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.
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.
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.
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.
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