11th April

Today's weather is slightly warmer than yesterday's, which is a great relief to all! However strong left hand wind has been battering bullets across the range, in one team member's words "fish tailing winds of nastiness". 

Today is a day of individual shoots - the Jack Mitchley at 300m, the President's Cup at 600 & 800m, and the Colonel Bodley at 900m.

At 4:15pm today there are several tie shoots including those for all three individual competitions held on Tuesday. Parag and Glynn will be battling it out for the Dalrymple Pimple also with PP Prinsloo, all having scored 105.17 ex 105.21. In the same competition Underwood came 14th, Daw came 20th with 104.14 and Raincock/de Vere/Belk came 23/24/25th with Ringer 27th.

In the Kings Norton Cup, South Africa took the top three places (Johan Du Toit, JJ Bruwer, PA Haasbroek), with Kelvin Ramsay 4th, and Sam Dash 11th.

In the Municipal Cup, Parag Patel and Mrs E Van dee Vyver need to tie shoot for 1st & 2nd - both having scored 50.7 (ex 50.10). FWA Coetzee (Sou Africa) placed 3rd, Underwood 13th and Watson/Drysdale/Cannings 26/27/28th.

in the Dave Smith Cup, England's Jon Underwood is tied for 1st place with Hayter (South Africa) and Steketee (USA). Drysdale was 5th and Ramsay was 9th. Ali Brown was 18th and Alex Williams placed 20th. 

PG Kent won the first stage of the State President's with the only 105 on the range. Patel and Barnett were 3rd and 4th, Lewis was 16th and Williams was 29th. Others in the top 30 were Sou African except 2 Americans and one Australian (Helen Griffiths).

Tonight there is the Protea Social Event being held across the street from our hotel on the grounds of the Free State University, in which the respective captains announce their Protea teams.

Results 10th April including RSA International Match - Live Updates

There are no new TR results today as all matches are still subject to tie-shoot action on Thursday afternoon.

Competing in today's RSA International Match are England, Ireland, South Africa, USA, Wales. There are 12 firers per team firing 2 convertible sighters and 15 scoring shots (75 points) at 2 ranges (800m and 900m) totaling 150 points maximum per shooter, therefore 1800 points per team. Firing at 800m started at around 1.45pm, and conditions are cool, cloudless and windy, with (Antarctic) winds from the south. 

At 800m

After 5 firers, England are 15 points off, South Africa are 12 off, USA are 22 off, Ireland are 37 off.

After 7 firers, South Africa are 15 off, England are 20 off, USA are 32 off.

After 9 firers, South Africa are 20 off, England are 28 off, USA are 40 off, Ireland are 65 off.

After 12 firers, the close of 800m,  South Africa are 25 off, England are 33 off, and USA 47 off.


At 900m, after 3 firers, England have dropped 21 points, USA 23 points, and South Africa 11.

After 7 firers, South Africa have dropped 20 points at 900m, and the USA 37 points. After 6 firers, England have dropped 27. 

Shooting concurrently, the ladies teams of 4 from South Africa, Australia and New Zealand are competing in a tri nations match. South Africa currently lead to NZ and Oz. 

4.45pm - South Africa have dropped 24 points at 900m after 8 firers, and the USA 52 points after 10 firers. England have been shooting more slowly in an attempt to pick the wind, and after 6 firers have dropped 27 points at 900m.

4.55pm - USA have finished firing dropping 64 points at 900m. Adding their two range tallies together gives 1690.97 out of 1800.

England has dropped 50 points after 9 firers.

5pm - South Africa finish dropping 34 at 900m, totalling 1741.147

5.05pm - match finishes. Unofficial results are:

1. South Africa 1741.147

2. England 1708.126

3. USA 1690.97


Top scorer on the England Team is Ms Ellie Joseph with 146.11 (ex 150.30).

Alex Williams 70.5 + 66.3 = 136.8

Jon Underwood 75.8 + 70.5 = 145.13

Matt Purdy 71.5 + 69.3 = 140.8

James Lewis 73.6 + 72.8 = 145.14

Dominic de Vere 71.6 + 74.4 = 145.10

Ellie Joseph 73.6 + 73.5 = 146.11

Tom Drysdale 72.7 + 71.5 = 143.12

Chris Belk 68.3 + 68.4 = 136.7

Andy Daw 74.5 + 68.3 = 142.8

Paul Kent 75.5 + 65.4 = 140.9

Emma Cannings 73.10 + 68.5 = 141.15

Ant Ringer 72.7 + 72.4 = 144.11


**note from a coach:

what the above fails to mention is the significant strength of the bitterly cold headwind we all endured for the day. Jumpers, long trousers and tent pegs to hold everyone down was the order of the day. Brrrr!

10th April, Part B

Markedly different weather on the range today: a cold headwind makes for interesting and quick wind changes, and refuge sought in the vans between shoots. It's quite cold to be sitting outside! Not a cloud in the sky though. 

At lunchtime the individual shooting had finished, with Paul Kent scoring 105.13 ex 105.21.

10th April

Today will see the touring team compete as individuals in the first stage of the State President's (equivalent to The Queens 1 in the UK), and then in the RSA International match in the afternoon, which is one of the three important team matches of the tour. The team selection has been as follows:

Left target:

Coach - Barnett

Plotter - Brown

Shooters - Williams, Lewis, Drysdale, Ringer


Centre Target:

Coach - Kent & Underwood

Plotter - Ramsay

Shooters - Underwood, de Vere, Belk, Kent


Right Target:

Coach - Raincock

Plotter - Patel

Shooters - Purdy, Joseph, Daw, Cannings

Results 9th April

Parag Patel (England) won the Southern International Cross individual competition with199.26 (ex 200.40). In second place FWA Coeztee (South Africa) with 199.19, and James Lewis (England) 3rd with 198.21.

The top 3 in the Scottish Sword were all South African shotists (Higgs, Du Toit, Coetzee).

In the Southern Cross International team matches, the Great Britain Under 19 Team narrowly beat their South African counterparts (1087.47 vs 1085.47), and the South African Ladies (770.70) beat the ladies' teams from Australia (750.49) and NZ (756.58). 

In the America's Team Match, results were as follows:

1. South Africa 2362.251

2. USA 2349.217

3. England 2340.218

4. Ireland 2303.164

5. Wales 2189.122

Top scorer on the England Team was PG Kent with 298.27 ex 300, closely behind the top scorer of the match GD Higgs of South Africa with 298.28.

Results 8th April

The Freestate Cup (individual) - the top three places were taken by South Africans (Haasbroek, Coetzee, Stigant), with David Calvert (Ireland) coming 4th and Andy Daw (England) 5th. Underwood was 7th and Barnett 10th; all firers mentioned here having scored 105 ex 105.


Rhodes Cup club match:

1. Witwatersrand A

2. Peninsula 

3. English XX B etc


Hamilton Cup club match

1. US Rifle Team B

2. Peninsula A

3. Witwatersrand A

4. Pitch 1

5. English XX C

6. Noord Kaap

7. English XX B etc