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The ac­tion be­gan on Thurs­day and it was clear from the early scores that it wasn’t an easy shoot. Richard Faulds led the way on the Blue course with a 90 ahead of John Lee on 89. Out on the Red course it was Aaron Har­vey who set the pace with an­other 90 with Arnie Palmer close be­hind on 89. Ini­tial feed­back from those tak­ing part was that the course was rather “edgy”, and fea­tured a high per­cent­age of quar­ter­ing and go­ing-away tar­gets.

Wind-af­fected

Fri­day morn­ing saw a change in wind di­rec­tion, which led to some­thing akin to chaos out on the course. Stand 8 on the Blue course fea­tured a teal with a tough looper which was thrown

CPSA TAKES CRIT­I­CISM ON BOARD The CPSA re­leased a state­ment which in­cluded the fol­low­ing: “We’re sorry so many peo­ple found the event didn’t live up to their ex­pec­ta­tions, and dis­ap­pointed that it wasn’t the event we would have liked it to have been. We have lis­tened to all the feed­back from peo­ple who at­tended… and we will add in more de­tail to our con­tracts to spec­ify bet­ter fa­cil­i­ties, for ex­am­ple, at future events. Pay­ing more at­ten­tion to shoot­ing the course be­fore the event starts and look­ing for po­ten­tial is­sues will be among the mat­ters that will fea­ture more highly in future prepa­ra­tions. Our events have im­proved con­sid­er­ably over re­cent years and we ex­pect to re­turn to that trend with the Bri­tish Open at West Mid­lands Shoot­ing Ground at the end of [Au­gust].”

from a 60ft tower lo­cated out­side of the wood. On Thurs­day the wind meant that, on oc­ca­sion, it sim­ply never showed it­self from be­hind the trees that were be­tween the cage and the tower, and it had to be al­tered to com­pen­sate at least once. With the wind change the looper was judged to be too dan­ger­ous to shoot, de­spite the best ef­forts of course set­ter Clive Bram­ley, who re­port­edly spent more than an hour try­ing to sort the is­sue.

The jury then made the de­ci­sion to re­move the stand from the event, drop­ping the to­tal num­ber of tar­gets from 200 to 192. There were more prob­lems yet to come else­where on the course; stand 3 on the Blue course was an ex­tremely tough sim pair of low-ish teal. A midi and a stan­dard crossed, mak­ing nei­ther of them easy to lock onto quickly, and on Thurs­day it was es­ti­mated that the sec­ond of the pair was be­ing taken at about 60 yards, while on Fri­day with the wind change both were be­ing shot con­sid­er­ably closer with the sec­ond tar­get land­ing just 15 yards or so from the cage, mak­ing it far eas­ier than it had been pre­vi­ously. The jury now de­cided that all shoot­ers over the four days would be awarded a 10-tar­get straight on this stand, but con­fus­ingly it would still be shot.

These changes up­set some of those who had shot stand 8 very well, while the same story was re­peated on stand 3, with some peo­ple who had per­formed well there now be­ing over­taken on the score­board by peo­ple who had strug­gled with it, cour­tesy of the ‘gifted’ 10 straight.

To com­pen­sate for these changes the jury also de­cided that the qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the fi­nal would now be changed. Out went the ‘top five scores plus ties’ for­mat to be re­placed by the top 12 shoot­ers from Thurs­day/Fri­day and the top 12 from Satur­day/Sun­day (plus ties) go­ing for­ward to a semi-fi­nal on Sun­day evening, which would de­cide who would go through to the Su­per Fi­nal. Satur­day saw Faulds pro­duce a 93 on Red while Aaron Har­vey shot well on the Blue, drop­ping just four tar­gets. The ac­tual scores ver­sus the ad­justed scores now be­gan to blur some­what.

The two cour­ses were shootable for most peo­ple, but there were plenty who de­scribed them as be­ing “un­in­ter­est­ing” and “unin­spir­ing”, and this is per­haps il­lus­trated by the anal­y­sis above which shows that some com­monly used key tar­get types were ab­sent.

Ge­orge Dig­weed made what is for him the very un­usual move of pub­li­cis­ing his feel­ings via Face­book: “Hav­ing shot in a com­pet­i­tive en­vi­ron­ment for nearly 40 years, I can hon­estly say that this is the worst event I have ever been to… If I had taken some­body to the event to show them what a World Cham­pi­onship looks like in our sport... I would have been hor­ri­fied…”

Richard Faulds was also mak­ing his feel­ings known on Fri­day and posted: “Shot 93 today on the Red... for what it’s worth... Not sure what’s hap­pen­ing to our sport any more.” Sadly there were also sev­eral posts from peo­ple who hadn’t been to the ground, who in all fair­ness were un­able to speak from an in­formed point of view. There were un­doubt­edly some who en­joyed the event and the cour­ses, but when deal­ing with an ap­praisal of the shoot the opinion of so many ex­pe­ri­enced shots must sug­gest that it was far from be­ing the sport’s finest hour.

The Su­per Fi­nal

James Attwood, Richard Faulds and Sam Green shot su­perbly to drop just four in the semi-fi­nal, and they were joined in the Su­per Fi­nal by Chris Childer­house, Phil Gray and Aaron Har­vey.

The Su­per Fi­nal tar­gets were very good and com­pe­ti­tion was tight, how­ever it was Richard Faulds who won through with a fine dis­play of shoot­ing, tak­ing the lead early on and main­tain­ing a cush­ion to the end. James Attwood took sec­ond place ahead of Chris Childer­house. In Vet­er­ans, Steve Brightwell took the win ahead of Arnie Palmer, while Aaron Har­vey took the Ju­nior ti­tle ahead of Josh Bridges. Re­nae Bir­gan of Aus­tralia took the Ladies win with a mar­gin of five points over Ch­eryl Hall. Su­per Vets saw Ian Hall­wood take the top step of the podium af­ter win­ning a shoot-off against Ian Palmer.

In the Team events, Eng­land swept all be­fore them, as had been ex­pected. Aus­tralia fielded a team in Se­niors and took Sil­ver, nar­rowly edg­ing out Scot­land. In the other cat­e­gories Eng­land, North­ern Ire­land, Wales, Ire­land and Scot­land took part. There were some fan­tas­tic in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances across the board and all those who had the hon­our of rep­re­sent­ing their na­tional squads should be ap­plauded.

There were a great many peo­ple who worked hard at the event; the ref­er­ees and the CPSA ad­min team both had to deal with some rather un­happy peo­ple and their ster­ling ef­forts should not go over­looked.

‘There were some fan­tas­tic in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances across the board and those who rep­re­sented their na­tional squads should be ap­plauded’

A wind change on Fri­day morn­ing up­set the run­ning of the whole event

There were some fan­tas­tic in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances

Ref­er­ees worked hard at the event

Top three: (L-R) James Attwood, Richard Faulds and Chris Childer­house

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