Every point counts as Castletown edge past Douglas
John Paul Bridson was the top scorer for Castletown as his 99 helped his club to a dramatic single-point margin victory over Douglas. 'It's the first time I've been happy with my performance this season!' commented John Paul.
Sheer weight of numbers meant the home side took the honours in Division Two as well.
Richard Arthur and Shirley Caley produced strong scores too for Castletown while Matthew Roosen was the highest scorer for Douglas with a 98.
Youngster Matthew Humphrey continues his rapid rise in the sport and recorded a new personal best of 97 in this match, outpointing his father David.
Strong Sulby lay Laxey low
Sulby had their shooting boots on for this match and Teddy Sayle and Peter Faragher produced the goods with 99s apiece.
Laxey's Harry Creevy matched that score with Commonwealth Games shooter Gemma Kermode a point further back. Sulby powered to a win in Division Two.
Kirk Michael cruise past Sandsiders
Kirk Michael notched a valuable win in two divisions over IOMSC Sandsiders in the deep freeze that was the Sinclair Range - although to be fair the firing points were nicely heated up. Suzanne McKnight and Perryn Watson were the top scorers for the visitors with 96s while Andy Traynor did well for Sandsiders with 97.
Double-D Derek is the star for Port St Mary
If you want something done, do it yourself, it seems, for Derek Kermode arrived at Kirk Michael for Port St Mary's match to find one or two pieces of kit had not been brought along with the team as requested - small details like his rifle, jacket, scope, etc, etc. Still, he did manage to supply his own shooting glasses. The rest was hastily improvised by borrowing from Jackie Gardner, including her jacket and rifle. Another positive sign of gender equality in shooting? Whatever, we owe thanks to father Ashley for supplying the gags on a good night's shooting.
Derek duly reeled off an impressive 99 in the last detail of the night and stopped beaming just long enough to rue the the dropped point when he claimed he pulled the trigger too early.
Port swept to victory in all three divisions and it was notable that all of the first team scores came from the club's junior shooters - as well as 'young' Kermode. George Dalton-Brown also notched a 99 on a night when the club put in strong show.
The top scorers for Kirk Michael were Perryn Watson and Noah Mayne with 97s, while the Gale sisters put in a pair of 96s. Illiam Christian returned to shoot a match for the club for the first time in more than a year and put in a creditable 92.
Hat-trick Harry hits his third ton
Harry Creevy scored another perfect 100 - his third of the campaign - as Laxey overwhelmed IOMSC Sandsiders at Laxey Glen to earn a welcome win after a sticky patch.
Douglas hold off Sulby
In a tight match at St John's, IOMSC Douglas sneaked past Sulby by just four points in Division One. Paul Perkins and Matthew Roosen were the top scorers for the home side with 98s while Teddy Sayle matched that score for the visitors.
Sunday March 18 sees the 2018 Isle of Man Shooting Club's Junior Championships, once again staged at St John's. The competition comprises 30 shots indoors on the 15 yard range followed by 30 shots outdoors on the 50m electronic targets. Lunch is provided and entry to the competition is free.
There are prizes of ammunition for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place, and this year the prizes are sponsored by Hansard International Limited.
Suzanne McKnight takes Lady of Mann title
Kirk Michael's Suzanne McKnight won the Lady of Mann handicap title on a chilly evening at the Sinclair range. She beat Sue Keown, Sharon Drysdale and Perryn Watson after a two-card contest.
Port leave Laxey in their wake
Ben Kelly was just one of Port's top scorers as they sneaked past Laxey and handed the Laxey Glen side their second defeat on the trot. Three other shooters from the club racked up 98s too - George Dalton-Brown, Eddie Maddrell and Ryan Forrest.
It was a tale of the 97s for Laxey as Gary Keale, Harry Creevy and John Wood each dropped just three points.
The visitors had wins in all three divisions.
Deadly Douglas destroy Sandsiders
Sandsiders fielded no less than six shooters in this derby at St John's but Douglas put in a sound shift and delivered victory in Division One by 16 points. Sharon Drysdale was the top gun for Douglas with a 99 while Andy Traynor's 97 was the best score for Sandsiders.
Castletown edge out Sulby in close match
A solid show from Castletown saw the home side overcome the challenge of Sulby by just three points. Ian Arthur was the top scorer for Castletown with 98 with three 97s from Richard Arthur, Nigel Christian and John Brewis, while Reg Caley will have been pleased with his 95 in light of performances in recent weeks.
Mark Boyde's 97 was the best of the bunch from Sulby, followed closely by the 96s from Mark Cain, Julian Teare, Orrie Teare and Peter Faragher.
Castletown had more straightforward wins in the Divisions Two and Three matches.
Port St Mary edge out Douglas with Winter League win
Ben Kelly and Ashley Gardner were the top scorers in this latest victory. Port St Mary have put in a number of notable performances in the Winter Indoor League so far this season and Douglas were the victims this time around. Their strength in depth - 16 shooters in total - meant PSM won all three divisional matches with one uncontested.
Derek Kermode matched his daughter Gemma's 97 for Laxey, meanwhile, so those bragging rights will have to keep for another week!
Sharon Drysdale was top gun for the visitors with a near-perfect 99 in the Division One match with Matthew Roosen, released from his stint preparing for computer duties at the Easter Shoot, chipped in with a tidy 98.
Kirk Michael get the drop on Laxey
Kirk Michael notched a surprising win over Laxey with this victory, their third of the league campaign. Both teams were depleted, with Laxey missing John Wood while Beth and Alisha Gale were unavailable for the home side.
Perryn Watson maintained her recent run of good form with a 98 while Commonwealth Games-bound Gemma Kermode was Laxey's top scorer with 97.
Kirk Michael put in some solid scores with Alex Trafford and Suzanne McKnight on 97 while Kevin Quinn continued his recovery from illness with a solid 95. Andrew Jessop notched a 96 and Bridget Kneale will have been pleased with her useful 91 in the final detail of the night.
Castletown put Sandsiders to the sword
Andy Traynor was the top scorer for Sandsiders with a 99 but it was all a bit "Rorke's Drift" for the home side as Castletown rocked up at the Sinclair Range with 15 shooters and took the points by a big margin.
Nigel Christian hit a 98 to lead the way for the visitors.
Powerful Port storm the walls of Castletown
There was no stopping Port St Mary as they dropped just seven points at Castletown to win their Winter League match with ease. Three near-perfect 99s - from Ben Kelly, Ashley Gardner and Paul Clague - left Castletown struggling in their wake despite good scores from John Brewis, with a 98, and 96s from Nigel Christian and Richard Arthur. Port St Mary had a clean sweep with handsome wins in all three of the divisional matches.
Douglas dig deep to keep Kirk Michael at bay
IOMSC Douglas made the most of a stormy night at the Sinclair Range to bag the points against a depleted Kirk Michael who battled injury and illness and put up a surprisingly good fight nonetheless. Youngster Sam Jones was the home side's top scorer with 98 but he was matched by Kirk Michael's Perryn Watson who maintained her good average in the league. Kevin Quinn was delighted with his excellent 96 for Kirk Michael and, while the home side matched them, it came down to Sharon Drysdale to make the decisive difference.
Lack of numbers from the visitors meant Douglas had an easier ride in Division Two with junior Matthew Humphrey hitting a new high of 94.
Sulby's Will leaves Sandsiders all at sea
Will Quayle hit a perfect 100 with Mark Cain and Julian Teare close behind as Sulby showed IOMSC Sandsiders the door in no uncertain terms. Andy Traynor was the top scorer for the visitors with 98 but, although they managed to field six shooters this time out, their lack of strength in depth meant they had no chance of a win in either Divisions One or Two.
Hot-shot Laxey pipped to the post by Douglas
Laxey can boast two shooters who are bound for the Commonwealth Games - but although Gemma Kermode hit a hundred and team coach Harry Creevy followed suit with a ton of his own, it was IoMSC Douglas who garnered the Winter League division one win thanks in part to Sharon Drysdale's 100 and a very strong supporting performance from her team-mates. The visitors' strength in depth meant they won division two with ease.
Port power past Sulby
Derek Kermode's perfect 100 led an impressive charge for Port St Mary as they dropped just five points out of 500 in beating visitors Sulby. Once again, Derek matched the achievement of daughter Gemma over at Laxey on the same night. And Sue Keown's 99 was a new league personal best for the Port shooter.
Castletown returned to winning ways with this four-point league win in division one. Kirk Michael made a valiant effort against the visitors, fielding Noah Mayne, who shot an excellent 95 despite being in a lot of discomfort having torn ligaments in his knee and Kevin Quinn who put his health problems aside to make a welcome return to Michael squad. Top scorers for the home side were Suzanne McKnight, Perryn Watson and Beth Gale, all with 97s while Castletown's top gun was Richard Arthur on 99. And Shirley Caley overcame a challenging final detail of a long night and a mystery 'missing' bullet to score a great 96.
Castletown won all three divisional matches.
Orry Teare was the home hero for Sulby when his dramatic late 100 turned the match against Kirk Michael. With just two shooters left to play, it looked like Kirk Michael would sneak their second win of the winter league campaign against Sulby.
Frenetic calculations ranged back and forth as the clock ticked on during a long night. A 99 from Perryn Watson, her second of the campaign, plus an impressive personal best of 98 from Beth Gale and a 96 from her sister Alisha set up a real challenge for the home side but in the end Sulby sneaked home in Division 1 by two points thanks in no small part to the support of solid 96s from Will Quayle, Teddy Sayle, Peter Webb and Barry Jones.
The home side made up for the weather-hit postponement away to Laxey the previous week by turning out 11 shooters which proves they can compete against the big guns who can field a lot of players from week to week, Castletown and Port St Mary.
Sulby ran out rather more straightforward winners in Divisions 2 and 3.
Castletown were held to their second draw in this match against Laxey. Martin Moore was the top scorer for the home side while Laxey responded with three 97s from Gemma Kermode, Harry Creevy and John Wood.
Castletown's strength in depth meant they ran out easy winners in Division 2 and 3.
Sandsiders managed to find six shooters this time, but as their opponents were Port St Mary, their chances of victory were wiped out by a strong display from the visitors to St Johns. Ben Kelly, Paul Clague and Ryan Forrest all hit 99s with Ashley Gardner and Callum Grant just a point further back. Andy Traynor was the top scorer for Sandsiders with 98.
It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas...and there were a few early presents on show the Winter Indoor League.
Kirk Michael picked up their second win of the Winter League campaign in the home match against Sandsiders. On a night when both sides were struggling for numbers, Perryn Watson was top scorer for Kirk Michael with a 97 while the visitors' Tony Kneale replied with a 95, but their lack of a fifth shooter, due to absences yet again, meant they were always up against it. Whether simply shooting for individual averages will mean enough to them come the end of the season but for sure they will welcome more members to swell their side.
Douglas storm the Castletown defences.
There were no outstanding scores, but Douglas did quite enough to give visitors Castletown a bloody nose in two out of the three divisions. This was the first Division One defeat for the Southerners.
Martin Burns top scored for the home side with 98 followed by three 97s from Mark Osborn, David Humphrey and Christian Eaton. The visitors notched two 97s from Richard Arthur and Nigel Christian.
Elsewhere, treacherous road conditions between Laxey and Sulby saw the fixture between the two sides postponed.
Ashley and Will are kings of the county in Isle of Man team victory
Ashley Gardner and Will Quayle both hit perfect 100s as The Isle of Man Rifle Association team beat the County of Lancaster by 1936 to 1921 points in the first NSRA Inter-county Association match of Division 5.
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.