Jump to content

Sporting Shoots 2021. Reports and discussion.


Will Hewland
 Share

Recommended Posts

Guys and gals. I’ve had to moderate a few comments here. Please be nice to each other, keep posts profanity free and the comments clay shooting related.

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

I gather some good recent research at large outside events has proven that it’s very safe now. 
 

Anyway..  a lovely morning with friends at Hornet, College Farm esp reg today. Not a tough course but good targets and a nice change to not be getting soaked and blown away! 
 

One moment to test my focus came on stand 10. The second target was taking an age to come each time, eventually emerging as a high looper from behind the trees, just as you thought it wasn’t coming. This was a five pair stand so by pair 4 it was becoming laborious. A wit on our squad said “is it coming from a Roman Catapult” and demonstrated the slow action of handle winding. I collapsed and had to compose myself for the last pair.  

 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Decent course at Owls today, felt like the toughest I've shot since starting back up with probably only one stand that was relatively straightforward.

Bonus was the weather being perfect for shooting, 87 for me which was enough for second in A.

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

AGL today with my brother and SIL. Nice to bump into bisondan before we started.

Was a pleasant change to shoot without wind or rain. I was first up on Stand 1 and had a shocking start. Dropped the first pair and didn't find the overhead until the last pair. Trying too hard, pushing through it. Picked up from there. Was pleased to straight the sim rabbit / looper on 4 and to finish on a straight as well. Managed to drop quite a few others, but none as bad as the four away on stand 1. Finished on 79.

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

25 minutes ago, Bebo said:

AGL today with my brother and SIL. Nice to bump into bisondan before we started.

Was a pleasant change to shoot without wind or rain. I was first up on Stand 1 and had a shocking start. Dropped the first pair and didn't find the overhead until the last pair. Trying too hard, pushing through it. Picked up from there. Was pleased to straight the sim rabbit / looper on 4 and to finish on a straight as well. Managed to drop quite a few others, but none as bad as the four away on stand 1. Finished on 79.

Well done. I heard stand 1 wasn’t an easy start. 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, Bebo said:

AGL today with my brother and SIL. Nice to bump into bisondan before we started.

Was a pleasant change to shoot without wind or rain. I was first up on Stand 1 and had a shocking start. Dropped the first pair and didn't find the overhead until the last pair. Trying too hard, pushing through it. Picked up from there. Was pleased to straight the sim rabbit / looper on 4 and to finish on a straight as well. Managed to drop quite a few others, but none as bad as the four away on stand 1. Finished on 79.

Nice to see you as well.

@Will Hewland wasn't an easy course, I was very happy with 90.  I was first up on stand 12, first bird wasn't very nice but the person behind me started to go on about how nasty it was which got in my head a bit, missed 3 there which was my worse stand.

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Shot the classic at Orston yesterday, lovely weather and they had done a really good job of preparing the ground, it looked excellent and felt like a major shoot.

Course was very good and entertaining, plenty of easy enough stands to fill your card up, but then some testing stands as well to separate the wheat from the chaff. Super singles stand on the blue was superb, same on the red was also pretty good. Didn't trust my instincts enough at times and just missread too many targets by not doing what my gut was first telling me. Overall pleased with how how I finished but was a long way off the pace. All in all Orston have done an excellent job with this shoot and is hopefully a platform for them to get more major shoots.

Nick Hendrick has set a 143 ex 150 which I think will take some beating.

  • Like 1
  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

First visit to College Farm today, and once again shot in perfect conditions.  

Impressed with the ground and what Kevin does with limited space, making good use on the topography I really had to focus as it wasn't easy to gauge the distance on a few of the targets.

A respectable 92, switched off a bit on 10 & 11 missing 2 on each.

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Cheddite for us which Ben from Barrow puts on each year and what a shoot.  Mainly in wooded area so it was lovely to walk round and not get too hot, the targets were excellent I thought, a right mixture and something for everyone.  As you start on stand 1 it’s a sim pair, not particularly hard but straight away everyone was “oh sh*t, it’s a sim” and we saw a few people come away a few down.  As I said, targets were great, atmosphere was great, not one miserable ref in sight and afterwards the food was great as usual, scores on the computer up to date, and a portable bar if you fancied a drink with some music.  It’s worth ringing if anyone fancies it and not booked in as yesterday he had a few people ring on day to cancel. 

  • Like 3
  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Honesberie yesterday morning, that was a very good course with some challenging birds.  A long rabbit that I didn't touch and a bit of an edgey teal that I was probably being a bit careful with.  Still a reasonable 83, think I was lifting my head at points as well.

Then I had a drive from Honesberie to Southdown for the sportrap in the afternoon, that took nearly 3.5 hours but luckily I left myself plenty of time to get there so wasn't in a rush and was happy with 85 with one bad layout; was a battue that was hard to see out the trap and when it opened up it turned silver in the sun and I just couldn't connect and get a good sight picture so missed all 5 of them.

Stayed over in Findon last night and shot the Sporting at Southdown this morning, first squad out and shot a very pleasing 93 which was enough for 1st in A.

  • Like 2
  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Cheddite also today, really fantastic location and targets, lots of top shooters there today, 113 was winning when we left and only took 10 mins to drive home

 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

31 minutes ago, Westward said:

Any feedback after day 1 at Ian Coley's?

Some easy, some hard and some wtf 😳 

A decent set up but it did seem to take forever to shoot 

  • Thanks 1
  • Haha 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

14 minutes ago, Westward said:

Any feedback after day 1 at Ian Coley's?

Well, my first bit of advice is if your sat nav wants to take you down the M40/A40 DONT LISTEN!  We stupidly did and it was a nightmare, the A40 was full of roadworks, single lanes, roundabouts and traffic lights and lots of traffic! We had planned to get to the ground at least an hour before shooting and pulled up in the car park with 5 minutes to spare.  I was driving but wasn’t to blame honestly!  The shoot itself was good,  never shot there before and there was something for all, if I had one complaint it was that some of the stands were very close to each other and you could hear other shooters calling pull. Didn’t shoot particularly well, it was hot, muggy and towards the end I actually felt a bit faint and had blurred vision, I’d had plenty of fluids all the way round and can only put it down to being tired and a bit stressed!  A good variety of targets and shot some stands really well but some not so good!  Was pleased to hit very well the targets I’d been practicing on so something went right.  Would go again but would stay over next time! Didn’t see the scores so can’t report on them but I’m sure they’ll appear somewhere. 
We had the Cheddite on Sunday, long drive, 120 targets, it was approx a 2.5 mile course, long drive home, then yesterday another long drive for a 3 hour lesson, full of concentration between Phil and myself and another long drive home, then today we left home at 7.30am and didn’t arrive home until gone 6 for another 120 target shoot. Note to myself, don’t over do it! Enjoy everyone else shooting it. 
PS the burger was nice!

  • Like 2
  • Thanks 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, Westward said:

Any feedback after day 1 at Ian Coley's?

Overall, it was a good event. Yes, it was a bit weird with stands so close together in places. A real mix of targets, including one or two that were a bit much. Stand 7 had a mental target, looking 80 yards and going away. RF leads today on a stunning 115 which I think won’t be beaten. He only hit that mad long target once I heard. 
 

I started trying so hard that I missed three fairly easy ones on stand 1. Never hit the long target on 7, nor another long one on stand 12. A poor performance on stand 13 in the trap shed, dropping 3. Just didn’t focus. I managed a 7 on stand 14, the really long looper, which was OK. A daft miss on last target of the day was just from pressure to beat my mate, finishing on 97. So, not a perfect course, should have been 100+ for me but decent enough effort from Coleys. 

  • Like 2
  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

1 hour ago, Will Hewland said:

Overall, it was a good event. Yes, it was a bit weird with stands so close together in places. A real mix of targets, including one or two that were a bit much. Stand 7 had a mental target, looking 80 yards and going away. RF leads today on a stunning 115 which I think won’t be beaten. He only hit that mad long target once I heard. 
 

I started trying so hard that I missed three fairly easy ones on stand 1. Never hit the long target on 7, nor another long one on stand 12. A poor performance on stand 13 in the trap shed, dropping 3. Just didn’t focus. I managed a 7 on stand 14, the really long looper, which was OK. A daft miss on last target of the day was just from pressure to beat my mate, finishing on 97. So, not a perfect course, should have been 100+ for me but decent enough effort from Coleys. 

YES, I matched RF on that stand 7, chuffed now, pity about the rest though 😟😟

Link to comment
Share on other sites

14 hours ago, Will Hewland said:

finishing on 97. 

You're listed at 100 on the scoresheet.

Just sayin...

Link to comment
Share on other sites

3 hours ago, Westward said:

You're listed at 100 on the scoresheet.

Just sayin...

Yes, I saw that. I’ll message them.. 😀

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Pleasant afternoon at Churchills, steady 87, good mix of targets.

Bled a few birds most of the way round, timing deserted me a bit in places and wasn't quite aggressive enough in others.

 

  • Like 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Posted (edited)

Also Churchills for me today. Enjoyed the targets, everything there to be hit but also suffered from dropping the odd ones and twos. Five stands with just one away is annoying - if I can hit 7 I should be hitting 8. Although, hitting 7 from 8 driven targets is pretty miraculous for me. Finished on 79.

Had a bit of irritation with a group that had been let use the claymate system. First they held us up accessing Stand 2. Then on Stand 4, one of them shot one of my targets from a nearby claymate stand! Slightly disconcerting seeing your clays smashed before you had a chance to pull the trigger!

Edited by Bebo
  • Haha 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

It was a nice shoot, perfect weather, and relaxing after Coleys yesterday. But still some testing stuff in places. I missed first target of the day, which I just didn’t see until too late. (Green with sun on it). I didn’t miss anything else until the first teal on stand 8. I was so glad to hit the next 9 on there. A few messy ones away as I tried hard to protect the score but happy with 94. A top shot will do a 98 I would think. Edit. He did. 😀

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

44 minutes ago, Bebo said:

Also Churchills for me today. Enjoyed the targets, everything there to be hit but also suffered from dropping the odd ones and twos. Five stands with just one away is annoying - if I can hit 7 I should be hitting 8. Although, hitting 7 from 8 driven targets is pretty miraculous for me. Finished on 79.

Had a bit of irritation with a group that had been let use the claymate system. First they held us up accessing Stand 2. Then one Stand 4, one of them shot one of my targets from a nearby claymate stand! Slightly disconcerting seeing your smashed before you had a chance to pull the trigger!

I take it people shooting seperately from the reg competition are allowed to wander onto comp stands inbetween squads? Seems a strange set up! 

I've never seen that happen at their Swinton ground.

PM.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

15 minutes ago, perazman said:

I take it people shooting seperately from the reg competition are allowed to wander onto comp stands inbetween squads? Seems a strange set up! 

I've never seen that happen at their Swinton ground.

PM.

Never happened to me before there. Think they probably weren't told not to use the competition stands.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

11 minutes ago, Bebo said:

Never happened to me before there. Think they probably weren't told not to use the competition stands.

I think with Swinton being smaller they don't take any bookings for practise on comp days.

53 minutes ago, Will Hewland said:

It was a nice shoot, perfect weather, and relaxing after Coleys yesterday. But still some testing stuff in places. I missed first target of the day, which I just didn’t see until too late. (Green with sun on it). I didn’t miss anything else until the first teal on stand 8. I was so glad to hit the next 9 on there. A few messy ones away as I tried hard to protect the score but happy with 94. A top shot will do a 98 I would think.

Sam Green 98 according to his instagram. 

  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Posted (edited)

Kibworth for me this morning.  I always think they put on a good range of targets at their Registered shoots and that the valley created between the two high banks can allow for some interesting target presentations. I felt that I was probably shooting the best I have since starting back at the reg shoots in May, felt fairly comfortable and wasn't being tentative the way I sometimes am when I'm not feeling confident.  Had a little wobble in the middle, with a dropped first pair for no other reason than rushing it, misreading a target and overleading until the last pair and then struggling with a very close rabbit.  Other than that I was pretty solid with just the odd ones and twos away here and there.  Finished on 82.

Edit to add : and no-one shot my targets today other than me!

Edited by Bebo
  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

 Share

×
×
  • Create New...