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.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
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.