SSS Aberdeen and RGU GPs 2016

Aberdeen/RGU Match Report

Halloween weekend saw the Edinburgh University Rifle Club travel to Aberdeen for the opening double header of the Scottish Student Sport Rifle Grand Prix series. Following last year’s dominant season, where EURC finished as double Scottish and British champions, expectations were high and the pressure was on. Despite the weight of the favourites tag, Edinburgh shot consistently well across both days and enjoyed their best overall start to the season for some years.

Saturday played host to the Aberdeen leg of the GP series and Edinburgh made a blistering start to the season. In the main team of eight event, the team comprising of Chris Gray, Adam Dove, Greg Stewart, Lara Muttiah, James Gutteridge, Harry McCaughey, Rhys Olley and Bryony Fraser-Burn took 1st place by the huge margin of 29 points over closest rivals St Andrews.

The team of four event brought more success, with Edinburgh A (Chris, Bryony, Harry and Adam) narrowly taking 1st over Edinburgh B (James, Greg, Rhys and Lara) who took a comfortable 2nd. The Ladies team of three (Bryony, Lara and Emma Sweet) continued the theme by cruising to yet another win.

In the A Pairs event, Greg and Harry were a narrow 2nd beating Adam and James back into 3rd on a tiebreak, while Bryony and Chris sneaked into 4th place. Meanwhile, Emma and Tim Perkins took 1st in the B Pairs to continue Edinburgh’s phenomenal run of results.

In addition to their huge success in the team events, Edinburgh also saw some fantastic results in the individual categories. In A class, Chris Gray took 2nd narrowly ahead of teammate Adam Dove in 3rd while Greg Stewart was unfortunate to drop back into 5th after a tiebreak. In the B class competition, Emma Sweet took 1st place after a magnificent shoot, while Rhys Olley’s consistent scoring placed him in 3rd after yet another tiebreak.

After a hugely successful first day of shooting, Edinburgh hopes were high for the RGU leg of the GP series on Sunday and further excellent scores across the team saw yet more silverware for EURC.

The team of eight (Chris, Adam, Greg, Lara, James, Harry and Tom Diggle) once again cruised to an impressive victory, this time by an astonishing 32 points, leaving Edinburgh in pole position in the main team event for the season.

The teams of four once again took 1st and 2nd with the A (Chris, Bryony, Adam and Harry) again narrowly defeating the B (James, Lara, Greg and Tom). This highlights the phenomenal strength in depth the club has this season, even accounting for the fact that several of the first team squad were unavailable for the weekend. The Ladies team of three (Emma, Bryony and Lara) enjoyed another big win to take an imposing lead in the Ladies GP series with only two of the five matches shot.

Edinburgh had yet more success in the A Pairs event, with Chris and Bryony taking 1st place, Lara and Tom taking 2nd and Adam and James taking 3rd, a string of results without precedent in recent years.

Meanwhile the individual competitions were once again particularly fruitful for EURC. In A Class, Chris took his second consecutive 2nd place finish, Tom took a close 3rd place on his SSS rifle debut and James took 4th place after a tense tiebreak. In B Class, Eddie Pennington shot fantastically well to record his maiden SSS podium finish and a deserved 1st place finish, while Rhys and Emma tied for 4th place with Rhys edging it on a tiebreak.

Overall, an incredible start to the season for EURC and a hugely impressive standard set. EURC now look forward to their home Grand Prix in mid-November and hopefully the securing of yet more silverware.