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Draft Minutes of 2015 AGM
These are the draft minutes of the 2015 AGM, held on November 21st
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SWEFTA 2015 Season Roundup
Well, that’s it for another year, with just the Trophy Shoot to go in two weeks, the eleven shoot SWEFTA season has come to an end, and what a nail biting end of the season and what a great shoot to finish on with Avon Hawks providing a varied and challenging courses.
At the mid-season point, Paul Salmon was sitting at the top of the table, but as the pace hotted up and scores started to be dropped, Simon Evans of Avon Hawks and Steve Franklin from Duchy were always going to be the ones to watch. In the end it came down to the very last shoot of the year, with Steve looking to discard one score and replace it with something higher….. which he did, despite Simon winning the last two shoots. In the end Steve clinched it with 780 point to Simon’s 778, and this is after eleven shoots. Alan Burnham from East Devon ftc coming in third.
Not so close, but a battle never the less, again with dropped scores having a major influence. Picking up speed all season and with an excellent result at Dartmoor, Nick Walton from East Devon secured 1st place, with Trevor Bray from Shebbear nipping in front of Garry Shuttlewood from Dartmoor in the last few shoots to take second and third respectively.
Two big guns have been fighting this one out all season, and I make no excuses for the pun. John Farbrother and James Head both from Buckley Wood have pushed poor Graham Tucker also from BW into third place all season, with John just having that little bit more age and experience which has allowed him to have the edge all season, just, and despite an excellent late showing from James, he could not quite catch John up. Both these young shooters have a future in the sport, so keep an eye open for them.
Consistent shooting by Alan Wall of East Devon all season looked like it would be rewarded with the win, but Sean Rolston from West Devon has been picking up good scores since mid way through the year, giving him the win. Simon Gliddon also from WD has had some notable results, a few more of those next year and he will be right at the top.
Tony Fouracres of East Devon has been the walkaway champion all season, and for the second year running the former AA grade winner has taken shoot after shoot. In a really sporting manner, he shot the last few shoots of the year back in AA in order to give Graham Murfin from Duchy and Des Fanson from East Devon a chance to battle for second and third. Come the close Graham got second with some really excellent shooting. Next year should be interesting though, with Jeremy Stamp from East Devon and Russ Harding from South Devon moving to Open class.
Rudi Gerlach of West Devon,‘Springer’ John Martin and Julian Head both from Buckley Wood have had a battle royal all season, each picking up shoot wins along the way. In the end Rudi was able to pull ahead and keep the lead, with ‘Springer’ John leading Julian home.
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