Hot-shot Douglas sneak past Sulby in thriller! Junior Sam Jones hit a perfect hundred for IOMSC Douglas at Sulby as just three points separated the teams in their Division 1 winter league clash. Will Quayle also scored a 'possible' for the home side with Peter Faragher notching 98, but the solid 98s from Matthew Roosen and Sharon Drysdale set Douglas on their way to victory.
Grant hits the ton as Port edge past Kirk Michael. Young Callum Grant was top gun with 100 for Port St Mary as they welcomed Kirk Michael to their range. Strong scores of 99 from Paul Clague plus 98 from Ben Kelly, 97 from emerging junior Rhys Keown and 96 from Ashley Gardner set the visitors a tough task, although they would have expected nothing less. And Kirk Michael, to be fair, with their limited number of troops, rose to the challenge with Alex Trafford and junior Noah Mayne (with a new personal match best), scoring 98 each with 96s from Suzanne McKnight, Perryn Watson and Alisha Gale to hand Port victory by six points. There were somewhat more straightforward wins for the home side in the other divisions where the Div 2 side hit no less than five 96s.
Laxey leave St John's with easy win. Laxey made the journey to St John's to tackle Sandsiders and gained victory thanks in part to a 98 from Harry Creevy and a 97 from Gemma Kermode. Tony Kneale's excellent 99 and the 97 from Andy Traynor was all in vain as Sandsiders only fielded four shooters.
Sulby handed visitors Castletown a reality check with a dramatic draw in Division One. Top scorers for Sulby were Will Quayle and Julian Teare with 97s, matched point for point by Richard Arthur and Nigel Christian. In Division 2, it was again a close call for visitors Castletown, who scraped the win by just one point. However, it was victory for the home team in Division Three by virtue of being able to field one more shooter than the oppostion - an unusal position for Sulby, who have seen numbers down this season so far.
An Isle of Man Shooting Club Derby at St Johns saw Douglas take on Sandsiders. Once again, lack of numbers cost Sandsiders dearly, their four determined shooters no match for the numerically superior Douglas side, who took wins in all three divisions. Sharon Drysdale was top scorer for Douglas, with a 99, and Michael Duncalf made a welcome return to action with a 98. Top man for Sandsiders was Andy Traynor with a valiant 97.
Port St Mary unleashed a salvo of near-perfect 99s, with Juan Clauge and father-daughter hit squad Ashley and Jackie Gardner in the top slots. Once again, the 18-strong Port Squad ran roughshod over the five-shooter Laxey team. Whilst Laxey could not match their double century of last week, Harry Creevy put in a respectable 98.
Kirk Michael had the Bye this week, but there's no resting on laurels, as Colin Watson and Noah Mayne will be representing the club in the W.S. Cowin competition that takes place at Castletown Range on Wednesday 29 November.
It was 100s-a-go-go on a rainy Monday night as Port St Mary and Laxey both put double centuries on the board! Derek Kermode and youngster George Dalton-Brown hit perfect scores for Port St Mary in their match against Douglas, and Harry Creevy and Gemma Kermode did the same for Laxey in their match against Kirk Michael. Richard Arthur scored his first 100 of the season in Castletown's match against the once again depleted Sandsiders.
Although well-matched in numbers, with seven shooters apiece, the double century on the scoreboard meant an easy Divsion One win for Laxey over visitors Kirk Michael. Michael took the win in Division Two, so honours were even! Intially it looked like the Michael side would be a man down, when Colin Watson arrived at the range only to realise that he'd left his jacket behind. However, a borrowed jacket and hastily constructed sling courtesy of Laxey saved the day, with Colin putting in his best match score to date!
Fielding a squad of 17 shooters in all, Port St Mary cruised to an away victory against Douglas, dropping only three points in total in their Division One win.
Disappointingly, Sandsiders once again were unable to field a complete team, with only four hardy souls making the journey down to Castletown, where the hosts secured a easy win.
Next week sees Port St Mary visit Laxey, Sandsiders and Douglas face each other at St Johns, Sulby journey down to Castletown and Kirk Michael have the Bye.
Port St Mary's Division One winning streak was brought to an abrupt halt this week by Castletown, who are currently without loss in the same divsion. The gap was just one point, but it was enough to clinch the deal! Port secured wins in Divisions Two and Three.
IOMSC Douglas travelled up to Kirk Michael, where perfect 100s from David Humphrey and Martin Burns ensured a solid win in Divsion One. Wins in Divisions Two and Three came by virtue of strenght of numbers. Top scorer for Michael this week was Perryn Watson with a 98.
A seriously depleted IOMSC Sandsiders team journeyed further north to Sulby, where the three-man team was outmanned and outgunned by 11-strong Sulby.
Laxey had the Bye this week.
At this stage in the season, it's not only a little early, but also extremely difficult to call who may come out on top when the season ends in March. Currently three teams are tying for first place - Port St Mary, Castletown and IOMSC Douglas are all square on three Divsion 1 wins each points each. But as we've seen numerous times this season, matches can be won and lost by a single point!
The NSRA Golden Jubilee Competition for Junior shooters will be held at the Sinclair Range on Wednesday 15 November 2017. Those wishing to enter must sign in on the night by 7.15 p.m.
This is an individual competition, two cards deliberate, and is open to shooters who were 18 or under as at 30 September 2017.
This competition is free to enter, as it was agreed at the recent Isle of Man Rifle Association Fixtures Meeting that juniors will no longer be required to pay entry fees for Isle of Man Rifle Association Competitions.
Port St Mary and Castletown continued their unbeaten runs in Division One this week, with wins against Sulby and Kirk Michael respectively. Illness and exams meant that only five shooters from Kirk Michael were able to travel down to Castletown to face an 11 strong opposition.
Meanwhile, the 16-man Port St Mary squad ventured north to take on Sulby, who, whilst suffering losses in Divisions One and Three, managed to claw back some points with a Division Two win.
Sandsiders had the Bye this week, as Douglas played host to Laxey, another team struggling for numbers this week. The hosts took wins in all three divisions.
After last week's unexpected break, matches resumed this week, with Port St Mary hosting Sandsiders, Sulby travelling down the road to Kirk Michael, and Castletown making the journey over to Laxey. Douglas had the Bye this week.
The week's rest clearly did Kirk Michael the power of good, as they defeated the numerically superior Sulby in division one by just one point! Sulby took the wins in divisions two and three.
Equal top scorers for Michael were Perryn Watson, Beth Gale and up-and-coming Junior, Noah Mayne, who all hit 97s. Top Gun for Sulby was Will Quayle with a 98.
Down South, the juggernaut that is Port St Mary made short work of the significantly depleted Sandsiders, who were unfortunately only able to field a team of four. Port St Mary therefore secured wins in all three divisions.
Over in Laxey, five valiant shooters took on Castletown who outnumbered the hosts by almost three to one. Strong scores from Gemma Kermode, Stephen Curphey and John Wood were unfortunately not enough to secure a win in division one, and numbers alone ensured division two and three wins for Castletown.
Full results from all these matches can be found on the Results Page.
The new season came to an abrupt halt this evening, when Hurricane Ophelia made her presence felt, bringing trees down across the island, making travel virtually impossible. As a result, the second round of matches has been postponed until a later date.
Derek Kermode emerged victorious in both the Veterans' Cup and Oake Memorial Trophy, which were held on his home range at Port St Mary. Neither win was easy though. as Derek finished only one point ahead of runer up Gary Knight in the Oake Memorial Trophy. In the Veteran's Cup, it was again a close-fought battle with Gary Knight in the Final, with both men shooting 97. A re-gauge again had the two level on 95, but after a second re-gauge, Kermode came out on top with 92 to Knight's 89. Richard Arthur finished third with 94. Full results can be found on the Results Page.
The 2017/18 season got off to a flying start for Douglas, Laxey and Port St Mary, who all scored wins in all three divisions agains opponents Sulby, Sandsiders and Kirk Michael.
Port St Mary dominated their away match by sheer strength of numbers, fielding nearly twice as many shooters as the home team, Kirk Michael. The smaller club was not too intimidated, however, losing by only five points in division one. Top scorer for Michael was Perryn Watson with a 99, followed by Suzanne McKnight, Alex Trafford, Noah Mayne and Alisha Gale, all on 97. Ashley Gardner and Kevan Kneale lead for Port, with 99 each, with Callum Grant and Ben Kelly scoring 98 each and Gary Knight 97. The visitors had easier wins in divsisions 2 and 3.
The two teams who this season struggle most for numbers - Laxey and Sandsiders - met at the Laxey Glen, where Laxey secured easy wins in both divisions. Top scorers for Laxey were Commonwealth Games hopeful, Gemma Kermode, and Isle of Man Commonwwealth Games Team Manager, Harry Creevy, both hitting 98. Andy Traynor led for Sandsiders with a respectable 93.
Meanwhile, at St Johns, hosts Douglas gave visitors Sulby a bloody nose, with a 10 point win in division one. Dave Humphrey got his season off to an impressive start, scoring the maximum 100, closely followed by Nick Brown on 99. Top scorer for Sulby was Teddy Sayle with 98.
Full results of these matches can be found on the Results Page.
The IOMRA Winter League 2017-2018 gets underway on Monday 9 October 2017. Castletown get off to a nice, relaxing start, with the first BYE, whilst Douglas play host to Sulby, Laxey host Sandsiders, and Port St Mary travel to Kirk Michael - their journey being made much less onerous now that the route through Foxdale has reopened!
Following hot on the heels of the first matches, the Veterans and Oake Competitions will take place on Wednesday 11 October 2017, starting at 7:30 p.m. at Port St Mary's Range.
The Veterans is open to shooters aged 50 and over and is a knockout competition.
The Oake is open to shooters aged 60 and over and is 2 cards deliberate.
These competitions can be run concurrently (i.e. your scores can count towards both).
Entry fee is £4 per shooter for each competition.