It seems normal and perhaps taken for granted that our monthly shoots are full at every venue. Being that the Nicholls family were certainly one of the instigators of FITASC for local enthusiasts this was sure to be a popular event. Many of you will know that the ground is open every Wednesday evening from 4pm until dusk and for those who thought they may have mastered the layouts were certainly in for a surprise. Again we were spoilt with an exceptional course spread over six layouts and as usual the vast area was used exceptionally well to produce targets and combinations that could have graced any major FITASC championship. The day was made complete for both am and pm entrants with an exceptional spread of food from the bbq following their shooting.
Once again after a long drive from Cornwall Martin Elworthy blew the field away to take ‘High Gun’ with a score of 97, to only miss three targets on what was certainly an extremely testing circuit – was truly astonishing. Robert Taylor kept his impressive form going by achieving another score with a 9 in front, winning ‘A’ class on 90. Chris Boult also kept his strong form going to win ‘B’ class scoring 84. Chris Turvey stormed ‘C’ class by 5 targets with a total of 75. Meanwhile Kari Dobbs 67 shot exceptionally well to not only win ‘D’ class by 4 targets but to takes the most improved award with +8.
High gun – 97 Martin Elworthy.
A class – 90 Robert Taylor, 88 Chris Griffin & Colin Hanson, 86 Stuart Holland.
B class – 84 Chris Boult, 82 Simon Salvidge, 81 Dave Pike.
C class – 75 Chris Turvey, 70 Steve Vickery, 68 Jim Boddey & Dai Jones.
D class – James Donnelly 63, Kari Dobbs 62, 59 Peter Gibbons.
Most improved award Kari Dobbs +8 who wins a £50 Greenfields Voucher. Draw prize wins a £50 Greenfields voucher and Alan Bullock who also wins a £50 Greenfields voucher.
The standard of shooting has in recent years risen tremendously and without doubt development of traps, targets and layouts have contributed immensely. If you look on the CPSA website at results for any shoots, the guys that win drop very few targets. In the early days of Farmers FITASC some 9 years ago a score of 90 would have been exceptional as it was on the national circuit. This month two thirds of the guys that shot at Barrow Farm were either A or B in our own classification status, with just under one third achieving a score of 80 or above. As Will Thatcher once told me, the only way to improve is to put cartridges through the gun and plenty of them!
For those who enjoyed the venue at Barrow Farm, it is open for 100 bird FITASC every Wednesday during the summer from 4pm until dusk with supper – for details John 07734978988 or Mark 07734978986.
Next month we move to Roundwood Shooting Ground SO21 3BA to enjoy the refurbished ground, where again it will be Am & Pm start times. Entries are now open for Thursday 15th July, so if you fancy booking in to this famous ground – please contact me in the usual way.
Finally thank you to the Nicholls family and all of their team involved at the shoot for looking after us and putting on a fantastic day. Thanks again to Greenfields for their tremendous support and not forgetting Rob Allen for his work with the results and leader board.