their efforts having some new caps amongst the Teams.

Cheshire overall High Gun was Brett Davies on a fantastic score of 93. The Junior Team comprising of Fred Whitehurst (88) Eddie Morris (75) and James Barnett (74) took the Gold Medal The Seniors took the bronze medal and our two Vets Teams took bronze and silver with the Red Team pipping the Gold Team by two clays. Our Ladies Team was fourth overall which was no mean feat particularly as two of the Team, Amy Bratt and Barbara Eckersley were new caps this year, Well done Ladies. Continued good shooting to all.

 

 

Paul Ellis - ESP Manager.

 


 

Cheshire ESK Championships -  North Wales Shooting School - 21st September

 

It was a high scoring day at North Wales Shooting School with many scores in the high nineties. Two shooters finished on 99, Christian Bethell and Hazel Denney. Christian won the shoot off to be Cheshire County Skeet Champion, and Hazel was Ladies Champion. Ian Cunliffe was Seniors Champion with 97, Kevin O’Reilly was Vets Champion with 96. Congratulations to you all.

 


 

West Midlands Inter Counties English Skeet -  Doveridge SG - 8th September

Congratulations to Cheshire Seniors team on coming second. Cheshire Ladies came fourth, and Cheshire Veterans came fourth. Well done to you all.

 


 

West Mids Inter-counties - Fauxdegla SG - 11th August

 

Sunday August 11th saw OT shooters head to Fauxdegla Shooting Ground.  Cheshire Seniors team won the event with 416 ex 500. Second Hereford and Worcs 414, third Shropshire 396, Cheshire B 374, and Derbyshire 347.

Cheshire Senior Team consisted of Dave O’Donnell (team HG with 87 x 100), Andy Pownall (86), Paul Gowrie (84), Mike Faux (80), Fred Thornley (79), and Bob Gallagher (78).

Cheshire B Team consisted of 2 Vets (Chris Bushell and Kevin O’Reilly ), 2 Ladies (Hazel Denny and Jeanette Bushell) and 2 Juniors (Fred Whitehurst and Tom Watson). Cheshire was once again the only county to enter teams in these categories and once again there were no medals provided – a shame.

In the Area Open Championships Cheshire shooters featured in the medals, Tom Watson (82) took Junior Silver, Hazel Denny (73) took Ladies Silver, Andy Pownall (86) took Veterans Silver and Paul Gowrie (84) Veterans Bronze.

On another note, it is good to hear that Fred Thornley has no only qualified for the England OT Team, but is this year’s Captain.

 


 

Cheshire Sportrap Championship - North Wales Shooting School - 10th August

 

The torrential rain and thunderstorms that were forecast did not materialise on Saturday 10th August, at North Wales Shooting School. There was a great turnout of 73 entrants in all as it was Merseyside County Championship as well. A great course was set up by Brett Davies, using the Olympic trap range, a skeet range, and two sporting ranges, plenty of variety with the targets. Some big scores quickly came in, including Miles Machin on 94, who held the high gun position for most of the day. When all the scores were in, two shooters shared top spot on 94, Miles Machin and Richard Hughes from Wales. Then there was a tense shoot off for High Gun. Richard Hughes was victorious by the narrowest margin of just one clay. Commiserations to Miles for missing out on High Gun prize, but congratulations for being Cheshire County Champion. Other prize winners are, Seniors Champion Carl Vickers 92, Veterans Champion Paul Ellis 81, Ladies Champion Hazel Denny 68, and Junior Champion is Thomas Woodcock 84. Very well done to you all.

 


 

West Midands Inter-counties UT Championships - Rugby - 4th August

Sunday 4th August saw the West Midlands Intercounties Championships at Rugby. Cheshire shooters did very well. Paul Gowrie scored 95 for 2nd Veteran, Andy Pownall 93, Dave O’Donnell and Bob Gallagher both on 89, Paul Culverwell 88, and Mark Wright 77. Team score with best 5 to count was 454. Team results were; Warwickshire 463, Gloucester  459, Cheshire tied with Hereford and Worcester on 454, we had a great final round, so took team bronze after count back. Congratulations to you all. Great shooting.

 


 

Ladies Clay Shooting League - Mickley Hall - 3rd August

 

Back at Mickley Hall Shooting School on the 3rd August for our 6th event in the Ladies Clay Shooting League. At our usual early briefing we had talks from Steve Randles on the SP, an eye dominance tool, and Scott Barnett on different types of cartridges with the pros and cons and what to look for when buying cartridges.  The 75 bird course set by Scott Barnett had a great mix of targets to suit everyone from all classes and what great scores we had on the day. A great turnout saw 6 squads take on the course.

Coaching for the day was Paul Ellis, Miles Machin and Steve Randles gave up his time to not only coach a stand but to also demo the SP after the event, We would like to thank all the coaches for their time.

Mandy Berrisford as usual did a fantastic job behind the scenes with her organisation and the day ran well and smoothly. The first scores started to roll in with a great number in the 50’s but Julia Paynewas first to hit the 60’s with a great 63 only to be overtaken by Victoria Galimore on 65 then Chiara King shot a superb 69 to take high gun and the top prize of a Mitsubishi       for the use of over a weekend kindly donated by Grenson Motor Company, a big thank you to them. Chiara also picks up a voucher from our main sponsor On the Peg Clothing, well done to her.

It is fair to say that the ladies are all improving as the year goes on with some making their county teams and doing well in CPSA registered events across the country and we are very proud of how all the ladies are doing and the spirit with which the events take place and the comradery that has evolved.

 


 

West Midlands Inter Counties DTL -  Fauxdegla - 28th July

 

Five squads were booked in, Seniors gold, Seniors Red, Vets, Ladies and Juniors. New Caps shooting this year were N Booth, E Percival, T Warburton, J Tennison, E Hardy, and C M Harris. Congratulations to you all. The results after some tricky targets on a somewhat wet and windy day: The Juniors had to shoot off with Hereford and Worcester after tying on 569 points, unfortunately we were runners up by one point. Good shooting!!! Seniors were runners up to H and W. Ladies won, great result with two new caps!! Veterans were also runners up. This was a fantastic result for all of you, many thanks to you all for making the effort and time to go. The Nationals are next, so be ready.

 


 

Cheshire ESP Championships 2019 - Catton Hall - 28th July

 

The 2019 ESP Championship was again hosted by Catton Hall SG and, unlike previous years, where we had been treated with glorious weather, this year was the exception. It rained and rained and the wind and breeze did their bit to alter the direction during mid flight of the clays. The course of fourteen stands saw a great variety of speed and angles and a mixture of coloured clays. Those that set off early braving the worst of the weather donned their heavy duty clothing and as they returned, wet, soaking wet, dripping scorecards, which were thankfully the waterproof ones, it was obvious the scores were not going to break any barriers.  Mark Oakley, John Shreeve and Ian Cunliffe putting in a 78, 77 and 76 respectively. Ladies Kerry Oakley with a 76. Amazingly though a score of 90 was posted in the horrendous weather by Mike Holland who shot round with the recoil pad of his gun having come lose and so he took it completely off, perhaps this is the way forwards for you Mike.

The weather eased off towards the latter part of the day which saw the arrival of a few more entrants taking the Cheshire total to thirty three on the day. The scores were close to the already in 90 but did not surpass it and with two scores on 89, Scott Barnett and Steve Randles a shoot-off revealed Scott to be the Seniors Champion. The Veteran Category saw Miles Machin take the title with an impressive score of 87.

 

Paul Ellis - ESP Manager. 

 


 

Skeet League - North Wales Shooting School - 27th July

 

Saturday 27th July saw the tenth and last heat of the monthly ESK league. It was a great day for Cheshire skeet shooters. Colin Babcock won the heat with 50 straight, great shooting considering the terrible weather. Then for the grand final four Cheshire skeet shooters made up the top six. The final was a normal round of 25, then a round of 25 using low velocity ammunition supplied by NWSS. Some shooters coped with the different ammunition better than others. The final result was, 1st Jim Wagstaff, 2nd Colin Babcock, 4th Ian Cunliffe (after shoot off), 6th Maurice Cunningham. All six finalists received a package of prizes kindly provided by Eley Hawk. Our thanks go to the staff and helpers at North Wales Shooting School for putting on such a fun competition. We are looking forward to the next league starting in December.

 


 

Cheshire Success at the West Mids. Olympic Skeet Championships - Gloucester SG - 21st July

Well done to Cheshire shooters that took part in the West Midlands Area Olympic Skeet Championships, held at Gloucester SG on 21st July. The Cheshire team finished in 3rd place, whilst Alex Wilkinson was third in the Junior's and third in the Area individual event.

Well done everbody!

Pictured above - Eddie and Alex Wilkinson (left and right respectively)

 


 

European DTL Championships - Bywell SG - 20th and 21st July

The weekend of the 20th and 21st July saw Bywell Shooting Ground host the annual European DTL Championships. It attracted entrants from all of our home nations and France 253 in all. So competition was fierce. Congratulations go to John Barnett from Mickley Hall for shooting a fantastic 197/588 and being 3rd in Veterans class.

 


 

5th Cheshire ESP Selection - Mickley Hall - 13th July

It was the 5th Cheshire CPSA selection shoot being hosted by Mickley Hall Shooting School on the 13th July and the numbers were outstanding with 77 entries all told. The day was squaded with a number of squads starting at 10.30am and the next batch at 12.30 and with the weather staying fine and only a slight breeze it looked good for some great scores. The course was set by Scott Barnett had pretty much everything for everyone with some tricky stands to catch out the unweary. Nick Beavis, Eddie Morris (junior) and Guy Robinson took the early lead with an 85,86 and 87 respectively. Nigel Lane threw a spanner in the works with a great 88 only to knocked off top spot by a fantastic score of 95 by Steve (SP)  Randles . With things hotting up for both the Inter County teams and the Clubman event there is still all to play for at the last but not least 6th and final selection shoot, and of course the Cheshire Championship at Catton Hall on the 28th July. Best of luck to everyone.

 


 

Ladies Clay Shooting League - North Wales Shooting School - 6th July

 

The 6th July saw the Ladies Clay Shooting League descended onto North Wales Shooting School for a fantastic day of skeet. We broke the day into morning and afternoon squads with a great turnout for both. We were very lucky in deed with the coaching to not only have Paul Ellis and Miles Machin but also a legend in his own lifetime Ian Cunliffe who took control of things for both sessions and started to get the dark art of skeet shooting over to the ladies judging by the improvement in the scores through the day.

Jo Knapper took up the early running with Victoria Gallimore and Julia Payne then taking over the lead when Mandy Berrisford and Janine Dixon got their act together only to be piped at the post by Lucy Earl. It was definitely fair to say the day was an overwhelming success with everyone taking plenty away for food for thought.

We would like to thank everyone for attending and especially the coaches for their time and patience, also NWSS for hosting the event.

 


 

England Skeet Team

Congratulations go to Cheshire skeet shooter Christian Bethell, on being awarded a place in this years England team. The team will compete in the Home Internationals, held at Mulroy in Ireland, on 23rd and 24th August. It was even tougher to qualify this year as the format had changed to include selection shoots at Dartford, Northampton and Nottingham, and a total of 600 targets. Great achievement Christian.

 


 

Eley Grand Prix - Mickley Hall - 12th - 15th June

The third running of the Eley Grand Prix was held at Mickley Hall Sooting School from 12th to 15th June. It was a great success with almost 300 entrants, some travelling from as far as Cornwall and Suffolk. The unique “Super Sporting” event of 120 targets over 12 stands was challenging for everybody. Using 4 traps per stand, throwing 4 single targets with full use of gun, 2 on report pairs, and 1 simo pair. Scott Barnett said “It has been very well  received, with a lot of great feedback from many of the competitors”. Heavy rain throughout the four days made it difficult for the staff and competitors alike, with a couple of stands needing to be pumped out before shooting could start.  The single targets on their own were one thing, but shot together as a on report pair, or simo pair, well that was something else. Speed of swing and accuracy was essential to get a good score. Overall high gun was Henry Collins from Northants with 111. Many Cheshire shooters were amongst the prize winners, they are. Carl Vickers 2nd AA class 107, Steve Randles 3rd AA class 106, Barry Peacock 2nd C class 85, Miles Machin joint 3rd Vet 100, Roy Birchall 3rd Sup Vet 90, Kerry Oakley 3rd Lady 93, Fred Whitehurst 2nd Jnr 100, Ben Rimmer 2nd Colt 82, and James Pickup 3rd Colt 72. Congratulations to you all. We are looking forward to the next Grand Prix.

 


 

DEJA VU

James Barnett and Tony Dean, both using Beretta/Fiocchi combinations, have been gathering the silverware in recent weeks.  James took the Cheshire Junior All Round Champion title and Tony retained the County title at Fauxdegla.  The following week both were in action again at Doveridge Shooting Ground, which hosted the English and British All Round Championships on successive days.

James won silver at the British All Round in colts, missing out on the gold medal by just one target.  Tony took the bronze medal in the English All Round.

Thomas Woodcock demonstrated that he is also on form, securing the silver position in the junior category at both the English and the British.

A week later, Tony travelled out to Greece to compete in the FITASC European Compak Championships, which was held on Evia Island in blistering temperatures.  He scored 190 ex 200, finishing in bronze medal position (repeating the exact same score and position as last year in Cyprus - deja vu).  He finished off an eventful few weeks by achieving another bronze position at the Compak British Masters Championships at Doveridge.

 

 


 

CHESHIRE ESP FOURTH SELECTION SHOOT - ORSTON SG - 16TH JUNE 2019

The fourth Cheshire ESP Selection shoot was hosted by Orston SG and credit must initially be given to the owners, Dan and Emily, for getting the ground ready and setting up a very good course despite the horrendous weather with torrential rain throughout the previous week. The course was over thirteen stands which was quite testing with a variety of clay sizes and colours and where speed and angles definitely caught the unaware out. Some thirty two Cheshire competitors made their way to Nottingham for this event, Seniors, Ladies, Juniors and Vets and each found it more tricky than expected. Scott Barnett was Cheshire High Gun on the day with a respectable 85, Guy Robinson on a 82, Peter Fitkin and Mike Holland on 80 and these were the only ones in the 80’s.

The course saw some very testing targets with simultaneous pairs high from left to right at a distance, an orange Teal target causing concern to some evident by the changing of chokes, rabbit clays about twelve metres away and a blue coloured  low left to right crosser were some of the main features. Fortunately the weather stayed reasonable for most of the day and it was only towards the end with the last few squads out that the rain came lashing down.

I would like to express my personal thank you to all of you from Cheshire that made the journey and also to all the staff at Orston SG, including the catering staff, for providing excellent service throughout the day. We now look forwards to our next selection shoot which is to be held at Mickley Hall SG on Saturday 13th July 2019. (Please note that you will have to book in for this one with the ground direct as it will be squadded. 

Continued best wishes and good shooting.

 

Paul Ellis - ESP Manager.

 


 

WEST MIDLANDS AREA ALL ROUND EVENT - FAUXDEGLA SG - 2ND JUNE 2019

The West Midlands Area All Round Event was hosted by Fauxdegla SG on the 2nd June 2019. From the offset, the weather was not going to do anyone any favours, in fact it was the opposite and the early entrants going out suffered the most with strong winds rain and drizzle throughout causing havoc with the flight of some clays. Cheshire fielded three teams, a Seniors, Vets and Ladies this day and it was the seniors who set off as one of the early squads. Single barrel DTL, ABT, English Skeet and finally a three stand ESP totalled the 100 target event.

Watching the clays divert suddenly from their initial trajectory caused a few losses on the DTL and it did not fair much better on the ABT although Tony Dean put on an excellent display managing to straighten it with just two second barrels.

The weather continued to do its worst on the skeet range with the targets from the high Tower plummeting into the ground well before the intended marker and the low house target rising above its normal line. The same for everyone you say, read on.

The ESP course of three stands saw a mixture of battue right to left quartering, driven, going away and a distant roller. Now, as I earlier said, ‘read on’, this is where the test came in and it was not a test of ability, it was more of a test of practicality as the wind kept the driven target coming from off a distant bank some 100 + metres away and barely coming any closer to the stand. From the Cheshire Senior squad, only two of this target was hit and had the weather remained constant for the rest of the day it would have been interesting to see the final scores but it didn’t and it eased off with no or little wind or rain or drizzle. The later scores reflected this.

Both the Seniors, Vets and Ladies Teams collected a Bronze medal which was no mean feat all considered. Well done to you all.

 

 

 

Paul Ellis - ESP Manager.  

 


 

CHESHIRE ESP 3RD SELECTION SHOOT - GARLANDS SG - 19th MAY 2019

The third ESP Selection shoot of 2019 was held at Garlands SG on the 19th May 2019 and thirty one, (Levy paid) Cheshire entries (No Lady entrants this day) took to the field on a 12 stand course set by Steve Lovatt.  The weather was clear and bright with the occasional little breeze. There was a fantastic variety of clays, mini, midi, rabbit, High Towers and orange blaze with tests of ability on each stand. Angles, varying speeds and range targets were the menu of the day.

It is fair to say that some found this more difficult than others, as the scores reflected but there were some tremendous scores from Steve Randles on an excellent 96, Guy Robinson on 89, Fred Whitehurst (Junior) on 89, Mike Holland (Vet) on 88 and Scott Barnett on 88.  

Very well shot to you all. Thank you to each and everyone of you for your attendance and we now look forwards to our fourth Selection shoot at Orston SG on the 16th June 2019 where I hope that there will be as many, if not more of you, there.

Continued good shooting,

 

Paul Ellis - ESP Manager.

 


 

Cheshire ESP Second Selection Shoot - Kingsley Moor SG - 2019 

 

The second ESP Selection shoot of 2019 was hosted by Kingsley Moor SG, Staffordshire and some fifty one Cheshire competitors made their way there.( Members from the Shropshire Clay Shooting County also were present for one of their selection shoots.)

The weather, early doors, was abysmal heavy rain and winds, and fears of having to wear heavy waterproof clothing was initially on the cards but fortunately the sun gods shone down on us and the weather remained fair for most of the remainder of the day.

There were fourteen stands of mixed varieties of clays, some technical with speed and angles followed by a much slower target to catch the unaware out. There was nothing out of range for the quarter choke throughout. 

Early competitors braving the worst of the weather returned their scorecards with Eddie Wilkinson on 89, Carl Vickers and James Woodcock on a 92 but most impressive was that of Mark Oakley with a stunning 96. (Very well done Mark and I hope that it was nothing to do with the fact that Kerry could not make it.)

Later on in the day saw a few more notable scores coming in, non more so than Vets Andy Jones and Mike Holland on a brilliant 93 and Junior Fred Whitehurst on 92.

As the day went on queues started to develop particularly on stand 9 which saw a simultaneous pair of a right to left rising midi and an incomer of about fifty yards away, hanging in the air for what appeared to be an eternity, the latter causing more misses than would normally be expected. Several attempts were made to repair a broken trap on this stand, probably the cause of the queues, but when the queue was fifty plus deep a decision was made to replace the trap.

I was a little concerned about the standard of some referees during the day, the fact that an absence of rule knowledge particularly on simultaneous pairs where the question of ‘First bird established’ when a clay is hit but no second target arrives should not be in question. Further more targets clearly hit should not be called a miss which causes frustration to the competitor. I know refereeing is a thankless task but a little more ‘hands on’ guidance and instruction before hand may be both appropriate and beneficial.

Overall we had another great turnout, a massive thank you to you all, and we now look forwards to our next Selection shoot at Garlands SG on the 19th May 2019.

Thank you Kingsley Moor SG for hosting this event.

 

Paul Ellis - ESP Manager.

 


 

Cheshire UT Championships - 2019

Paul Culverwell is the new champion with a great score, on such a bad weather day, of 83 x 100; Dave O'Donnell (80) was runner-up and took the Mens trophy, Mike Faux (76) is Veterans winner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Cheshire DTL Selections - 2019

It’s been a great start to the selection shoots for DTL, our first Selection shoot at Fauxdegla was very well attended with 25 Cheshire shooters, it was a bit of a windy day but the ground did a good job at getting us some good targets.

There was some good shooting with the best score of 100/296

AA

P Relph 100/296

J Barnett 98/290

M Harris 98/289

 

A

D Hurstfield 100/296

P Sant 100/291

CM Harris 99/291

 

B

R Pierpoint 98/285

J Hitchmough 95/276

E Hardy 89/264

 

C

T Warburton 97/288

J Richards 93/276

N Booth 93/271

 

It’s great to see lots of new Ladies now trying out for the Cheshire team!

 

The Second Selection shoot was held at Holmes Chapel on the 28/04/19, it was a much better day all round, warmer dry and sunny which saw another good entry of 22 Cheshire shooters so some good score were expected and we weren’t wrong, the best of the day was Chris Harris with a great 100/297, well shot Chris!

 

AA

M Harris 99/294

P Relph 98/292

 

A

CM Harris 100/297

ES Furber 100/296

LJ Furber 98/288

 

B

CK Hollowell 99/287

A Sage 95/282

J Hitchmough95/277

 

C

I Turtle 98/287

N Booth 94/281

T Warburton 91/272

 

So far it looks like we’ve had 5 Ldys, 6 Vets, 2 Jnrs and 15 seniors over the two events.

Thanks to all for your support and good shooting at the next two shoots, both are at Holmes Chapel on the 9th + 23rd June, make a note of the dates and we’ll see you there.

 

The first England Selection shoot was held at Nottingham on the 11th April and OMG it was so cold, it could have been the middle of winter. In all there were 12 Cheshire shooters that have been invited to the England selection process, Congratulations to all those shooters and keep up the great work.

 

Good shooting everyone

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West Midlands Inter Counties Area DTL - Holmes Chapel SG - 2019

With the weather as perfect as you could get for the start of the day and with all squads full we were in for some great shooting and it didn’t disappoint . Holmes Chapel Shooting Ground was looking at its best in the sunshine and the catering from breakfasts to home made cakes, which were hard to resist, as always was great and a credit to Jane and her helpers.

The day ran like clockwork and the squads were  always on time with Helen, scorers and helpers keeping it all ticking along with Dave and keeping the traps topped up through out the event.

Daniel price took the early running with a 99/295 only for Christopher Moule and Ian Roper to both put in a 100/298 and so to a shoot off not only for Area champion but also for bronze as Les Furber joined Daniel Price on a 295 late in the day. It was a tense affair as the sun kept shining and keeping spirits high. Daniel Price was victorious over Les Furber with a 25/72 and a 23/68 consecutively. On to the championship title where with some stunning shooting Ian Roper took the title with a fantastic 25/75 from Christopher Moule with a 24/72 not much room for error there.

Standings from the day:

Seniors

Champion, I Roper 100/298

Silver, C Moule  100/298

Bronze, D Price 99/295

 

Vets,

Gold, GD Evans  100/292

Silver, A Ellison  98/289

Bronze, K Waters 97/286

 

Ladies

Gold JW Bushell  98/289

Silver, S Millroy  95/275

Bronze, J Burton 94/272

 

Jnr

Gold, T Burns 99/289

Silver, J Ruane 94/279

Bronze, T Hurstfield 95/275

 

The West Midlands Committee would like to thank all who took part and Holmes Chapel Shooting Ground for a great day of DTL.

 


 

Cheshire CPSA ESP Selection Shoot - Doveridge SG - 31st March 2019

The first Cheshire Selection shoot of 2019 was held at Doveridge SG Derbyshire on Sunday 31st March 2019. There were 195 entries to this Event from Shropshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Yorkshire, Lancashire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Northampton and Wales and forty six of these were from Cheshire. This was truly an excellent turnout from Cheshire CPSA members with Seniors, Vets, Ladies and Juniors taking part. The weather was clear and no bright sunshine to affect visibility of targets and therefore reduced the

 reason(s) for missing. There was a little breeze which carried a little chill factor but overall a very good day.

The course was over twelve stands and incorporated a variety of targets with battues, 70mm crossers, rapid distant Teal and conceivably an overhead which disappeared , if you let it go, against the foliage. Some of the competitor's appeared to have struggled on Stand 9 which saw a fast away Teal followed on report by a fast dropping overhead Midi clay. The scores on this stand showed a majority hitting 50% or even less.

 It would be fair to say that some competitors struggled throughout the day, unable to straighten stands but achieving a good percentage throughout which from an onlooker would say, ‘An exercise in concentration’ was required particularly on the two stands throwing five pairs high into the sky. There were only seven competitors that straightened these stands. (Well done John Shreeve as you were the only one from Cheshire to do so.)

As the scores came in, it appeared that B. Woollard from Warwickshire would take the High Gun prize on a great 94  but not to be as Rob Claybrook from Wales shot an amazing and incredible 98. Well done Rob, that STR practice at NWSS, Sealand obviously helped.

 

Cheshire High Gun on the day was Carl Vickers, 90 followed by Miles Machin, 87 and James Savage 87. In the Ladies category, Kerry Oakley produced a score of 82 and in the Juniors E. Morris put in a great score of 84. Well done to all.

I would like to thank all the staff at Doveridge for their tireless efforts throughout the day including the catering staff but also to you, the competitors, who without we would not have achieved a great day and we look forwards to our next Selection shoot at Kingsley Moor SG  on the 28th April 2019.

 

Regards,

Paul Ellis - Cheshire ESP Manager.      

 

 


 

 

Success at the FITASC Africa and Sporting Compak Championships

As all Brexiteers know, there is a big world out there and a large chunk of it is Africa.  The FITASC Africa Sporting and Compak Championships this year were held in March at Valley Gun Club, situated in the majestic wine regions north of Cape Town between Paarl and Durbanville.  Comprising three back to back events of 200 targets each, the first fixture was the Africa FITASC Sporting Grand Prix.  As a Beretta World Cup event it attracted competitors from more than 21 countries, including a contingent of shooters from Great Britain, all battling it out over 2 days. 

George Digweed took High Gun and Tony Dean put in a strong performance to take top place and the gold medal in seniors, scoring 180 x 200, closely beating a strong South African contingent into second and third place.

The second weekend saw an even bigger entry compete for the FITASC Compak Championship, comprising 8 separate 25 target layouts over 2 days.  As the temperature soared, so did the scores.  Hot winds created tricky conditions on some layouts and total concentration was the key.  When the dust settled Tony, averaging 24 ex 25 on the 8 rounds (this is not skeet), finished on 192 ex 200 to take the silver medal in seniors, just 3 targets adrift of the final High Gun slot which went to Tim Hubner from South Africa.  It delivered a 1, 2, 3 for Great Britain with Martin Papworth and Phil Smith also on the podium.

Also flying the flag for Great Britain, "Monty" from ProMatic was presented with an award for services rendered in assisting with the course design, setting out the traps, and ensuring all the layouts ran smoothly, and selling a few traps in the process.

All in all another good showcase for GB's talent with many new friends and clients, some of whom will be visiting our shores this summer for the World FITASC Championships at Churchills.  I hope they receive as warm a welcome as we did in South Africa.  Rumour has it that next years' Africa Championships will be in Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls and all that!)  Why not start planning your trip now?  Our politicians may not be able to organise a tasting in a winery, but we can!!


Shiron Dean

 


 

CPSA Press Release - Introducing the West Midlands inter counties Clubman event

 

In order to develop all levels of English Sporting shooter through the classes, West Midlands CPSA have decided to expand the trial event from 2018 out to all West Midlands CPSA Counties.

Designed as an introduction for A, B and C Class shooters into Inter county competition, and aimed as a way to ensure all levels of shooter are included as part of the inter counties setup, the Clubmans event will test teams of mixed classes against each other.

The team of 12 comprises of 4 x A class, 4 x B class and 4 x C class shooters with 4 prizes on offer. Best team by class and best overall county team.

Shooters will be chosen based on their performance in the Cheshire Selection shoots (details are available on the Cheshire CPSA website https://sites.cpsa.co.uk/cheshire

To qualify, potential shooters must have entered at least 3 of the 6 selection shoots, those entering more than 3 selection shoots your best 3 scores will used.

The class you start the selection shoots in is the class you will shoot in for the Clubman competition even if you change classes in the May re-classification.

If you have been chosen to represent your county in any of the other intercounty teams, you will not be eligible for the Clubmans event.

Timing for the competition is on Saturday 14th September at Garlands but will likely be around the end of August at Garlands, with the teams being selected early August once all of the selection shoots has been concluded.

If last years trial event was anything to go by it will be a fantastic day, and now West Midlands CPSA has opened this out to all 7 West Midlands counties, there is even more for us in Cheshire to prove.

We hope you will support this initiative to try and encourage more shooters to get involved in the inter counties competitions and hope to see you at the selection shoots starting 31st March at Doveridge.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with any of the Cheshire committee members.

 


 

CPSA Press Release - The Ladies Clay Shooting League named Development Initiative of the Year

The Ladies Clay Shooting League, of Cheshire, was named the Development Initiative of the Year by the National Governing Body for clay-target shooting in England, the CPSA, at the 2019 CPSA Annual Awards at the Belfry Hotel in Sutton Coldfield on 2 February.

The Development Initiative of the Year Award recognises any project or initiative that has achieved success in developing the sport through attracting more shooters and encouraging new participants. Jane Dronsfield of award sponsor Romero Sports and Leisure presented the award, which Mandy Berisford and Miles Machin accepted.

The Ladies Clay Shooting League is an initiative of the Cheshire CPSA, which also won the CPSA County Committee of the Year Award on the night. The initiative seeks to improve ladies shooting and introduce ladies to the etiquette and rules of CPSA competitions. Ladies in the league shoot in teams associated with their chosen grounds, adding a team competition element to events. This past season saw the league grow from 18 to 130 lady shooters.

Miles Machin, Chairman of the Cheshire CPSA, stated that ‘Winning the Development Initiative of the Year award with the Ladies Clay Shooting League was the icing on the cake after such a fabulous year. We would also like to thank Duncan Richardson from Shraley Brook Media for all his help with our website and Guy Robinson from Pro Glass 4 for his sponsorship in 2018.’

Machin noted that the grounds that support the league are instrumental to its success. These are Catton Hall Shooting Ground, Holmes Chapel Shooting Ground, Cloudside Shooting Ground, North Wales Shooting School, Fauxdegla Shooting Ground, and Mickley Hall Shooting School.

The CPSA Annual Awards night is a cornerstone event in the clay shooting calendar. Former EastEnders and Extras actor Shaun Williamson hosted the evening and helped to present awards that recognised up-and-coming young shots, coaches, shooting grounds, and grassroots organisations that promote the sport.

The CPSA is the National Governing Body for Clay Target Shooting in England, supporting clay target shooting enthusiasts across the UK and promoting the highest standards of excellence. The CPSA regulates the standards of safety and competition at over 300 affiliated and registered grounds around the country, promoting and organising national championships in sixteen different clay-shooting disciplines.

 

  

 


 

CPSA Press Release - Cheshire CPSA Named Top County for Third Year in a Row.

Cheshire Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (CPSA) was named the County Committee of the Year for the third year in a row by the National Governing Body for clay-target shooting in England, the CPSA, at the 2019 CPSA Annual Awards at the Belfry Hotel in Sutton Coldfield on 2 February.

The Country Committee of the Year Award is presented to the county committee that has ‘gone the extra mile’ and made positive contributions to the sport of clay shooting, from grassroots participation through to team management, growing and governing the sport while underpinning the core demands of a county committee. CPSA Independent Director Dave Rollason presented the award, which was accepted by Ian Cunliffe, Scott Barnet, and Miles Machin.

Cheshire CPSA have developed a five-year plan to improve the level of shooting in Cheshire and increase the membership of the CPSA. They encourage women to get into clay shooting with their Ladies Clay Shooting League, which also won the CPSA’s Development Initiative of the Year on the awards night. This year also saw Cheshire CPSA’s largest donation to date to their chosen charity, the North West Air Ambulance.

Miles Machin, Chairman of the Cheshire CPSA, stated that wining County Committee of the Year for a third year in a row is ‘overwhelming, and a credit to the hard work of all the members of the committee, and managers who look after each discipline’. He added ‘Winning the Development Initiative of the Year award with the Ladies Clay Shooting League was the icing on the cake after such a fabulous year.’

The CPSA Annual Awards night is a cornerstone event in the clay shooting calendar. Former EastEnders and Extras actor Shaun Williamson hosted the evening and helped to present awards that recognised up-and-coming young shots, coaches, shooting grounds, and grassroots organisations that promote the sport.

The CPSA is the National Governing Body for Clay Target Shooting in England, supporting clay target shooting enthusiasts across the UK and promoting the highest standards of excellence. The CPSA regulates the standards of safety and competition at over 300 affiliated and registered grounds around the country, promoting and organising national championships in sixteen different clay-shooting disciplines.

 

    

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Letter from Cheshire CPSA Committee
 

Dear Members,

This is just a quick reminder that Cheshire has been nominated for three awards this year with the CPSA; Volunteer Of The Year, Initiative Of The Year and County Committee Of The Year, which is a fantastic achievement in itself. 

The awards dinner and presentation event  is being held on Saturday 2nd February at the Belfry Hotel.  Voting closes this coming Monday 14thJanuary, so it’s not to late if you have not yet voted.  Just go to the CPSA website and follow the link.

Cheshire’s AGM is on Wednesday 23rd January and is being held at Catton Hall Shooting Ground, Bradley Lane, Frodsham, WA6 7EU. We meet at 7.00pm with a prompt start at 7.30pm and are looking forward to a great night, everyone is welcome. There are still positions to fill on the committee, if anyone is interested please get in touch.


Cheshire AGM Wednesday 23rd January  - All Welcome 

 

Cheshire CPSA County Committee.

 


 

National Inter Counties ESP - Orston SG - 7th October 2018.

 

The English Sporting National Inter Counties Event was hosted by Orston SG, Nottingham on the weekend of the 6th & 7th October 2018 and a pleasant day greeted the twenty two Counties competing this event.

 

The fourteen stands on show provided some tests of ability for all the competitors with a widespread variety of types and different coloured clays. It was an extremely well presented course which ran smoothly throughout the day. Over thirty Cheshire competitors took to the field, Ladies, Juniors, Colts and Seniors and it is fair to say that most found it difficult with only one score from Cheshire in the nineties and that being from Tony Dean, who hit a great score of 90. Mike Holland, Steve Randles, Scott Barnett, James Woodcock, Guy Robinson and Mike Sargeson all were in the eighties but on this day the scores were not good enough to resemble the medal haul that we had at the West Midlands Inter Counties. It was late in the day when most of the competitors had left to make their way home that the final results were in and in some categories, it was very close.

 

Norfolk won the Senior Team category with a score of 463 (Cheshire - 433).

Buckinghamshire won the Ladies Team category with a score of 168 (Cheshire - 129).

Lincolnshire won the Juniors category with a score of 157 (Cheshire Gold - 136 & Cheshire Red - 100).

Now, just as you may be feeling miserable came the Vets award and Yes, we were awarded the GOLD medals.

CHESHIRE Vets Gold Team on a score of 167 - Mike Holland (88) and John Shreeve (79).

Nottinghamshire on a score of 166.

Cambridgeshire on a score of 162.  

 

At the end of the day we didn’t come away empty handed as I had the pleasure of collecting the cup and medals on behalf of both Mike and John, very well done to you both.

 

On a final note I would like to express my sincere thanks to all the staff at Orston SG for presenting an excellent course and providing excellent facilities but also to ALL you,  the Cheshire shooters, who have given their time, effort and money in supporting this great sport and this great County of Cheshire. Thank you.

 

Paul Ellis - ESP Manager.

 


 

Remembering Kevin Howarth 1957 - 2017

 

This is a particularly poignant month for Cheshire CPSA as it is the anniversary of the loss of one of our stalwart and passionate committee members Kevin Howarth who brought an incredible professionalism to everything that he did and the Cheshire CPSA was no exception. It was because of Kevin and the passion he passed on to all of us on the committee that took us to win County Committee of the Year not once but twice, he left an incredible legacy. We miss him and his love of the sport, but our thoughts at this time of the year are of course are with his family, we are thinking of you and he will not be forgotten here.