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E.J. Churchill’s once again hosted the CPSA/ NSCA World Sport­ing and they raised the stan­dard for oth­ers to fol­low. The event co­in­cided with one of the hottest, dri­est weeks seen for some time. Al­though the heat pre­sented its own prob­lems for or­gan­is­ers and com­peti­tors alike, there’s lit­tle doubt that the blue skies added a de­gree of shine to the event. That was ev­i­dent in the sump­tu­ous event ‘Vil­lage’ which of­fered gas­tro­nomic de­lights and re­tail ther­apy in equal mea­sures. Rob Fen­wick’s team had pulled out all the stops to en­sure that the ground looked at its very best, while mul­ti­ple world cham­pion Ge­orge Dig­weed was putting his ex­pe­ri­ence to good use set­ting the tar­gets.

Spor­trap

The World Spor­trap started the week. The tough course made it hard to put a good score to­gether, with only three of the 470-strong field manag­ing to score in the 90s. Richard Faulds won on 91 ahead of Brax­ton Oliver of USA and Christophe Au­vret of France, who both fin­ished on 90.

FITASC

The FITASC event was also held on the main ground, the four 25-tar­get lay­outs mak­ing use of ex­ist­ing fea­tures on the prop­erty such as the large raised gantry that al­lowed shoot­ers to shoot at tar­gets un­der their feet. 342 com­peti­tors took part and once again Faulds was at the sharp end with a 95, but he was matched by Jack Lovick.

Faulds was un­able to re­turn for the shoot-off so Jack took the win by de­fault. Amer­i­can Kevin DeMichiel took third on 94.

Sport­ing Pre­lim

The Sport­ing Pre­lim was lo­cated on the West Wy­combe Es­tate, where a good va­ri­ety of tar­gets were pre­sented rang­ing from five yards out to 60.

It was a tough but fair course of fire that was de­scribed as be­ing en­joy­able by shoot­ers of all classes. 560 shoot­ers took part and 21 of those made it to the 90s, with Martin My­ers post­ing a strong 96.

But even that would prove to be want­ing, as Der­rick Mein of the US scored a sen­sa­tional 99 to take the win with Colin Dunne tak­ing third on 95.

Sport­ing

Just un­der 1,400 shoot­ers took part in the 200-tar­get, 28-stand main event which was run over two cour­ses – Blue and Red. Shoot­ers had the choice of com­pet­ing on ei­ther Tues­day/ Wed­nes­day, Thurs­day/Fri­day or Satur­day/ Sun­day. Thank­fully, the weather re­mained fairly con­sis­tent over the six days with tem­per­a­tures

nudg­ing the low 90s and winds be­ing light enough to not hugely in­ter­fere with the tar­gets.

Both cour­ses shot hard and, de­spite Ge­orge’s pre­dic­tion of a 188, it looked as if the win­ning score might be some way short of that with the first 180-plus scores be­ing posted by French­man Gael Poin­sot, and the UK’s Sam Green who man­aged 181s on the Thurs­day/Fri­day ro­ta­tion. Shaun Stacey man­aged another 181 on the week­end while Mark Winser and Richard Bun­ning shot sen­sa­tional 185s to fin­ish on top of the score sheets.

The teams took to the course on the week­end and the Amer­i­can team were strug­gling to cope with some of the more ex­treme tar­gets. Eng­land were manag­ing to score a lit­tle bet­ter and at the half­way point, the host na­tion had pulled out a com­fort­able cush­ion of nearly 30 tar­gets in the Se­niors team competition, while they also led all of the team cat­e­gories.

On the fi­nal day, the teams swapped cour­ses, the Amer­i­cans shooting the Red while Eng­land tack­led Blue. Once again, the US team strug­gled and their fi­nal score was 865 ex 1,000, which fell short of Eng­land’s fi­nal to­tal of 884, while Wales fin­ished in third place.

The Se­niors led the way and the rest fol­lowed with Ladies, Ju­niors and Veter­ans teams all tak­ing gold ahead of the Amer­i­cans.

The Amer­i­cans could take some com­fort from the per­for­mance of their Se­niors team in the Blaser In­tercon­ti­nen­tal Tro­phy event, where they beat Eng­land con­vinc­ingly in front of the large crowd who had gath­ered to watch the main event Su­per Fi­nal.

As well as the five men who had bro­ken the 180 bar­rier in the main event, they were joined by Chris Daniels who had won a shoot-off against Phil Gray, and John New­man, all of whom had shot 179 to claim the last fi­nal place.

Tough tar­gets tested all six men, but with the qual­i­fy­ing scores be­ing car­ried for­ward it looked early on as if it would be a two-horse race be­tween Winser and Bun­ning.

The two lead­ers were tied af­ter the shoot-off so would go head-to-head once again, and it was Richard who won the day beat­ing Mark by nine to seven while Sam Green took the bronze.

‘Al­though the heat pre­sented its own prob­lems, there’s lit­tle doubt that the blue skies added a de­gree of shine to the event’

The course was chal­leng­ing but en­joy­able for all and the weather was per­fect To view the full list of re­sults from the events at the World Sport­ing, fol­low this link: bit.ly/2rAqm0C

The team at E.J. Churchill put on a spec­tac­u­lar event

Richard Bun­ning shot like a hero for a very well de­served win... his sec­ond ma­jor win of the sea­son

Richard Faulds won the Spor­trap, but was un­able to re­turn for a shoot-off in the FITASC and had to set­tle for sec­ond

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