Femmes Fatales Cup 2017 at The Royal Berk­shire Shooting Ground

The Field - - FACES -

The Royal Berk­shire Shooting School played host to the Femmes Fatales Cup re­cently, for the third year run­ning. It’s an event that brings to­gether some of the best fe­male shots in the UK with ladies who are just get­ting started in the sport. School­girl Amy Ease­man, a pre­vi­ous win­ner, went on to win the 2017 shoot with an out­stand­ing 72 ex 80.

Ease­man was one of 80 com­peti­tors at this year’s event, staged by Femmes Fatales, a shooting club de­voted to en­cour­ag­ing shooting among women of all ages. It has been re­mark­ably suc­cess­ful. Fel­low guns in­cluded Han­nah Gib­son, the ladies’ Bri­tish Open Sport­ing Cham­pion; Rachel Par­ish, who’s an A&E doc­tor and in the Bri­tish Dou­ble Trap team; and Caro­line Green­halgh, who went to Ox­ford as a ma­ture stu­dent and de­cided to take up clay shooting last year. Green­halgh is now pres­i­dent of the Ox­ford Uni­ver­sity Clay Shooting Club and ended up win­ning the in­ter­me­di­ate cat­e­gory with 63 ex 80.

Her love af­fair with the sport was typ­i­cal. Amanda Foster, an in­ter­na­tional stunt woman, be­came smit­ten re­cently, as did Marie Punter, a high-fly­ing ac­coun­tant, who’s shot three times and now has a shooting shop­ping list. “I’m so glad I’ve stum­bled upon a great bunch of en­thu­si­as­tic and pas­sion­ate peo­ple. I do love it so much and I sim­ply have to find more time to shoot,” she said. Her en­thu­si­asm was matched by Fiona Emm, who, hav­ing taken up the sport at 50, has now “given up the fags and booze to do more shooting”.

Founded by Rachel Car­rie and Ly­dia Ab­de­laoui, the club is not run for profit but sim­ply to give women of dif­fer­ent abil­i­ties the chance to shoot with like-minded souls. So, the Cup has three classes – novice, in­ter and ex­pe­ri­enced – with tu­ition for the for­mer.

And was the shoot dif­fer­ent from the usual blokey af­fair at Royal Berk­shire Shooting School? Well, yes. There was more laugh­ter – but just as many clays smoked.


Left to right: Ca­tri­one Cochrane; An­drea Pin­nock;

Lucy Pat­tin­son; Joanne Wil­son; Patricia Pritchard, The Ed­i­tor

Jonathan Young, Alexan­dra Dal­ton;

Amy Ease­man, win­ner of the Ex­pe­ri­enced Cat­e­gory


Han­nah Gib­son; Anna Wooster; Alex Ham­mond; Ly­dia Ab­de­laoui and An­drea Pin­nock; (clock­wise from top) Chloe Thorn­ton, Mar­tine Todd and Heather Todd; say “Cheese!”;

in­ter­me­di­ate win­ner Caro­line Green­halgh


Me­gane Scott; Kirsty Fen­wick; Amanda Foster; Ca­role Sawkins

Was the shoot dif­fer­ent from the usual blokey af­fair? Well, yes. More laugh­ter but just as many clays smoked

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