Glover sets Bisley alight to become British champion

BRITISH CHAMPION: A delighted Rachel Glover holding the Ladies 50 metre Prone British Championship Trophy after a magnificent win at Bisley last weekend.

BRITISH CHAMPION: A delighted Rachel Glover holding the Ladies 50 metre Prone British Championship Trophy after a magnificent win at Bisley last weekend.

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York-based Manx lass and Isle of Man Shooting Club member Rachel Glover added another major trophy to her cabinet last weekend, winning the 2012 British 50 metre Prone Rifle Championship in Bisley, Surrey.

Her result during the Anschultz/Frank Dyke Women’s Rifle Prone match at the Lord Roberts Centre also gives Glover a Commonwealth Games qualifying score.

Rachel’s shooting results over the last two years have been nothing short of magnificent having won the Yorkshire Open in 2011, recording 595 x 600, followed in the same month by four golds and one bronze medal at the Island Games in the Isle of Wight.

September’s competition gave her a bronze in the Commonwealth Shooting Federation (European Division) prone rifle where she recorded a 585x600.

This year dawned and, during May, the Manxie soared to a terrific win in the Cambridgeshire Open, after posting a very high score of 590x600, and in the following month at the English Championships Rachel claimed third spot with a 588x600.

June saw her competing in Scotland at the Scottish Championships where a score of 587x600 earned her second position before she competed in the 2012 Yorkshire Open during July where a 588 x 600 secured another runner-up finish. All the above results are for prone shooting but I am sure Rachel has much more to achieve in her second discipline, 3 Positional which a somewhat much harder discipline where I know she is already creating further astonishing results.

Glover was rubbing shoulders with the cream of British female prone shooters from the 34 entries at Bisley, including two Scottish international shooters, Kay Copland and Sheena Sharp.

Copland is the current gold medallist from the 50m prone team event at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi while Sharp, a double gold medallist from the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006, is a regular competitor at the Isle of Man International Easter Shoot - there were many others from the home nations.

During her winning championship match, Glover recorded an exceptionally consistent series of scores 98, 99, 99, 97, 99, 99 = 591 x 600 with 30 X centres, four points clear of her nearest opposition. Claiming second slot was Copland, whose scores included one of only three full houses (100) shot in the match and her series, again, were consistent with 96, 98, 97, 98, 99, 100 = 587 x 600 with 19 X centres. Sharp managed 97, 96, 96, 98, 99, 99 = 585 x 600 with 18 X centres and slid into third position..

Shooting in the same match was another Isle of Man Shooting Club member Lara Ward and, although she did not manage to replicate Glover’s scores, she recorded a very creditable series of scores 96, 98, 96, 93, 94, 98 = 575 x 600 with 19 X centres placing her in 17th.

Rachel did not rest upon her laurels but continued on Sunday, competing as the lone Isle of Man representative in the System Gemini-sponsored 3 Positions British Championship, missing the final by losing out in the three-person qualification shoot-off, finishing in 10th position.

However, Glover did manage to record the second best kneeling score of the day and that must give her great satisfaction. Her series scores during the match were: Prone 99, 96 = 195; Standing 91, 91 = 182; Kneeling 94, 96 = 190, giving a total score of 557 x 600 with 16 X centres.

The island had two representatives in the Men’s 50m Championships at the same meeting at Bisley, Michael Duncalf and Andy Potter.

Duncalf finished the match in a terrific 11th position of the 88 entries and in the process beat several international shooters and Isle of Man Easter Shoot regulars including England’s Mark Szymankiewicz, Scotland’s James Patterson and Robert Spence and Northern Ireland’s Gary Duff.

He shot very well, although I believe the weather was not that kind. His series scores were 99, 96, 96, 97, 98, 100 = 586 x 600 with 28 X centres. The match was won with a score of 594 x 600 and 31 X centres by Kenneth Bowley, England.

A slightly disappointed Potter claimed a midtable position recording 93, 96, 93, 96, 93, 97 = 568 x 600 and, unfortunately with this score, he did not qualify for the final round but enjoyed his experience at the home of British shooting.

League system change for 2012-13

The summer season has passed very quickly and we are now close to the start of the Winter Indoor League matches.

At the recent annual general meeting of the Isle of Man Rifle Association it was decided to revise the format of the Indoor League.

For many, many years the annual First Division Championship has been decided with a league system of a first team of up to 15 shooters with the best eight scores on the night comprising the First Division and the next five best shots the Second Division, with any remaining shooters being counted out.

The change in rules for the 2012-13 season will be a three-league (or division) system where the top five shots on the night will be League One, the next five shots will be League Two and League Three will consist of the next five shooters’ scores. Any remaining scores will be reserves or counted out.

The First and Second Division Championship trophies will be joined with a new piece for the Third Division. League team entry fees will be a one off payment which will cover all three Divisions. It is the opinion of many within the sport, that the change in the rules will make each match much more competitive as can be proved from the results from the previous winter season.

Douglas and Sandsiders switch venue

For the first time in 106 years there will not be a rifle team competing in the capital of the island after Douglas Rifle Club’s lease on their range at Peel Road was not renewed by the island’s government and, as Sandsiders also shot on Douglas’s range, both teams fell foul of the decision.

After many months of searching for a suitable venue, it was decided that as the IoMSC had plans in hand to build a 15-yard indoor range at St John’s, this would be an ideal site for the two teams to compete for the immediate future with the intention of pursuing further enquiries for a new range nearer the capital.

Dates for your diary

Sunday, October 7 is the next Isle of Man Shooting Club Mmonthly handicap shoot commencing at 10.30am. The more the merrier - let’s just hope the weather holds.

October 15 sees the first matches of the 2012-13 indoor season and the line up is Castletown v Sulby, Cossacks v Kirk Michael, Douglas v Sandsiders, Port St Mary v Laxey.

The following week on October 22 has Sulby v Port St Mary, Sandsiders v Castletown, Kirk Michael v Douglas and Laxey v Cossacks.

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