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then the conditions changed markedly for the worse seeing 9 points dropped over the last four shots in a wind that fishtailed between 1 MOA right and 1.5 MOA left. “I just couldn’t read those changes on the flags! Maybe ..... if we’d shot a little quicker, or started five minutes earlier ......”


Simon Rogers had a great Sunday pulling up to second overall


for the highest aggregate Sunday score and enough to push him up the leader board to a well deserved second overall place. Either side, we had Anthony Dunne win and Gary Costello third, a single point covering the trio with Peter and Ian still well up to complete the top five.


Back with F/TR, the tricky wind was playing havoc with the ballistically inferior 308 cartridge in the final match but this didn’t stop Altcar’s John Cross putting in a staggering 91.3v, a score that most ‘Open’ competitors would have happily taken, seven points ahead of second place Steve Donaldson and Stuart Anselm in third.


Russell and Adam were a bit further behind in the low 80s and Laurie slipped into the 70s. First place pressure? He says not and was well on course to stay within an average shot value of ‘four’ that was reckoned good in the conditions,


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Ah that ‘maybe’ – the most abused word in F Class and never more so than at Blair! So it was Russell who just came out on top ahead of Steve Donaldson, Adam and Laurie in that order. Apart from John Cross, the other Sunday F/TR star was Stuart Anselm who’d suffered ammunition problems in Matches 1 through 3 but now put in Sunday’s third highest aggregate score. Incidentally, Laurie’s 96.9v in Match 4 equals John Cross’s GB 20 shot F/TR 1000 yard record coincidentally also shot at Blair Atholl. Laurie also had the highest F/TR V-count, so who says the 223 isn’t competitive at this range? As always, Des Parr and West Atholl RC helpers ran a superb match, the electronic targets worked flawlessly through a 4500 round-count and there was a great Shoot Dinner in the Atholl Arms Hotel on Saturday night. Last but not least, the ladies performed an invaluable service cheerfully providing much needed hot drinks, buns and sympathy in the Osprey Rifles tent. A good time was had by all, even me, whether we shot well or not so well – No ouch, don’t twist my arm like that!


Final results were: Open


Anthony Dunne Simon Rogers Gary Costello Peter Hobson Ian Boxall Mark Daish


Mik Maksimovich


387.22v 387.15v 386.21v 383.19v 378.16v 378.15v 374.15v


F/TR


Russell Simmonds Steve Donaldson Adam Bagnall Laurie Holland John Cross Paul Harkins


Russell Howard 360.9v


359.12v 357.12v 355.15v 347.6v 339.9v


337.10v


Overheard At Blair............. By an unknown Irishman as he and partner packed up at the end of a match: “Of course we’ve got to have a good sense of humour. If we didn’t, why would we come to Blair Atholl?” Well known Diggle F/TR regular on being asked if he’d had a good match: “Of course I didn’t! I’m nothing but a has-been!” Blair has this effect on people .... but they always come back for more.


Match Director Des Parr (left) presents Russell Simmonds with the Blair Atholl F/TR winner’s silver shield


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