This winter league 2016/17 has so far been a very wet one for us in the Fenlands region and round 5 at Cromer Air Rifle Club was no exception with sleet on arrival but easing off shortly after kick off.
The winds were light from around 5-10mph so making it enough at times to come outside the kill but overall one of the most calmest days I’ve so far experienced at Cromer’s ground. Although the rain and sleet had stopped we was greeted with the second wave of water droplets hanging in the trees, nice.
The course looked very reasonable with a good mix of short, long and high shots with the famous crab as the golden bunny and including the two rat 15mm reducers at close range which I’ve seen catch many a good shooter out.
Me and my partner David Clark started out on lane 11 and we soon found our way through the targets until I came onto the kneeling lane which I normally don’t have a problem with but yep you guessed it double dink.! that’s a first for me. Well not to make excuses but that did upset me a little as they were for the taking and so I proceeded to miss the next target No 9 in the next lane. Target 10 being my lucky number I most always get and I did moving on to lane 6. Now we have been shooting left to right in all our lanes from lane 11 until we come to this lane 6, yes I did I shot the wrong Bloody target No 12 first.!so I had to shoot it again which I did another point lost. Continuing on I lost a few more finishing on the standing lane taking just one of two making me an overall poor score 21. Really it should have been 24 for me but hey ho that’s the name of the game,however unless your name is Simon Ayres who cleared the course going home with nothing to talk about… 🙂
Well done Simon.! and Congratulations to you and Nathan Reeve for making the England team this years Worlds in Wales 2017.
For once Sywell was a little bit more forgiving as the wind goes, normally you can expect to drop this round from the winter league but not this time for me. There was wind and yes you had to think about it especially on the bank of doom as its known and in the garden. The pinking was set out in the garden and I soon noticed the sneaky setters had put out the 55 yard plinking plate in a gap where wind was funnelling through giving the unsuspecting shooter the wrong info.
I was doing well from the start on the bank of doom taking all targets long and short until I came to the standing lane target 27 only 17.5 yards away. Clicked in on target but my feet position wasn’t quiet right as I was fighting to push my body left, I knew I should have moved my feet just a smidge but oh no its only 17.5yards I’ve got this….. no wrong and I knew it.! Why do we do it.? If I’d moved that one shot would have given me 100% for the day, oh well next time eh.? I got 96% in the end which is good and I need it to keep me chasing the pack for the winter league end results.
Another good day was had with just a couple of whistles so a big thank you to all at Sywell Airgun Sports Club and good luck holding one of next years 2017 GP Series events.
Full results can be found here and video of the day below
Next Round 5 is at Cromer 10.00am 15th January 2017 so see you all there a little bit fatter…
Wish you all Merry Christmas and a very Happy new Year.!
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