Tonight saw the final matches of the 2017-2018 season. Commentary and results are below. The IOMRA website now takes a bit of a break for the summer, but we'll be back with all the news and scores for the 2018-2019 season in October.
Onward and upwards as Beth Gal-ups to a perfect hundred
Beth Gale's 100 was the highlight of the latest results from the JB Ritchie and G Jones Competitions. The student shoots for the Kirk Michael club and has an unusual position on the firing point with one foot hooked over the other leg but it clearly works for her! The current JB Ritchie leader is John Paul Bridson with 377 points and the G Jones is being led by Gary Knight with a total of 386. Beth's younger sister Alisha shot 98, just two points behind her sister.
Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/296925855926/ for the full results.
Port head for title win with Ashley at the helm
As the Winter Indoor League drew to a close, Port St Mary saw off a Laxey side depleted by the lack of their Gold Coast shooters - Harry Creevy is Manx team manager Down Under while Gemma Kermode is one of the island's medal hopefuls. The Manx team flew to Australia while Port's very own pilot Ashley Gardner made no mistake as he touched down with his first 100 this season. Other strong scores came from George Dalton-Brown with 99 and 98s from Gary Knight and Lauren Newsom. Laxey were simply outscored by the home side but Andrew Jessop was their top bod with 98. No less than FIVE 97s meant Port took the Division Two match unopposed while Division Three went the same way on a night when PSM fielded no less than 21 shooters.
Castletown caught out by sharpshooting Sulby
There have been a series of surprising results for Castletown this season and the latest one was defeat at the hands and trigger fingers of Sulby. Orry Teare was their top scorer with 98 plus three 97s from Will Quayle, Teddy Sayle and Peter Webb to dispose of Castletown by three points in Division One. Richard Arthur and Steve Gardner were the top shots for the southern side with 97s. The visitors took the points in Division Two and Three and Shirley Caley will have been very happy with her 92.
Deadly Douglas destroy Sandsiders with ease
IOMSC Team Sandsiders ended their hamstrung league campaign with a heavy defeat by an on-song IOMSC Team Douglas at their shared home of St John's. Andy Traynor's excellent 99 was all in vain as it was matched by Sam Jones with three 98s from teammates Sharon Drysdale, Junior Champion Matthew Roosen and Martin Burns.
In the NSRA's Inter-County Junior leagues, Isle of Man RA's score of 393 beat Sussex County SBRA A who notched 388. Scores: Sam Jones 100; Christian Eaton 98; George Dalton-Brown 98; Callum Grant 97. In the Inter-County Women's League, Isle of Man RA scored 476 to beat Fife and Kinross SBRA's 469. Scores: Sue Keown (sub) 96; Perryn Watson 96; Lauren Cooper 95; Gemma Kermode 95; Sharon Drysdale 94.
In Scottish Target Shooting's Team League, Kirk Michael picked up another win, this time against Larbert B from by just 23 points dropped to their opponents' 33. Scores: Noah Mayne 98; Perryn Watson 98; Alex Trafford 92; Suzanne McKnight 89. With just two matches left at time of writing, the Manx club lead their division and it really is theirs to lose.
Information from STS is that additional Manx teams will be welcomed if they want to take part in next season's Team league.
It's snow joke as Matthew Roosen takes junior championship
Matthew Roosen lifted the title of the island's top junior rifle shooter when he triumphed at a very chilly and snow-swept St John's. The icy conditions did desist after a while but protective duvets were the order of the day for many of the athletes. The format of the competition was 30 shots indoors at 15 yards and 30 shots outdoors at 50 metres on electronic targets, with a generous lunch to warm them up in between.
The competition and prizes were sponsored by Hansard International Limited and the prizes handed out by Commonwealth Games medallist Stewart Watterson.
1st: Matthew Roosen
2nd: George Dalton-Brown
3rd: Noah Mayne
4th: Ethan Kiernan
5th: Alisha Gale
6th: Isaac Heaton
7th: Rhys Keown
8th: Thomas Meakin
9th: Alex Trafford
10th: Matthew Humphrey
11th: Illiam Christian
Port St Mary put one over on IoMSC Team Douglas with strong show at St John's
Two 99s, from Ben Kelly and Derek Kermode, helped Port St Mary to a narrow three-point win over IoMSC Team Douglas at St John's. Port swept to victories in three divisions and even found room for five other shooters to be listed as merely "additionals" and "reserves" where Isaac Heaton's own remarkable PB of 99 almost went unnoticed on the lengthy scoresheet.
IoMSC Team Douglas were far from outclassed and Matthew Humphrey's 98 was a new personal best, surpassing his father David's score in the process...
Junior Championship champion Matt Roosen added to his weekend of glory with a 98 too, as did Christian Eaton.
Kirk Michael round off league campaign with a win
With their final match in the Winter Indoor League a bye, Kirk Michael trooped over to Laxey Glen and notched victory over a depleted Laxey - who to be fair were short of both Harry Creevy and Gemma Kermode, away on Commonwealth Games duty in Australia.
Stephen Curphey was the home club's top scorer with 97 but Kirk Michael piled in with 98s from Suzanne McKnight and Noah Mayne. Veteran Tom Lord chipped in with his first match score of the season for the club, a sound 96, and Kevin Quinn expressed quiet satisfaction with his card of 95.
Kirk Michael had the luxury of numbers for once and took wins in Divisions One and Two.
Castletown see off plucky IoMSC Team Sandsiders
Castletown cruised to wins in three divisions with Richard Arthur their top scorer in the main match. Andy Traynor matched him for IoMSC Team Sandsiders but they were simply overpowered on the night.
Matthew Humphrey wins AJ Osborn Memorial competition
Matthew Humphrey's week got better and better when he won the AJ Osborn Memorial Handicap event staged at Kirk Michael's "compact and bijoux" range. 15 shooters turned up for the two-cards per competitor competition and the top three scores were: Matthew Humphrey (h'cap 7.05) Total: 203.10, 2nd: Noah Mayne (h'cap 3.3) total: 198.6. 3rd: Perryn Watson (h'cap 1.95) total: 197.40.
In the Inter-County Women's League, Division 4, Isle of Man RA beat Sussex County by 482 to 472. Scores: Gemma Kermode 99, Jackie Gardner 97, Sharon Drysdale 97, Perryn Watson 95, Lauren Cooper 94.
Beautiful South as Port St Mary are on song to KO Castletown
Port have plenty rifle shooters to call on but Greg Beard was the star as he hit a perfect 100 as his side notched wins in all three divisions with no less than 18 for this match.
Ashley Gardner was just a point back as he was clearly firing on all cylinders with a 99. The rest of the Division One team weighed in with a trio of 98s. Even Derek Kermode's 98 was relegated to the Division Two side - perhaps by a coin toss? Whatever, their scores would have beaten Castletown's 481 too.
Richard Arthur was the top scorer for Castletown with a 98.
Douglas steam past Kirk Michael
With just one more Winter League fixture remaining - their final date is a bye- Kirk Michael rather ran out of steam at home against Team Douglas.
Sharon Drysdale maintained her form for the visitors with 98 while Sam Jones hit 97 to set Douglas on the way to a six-point win - a bigger margin in Division One than in recent weeks where dramatic single-point victories have been common.
For the homesters, Perryn Watson showed no apparent ill-effects after a 12-hour journey back from three days at the Scottish Airgun Championships in Edinburgh, where she had been competing in air pistol, to slot straight into this match. She notched Kirk Michael's best score on the night, 98. Beth Gale did well too, with a confident 96.
Team Douglas won Division Two at a canter.
Sulby sweep Sandsiders aside
Sandsiders' difficult season is almost at an end as they lost heavily to Sulby at St Johns. Andy Traynor was once again Sandsiders' top gun with 98 but Mark Cain, Will Quayle and Peter Faragher all weighed in to take Sulby out of sight in both Divisions One and Two.
Commonwealth Games girl Glover makes a good fist of it
Gold Coast-bound Rachel Glover pulled out some great scores to win the latest round of the Monthly Handicap at St Johns which had been delayed by a week due to the weather. Her gun score of 623.8 was only 1.8 points shy of the current British record of 625.6, currently held by Scotland's Seonaid McIntosh.
Castletown triumph in ND Hamilton Meikle event
The team of Robin McFee, Lauren Cooper, John Paul Bridson and John Brewis of Castletown Rifle Club who won the ND Hamilton Meikle team event held on a chilly Tuesday night at St Johns. Robin McFee scored 98, John Paul Bridson 97, Lauren Cooper 97 and John Brewis 95. The total of 387 put them ahead of IoMSC Team Douglas with 377 and Kirk Michael with 371.
Nigel Christian's big break wins it for Castletown
Castletown edged out Kirk Michael by a single point and brought the visitors' recent run of victories to a halt.
The ultimate result, on a nail-biting evening, was due in no small part to the Kirk Michael team who flagged up a scoring error. This was corrected and gave Castletown's Nigel Christian an extra point which turned the result - a tremendous display of sportsmanship, but typical of competitors on the island. Castletown won the matches in divisions two and three far more easily, however.
Nigel Christian's 97 was his team's top scorer while teenager Noah Mayne and Perryn Watson also notched 97s for Kirk Michael.
Laxey make their points against IoMSC Team Douglas
Two of the island's top female rifle shooters were to the fore as Laxey bagged the points at St Johns.
This proved to be a night for close-run things in the Winter Indoor League and Sharon Drysdale, for IoMSC Team Douglas, and Gemma Kermode, for Laxey, scored excellent 99s to pave the way for a win by a single point.
Gemma is bound for the Commonwealth Games in Australia shortly and Isle of Man team manager Harry Creevy was not to be outdone as he too hit a 99. Two 98s from Gary Kneale and John Wood contributed to a strong performance from Laxey. IoMSC Team Douglas were pretty consistent too, with 97s from David Humphrey, Christian Eaton and Matthew Roosen.
Strength in numbers meant IoMSC Team Douglas won the Division Two match with ease thanks to 96s from Nick Brown and Matthew Burns although neither Andrew Jessop nor Bridget Kneale were disgraced for Laxey.
Mission Possible for Kevan as Port put paid to Sulby
Kevan Kneale was the star for Port as his 100, a so-called 'possible',.helped them beat Sulby. Ben Kelly notched a 99 with Ashley Gardner just a point back. For Sulby, Will Quayle continued his good run with a 99 while Teddy Sayle had a 98.
News from NSRA events
Sharon Drysdale scored a perfect 100 in Division Four of the NSRA's Women's Inter-County League but Isle of Man RA lost out by just two points to Surrey County.
Meanwhile, the Isle of Man Junior team bagged a narrow win over Hampshire by, you guessed it, a single point, 384 to 383.
You can count on Callum as his perfect score propels Port to glory
Port St Mary powered past IoMSC Sandsiders in this Winter Indoor League clash, with Callum Grant notching 100 followed closely by the reliable Ben Kelly on 99 and Derek Kermode on 98.
Andy Traynor and Steve Callus fought bravely with 98s each but Port's strength meant they won by a hefty margin and they took the Division Two and Three matches unopposed.
Laxey stun Castletown with narrow win
It looks like Laxey are back on form as they delivered a mighty blow to the league aspirations of Castletown. Gemma Kermode and John Wood weighed in with 98s and Bridget Kneale did very well indeed to notch 93. Her improved scoreline helped achieve that decisive four-point margin for victory.
The reliable John Paul Bridson came up with 97 for the away side and team-mate Nigel Christian got 96. Castletown consoled themselves with wins in Division Two and Three.
Kirk Michael on a roll as they see off Sulby
Young Alisha Gale was the top scorer as Kirk Michael won their third Winter League match in a row which left veteran club member and mentor Tom Lord beaming after a dramatic end to a long evening.
The club's small complement of shooters had been hit by colds and flu and yet they still produced a sound performance to edge visitors Sulby out by just a single point on a nerve-wracking night.
Will Quayle was the top gun for the visitors with a 98 while Sulby won the division two match due to greater strength in numbers.
Isle of Man Rifle Association went down by 1832 to Staffordshire's 1,930 but they are still in contention in Division Five of the NSRA's Inter-County league.
With more than half the competition over, Kirk Michael top the table in Division Three of the Scottish Target Shooting Prone Team League. Their latest win saw scores of 98 from Suzanne McKnight, 95 from Perryn Watson, 94 from Noah Mayne and 91 from Alex Trafford.
Team Douglas topple Castletown on home patchDouglas were in fine form for this Winter League fixture and emerged from a long night in Castletown with a win in Divisions One and Two. Sharon Drysdale continued her high level performance this season with a 99, with team mate Sam Jones close behind followed by Martin Burns. Richard Arthur was Castletown's top scorer on 97. Douglas picked up a win in Division Two but Castletown had greater strength in numbers and enjoyed a walkover in Division Three.
Sulby show Laxey the door
Sulby proved too strong for Laxey and they won by seven points in Division One. While Harry Creevy notched 99 for the visitors, Julian Teare matched that and sound scores of 98 from Will Quayle and Peter Webb pulled Sulby clear. Sulby also ran out clear winners in Divisions Two and Three.
Kirk Michael get the better of Sandsiders once more
Suzanne McKnight was the top scorer on the night for Kirk Michael with 99 as they repeated their success of the previous week in two divisions. McKnight's desire for training in recent weeks looks to have paid off.
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.