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LINCOLNSHIRE ENGLISH SPORTING CHAMPIONSHIP

HELD AT

EAST OF ENGLAND SHOOTING GROUND

ON SATURDAY & SUNDAY, 8TH/9TH MAY 2021

 

This year’s County sporting championship at EESG was shot over the weekend of the 8th/9th May and turned out to be tale of two days with those poor souls who elected to shoot on Saturday certainly needing to don their wet weather gear. In complete contrast, however, Sunday was so much the better day and the weather although overcast and cool in the morning turned into a brighter, warmer but sometimes breezy afternoon.

The County’s premier shooting event was well supported in all categories with 98 of those from Lincolnshire.  It was especially pleasing to see a growing number of our younger shooters taking part and this is an encouraging sign of things to come, we hope.

John Lee set a varied and technically challenging course designed with an absence of numerous rangy targets in mind, which undoubtedly proved to be a winning combination with the competitors.  There was a good balance of diverse target presentations.

The Lincolnshire championship ended in a three-way tie for HG, with Tim Couzens, Paul Dobson and Trevor Hawkins each setting a very commendable score of 89.  Disappointingly, with competitions still operating largely with a “shoot and go” policy and in the absence of Tim, Paul & Trevor at the end of the day, a shoot-off could not be undertaken and so, the Lincolnshire Sporting champion Tim Couzens was determined by “count-back”.  Very many congratulations Tim, we will look forward to being able to present the trophy and mementoes to you at the earliest opportunity.

Other notable achievements on the day include Steve Wilkinson taking AA class & the Veterans category with a score of 88, Trevor Hawkins was first in A class (89) on count-back, Paul Zaitschenko took B class (86) and Russ Hardy won C class (82).  The Ladies title was taken by Rosie Parkinson (67) competing in her first registered shoot after narrowly easing out Ella Bennett (65).  The rapidly improving and consistent Kallum Burrell retained the Junior title with some margin to spare recording a brilliant score of 87 and Josh Lee was the highest scoring Colt at the competition on 67, winning the Paul Wilkinson Champion of Champions Colts Trophy.

One of the most pleasing aspects in “the world” of Lincolnshire shooting is the number of up and coming Juniors and Colts we are now seeing taking part in competitive sporting shooting.  There is a growing number of “new” names to watch in the future including Ollie and Tom Caswell, Henry Sardeson and James Henton to name but a few.  The outlook for Lincolnshire sporting is looking good!

Last but certainly not least, grateful thanks must be extended to Barry Exton, John Lee, Simon Allum, Donna, the referees and the rest of the team at The East of England Shooting Ground for their combined efforts over the weekend.  The event ran very smoothly and was well organised ensuring social distancing measures were in place to preserve competitor safety at all times allowing us to safely enjoy our entertainment.  Comment was entirely favourable on all aspects of the day.

The scores from this championship will be used to select the Lincolnshire ESP team to represent the County at the East Midlands Regional Inter-counties championship (at Kegworth SG) on July 4th and the National Inter-counties championship (at Highwaymans SG) on September 24th.

As the 2021 Lincolnshire sporting champion, Tim Couzens, will represent Lincolnshire at the Game Fair at Ragley Hall, Warwickshire in the CPSA Champion of Champions competition.

 

Kallum Burrell - Junior Sporting champion  Rosie Parkinson - Ladies sporting champion

Full report of the days events to follow

RESULTS

CATEGORY/CLASS NAME SCORE
HIGH GUN TIM COUZENS (c/b) 89
AA CLASS STEVE WILKINSON 88
A CLASS TREVOR HAWKINS (c/b) 89
B CLASS PAUL ZAITSCHENKO 86
C CLASS RUSS HARDY 82
LADIES ROSIE PARKINSON 67
JUNIORS KALLUM BURRELL 87
VETERANS STEVE WILKINSON 88

 

THE PAUL WILKINSON CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS COLTS TROPHY WAS WON BY JOSH LEE ON 67