Results 3rd April

Freestate Championship Aggregate

1. J Amrems 201.15

2. David Calvert (Ireland) 199.21

3. Glyn Barnett (England) 199.15


Long Range Aggregate

1. Glyn Barnett (England) 99.6

2. J J Primsloo 99.4

3. Jon Underwood (England) 97.6


Long Range Veterans Aggregate

1. David Calvert (Ireland) 96.7

2. M Watkins (92.1)

3. Chris Belk (England) 91.4


Short Range Aggregate

1. J Amrens 104.11

2. David Calvert (Ireland) 103.14

3. Ant Ringer (England) 103.10


Short Range Aggregate (Ladies)

1. Ellie Joseph (England) 102.9

2. D O'Kelly (Ireland) 99.11

3. B Laird 98.6

America Match Team Selection

Captain - James Watson

Adjutant - Emma Cannings

Coaches - Parag Patel, Jon Underwood

Firers - Glyn Barnett, James Lewis, Dom de Vere, Kelvin Ramsey

          - Toby Raincock, Matt Purdy, Ant Ringer, Paul Kent

Reserves - Alex Williams, Ali Brown, Andy Daw


1st/2nd/3rd/4th April

1st April - packing and international travel

If reversing past the 400 yard firing point on Century is a good start to an international tour, then the England Team to South Africa got off to a tremendous start. 

Prior to the team’s departure from Bisley, Jumbo played his Vice Captain role with aplomb, keeping the barman busy while the packing of rifles and shooting gear took place in the Surrey. Somewhat overweight and causing a lot of expense, the team's kit (not Jumbo) finally got loaded and we were off!
2nd April - the drive from Johannesburg to Bloemfontein
Arrival in Bloemfontein was celebrated with the team’s first supper, an obligatory steak evening in the Block & Cellar. The team polished off a jeroboam and 3 magnums of Pinotage, and (most) then headed off to bed to catch up on sleep missed on the flight.
3rd April - the first day of individual competitions hosted by SABU (Sou African Bisley Union)
A 6am breakfast and 6.45am departure proved an ambitious target, nonetheless Africa is a beautiful country at first light and the 30 minute drive to the range across bush and grassland is a scenic start to the day. Once shooting started, the winds proved fickle, flickering back and forth, left and right like a lizard’s tongue. The afternoon saw platoons of cotton wool marching across the skies, creating challenges for firers (as changes in brightness affect the reflection of light through shooters’ sights). It was an important day on the range as firers checked their zeros (Bloemfontein is considered a relatively high altitude range at 1,400m and the lightness of air has an effect on a bullet's trajectory), and all were reminded how difficult the wind conditions can be - constantly changing as the earth warms up and the sun moves across the sky throughout the day.
4th April - the second day of individual competitions
Today exhibited more classically Bloem weather, with the wind blowing from the right in the morning,and moving round to the left in  early afternoon. The day's scores won't be announced until tomorrow night but several team members put in strong performances during this day of individual competitions. 
Aside from keeping a beady eye on the targets, there were several opportunities to cop a look at the local wildlife - dawn is heralded by the cooing of pigeons and the squeaking of hundreds of small starlings. Zebras and elegant giraffes festoon the grasslands on the drive from the hotel to the range. Springbok prance through the fawn coloured savannah startled by the passing minibuses. Dinner also provides an opportuity to sample some of the local wildlife, which generally appears medium-rare. 

Sunday 31st March

As the Easter weekend finishes, the team are preparing to travel. We will be assembling at Bisley tomorrow afternoon and have an overnight flight to Johannesburg, arriving early on Tuesday morning.

We will be updating the website daily so look for news as it arrives. Our tour brochure is now available as an interactive flash file as well as a downloadable PDF - click the link above to see it. 

Team List - South Africa 2013



Captain: James Watson Northants, Leicestershire & Rutland
Vice-Captain: James Lewis Norfolk
Adjutant: Emma Cannings Northants, Leicestershire & Rutland
  Glyn Barnett Norfolk
  Chris Belk Northumberland & Durham
  Alastair Brown County of London
  Sam Dash Sussex
  Andy Daw Hertfordshire
  Dominic de Vere County of London
  Tom Drysdale Northumberland & Durham
  EH Kent
  Eleanor Joseph Somerset
  Paul Kent Surrey
  Parag Patel Surrey
  Matthew Purdy Norfolk
  Kelvin Ramsey Surrey
  Toby Raincock Surrey
  Antony Ringer Norfolk
  Jon Underwood Surrey
  Alex Williams Cambridgeshire
  Bruce Young Lancashire