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Swefta's Neil MacKinnon reports on the south west's regional league so far...
We are just a little past the half way mark of the regional season in SWEFTA. Unlike other regions, SWEFTA don’t have a summer and winter league, so there is only one game in town, and the rest of the season has opportunities to go either way as the next two shoots at West Devon and Dartmoor and going to test everyones ability to read the wind.
Having missed the first few shoots, I will let the scores talk for themselves, but we have been fortunate with the weather, only Round 7 having to be postponed due the imminent danger of the entire village being blown into the next County. On the rescheduled date, we enjoyed a complete lack of wind, something never seen before at Shebbear and most likely never to be seen again.
So onto the season so far…
AA is currently being led by the ever reliable Paul Salmon with Bill Hartnell chasing. These are the only two shooters who have attended all 8 shoots, so things could change as dropped scores start to take effect, with Alan Turnham, Mark Shepard, Simon Evans and the ever present Steve Franklin not too far behind.
In A grade, Gary Shuttlewood and Roger Beer, both from Dartmoor Marksmen are duking it out for top spot with only a handful of points between them and the home advantage in a couple of shoot’s time. Again with 8 shoots each, a dropped score will play a part come the end of the season, as Nick Walton and Graham Noyce are not too far behind.
John Farbrother crossing from Piston to PCP is set to pull out a lead on James Head in B grade if he continues to shoot like he did at Shebbear, although James had better keep and eye on Graham Tucker who is one shoot down and only 30 points behind.
In C, Alan Wall from East Devon really has first spot to himself. However if Sean Rolston can keep up his averages at the next three shoots, things could end up very tight at the top.
Tony Fouracres has a substantial lead in Open, entirely down to his skill in winning the class at every SWEFTA shoot he has attended this year. However, Graham Murfin is not going down without fight, and one slip from Tony could see the tables turned. A couple more shoots from Des Fanson could also see him in the mix.
Rudi Gerlach currently has top the spot in the springers, enjoying a lead of over 100 points, but John Martin could easily come up with a challenge before the seasons closed and with a few more shoots Julian Head would also be in contention.
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