Gold in Cairo for Victoria

Rugeley member Victoria Bradbury won Gold in the individual Junior Women’s event at the ISSF Target Sprint Grand Prix in Cairo. Victoria was joined on the podium by GB teammate Emily Sawyer who won silver.

Victoria went on to win another gold in the Mixed Pairs event with Isaac Steele. Teammates Emily and Arno Turner won Bronze.

Bradbury’s athletics coach, Keith Holt, said: “Victoria has put in a tremendous amount of work into her training. She’s such a dedicated talented athlete, with a lot more improvement to come.”

image of the GB target sprint team

Victoria (l) with GB Target Sprint team in Cairo

The team in Egypt were supported by the British Shooting Team Leader, Craig Dower, who said: “Having Target Sprint alongside the ISSF Cairo World Cup allowed a wider audience to view and support this exciting sport.

“The athletes should be proud of their achievements and we look forward to many more competitions where the greater British Shooting family can come together in promoting this challenging discipline. Target Sprint is providing us with a superb platform where we can engage far wider in advertising our sport to all.”

Gold for Megan at British Airgun Championships

Rugeley shooter Megan Bamsey became the 2022 British Junior Women’s Air Rifle Champion this weekend. Competing at the NSRA British Open Airgun Championship, Megan placed fifth in qualifying before working her way to the top during the final.

Megan follows in the footsteps of older brother Mike who has represented GB at the World Championships and Wales at two Commonwealth Games.

Megan Bamsey becomes Junior Women’s Air Rifle Champion

Silver for Richard at National Championships

Rich Hemingway placed second in A-Class on Saturday at the NSRA National Long Range Rifle Championships. Qualifying via the North-West Regional Championship, Rich fended off finalists from five other regional heats at Sywell Ranges in Northamptonshire.

The Long Range Rifle Championship is a new competition for 2021. The NSRA introduced the contest to fill the gap left by the cancellation of the National Meeting, typically held every August at Bisley.

Meant as a stopgap, the Championships have been well supported, with praise for regional events. The NSRA have often been accused of a Bisley focus with all NSRA events and matches (other than the Scottish Meeting) taking place in Surrey. Making the Association more regionally relevant is a very welcome step and the NSRA have plans to expand the series in 2022 alongside the Centenary Bisley Meeting, first held on the Camp in 1922.

7 Rugeley shooters in winning County Team

Congratulations to the seven Rugeley members who helped Staffordshire to victory in Division 5 of the 2019/20 Inter-County Reserves League.

Although scores have been very slow to emerge as most of the NSRA’s Competitions Team were furloughed through lockdown, we now know that Staffordshire went undefeated with nine wins and one draw across the ten rounds.

Congratulations go to Graham Delaney; Vic Tyne; Jimmy Hibbert; Lee Featherstone; James Tyne; Shane Adams and John Kemp.

Also on the team were Richard Tilstone of Market Drayton RPC; Jeff Hickson of Crewe RPC and Gordon Abbotts of City of Stoke RPC.

Full results are on the NSRA website.

Rugeley teams Runners-Up in Air Pistol League

Final scores for competition 280 – the National 10m Air Pistol League – have arrived, with two Rugeley teams placing second in their respective divisions.

Rugeley A (P Voitiukevicius; K Voitiukevicius & J Craft) placed 4th in Division 1.

Rugeley B (M Buttery; R Hawkins & Ms J Smith) placed 2nd in Division 4, close behind Kilgetty .177 TSC.

Rugeley C (S Evans; D Glover & R Lloyd) placed 5th in Division 6.

Rugeley D (J Bradbury; P Evans & B Wiggett) tied in first place in Division 7 behind Burnham TSC with 18 points each, but were ranking second on aggregate (4,779 vs. 4,765).

The club’s Air Pistol section has come a long way in the past three years. In 2018 only two teams could be fielded, though the A-Team won Division 8. With four teams, our top athletes are now competing in the top domestic divisions.

Bamsey wins Scottish Championship

Congratulations to Rugeley member Mike Bamsey who won the STS Men’s 10m Air Rifle Championship at Napier University this weekend.

After qualifying with a six point lead, Mike led for much of the final. He briefly ceded the lead with a poor 11th shot, before stringing together a strong second half and climbing back past eventual runner up and Scottish Confined Champion James Paterson. Tom Diggle finished third.

Gold for Zoe in Cardiff

Rugeley’s Zoe Perkin found gold on day one of the Welsh Airgun Association Championships, held at the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff.

Qualifying third, Zoe led the final from the start with two outstanding strings. Holding her nerve as Braunton’s Emily Bale drew level with her in the middle section, Zoe delivered a strong series of inner tens to finish, winning by a clear two points. Zoe also qualified for both her other finals, narrowly missing out on a medal with a fourth place finish in her Day 3 match.

Also from Rugeley, Megan Bamsey qualified for two finals from her three matches. Her brother Mike Bamsey won his day three match, becoming the confined Welsh Men’s 10m Air Rifle Champion.

The Welsh Airgun Championships are held as a series of three open matches – one per day – from Friday to Sunday, each independent and with its own final. One match is nominated as the confined “Welsh Championship”.

Club Success at County Championships

Rugeley members standing behind a table of silverware at the 2019 Staffordshire County Championship
Rugeley members win a table of silverware at the 2019 Staffordshire County Championship

Rugeley members carried away a table full of silverware at the County Championships on Sunday 4th August, winning all four divisions.

Richard Hemingway was the top Staffordshire scorer in Class A, winning the Association Cup and becoming County Long Range Champion as well as taking the 50Metre Trophy for County 50M Champion. Along the way he also claimed the Miniature Rifle Club (Class A Winner), Michelin Cup (Best 100yds, Class A) and Greatrex Cup (Best County Badge Holder). Rugeley Chairman Martyn Buttery picked up the Bronze Medal in A Class and the two of them won the Pairs Competition.

Paul Baron won the Swynnerton Cup for Class B, with Phil Knight as Runner Up. Phil also won the K. Madeley Rose Bowl for Champion Veteran. Paul Watkiss won the Moat Cup for Class C, and also the NSRA County Silver Medal (Highest Scorer who hasn’t previously won one).

Brian Parker won Class D with Graham Delaney picking up Bronze.

On the Open Teams, Rugeley’s Team-of-4 placed second behind a strong team from Appleton.