The Fermoy 2011 Open & International
Well what can I say - It did not rain - were we in the right place ? Last year
we just had the choice of how hard do you want your rain to be falling on you
when you try to shoot - this year we even saw the sun, and it was hot and humid.
Scheduled for the weekend of 9th / 10th July - as per usual most of us set of on the Thursday morning to arrive in the Emerald Isle for the evening and a practice / start on comps for the Friday.
In all 9 members of SLG Bisley travelled in 4 cars. Accommodation - as before (for most) the self- catering Harkaway Cottages an ideal base for the range and the recently discovered town of Mallow - with its seemingly larger choice of eating out opportunities.
If you are considering attending in the future - word of warning - take everything you need with you - the prices in Ireland make motorway service stations in the UK look reasonable.
Many changes had taken place at the range since our last visit, with Range 1 - the pistol range - having been dramatically altered with the addition of ground level baffles, and range 2 shortened to just 50m with the former metallic silhouettes now gone completely.
Shooting in Ireland has definitely taken a battering of late, with many having to fight through the courts to retain their pistols over the last couple of years - another opportunity that has disappeared from this event. This year also shooters from the UK faced a new hurdle - with the Irish authorities insisting that firearms had to be now stored overnight with an RFD.
Shooting began on the Friday with a bit of practice / zeroing, and many of the UK competitors opting to make a start on some of their comps . This year the weather was much kinder, and apart from a few light showers on the Friday, the rain held off all weekend, and the sun even made a few appearances.
The open competition for individuals was hosted by the Fermoy Rifle Club, and there was quite a bit to keep us busy - the 1500, PP1, Multi Target, America Match & 50m Precision available to shoot in both calibres, as well as our customary contribution to running some of the ranges. In all 226 individual matches were shot, with SLG Bisley competitors winning 10 gold, 7 silver & 8 bronze medals.
Notable scores other than JR's - which are always there or there abouts were,
Andy Pain - Centrefire 1500 - 1485
Jacky Lamb - Centrefire 1500 - 1476
International team romped home with victories in both the centrefire and smallbore
matches helped in no small part to the usual solid high scoring performances
from our own John Robinson, who shot all his smallbore using a loaned rifle
(mine) - and
all these years I thought the equipment was to blame.
Anyway - enough of the boring shooting stuff - the Friday night and follow up Sunday night barbecues at the cottages were a resounding success. Irelands roads are improving - bits of motorway are opening up here and there making the journey if not quicker - at least less trying.
Your SLG Bisley team attending was,
John Robinson (Chairman) / Irish International squad
Steve Lamb (Captain) / GB International squad
Jack Lamb (Treasurer)
Andy Jarman / GB International squad
John Lynch / GB International squad
Onwards and upwards (or should that be eastwards ?) to the German open in November.