WFTF FT Championships 2009 South Africa

Discussion in 'News and Results' started by RobF, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. greyskullnz

    greyskullnz Non member

    Nice write up Rob,
    On behalf of the New Zealand team, ......it was great to meet everyone attending.

    It was indeed a battle. It was more a battle against our own demons rather than a battle for placings. So much was learned at that venue I don't know where to start,.......but we will be passin what we learned on now we are home.

    I ran into John and his Uncle, Andy C and James O flightside in the airport,......said goodbyes, had a chat with John and swapped a bit more kit. What a nice lad, and a great bunch of ambassadors for FT shooting! As a minnow, the NZ team were received very well by everyone without exception. We were made to feel at home particularly by our SA hosts.

    We will be back in the future, and think we can inch our way closer to the top levels, especially if we get exposed to the calibre and quantity of shooting you get in your domestic competition seasons.

    Again, great to meet you all, it was indeed a pleasure,.......and what an event!

    cheers
    Adam
     
  2. Swiftyx2

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    Well done James.

    Rob,

    Fantastic write up, just wish I could have been part of it. Sounds like it was a tough week all round.

    All the best Steve.
     
  3. JamesO

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    Good stab at the write up Rob, as you mention you can't seperate the shoot from the whole experience and after being at home a day or so now I am gradually putting together the whole thing in my head. We didn't really stop the whole time we were there, trying to make the most of the week I suppose.

    Congratulations to James on his victory and commiserations to John, I have had both positions before so I know how they both feel. At least John had an intimate experience with a bull elephant on the day after the shoot to take his mind off things. The whole tale will no doubt have already done the rounds.

    Everyone we met in South Africa made us feel very welcome from arrival to departure, we had a fantastic time which I will never forget so I would like to thank everyone involved from the shoot organisers to the cleaners at our hotel.

    I'll try to get some pictures up soonish but as I am sure you can imagine I have quite a few to sort out.

    Also well done to the England team and thanks to our sponsors we looked the part at the presentation. Good shooting too Berty, well done on your third place.

    James
     
  4. RobF

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    It's a bit slow down here... do tell :D
     
  5. Dale

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    Hi Rob,

    Glad you enjoyed the experience and had a safe journey home.

    As I write this reply I am still in South Africa and will be flying back to the UK on Sunday.

    Nic sends his appreciation of your kind words and hopes you will come back and stay with him again.

    Turning to the competition I can only echo what has so far been written. The venue was superb, the ranges very nice, although the 'lawn' section of the courses was a little bland.

    As Rob has already stated there were no targets that could in any way be classed as 'gimme's' everything was a challenge and a fight to hit.

    On the first day I was squadded on black course, starting my shoot on the sandbank overlooking the area of felled and burned blue gum trees. No easy targets for this spring gun shooter and a steady march of X's and O's started appearing on my card, my march up the koppie started yielding a few more X's, but I couldn't seem to find a steady rhythm and the humidity was getting to me. I finished the course back down on the sandbank and my final target was a 55yd stander which I amazed myself by knocking down. Day 1 finished for me on a 23 which caused me to grumble about my uselessness until I found out it had put me in third place amongst the spring gun shooters with Sean Orsmond and Paul James ahead of me (Paul put in a stunning 32 on Day 1 with his HW97).

    Day 2 dawned clear and bright, Rob and I learned our lesson from Day 1 about not missing breakfast, so on the drive from Nic's farm in Brits we stopped at a filling station to put petrol in the car and took advantage of the Steers bruger bar in the shop to enjoy a hurried cheeseburger breakfast and buy plenty of drinks for the coming heat. This time I was squadded on green course, starting on lane 12 - almost at the very top of the koppie, this meant I would be climbing the damned mountain twice to complete my shoot. Despite the higher temperature I actually felt more comfortable - probably because I am more used to being in South Africa than my fellow British shooters and stomping through the Bushveld. Day 2 brought a small improvement in my scoring with a 24, Paul James dropped back slightly but still held 1st place and Sean Orsmond maintained 2nd with me in 3rd. The 4th place in spring class sat a clear 11 points below us.

    Day 3 once again dawned with clear skies, promising higher temperatures than previously. It was my turn to face the blue course this time squadded with Oom Johan, chairman of SAFTAA, who I had sourced a special Pro-Target for from the UK a copule of years ago. We started on the sandbank, which, joy of joys, meant only one walk up to the top of the koppie. Again it was a fight for each point but I finished with a consistent 24 once again.

    This result meant that I had held onto 3rd place in spring class with Paul James dropping to second and Sean Orsmond take a well earned 1st place.

    The award function started promptly at 5pm and we had several guests of honour, with representatives of the City of Tshwane, Ziggi Liebner of SAFTAA as well as Mike Potgieter from SANSSU and Nic Roets of SAHGCA. I was especially pleased to see that Nic and Mike received thanks for their foresight in being the two people who first saw the potential in introducing FT to South Africa.

    As mentioned elsewhere the entertainment, in the shape of a troupe of Zulu dancers was stunning, despite my many visits to SA I had not seen them perform before. The award dinner was excellent as well with the meat being Kudu casseroled in wine and spitbraaied Blesbok.

    The medals and trophies were beautiful, being in the form of the continent of Africa.

    All in all the organisation and presentation of the event were breathtaking - it has set a benchmark that will be difficult to equal and damn nigh impossible to beat.

    My thanks go to SAFTAA for a superb event, and as alway to my good friend Nic Roets for allowing me to stay at his home and the loan of his car for the event.

    Dale
     
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    Hei Rob ! I've been told by a certain Anston gentleman that you had a run-in with an elephant, and there were pictures on this forum... can you direct me ? :)
     
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  8. dozbadthebad

    dozbadthebad NEFTA Clasic 2018

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    dont wont to say it but SU told me i had to
    YOU ALL SHOUD HAVE STAYED FOR TWO WEEKS
    cape town was even better (but with out the shooting )
    the food the scenary way amazing the food was even better crocodile and king klip was well just the best the wine was and the BEER and night life even better so when are we going back but next time can we turn the sun off its a bit to worm for us welsh boyos 2.5 liters of water in 3 hrs and no pee is not good :eek:
     
  9. Conor

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    Doz i could smell that shooting jacket of yours from here!:D
     
  10. RobF

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    Not me... It was after Andy's oranges... that or it had a glint in it's eye for John :D
     
  11. berty177

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    Smelly jacket


    The smell was that bad, even the flies were being sick when they landed on him haahaaaa......

    Bout time for a change Doz, you know its coming son....


    Berty
     
  12. dozbadthebad

    dozbadthebad NEFTA Clasic 2018

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    no i love my jacket and i like to smell like a man any ways LSR wheres our silies
     
  13. berty177

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    Good point Doz, L-S-R where are our sillies to, Ive been waiting ages now for them to come haahaa.


    Berty
     
  14. RobF

    RobF Administrator Staff Member

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    Found this on the SAAFTA forum... a report Paul James put in the January 2010 issue of airgun world...

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