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Draft Minutes of GM Meeting June 2015
These are the Draft Minutes of GM Meeting June 2015
Jack Harris : 2015 BFTA Grand Prix Champion
Wafta's Jack Harris has now added the BFTA Grand Prix series championship to the ever growing list of titles under his belt. In fine style he put in the equal top score of 48 ex 50 at Refearns FTC, which was enough to put him 4 points clear if Ian Taylor who took 2nd place honours. Previous champion Andrew Gilllot took third, with Wafta's Mark Bassett close behind in 4th, with James Osbourne in 5th, meaning an Air Arms rifle was used to take 5 out the 5 top places in the top AA grade.
In A, Keith Gillyard took the top place, with Ian Jerram very close behind and Paul Davies putting in an AA grade rivaling 44 ex 50 to take him into 3rd. In B new shooter Redvers Gallagher with his new Deben scope put a possible PB with 43 ex 50 to seal the grade, with Andy Purseglove and Graham Fleeman taking respective honours in the grade. In the hotly contested C grade where competition for the trophies has been intense all year, Gavin Hopps put in another A grade score to extend his lead over Neil Woodhead and Peter Thornycroft.
In Piston the Southampton Buccaneers' Steve Privett smashed the series with his TX 200/Nikko Diamond combination and put him scores that would see him deep into AA grade. Nick Murphy managed to keep his head above the others in Steve's wake with Martin Owens and Brian Samson fighting over 3rd with Martin taking it on the final day.
In Open, Ian Challis blotted his copybook by not putting in a 100% score, but his other 4 were enough to complete the task. Tony Fouracres was close, but without any scores to drop he could do no more. David Clarke kept them both honest in 3rd place throughout the season.
In the silhouettes competition, Neil Hague continues to show he's the man to beat, but with only 20 targets each round it was still close. Despite only missing 9 out of 100 counting targets across the season Ian Taylor was close behind having just missed 10, and Jack Harris on 11.
In the teams, despite Air Arms fielding 3 teams in league 1, all sprinkled with champions past and present, it was Team Rowan (Engineering) which concentrated their talent and took the title by some considerable margin. In league 2, the Millride Fab Five proved to be indeed more fabulous than Nefta's Old Boys who still showed the younger Air Arms team D a trick or few.
So that's it, all over and done with. Almost. Blaneau Gwent is hosting the BFTA Masters and Showdown on the 5th & 6th of September, which will be a new venue for the events. And the season will wrap up with the BFTA European Championships on the 19th at the Midland Game Fair. We'll see you there!
BFTA European Championships Entry form
For all those wishing to attend, below is the entry form
Remember, for those who wish to attend WFTF Portugal 2016, this will be shoot that determines the ranking system to allocate places
It is with deep regret we announce the passing of Alan Forrest. Alan was one of the contributing founding members of the BFTA, SWEFTA and was a valuable asset to South Dorset FTC for many years. Alan continued to give his time and valuable advice on committees for many years after ceasing shooting himself, and was a considerable wealth of knowledge for many a newcomer to the organisations, always passing on experience in a generous and unconditional manner in his role as Honorary Vice President of the BFTA. He will be sadly missed and we pass on our condolences to his friends and family and his widow Lena.
Please contact the BFTA Secretary for funeral and contact details.