BFTA Grand Prix 4: CSFTA Newbury: Flawless

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  1. RobF

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    BFTA Grand Prix 4: CSFTA Newbury: Flawless

    There's one thing about competitions... there is always a winner. No matter what it is, there will always be someone at the end of the day with the trophy in their hands, and the next year there will always be a shooter with that trophy. Indeed, some may lay their hands on the silverware across the board more than others, but ultimately it's a measure of how well you grasped the course compared to your peers, the course is the real opponent of the day.

    But theres one thing that isn't a given in any competition, that isn't guaranteed at the end of the day, that someone won't be able to take away next time, and that is a perfect score. So today was rather special, as after all the near misses and the past' what-could-have-beens', a BFTA 50 shot Grand Prix course was cleared for the first time, ever. And that, beyond whatever championships and titles will pass in the future, is an accolade that can never be claimed again.

    So many congratulations to James Osborne for being the one to do it.

    But the course still had it's day. The Newbury crew put on a testing layout. With a gentle but tricky wind it, put pressure on the course to separate the field. A plethora of 50+yd targets kept many busy, trying to work out which side of wrong to place the crosshairs. Positionals were biased towards standers, but not stretched to the maximum. However, angled ground on the firing point added to their difficulty.

    Early leaders from the morning once again piled pressure on the afternoon, Dan Eley with a 48, and two 47's from Richard Shaw and Andy Gillott in AA kept everyone sharp. But by mid afternoon, with James clear through the positionals and the more tricky sections, the writing was on the wall for the course itself. And James didn't disappoint. Simon Pattle pushed his way to the front of A grade with a 48, leaving most of AA behind. Once again, Marc Fisher with a 46 showed most of the field what a 20 year old springer is capable of, and although Steve Lanyman again kept the SFT bar high with a 41, Brian Samson pushed it further with a 42. My head was buried trying to sift the 7 or so 46's for showdown qualifiers (sorry Charlie:eek:, unofficial congrats to Craig), so we'll have to wait to see how the B & C grades went, but judging by my partner Jason's performance, I expect some top scores to be in there as well.

    Many thanks has to be said to the Newbury crew, for their and the BFTA crew's seemingly tireless efforts in putting the course out. I'm not quite sure how they find the energy, especially shooting as well, but hopefully big thanks helps with the fuel.

    I'm sure the scores will appear in the usual place, and there's a photo thread here.

    Roll on Dunfermline :D
     
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    Good report once again Rob. Many congratulations to James on his perfect score.:)
     
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    Congratulations James, great shooting to clear the course :)
     
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    Fine statement there Rob:)

    Fine shooting James well deserved (a record to be proud of m8)

    Great coarse well done lads.. Mighty fine weather as well...
     
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    Yeah, great course as usual;) well done to James thats some awsome shooting pal;):)
    Lee
     
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    well done James O
    fantastic shooting :D

    I was well cuffed with my PB of 44 in A grade but still no cigar :(

    very big well done to all at NEWBURY fantastic course :D very long but very good :D

    roll on Dunfermline :D

    shaun
     
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    You said it all there Rob, I'd just like to add my thanks to both James & Chris for partnering me today & add my congratulations to James for his magnificient achievement!
    The subject cropped up as we moved along the Course & I witnessed James' score accumalate, when the last time a GP Course was cleared, it became apparent that the last time it was it had been a 40 shot course. I expressed the opinion that maybe some sort of prize should be put up for the first one to do it & I would have a word with the relavant person at the first opportunity. James then promptly stepped all over my point by doing just that!:)
    Congrats to you as well Rob, nice shootin' mate;) It's tough to get a win even at grade level all the scores are so high, you really need to put something special in nowadays to even place!:cool:
     
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    [Edit] Added photo link on 1st post and a score correction
     
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    congratulations tro james it was always coming and we knew james would be the first, also well done to newbury great day;);)
     
  10. RobF

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    scores are up here :)
     
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    alan-aitch I'll practice tomorrow...............

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    Forgot to ask your score yesterday, Rob. That's some good shooting mate :)

    Alan.

    PS. Who forgot to pick his badge up then ?? :eek:
     
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    I was a bit dazed and confused after that :D

    You doing bonnie scotland?
     
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    alan-aitch I'll practice tomorrow...............

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    Hope to but it's a bit up in the air at the moment, won't know for sure until the end of this week.
     
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    no worries, they're still in the car :)
     
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    good shooting James what a day stunning weather for shooting don't know about you lot I shot poo but still had a grate day in the woods :cool:
     
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    alan-aitch I'll practice tomorrow...............

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    That pretty much sums up my day too.....:D
     
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    I thought Calpin had left something out on the course :D
     
  18. JamesO

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    Cheers everyone:)

    Obviously I had a great day out, but it seems quite a few of you out there did well too. A quick thanks to my shooting partners Greg and Chris for their company and encouragement, also thanks to the likes of Berty and Neil for there own brand of 'encouragement' and keeping my feet well and truely on the ground.

    Well done to the course builders, and sorry about beating your course:D

    James
     
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    Did you fish your score card back out afterwards? I saw it as I was sifting for the 7 people who qualified for the last place so that tony could work out the countbacks.
     
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    I didn't pick it up. Forgot if I'm honest. I'll remember next time.......:D
     

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