Day 13 – DCRA National Championships (Third day)

Simon Hayton

The weather was bright, warm, and muggy today. Whilst for at least one of us this meant he could finally get his laundry dry, it also made heat management a major factor in today’s shooting.

The day started with the Letson, which features in both the DCRA Grand Aggregate, and as a qualifying score for the Governor General’s Finals. Nigel Ball won the match with a stellar score of 105.16v. Other notable scores include Jack Alexander and Michael Cooper with 105.14v, James Shepherd with 105.13v, Jane Messer with 105.12v, Christina Cuming and Tom Shaw with 105.11v.

This leaves Nigel Ball running second in the Grand Aggregate having not dropped a single point, just a V-bull behind our dear friend Nicole Rossignol. Hot on his heels are Jane Messer and Christina Cuming, who have only dropped one point.

In the afternoon, Team GB entered two teams of eight for the Outlander match, competing against the Athelings, the U.S.A., and U.S.A. Veterans. With the heat and humidity blazing, the wind became far more active than it had been over the morning and previous few days. Changes were quick and significant – very easy to be caught out. It was an incredibly close run match, with Team U.S.A. only dropping 8 points out of a possible 800. However, GB “White” emerged victorious having only dropped 6 points. Whilst GB “Red” was just behind the U.S.A., they were one point ahead of the U.S.A. Veterans Team.

This was an encouraging result all round, and we hope to repeat it for the Canada and Commonwealth Matches on Friday, but there is no room for complacency with such a close result.

Written by Simon Hayton and James Shepherd