Springfield Air Rifle Club
|Posted on September 30, 2013 at 2:13 PM|
The World’s FT Comp, by a worlds virgin.
If you were a good amateur footballer, you’d be quite shocked if one day you wereasked to play for England & in the World Cup final, wouldn’t you? But, would yousay yes?Well I was shocked when I was asked earlier in the year if I wanted to take place asnumber 8 in the England FT squad to go to Ebern Germany this year. I was proud tobe asked and I was proud to answer yes but the chances of shooting as well as the restof the venerated squad such as John Costello (winner only dropping 6 out of 150targets), Andy Calpin, Simon Ayers, Jack Harris & my own club mate member CraigMcDonald; was slim, and I knew this. But in ones mind there’s always the chance ofpulling a good one out the bag and then one also had 4 months to practise!I’d not had good consistent results throughout the year, but I’d had a couple ofblinders with a winter league clearance and a 45 at GP9 2012, & a 46 at the Essex 50.What one cannot know as a Worlds Virgin is what the course will be like, I’ve done afew tough ones at Anston & Millride but you know if it’s the Worlds surely it has tobe the toughest? Other compatriots’ plant rumours in your head of 25 mil satnders at32 yards or full size at 45 yards. I knew in my own game my main weakness werestanders, so after buying a new shooting jacket, I worked on them down at the club!As the adventure took off from Stanstead with our SEFTA posse which inc. Dan Eley,Cliff Church, John & Robert Walker, Craig & Barry McDonald I felt impendingdoom & that wasn’t down to Easyjet! On day 2 we arrived amongst hundreds ofothers all mingling & me feeling a bit solo, the idea was to get air, plink & check allwas ok after the flight, all seemed ok after 30/40 shots so I put all away to have a lookaround, the general mood seemed to be all were happy to be there and to see eachother again. The reception that night was fun & traditional and generallymisunderstood by most but a beer or two was quaffed down. Home, sleep, thentomorrow!Up early, great breakfast & off we went, we wanted to be there for 8am for 9am topark & plink. I was on the red course day 1 starting at lane 5 with a Russian girlGalina, a South African Gerhard, & Thomas from Germany, all were in the nationalteams as I was. Getting on to the course was a bit of a mountain goat job with a holein the fence and a real clamber up through recently carved forest up to the main trackwhich was hard to do with both hands occupied! We got to the track on the Blackcourse then had a 15 min walk up the track to the red course then lane 5 where I wasto meet the opposition who would turn out to be friends by the end of the comp.Imagine a sharp slope a few hundred feet high with a forest on it with a straight flatgravelled track driven through it half way up, to your left is sharp down, right sharpup, so it was roughly 25 targets down & 25 up & many to that extreme! There was adistinct lack of wind, but there was a mild stir here & there, trick was spotting it at all.I started well and had only dropped 2 in the first 14 or so, the difficulties here seemedto be either the track bevel down into the abyss with a near target 20 feet below andnot sliding in, plus it would also be a 15 mill & the face plate is not facing up towardsyou, or it’s long in the foliage and it’s dark as a Butlins Holiday! The wheels began to
come off on the 2nd 25 of the day on the way back, shooting up hill.
exact! The 2nd kneeler we came to one was not able to adopt the basic elbow on knee,
Land. Also congrats to my club matey Craig McDonald who came 8th & shot in a