Parag Patel Wins South African Championships

Parag won the South African Championships, their most coverted prize which is made up of the Grand, the State President's second Stage and the Statte President's Final. He was driven off the range in a 1934 Ford vintage car.

Parag Patel driven of the range

Protea Match 2013 - Live Updates

As dawn starts to break over the high veld, the team are already up and making final preparations. Named after South Africa's national flower, this is absolutely the most serious match of the tour and the England team are rippling and bristling with quiet excitement and focus. 

Shot over 3 ranges (300/600/900m) this morning from 8 - 12noon, teams are comprised of 12 firers shooting out of 50 points at each range (totalling 1800). The home team are the team to beat, with the Americans also having a very capable team.

8:13 - the match commences. 

8:42 - England finish the 300m range first dropping only 3 points for a score of 597 ex 600. South Africa still have firers to finish and have already dropped 3 points. USA have dropped 7 points. 

8:55 - South Africa finish at300m with 595, having dropped 5 points.

10:15 - England finish first at 600m dropping 10 points (590) for a total of 1187 so far. USA finish dropping 5 points at 600m (totalling 1188 so far), South Africa have dropped 4 points with 3 firers still to go.

10:30 - South Africa finish shooting at 600m dropping 5 points there and are in pole position at this stage (1190 ex 1200).The match is 2/3rds through and the top 3 teams are separated by only 3 points.

11:56 - 2 minutes to go - if Paul Kent gets a 50, it'll be down to V-bulls between England & South Africa


Subject to re-checking the scores it seems South Africa finished with 31 off at 900m making a match total of 1769.193

England have finished with 1767.180.

USA have finished with 1766.172.

1702.110 Ireland

1628.77 Wales

On the England team, Jumbo Lewis top scored with 149.13

There were 2 150's on the South African team - IM Di Bona and LVW Brand

Full scores are available here: Protea Match Scores The USA and Ireland details will be added when available.

GB Under 19's beat their South African counterparts by 15 points with a score of 828.47

At the close of the State President's, Parag Patel wins the South African Open. 

Results 11th April


Parag and Glynn will be battling it out in a tie shoot today 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. The Dalrymple Challenge cup was donated by Sir Williams Dalrymple, KBE to the Transvaal Rifle Association, who then donated it to SABU. First held in 1936, the competition was mostly won by South Africans until David Calvert (Ireland, GB) won it in 1996 and 2001. In 1999 it was won by an American, and by Danny Coleman (Great Britain) in 2002. Nigel Ball won it in 2008 and Matt Ensor in 2009.


4.42pm - The Dalrymple was won by Parag Patel (England) in the tie shoot with a score of 25.4. Prinsloo came second with an identical score to Glyn Barnett, who won the bronze medal.


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.


4.59pm - Parag Patel (England) wins the Municipal Cup with a score of 25.3 ex 25.5, trumping Mrs E Van dee Vyver's 24.2


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. 


5.15pm - Hayter from South Africa has just won the Dave Smith Cup with 25 points. Jon Underwood (England) won the silver.


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 South African except 2 Americans and one Australian (Helen Griffiths).

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!

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