In the Shrewsbury & District Air Rifle League’s Bell Target League this week, Halfway House reinforce their position at the top of the table.
With a 180.5 score against their opponents Harlescott B who couldn’t maximise the home advantage and ended with a score of 166.5. The B team move to third from bottom, two places above their sister team the Harlescott A.
They also suffered a loss this week after travelling to Telepost who finished with 180.5 beating a team containing shooters returning after a twenty year break. The Harlescott’s A team landed a 155 which is below their average and keeps them at the foot of the table with no wins to their name yet this year.
Unison and their team comprised of experienced and new shooters performed to snatch two points from the away team, Maddocks Social Club. With quality shooting from both sides it finished with a close result of 177.5 to the, at home, Unison and a 174.5 for Maddocks.
This score, coincidentally being the winning score from the match at the Red Lion that saw the visiting Marchamley team lose by a half point with 174.0 in what was a tight competition throughout the evening.
Condover shot well above their average to take the match points from their hosts, The Cock. The visitors scoring a huge 178.5 to the Cock’s 168, helping keep Condover in fourth spot in the league.
It was a serious week all-round and there were ten possibles across all of the matches. A possible score comes about when the shooter gets all of their seven shots in the bull, a 5.5 is scored for getting a pellet clean through the hole and a 5 is scored if you clip the edge of the hole.
A possible is certainly worth celebrating and usually all attendees at a match help to provide the recognition deserved by a round of applause and some minor whoops. A maximum of 38.5 can be scored if all seven shots go clean through.
Two shooters scored 37.5’s this week with Marchamley’s Danni Forrester and Halfway House’s Rich Morgan managing to get five of their shots clean through the hole. This is Morgan’s fifth possible of the season and Forrester’s first, a special well done to Danni.
37.0 was the result for three competitors in different matches. Telepost’s Roger Knight, Maddocks’ Lee Garbett and Unison’s Andy Lawrence proving their mettle.
Condover’s Stuart Morgan and Maddocks’ Dave Price both poked home a 36.5 each to help their teams as best as they could.
There were two 36.0’s on score sheets too with Steve Williams from the Red Lion and Telepost’s Aaron Knight doing their bit.
Another shooter from Red Lion’s team, Rob Williams gets his first possible of the year too with a storming 35.0.
It’s the last scheduled matches of the year next week, barring some catch up shoots but there will be an opportunity to practice this weekend with the Bell Championships being held at Broseley’s Victoria Hall on Sunday.
Teams representing the local leagues, Shrewsbury, Bridgnorth, Wenlock, Wrekin and Montgomery will field 12 shooters who will have fifteen shots at Bell Targets to win prizes and trophies for their league. Looks like it will be an interesting day, there are plenty of ladies, juniors and seniors taking part too!
Report by: Bob Griffiths