Diary

Team announced for Protea Match

The England Team for Saturday's Protea Match against South Africa, USA and Ireland will be:

Match Captain: Chris Belk

Adjutant: Sam Dash

Firers:

Glyn Barnett, Tom Drysdale, Ant Ringer, Paul Kent

James Watson, Kelvin Ramsey, James Lewis, Jon Underwood

Parag Patel, Ellie Joseph, Andy Daw, Toby Raincock

Other team members: Dominic de Vere, Matt Purdy, Emma Cannings, Alex Williams

The forecast is of a chance of rain, but the same forecast for today has materialised into slightly cloudy but very warm and dry conditions.

We will post results by range as we collate them.

12th April

The plains are alive at dawn with the sign of life - kudu, zebra, springbok, warblers, cattle and riflemen.

Today is the penultimate day on the range with the State President's Stage 2 in the morning. The course of fire is the same as the Queen's II at Bisley; 2 & 10 at 300/500/600m.

The afternoon is comprised of local South African team matches which means our touring party will have the afternoon off - no doubt a good time to rest up for the big day tomorrow, which sees the Protea team match in the morning followed by the final of the State President's in the afternoon.

Paul Kent won the 1st stage of the State President's on Wednesday, and Parag yesterday won two tie shoots within 20 minutes of each other to win both the Dalrymple Cup and the Municiple.

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.

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

9th April

The English shotists have all been wearing iron gloves this morning; hopefully it won't rain. Today's weather is slightly different to the last few days, with some thin low cloud cover which will doubtless burn off over the course of the morning. 

The drive to the range this morning presented the usual couple of giraffes, a large herd of stripey horses, and a big squadron of guinea fowl. 

Today is a day of 5 individual shoots totalling 4 separate competitions; the first being the marvellously named Dalrymple Cup, in which both Glyn Barnett and Parag Patel scored 105.17 out of a maximum possible 105.21

Last night we enjoyed a pleasant barbeque with the USA team and the GB Under 19 team. The chef was heard saying "if some of the ladies don't like meat, here's a little bit of chicken for them".