News has just arrived that 19-year-old Edinburgh University student Ben Kelly has been ranked third in the British junior rankings.
This is a wonderful achievement for the youngster from Port St Mary who is at present representing Edinburgh University Rifle Club, recently claiming a very creditable third in the winning university team competition at Aberdeen.
Kelly’s year has been a success story from beginning to end, with excellent results in the Easter Shooting Festival, two bronze medals in the Double English at the Bisley national week followed with a win in the club’s summer scratch series, the Sadler Junior 50 metre Championship.
He also claimed a silver medal in the Commonwealth Shooting Championships, losing the gold by .3 of a point in a thrilling Olympic final in September and then of course receiving the GB ranking news.
What a terrific year 2013 has been Ben - congratulations from all involved in Isle of Man shooting.
Barry Jones has forwarded the leaders in the three monthly Isle of Man Rifle Association’s postal competitions which are running at present.
The November cards in the Under-21 League show a very close set of results, with Cossacks’ Jess Clague holding onto first place after recording 196 x 200.
Kirk Michael’s Illiam Cristian is in second with 195 and Clague’s team-mate Fergus Coulter lies third on 194.
The C League has four individuals separated by just two points, with Perryn Callister (Kirk Michael) and Dave Humphrey (IoMSC Douglas) both posting 196 and Tony Kneale (IoMSC Sandsiders) and Nick Brown (IoMSC Douglas) each recording 194.
The D League for the JB Richie Trophy has Mike Clague - shooting for IoMSC Douglas - in first slot posting 198 x 200 ahead of joint second Nick Kennish (Laxey) and Illiam Christian (Kirk Michael) who both recorded 196 while in third is IoMSC shooter Martin Burns on 195.
The 20-man Isle of Man team, shooting in Division Six of the National Small-bore Rifle Association’s postal league were beaten in round one by the team from Ulster County, most of whose team members are well known to the local shooting fraternity.
Results for the locals were: Richard Arthur 100, Marion Jones (L) 99, John Wood 99, Mike Duncalf 98, Willy Jones 98, Chris Birtwhistle 98, Jess Clague 97, Ashley Gardner Jr 97, Suzanne McKnight 97, Harry Creevy 96, Kevan Kneale 96, Nigel Christian 96, Gary Knight 96, Andy Potter 95, Ashley Gardner Sr 95, Mark Cain 95, Kevin Quinn 94, Tracey Skelton 94, Harry Harrison 93 and Lorrie Thompson 92 - resulting in a total score of 1925 x 2000. The Ulster team scored 1935 x 2000, the highest recorded score in Division Six.
In the NSRA Women’s Postal League the five shooters were also beaten, this time by just eight points by Norfolk County Rifle Association.
Full results: Marion Jones 99, Tracey Skelton 97, Jess Clague 95, Lorrie Thompson 94, Suzanne McKnight 93 – total 478 x 500. Norfolk’s team posted 486 x 500.
Dates for your diaries
Isle of Man Rifle
Isle of Man Shooting Club is holding its monthly handicap match on Sunday, January 5 at 10 am so this will blow the festive cobwebs away for those hardy individuals.
Never fear as warmth will be available in the shape of Liz Jones’s teapot which is perpetually topped up.
You are not required to be an IoMSC member to partake in this shoot, as a range fee of £2 plus the competition fee covers entry.
The league is very quiet at the moment with the next round of league matches not due to be shot until January 20 but prior to that we will see the annual open shoot which will be shot in three locations, Castletown, Sulby and Sinclair ranges on Monday, January 13.