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World English Sporting 'Festival of Shooting' 2016
The final day gave us, finally, a dry day, and even some sun. The last individuals completed their second rotation in excellent time, making way for the teams. Everyone seemed to enjoy their courses, with the American team declaring it the best Sporting layout in the world. The majority declared they had found the Blue Course the more challenging, with a few saying the Red had posed the trickier shots. As the last of the teams drifted in, the lodge at E. J. Churchill’s filled up with anxious shooters watching the score boards.
THE TEAM EVENT
England’s lead for the Open didn’t hold, though as they’d shot the Red Course on the first day, the squad had the more challenging Blue Course to complete. The USA’s Open team pipped England to the post with just four clays, scoring an impressive 896, with the Welsh Open team coming in third with 859.
England’s Veterans and Super Veterans managed to come in first above the USA, with 523 and 427 respectively. Scotland came in third for the Veterans, and Wales for the Super Veterans.
The USA Juniors beat the English Juniors to the top spot with 525, and the Italians came in third. The USA Ladies beat the English Ladies by a mere six clays, getting 475, with the Welsh gaining the third spot.
An exciting Super Final for the top six spots took place in front of the stunning West Wycombe House, with Martin Myersand Phil Gray managing to improve on the scores of the previous top spot holders.
High Gun: Anthony Mataarese 190+26
Ladies: Cheryl Hall 170
Lady Colt: Amy Easeman, 145
Lady Junior: Georgia Moule, 168
Vets: Kevin Jobling 184
Super Vets: Keith Roe 171
Juniors: Hunter Dreher 184
Disabled standing: Jamie Gutteridge, 160
Disabled sitting: John Nordskog, Norway, 154
The Blaser Inter-Continental took place just before the Super Final, with a layout designed by John Bidwell, with England taking back the trophy from Team US.
Fore all the results, follow this link:
A sunny start to Day Six made for a fine start at E. J. Churchill’s, as the last of the individuals and the national teams started their rotation for the Sporting Layout. A few light showers certainly didn’t dampen the spirits as teams from England, Ireland, Wales, Sweden, Northern Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, the USA and guests CSI Ireland took their turns on the Blue and Red Courses, putting in some excellent scores.
The overnight leaders haven’t changed, and until the last squads have shot their second rotation, Sean Ponting, Phil Gray and Richard Faulds will hold their top spots. There were, however, some excellent first round scores, notably Anthony Matarese (USA) shot 95 on the red course, and Kevin Jobling and Tim Webster shot 94. The teams performed well, and currently England are are leading all the catagories.
With a good weather forecast for tomorrow, the last day of Sporting will certainly see a close finish, both for individuals and national teams. If you’d like to watch the teams shooting their last rotation, these will start at 10.30am.
The Super Final, sponsored by Zoli and Gamebore will be a thrilling event, held in front of the beautiful West Wycombe House. Preceded by the Blaser Inter-Continental, a match between England and the USA (visit our Facebook page to see the videos!), at six pm, the grand finale to the week’s festival will be an event you don’t want to miss! Tansport has been laid on to take spectators to and from West Wycombe House, we look forward to seeing you there.
The second day of prelims saw intensive shooting, and some exciting shoot-offs, where Owen Jones, from Wales came out on top with a score of 98+10, while USA's Gebben Miles came in second, and Henry Arnold in third. The Ladies were dominated by the US, with Desirae Edmunds and Alexandra Wampler coming first and second, and the UK’s Becky MacKenzie coming in third.
For full results follow the link:
A sunny start put the shooters taking on their second round of Sporting in a good frame of mind, as some of the big names tackled the demands of the Blue and Red Courses. Some excellent scores were starting to come in by lunchtime, and at the close of Day Five, the leaders were Sean Ponting with 187, Phil Gray with 186 and Richard Faulds following close behind in second and third. A bit more wind than on previous days made the clays bounce a bit more, according to Richard Faulds, while John Bidwell said the demands of the combined Red and Blue courses was a challenge . Late afternoon saw a return of damper conditions, but spirits were high, and a good crowd gathered for the official Team Welcome. E. J. Churchill put on a fantastic feast of roast beef for everyone taking part in the Festival, which went down after a treat after another long day’s shooting.
There’s all to play for as the final squads start their rotation tomorrow, when we’ll see the national teams starting at 10.30am, so do come and watch the teams shooting it out then!
Day four saw the last of the FITASC shooters fighting it out for the top positions, with John Bidwell leading the pack after day three. US shooters were on top form, however, with Bill McGuire putting in a score of 94, just one over John Bidwell’s score. Kevin De-Michiel matched John’s score, leading to an exciting shoot-off, watched by an enthusiastic crowd. Kevin De-Michiel beat John on the shoot-offs, hitting 23 to John’s 20, and giving the US shooters first and second place, with John Bidwell coming in third, as well as his win in the Super Veteran High Gun class.
Junior Shot Josh Bridges continued his strong performance, winning the Junior section as well as B-Class, while Zoli shooter Becky Mackenzie remained unbeated to take the Ladies High Gun.
For full results for the FITASC, follow the link below:
World Sporting and Prelims
Heavy rain overnight meant that for some, the drive to E.J. Churchill took far longer than they’d reckoned on, though luckily all the shooters could be slotted in throughout the day, despite some very late arrivals.
The downpours soon gave way to warm and muggy conditions, and many enjoyed the break in the rain as they shot the Sporting layout. Both courses proved challenging but achievable, and by the end of the day, a few strong scores had been posted in the first course of the Sporting, as well as by those who had shot the Prelims.
CPSA Worlds 2016 - day three round up
Day three concluded in dramatic fashion with a number of Sportrap shoot-offs, including for overall High Gun between early leader George Digweed, Brett Winstanley and France’s Christophe Auvret. Brett and Christophe both shot 97 today, matching the score George posted on Monday afternoon. Christophe Auvert shot a straight 25 on layout two to take the title, with Digweed finishing only one behind on 24 and Winstanley slotting into third with 23.
The was also a shoot-off for Junior High Gun, with Josh Bridges taking on Shawn Kemeter of the USA. Both shot 25 straight after one round, but took 1st place in the sudden death winning by 5 targets.
For the full results:
Meanwhile, the FITASC competitors continued to pit their wits against the multi-coloured clays at the EJ Churchill shooting grounds. The competition has one day left to run and the prizes will be awarded tomorrow evening.
The current leader is John Bidwell, putting in an amazing 93 placing him 3 ahead of Josh Bridges and Richard Faulds both on 90. Becky McKenzie is leading the ladies, on 77, 6 ahead of her nearest rival.
In the Sporting, the squads got stuck into the Blue Course over at West Wycombe Park. Opinions were divided as to whether it even tougher than the red, but the shooters were all pretty much agreed that it was thrilling to shoot, and that when they had missed, they had been beaten by clever targets, not silly targets. In overall first place at the moment is Phil Gray on 186, Mickey Rouse is leading the Veterens on 175, Linda Pearson leading the Ladies on 156 and the Juniors early leader is Joshua Brown on 168.
The morning’s bacon sandwiches were accompanied by blazing sunshine and conditions stayed dry all day - a welcome relief after the downpours on day one. While the second day of Sportrap and FITASC competition quickly got underway, the first Sporting squads were chauffeured the short distance to the West Wycombe Estate to shoot the Red Course. At the end of day one, the overall leader was Andy Coulson on 93, followed by Christophe Auvret of France on 92 and Chris Daniels on 91. Stuart Clarke and Mickey Rouse led the Veterans with 89 apiece and top lady Pet Easton posted 86, just ahead of leading Super Veteran Trevor Venables. Josh Brown topped the Junior class with 82.
Back at EJ Churchill Shooting Grounds, Olympic gold medallist Richard Faulds posted a whopping 90 to knock yesterday’s FITASC Open leader, Mark Winser, into second place, which he now shares with Kevin Jobling on 88. The top Lady Gun was Pauline Chapman with 71, and leading Junior was Jake Moore, with 84. Kevin Jobling’s 88 also put him top of the Veterans, and D Hallett leads the Super Veterans on 83.
In the CPSA World Sportrap, George Digweed day one score of 97 remained unchallenged. Mark Winser was only one away however, notching up 96, leaving Richard Bunning and James Attwood in joint third on 94. John Bidwell leads the Veterans with 87, and Josh Bridges is number one Junior on 93 and Amy Easeman leads the Colts on 80. In the Ladies’ class, Commonwealth gold medallist Charlotte Kerwood topped today’s scores with 87. Charlotte hadn’t been planning to shoot the Sporting this week, but enjoyed the Sportrap so much that she changed her mind and will be back to shoot at West Wycombe in a few days.
By lunchtime, however, the clouds began to clear and the sun finally burnt through. As the afternoon squads set off, the morning’s shooters were able to lie back in the sun and dry off while they watched the scores roll in on the big screen. The change in the weather was so striking that those shooting during the afternoon had to deal with sunshine on full beam.
With two more days of competition to go in Sportrap and three more for FITASC, today’s shooters posted some impressive scores. Mark Winser currently leads the FITASC Open with 88, followed by Paul Wilkinson on 87 and James Attwood on 84 in third. Tracey Riddington was the highest scoring lady, with 56.
In Sportrap, George Digweed put in an imposing 97 to end the day in first place, Richard Bunning notching up 94 to occupy the second spot, and junior Josh Bridges notching up 93, including a straight 25, to end the day in first, second and third respectively.
Shooting starts again at 9am tomorrow and, with some big names still to shoot, the day promises even more excitement and (hopefully) better weather.
Starting today and running through until Sunday, we are looking forward to seven days of tantalising action, concluding with a grand finale in front of the glorious West Wycombe House on Sunday evening.
There has been great demand to shoot throughout the week – with over 2,000 entries across the competitions – meaning that extra days have been added for the World FITASC Sporting Open and the CPSA World English Sporting.
The championship got under way today, with both the CPSA World Sportrap, sponsored by Gulf Coast Clays, and the FITASC Sporting taking place. The Sportrap will conclude with presentations on Wednesday evening, with the latter coming to an end on Thursday evening.
The main event, the CPSA World English Sporting, starts on Tuesday morning, split into three rotations – Tuesday and Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and Saturday and Sunday. The shoot takes place over two courses over two days, with 100-targets per day. Each course will see the shooters take on fourteen stands.
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If you still wish to book on for the World Sporting or Prelim on Thursday please email email@example.com or call 07765 247954.
Away from the main shooting events, there are plenty of other opportunities for people to break a few clays. The Prelim English Sporting takes place on Thursday and Friday, but if you didn’t manage to get a space on that then don’t worry – there will be lots more shooting going on. There will be a pool shoot running on the Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday which will be £5 for 15 clays. There are practise stands available Monday to Wednesday (£15 for 50 clays) and on Saturday that will be a fun shoot, where you can either take on 100 clays for £40 or 50 clays for £20.
There will be plenty of other things to do around the ground, with many of the leading names from the shooting industry setting up stalls in The Village. There will also be loads of delicious food and drink stalls for you to enjoy.
The week concludes on Sunday in spectacular fashion. The CPSA World English Sporting comes to a close, with the top six shooters taking part in a 25-target Super Final to decide the overall World Champion. Scores from the main event will be carried over into what we are sure will be a thrilling climax to the competition. Before that, there will be the Blaser Inter-Continental Trophy, which sees the England Senior Team go head-to-head with their USA counterparts to battle it out for the novel Blaser trophy. We hope you can join us for this opportunity to see the world’s best shooters take centre stage.
We would like to extend our gratitude to all the staff at E.J. Churchill, who have put plenty of hard work into getting the event ready, as well as our main sponsors – Zoli, Gamebore, Promatic, Blaser and Gulf Coast Clays – whose support makes the championship possible.
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