The Scottish Meeting 2015
Friday the 3rd of July saw EURC travelling down to the Scottish Borders to compete at the annual NSRA Scottish Rifle Meeting. ‘The Scottish’ is one of the biggest rifle events of the year in the UK and sees around 200 competitors from across the UK and further afield competing at distances of 50 metres and 100 yards.
Competitors are grouped into classes based on their level of experience and compete over the week for a variety of different trophies and medals. Representing EURC this year were Rhys Olley, James Gutteridge and Fraser McPhie who were all competing in D Class. EURC were hopeful of some success but with Rhys and Fraser never having competed at the Meeting there was, equally, some reservation. However, by the conclusion of the week expectations were not only exceeded but completely blown out of the water. EURC finished the meeting with a total of 11 gold medals, 4 silvers and 5 bronzes in addition to the 4 trophies won over the week.
The majority of success was had by next year’s club president Rhys Olley, who finished his first ever national meeting with an astonishing 4 trophies, 9 first place finishes, 1 second place finish and 3 third place finishes. The highlights of this included: winning the Early Birds competition (Rhys’s first ever NSRA outdoor shoot), winning the Weekend Aggregate against a strong field of experienced competitors and coming first place in the D Class Championship Aggregate which also means that he will be promoted to a higher national classification for next year’s competition.
James Gutteridge also had some success winning the Life & Annual Members and Unsquadded 100 Yards Any Sights competitions and narrowly missing out in the Unsquadded Dewar Course competition by a margin of only two points, eventually finishing in third place.
Credit must also go to Fraser McPhie who, despite not having any luck in the trophies and medals stakes, shot a number of very respectable scores; which are even more notable considering that Fraser only took up rifle shooting in October whereas the majority of competitors had at least several years of experience.
The EURC contingent, apparently not content with enough silverware to fill the boot of the hire car, were also selected for the Home Countries and Junior matches which were shot on the final day of the meeting.
Rhys was selected for the full Wales national team, earning what will hopefully be the first of many national caps in the process. He proceeded to shoot the 5th equal best score for the Welsh team who finished 3rd in the Home Countries match, managing to outshoot several vastly more experienced teammates and earn himself an invitation to train with the Welsh junior set-up should he ever relocate back home to Cardiff.
Fraser and James were both selected for the 3 person Scottish Universities team in their match against the Scottish National Under 21 squad. Shooting in reasonably challenging conditions they both put in strong scores and helped the Universities team to a resounding win over the Under 21s.
All in all it was a deeply successful week for EURC. With the club not having attended the Scottish National Meeting for a number of years it is hoped that this year’s success will inspire more club members to attend in future and hopefully they can follow the precedent laid down this year.