EURC Summer 2015 report
Outside of the University sphere, the vast majority of shooting competitions happen during the summer, especially the fullbore (7.62 calibre) competitions. The club has had an extremely successful summer. In 4 major competitions EURC had representatives; the Scottish smallbore (.22 calibre) meeting at Fort Lauder, the fullbore Imperial meeting at Bisley, the fullbore World Championships in America and the smallbore meeting also at Bisley.
In the Scottish meeting the 3 shooters representing the club won 20 medals (11 golds) and 4 trophies between them. Rhys Olley (President 2015-16) earned his first full cap for the Wales team and won the four trophies, winning the D class weekend and overall aggregates. James Gutteridge (Novice Co-ordinator 2015-16) won two competitions at 100yds against strong opposition. Fraser McPhie (Treasurer 2015-16) had only started shooting last year and put in very respectable scores across the board, beating several who had been shooting for many years. James and Fraser were selected for the Scottish Universities team which comprehensively beat the Scottish under 21 team.
At the Imperial meeting (the major open fullbore meeting) at Bisley, Rory MacLeod (Secretary 2015-16) and Seth Dowley (Fullbore Captain 2014-15) did extremely well. Their highlight was finishing 32nd and 17th respectively in the final of the Queen’s Prize, the biggest prize in British fullbore shooting. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jylOu6lkQec). Rory MacLeod also won his first senior cap for the Scotland team. Christopher Gray (Smallbore Captain 2014-16) in his first meeting managed to move up from the beginner class with one very good shoot, something which many people take a few years to accomplish!
Continuing the fullbore theme, both Seth Dowley (GB U25) and Rory MacLeod (GB U21) went to Camp Perry in America for the World Championships, which is competed every 4 years. They both had a fantastic tour. Seth was part of the winning team in the under 25 national competition, and by some margin at that, and finished 134th in the world. Rory came 9th in the under 21 individual competition and finished 98th, a brilliant achievement for someone so young competing against the best shooters in the world.
The last competition over the summer was the smallbore meeting at Bisley. Christopher was the sole EURC representative there, mainly because he wasn’t in America and lives fairly close! Despite tricky conditions he managed to finish 2nd in the D class weekend aggregate and win the 50m competition in the same class, his 100 yards scores letting him down in the aggregate.
The club has had an extremely successful summer and everyone is excited the coming University shooting season. With last year’s strong team and at least one brilliant shooter joining this year there are high hopes for the coming season, and we hope those expectations can be turned into medals!