Kidderminster Gun Club

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The first club competition of the new season, The Sam Davis Trophy 2011, was completed on Thursday 12th May (the first round being shot the previous week 5th May). The scoring was poor to say the least, nobody straighted either round and the best round score was 24 Ex25 (early season and lack of practice were the main excuses offered by those taking part). The eventual winner and High Gun was Rob Thomas with a score of 46 Ex50 and he can be seen on the left of this picture receiving his trophy from Club Chairman, Ray Cook. First place in Class A went to Ray Cook 43 Ex50 and first place in Class B to John Preece 40 Ex50. The event was enjoyed by all those taking part.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The second competition of the season, The All-Rounder 2011, took place on Thursday 19th May 2011. The 100 bird competition consisted of 50 Sporting targets, 25 DTL and 25 Skeet and the fine weather produced some fantastic scoring from a good turnout of members. The High Gun prize was taken by Richard Thomas with an outstanding score of 97 Ex100. Richard pictured here receiving his trophy from club Chairman, Ray Cook, straighted the Sporting and the DTL dropping 3 targets on his last discipline, Skeet. Those of you who know Kiddermnster Gun Club will appreciate the significance of straighting the sporting layout; I have been treasurer of the club for over 20 years and cannot remember this being done before, in competition. First Place in Class A went to Steve Bower with another excellent score of 93 Ex100. Finally, first place in Class B went to John Preece with a score of 63 Ex100.

 

 

 

 

Our annual shoot against Brockton Gun Club took place on Thursday 26th May and although the shooting conditions were poor (very windy!) the event was enjoyed by all those taking part. The 50 bird sporting layout was challenging and this together with the high winds made scoring difficult. The competition was eventually won, for the second year running, by the team from Brockton Gun Club with an aggregate score of 324 against 320 from Kidderminster Gun Club. Their captain D Brick is shown receiving the trophy from Club President Nigel Kavanagh. Many thanks to all the members from Brockton Gun Club who turned out to shoot and made the event such a success. The High Gun prize for Brockton and the evening went to M Bridge with a score of 39 Ex50. The High Gun prize for Kidderminster Gun Club was shared by John Fudge and Richard Thomas with scores of 37 Ex50. John was so excited about sharing the KGC high gun prize (a very rare event indeed!) that he asked for his picture to be posted on the website; so here it is.

 

 

 

 

 

We made our return visit to Brockton Gun Club on Wednesday 8th June 2011, for the second part of our annual inter-club shoot. We were determined to put in a better performance than two weeks ago when we lost the home tie. It was unusually quiet at Brockton and this enabled our team to concentrate on the shooting rather than the waiting between stands. Our top 5 scores totalled 193 Ex250 and we lost by just 9 clays, Brockton top five scores tatalling 202. We were made to feel very welcome, as usual, by Brockton members and the event was enjoyed by all taking part. The High Gun for each team received a £15 prize (Kidderminster Nigel Kavanagh and Ray Cook shared High Gun with scores of 40 Ex50. Brockton J Plant and A R Aston shared High Gun with scores of 41 Ex50). The picture on the right shows most of the Kidderminster team who took part.

 

 

 

The ABT competition for 2011 was shot over two consecutive Thursdays, 2nd and 9th June 2011. The turnout for this competition was poor (affected by the Whitsun holiday) although enjoyed by those taking part. The weather was fine for both nights although a little windy, and probably kept the scores lower than would normally have been expected. The High Gun and ABT Trophy 2011 was won by Rob Thomas with an overall score of 46 Ex50. He is shown here on the left receiving his trophy from club President Nigel Kavanagh. First Place in Class A went to Richard Thomas (43 Ex50) and first place in Class B to John Preece, pictured right (32 Ex50).

 

The home leg of our annual inter-club shoot against South Worcester Shooting Ground (SWSG) took place on Thursday 23rd June 2011. The weather was very good and even though the sporting layout was challenging some very good scores were posted. Unfortunately holidays and work commitments resulted in a low turnout for SWSG with only five members taking part. The competition was therefore decided on the aggregate of the top five members from each team. The winner was SWSG who won by just three clays with an overall score of 175 (Kidderminster Gun Club (KGC) 172). The high Gun for SWSG was Richard Thomas with a score of 44 Ex50 and for KGC, Rick Willetts scoring 40 Ex50. The whole event was very enjoyable and we look forward to the return visit to SWSG later in the summer. The picture to the left shows SWSG captain, John Clements, being congratulated on their victory by KGC club President, Nigel Kavanagh.

 

 

 

The Sporting Handicap 2011 took place on Thursday 30th June 2011. The weather was dry and fine and the numbers shooting better than average. George Whitehouse took a well deserved High Gun for the night with an adjusted score of 54.6, first place went to Paul Merchant (53.3) and second place to Peter Trice (52.9). The picture on the right shows George Whitehouse (right) receiving his trophy from club Chairman Ray Cook.

 

 

 

 

 

The Handicap Skeet 2011 competition was shot over two consecutive Thursdays, 7th and 14th July 2011. The weather conditions were not ideal for shooting and this was reflected in the scoring. The best round score was 23, shot by a number of members. The eventual winner and High Gun was Paul Merchant with an adjusted score of 55.8, first place went to John Preece (54.2) and second place to Richard Thomas (50.2).

 

 

The first round of the DTL Cup 2011 was shot on Thursday 21st July 2011 and the second and final round on Thursday 28th July 2011. The shooting conditions were good, on both nights, and produced some fine scoring. The eventual winner and High Gun, after dropping just one target, was Richard Thomas with a score of 144 Ex150, Richard is pictured on the left being presented with the DTL Cup trophy by club President, Nigel Kavanagh. First place in Class A went to Rob Thomas (132 Ex150) and first place in Class B to John Preece (121 Ex150).

 

 

 

 

The Sporting Cup 2011 took place on Thursday 28th July 2011. The turnout of members was very poor with just 8 members taking part, all in Class A. The 50 bird sporting layout was extremely testing and while the shooting conditions were very good, scoring proved difficult. The winner and High Gun was Richard Thomas with a score of 38 Ex50, probably the first time a competition has been won with a score of less than 80%. Having said that the event was enjoyed by all those taking part. First place in Class A went to John Fudge (36 Ex50). The picture to the right shows Richard receiving the Sporting Cup trophy from club President, Nigel Kavanagh.

 

 

 

 

Sunday 14th August 2011, South Worcester Shooting Ground (Away). 12 KGC members travelled to South Worcester Shooting Ground to compete in our annual interclub shoot. The weather was good and resulted in some very good scoring. The top ten scorers for Kidderminster Gun Club (please see the full scoreboard shown on the left) scored an aggregate of 538 and beat the opposing team from South Worcester (522) by 16 clays. High Gun for the day was Brett Thomas with a magnificent score of 63 Ex64, John Clements, from SWSG, remarked that this was the first time anyone had shot 63 on a 64 bird shoot and it was also the first ever victory for KGC at SWSG. Brett is shown here on the right with his High Gun card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Presidents Cup 2011 took place on two consecutive Thursday evenings, 4th and 11th August 2011. The weather on the first night was fine but very windy on the second. The 50 bird straight competition was well attended although the conditions on the second night resulted in some poor scoring. The winner and High Gun was Richard Thomas with a score of 45 Ex50, first in Class A went jointly to Peter Trice and Ray Wesson, first place in Class B went to Ray Cook.

 

 

 

 

The Trappers Handicap 2011 was shot on Thursday 18th August 2011 under very good shooting conditions. The 75 bird handicapped competition (25 Skeet and 50 Sporting) was well attended and enjoyed by all taking part. The picture on the left shows the Winner and High Gun, Paul Merchant (right), receiving his trophy from club President Nigel Kavanagh. Paul's adjusted winning score was 88.8. First Place went to Ray Cook (78.3) and Second Place to George Whitehouse (76.1). Many congratulations to Paul Merchant for some excellent shooting.

 

 

 

 

The final competitive shooting of the season took place on Thursday 25th August 2011. The Sportsmans Trophy 2011, The Veterans Cup 2011, The High Pheasant Trophy 2011 and The Aggregate Shield 2011 were all decided on the evening. The shooting conditions were very good and a large turnout of members took part. The Sportsmans Trophy 2011, a 50 bird hadicapped sporting competition, was won by Paul Merchant with an adjusted score of 57.9, first place went to Ray Cook (51.2) and second place to Peter Trice (50.1). Paul (left) is seen in the picture on the right receiving the magnificent Sportsmans Trophy from club President Nigel Kavanagh. Paul joins a long list of past and present members who have previously won this trophy.

 

 

 

 

The Veterans Cup 2011 was won by Joe Kitson with an age adjusted score of 48.2. First place went to Peter Trice (41.8) and second place to Rob Thomas (36.8).

 

The High Pheasant Trophy 2011 was won by Peter Trice with a total score of 45.2. First place went to John Fudge (43.2) and second place to Rob Thomas (43.0).

 

Finally, The Aggregate Shield 2011 was won by Rob Thomas with a total score of 327.0. Second place went to Ray Cook (324.9) and third place to Richard Thomas (320.4).