Sporting Finish Leaves Shooters Misty-Eyed

Fabrizio Spring All-Rounder

The annual Fabrizio All-Round Cup was this weekend’s hot competition at Meary Veg, Santon, where 13 competitors battled driving fog, gusting wind and variable light to shoot 125 targets across five disciplines. Even clay target shooters have their strengths and weaknesses, which makes for interesting competition and great banter during these mixed events of Trap, Skeet, and Sporting, with each of the five rounds carrying a maximum score of 75 points.

The first discipline was English Skeet, and resident specialist Paul Mihailovits made his mark with the only straight 75, closely followed by Micheal Cross, Peter Kelly, and Giulio Fabrizio all on 72 points thanks to just one miss, which in Mikey’s case was the last target – an unfortunate occurrence. Trap expert Stevie Craine failed to find his groove during this first round, but more than made up for it by scoring a perfect 75 in the second discipline, Down The Line (DTL), where he was pursued by Brian Faragher on 71 and John Moore on 70.

Our third discipline was Olympic Skeet, which differs from English Skeet by virtue of much faster targets, a random delay of up to three seconds, and only being allowed to raise your gun once the target has been spotted. The need to quickly mount the gun from a lowered position places lady shooters at something of a disadvantage, but that didn’t stop Nicky Barnett from putting in a respectable 36, highlighting the beauty of all-round competitions by staying three points clear of the last round’s winner. At the other end of the field, blessed with youthful reflexes and unencumbered by female anatomy, Micheal Cross led the pack with a healthy 69 points, closely followed by Giulio Fabrizio on 66 and Jeff Corkill on 57.

Just as Olympic Skeet could be called an evolution of English Skeet, Automatic Ball Trap (ABT) is very similar to DTL, but now there’s a random vertical component added to the unseen trap’s left-right swing. Once again Stevie Craine was in his element, joining ABT veteran John Moore at the top of the pack with 63 points apiece, closely followed by Micheal Cross, Jeff Corkill, Stanley Cross, Peter Kelly, and Mark Barnett with 57 points each.

The fog thickened outside while competitors were re-grouped in order of merit over mugs of tea and hot baps, before being released to face a final round of 25 very variable targets. Designed to mimic what one might encounter at a game shoot, Sporting targets can differ tremendously in their speed and trajectory, with individual easy ‘birds’ often combining to make challenging pairs. Jeff Corkill’s recent focus on Sporting paid off during this round, bagging him 48 points alongside Brian and Joe Faragher, Mark Barnett, and Stan Cross. Micheal Cross stayed a few points ahead of Dad with 54, but the undisputed victor of a very challenging round was Giulio Fabrizio with 57.

Nothing re-shuffles the pack like a well designed Sporting layout, and today’s final round was no exception – great shooting Mikey!

Results

High Gun

  • Micheal Cross (316)

Class A

  1. J Moore (295)
  2. P Mihailovits (291)
  3. J Corkill (290)

Class B

  1. G Fabrizio (313)
  2. S Cross (293)
  3. M Barnett (286)

Class C

  1. P Fabrizio (233)
  2. N Barnett (183)
P Fabrizio, P Mihailovits, G Fabrizio, N Barnett, S Cross, M Cross, J Moore, J Faragher, J Corkill

Cross on Form with Fifty Straight

Summer Skeet Round 3

The third round of the Colin Bowen Memorial English skeet league was held at Meary Veg Santon in mainly dry sunny conditions.

The leader after the first round was Stan Cross with a perfect 25 straight, in equal second place on 24 were John Moore and Paul Mihailovits with Rachael Bowen Matthews and Peter Kelly next on 23. The leading B class shooter was Madeline Simpson on 22 with Rob Marshall leading C class on 19.

After the second round Wayne Barsby finished in third place in C class with 34 points, taking second place with 38 points was first round leader Rob Marshall but winning C class with 22 in his second round was Brian Kelly with 40 points. Steven Rand was third in B class with 39 points with Peter Fabrizio taking second place on 42 but winning B class with 45 points was Madeleine Simpson.

We had a tie for third place in A class between Paul Mihailovits and Peter Kelly on 47 points, in second place on 48 was John Moore, but the winner of A class who was first in squad one, first to shoot a straight and the only one to hit a fifty straight on the day was Stan Cross – well shot Stan!

Results

Class A

  1. S Cross (50)
  2. J Moore (48)
  3. P Kelly
  4. P Mihailovits (47)

Class B

  1. M Simpson (L)(45)
  2. P Fabrizio (42)
  3. S Rand (39)

Class C

  1. B Kelly (40)
  2. R Marshall (38)
  3. W Barsby (34)

A number of shooters carried on to complete a 100 targets and Paul Mihailovits was the winner on 96 with John Moore second on 95 and Rachael Bowen Mathews third on 92.

P Fabrizio, P Mihailovits, B Kelly, J Moore, R Marshall, S Cross, P Kelly, M Simpson, S Rand, W Barsby

Mihailovits Rises Again for Easter

Mihailovits Rises Again for Easter

The second round of the Colin Bowen memorial English skeet league was held at Meary Veg, Santon, in calm dry conditions which also had the added incentive of having the Easter Highgun and Easter Handicap cups up for grabs.

Before shooting commenced a shot gun salute was held in memory of Richie Radcliffe, a long time member of the club who passed away on Tuesday 12th April and will be sadly missed by all at the club.

After the first round we had a three way tie for first place between Jeff Corkill, Michael Cross and Paul Mihailovits who all hit 25 straights followed by George Davies who was the leading B class shooter along with Rachel Bowen Matthews and Giulio Fabrizio on 24. The leading C class shooter was junior Zac Bellhouse on 23.

After the second round Wayne Barsby finished in third place in C class with 30 points in second place on 39 was Rob Marshall but taking C class with a well shot 43 was junior Zac Bellhouse. In B class Peter Fabrizio and Brian Faragher tied for third place with 42 points with junior David Cowin taking second place on 46 but winning B class with 47 points was George Davies. We had a three way for second place in A class between Jeff Corkill, Michael Cross and Rachael Bowen Matthews with 49 points but top of the class with a perfect 50 straight and retaining the Stan Cross Highgun cup with the same score as last year was Paul Mihailovits.

In the handicap section the winner of the George Costain memorial handicap cup was newcomer Wayne Barsby with 56 points.

Results

High Gun

  • P Mihailovits (25, 25 = 50)

Handicap

  1. W Barsby (30, 26 = 56)
  2. J Corkill
  3. M Cross
  4. Z Bellhouse (55)

Class A

  1. P Mihailovits (50)
  2. J Corkill
  3. R Bowen Matthews
  4. M Cross (49)

Class B

  1. G Davies (47)
  2. D Cowin (46)
  3. P Fabrizio
  4. B Faragher (42)

Class C

  1. Z Bellhouse (43)
  2. R Marshall (39)
  3. W Barsby (30)

Fifteen carried on to complete a 100 targets which included the Colin Bowen Team cup. The winners of the the team cup were Michael Cross and John Moore with a final total of 192 ex 200 with Paul Mihailovits and Andy Morgan in second place on 189 and coming in third place were Stan Cross and Jeff Corkill on 188.

In the 100 league Michael Cross was the winner with 98 points one ahead of Will Rand in second place on 97 with Paul Mihailovits and Jeff Corkill taking equal third place on 96.

G Davies, D Cowin, P Fabrizio, J Corkill, P Mihailovits, R Bowen-Matthews, R Marshall, W Barsby, Z Bellhouse

Fabrizio claims Medley Title

2022 Skeet Medley

The annual Skeet Medley Championship was held at Meary Veg, Santon, in near perfect conditions.

The leader after the English skeet was Peter Kelly with a perfect straight scoring 24 points as no optional is required, in second place on 23 were Stan Cross and Paul Mihailovits followed by John Moore on 22.

The next discipline was Manx Skeet and we had a new leader in Paul Mihailovits with 47 points with Stan Cross and John Moore in equal second place on 46 followed by Peter Kelly on 45 with Giulio Fabrizio in fifth place on 43. Making up the top six was Dave Corlett on 41.

The third discipline was Skeet Doubles and Mihailovits increased his lead to three by hitting all 26 targets for a running total of 73. Stan Cross was second on 70 with John Moore third on 69, in fourth place on 68 was Giulio Fabrizio and making up the top six was Peter Kelly on 67.

The forth and final skeet discipline was Olympic skeet which proved to be a game changer; Dave Corlett finished in sixth place on 80 with Peter Kelly fifth on 84, John Moore was forth on 84. We had a tie for second place overall between Stan Cross and Paul Mihailovits on 90 points but the surprise winner who trailed the leader by five points going into the last round was Giulio Fabrizio with 91 points having hit 23 in the last discipline Olympic skeet – well done Giulio!

Results

High Gun

  • G Fabrizio (21, 22, 25, 23 = 91)

Class A

  1. S Cross (23, 23, 24, 20 = 90)
  2. P Mihailovits (23, 24, 26, 17 = 90)
  3. J Moore (22, 24, 23, 17 = 86)

Class B

  1. P Fabrizio (20, 17, 18, 14 = 69)

Class C

  1. N Barnett (18, 13, 13, 10 = 54)
P Mihailovits, J Moore, P Fabrizio, G Fabrizio, N Barnett, S Cross

Sunny Sunday Skeet

Colin Bowen Memorial League, Round 1

The first round of the Colin Bowen Memorial English Skeet League for 2022 was held at Meary Veg Santon with nineteen competitors taking part in dry, sunny but breezy conditions.

The joint leaders after the first round were Paul Mihailovits and Michael Cross with perfect 25 straights. In equal third place were Will Rand and Giulio Fabrizio on 24 with Peter Kelly, Stan Cross and John Moore next on 23. The leading B class shooter was newly promoted Steven Rand on 20 with Peter Fabrizio next on 19. The leading C class shooter was Brian Kelly on 21 with Wayne Barsby and Rob Marshall in equal second place on 16.

At the end of the second round Wayne Barsby was in third place in C class on 29 but one point ahead on 30 in second place was Mark Sweetman, and taking C class by eight points was Brian Kelly. In B class Madeleine Simpson was in third place on 35 with Peter Fabrizio taking second place on 39, but winning B class with 41 points was Steven Rand. It was all square in A class with Paul Mihailovits, Michael Cross and Will Rand all tying on 49 points for first place with Giulio Fabrizio in forth place on 48 and Stan Cross fifth on 47 and making the top six was Peter Kelly on 45.

Results

Class A

  1. W Rand (24, 25 = 49)
  2. P Mihailovits (25, 24 = 49)
  3. M Cross (25, 24 = 49)

Class B

  1. S Rand (20, 21 = 41)
  2. P Fabrizio (19, 20 = 39)
  3. M Simpson (L) (16, 19 = 35)

Class C

  1. B Kelly (21, 17 = 38)
  2. M Sweetman (14, 16 = 30)
  3. W Barsby (16, 13 = 29)

Seven shooters carried on to complete a 100 targets with Paul Mihailovits taking the honours on 93 with Dave Corlett second on 86 and Jeff Corkill third on 82.

Next week is the Meary Veg Skeet Medley consisting of English Skeet, Skeet Doubles, Manx Skeet and Olympic Skeet. Duty officers this week are S & M Cross.