23 March 2020

COVID-19 puts an early end to the indoor season

In light of current Government advice and guidelines regarding coronavirus it has been decided to postpone the final round of Winter League matches (due to be shot 23rd March) along with any previously postponed matches that are still be to rescheduled.

Obviously we cannot say at this time when we might have the opportunity to reschedule, but hopefully it will be as soon as circumstances allow.

I’m sure you all understand that the health and well-being of everyone is paramount at this time.

16 March 2020

Castletown juggernaut is halted by Laxey

Laxey fought back from recent disappointing form to bring Castletown's four-match winning streak to an end. Harry Creevy was the top gun on the night with 99 and Richard Arthur was Castletown's best scorer with 97.

Sulby power past Sandsiders

Julian Teare was the top scorer for Sulby with 98 but Sandsiders' rising star Jean Quaye matched that with her own thrilling score. The short-handed visitors could not halt Sulby's victory charge, however.

Douglas v Kirk Michael

Health concerns led to the postponement of the IOMSC Douglas v Kirk Michael match.

Manx do island proud in Edinburgh

With virus fears shutting down sporting events worldwide, Scotland fought on and staged the respected Scottish Airgun championship at Napier University in Edinburgh. It was a successful event with a world-class field on display and Manx athletes certainly made their marks on the massed ranks of electronic targets.

The talented Kathryn Holden took bronze in the Junior Women's air pistol championship and Wes Reed got bronze in the Junior Men's Air Rifle.

On the second and final day of the event, Wes recorded a personal best of 580.7 and it seems clear there is much more to come from this promising young man to add to the ranks of the island's shooters.

Perryn Watson, meanwhile, won two medals: Comp 2, D Class and then the D Class aggregate.

9 March 2020

Orry switched on with hot 100 score for Sulby

Orry Teare notched a perfect 100 score for Sulby but his side went down to a narrow defeat in Division One at the trigger fingers of Douglas. Matthew Roosen and Martin Burns were the top guns for the home side with 99s each.

Port power past Sandsiders

Rhys Keown had a good night for Port St Mary with a 98 and his team-mate Sam Clarke matched that score as short-handed Sandsiders were outgunned. Tony Kneale and Andy Traynor notched the best scores for the visitors with 96 apiece.

Castletown cruise past Kirk Michael

This wasn't an evening for superb team scores from either side but Nigel Christian's 97 for Castletown was the best of the night as they took wins in all three divisions.

Isle of Man Junior Championship 2020 preview

The Junior Championship is a competition for shooters aged Under 21 which will take place at the Sinclair Range on Sunday March 29. Each competitor will be scored on 60 shots, 30 indoor and 30 outdoor. The prizes, awarded on the basis of highest overall scores, are as follows:

1st place – 1000 rounds of ammunition

2nd place – 750 rounds

3rd place – 500 rounds

4th place – 250 rounds

There is also a prize for top female shooter. It is anticipated that shooting will start around 11am. This is a great competition with very generous prizes, please encourage your club juniors to give it a go.

2 March 2020

Port St Mary see off Sulby

Rhys Keown hit new heights with a superb 99 along side team-mate Ben Kelly as Port's Division One and Two sides took the points in a fine result. The top scorer for Sulby was Peter Webb.

Sandsiders stun Laxey

Andy Traynor was top gun with a 98 as Sandsiders got the better of short-handed Laxey. Harry Creevy and Gemma Kermode both hit 98s but the lack of a fifth team member made their task impossible.

Close to the edge but Castletown get vital win

A fine show from the home side saw Richard Arthur, Nigel Christian and John Brewis all notch 97s. Matthew Roosen and Paul Perkins were the pick of the bunch for Douglas.

24 February 2020

It's Mission ''Possible'' as Rhian hits new heights for Castletown

Junior shooter Rhian Masson scored a perfect 100 for the first time as Castletown saw off Sulby in the Winter Indoor League.

An excellent display gave the Division One side 492 against the visitors' 472. There were also 99s from Richard Arthur and Nigel Christian. Top scorers for Sulby were Mark Cain and Orry Teare with 96s. Castletown also took wins in all three divisions.

Port put Laxey to the sword

Port St Mary took advantage of a short-handed Laxey to win at Laxey Glen. In the battle of the Kermodes for bragging rights, father Derek notched 99 while daughter Gemma hit 96. Top scorer for the home side was Harry Creevy and John Wood with 98s.

Sandsiders snaffle win at Kirk Michael

Both sides were short of numbers once more but 95s were the order of the day with Andy Traynor, Jean Quaye and Perryn Watson on the mark.

17 February 2020

Sharp shooter Shirley crowned Lady of Mann

The half-term holiday meant no league matches tonight, but that didn't stop five intrepid ladies competing for the Lady of Mann trophy.

Shirley Caley won the handicap competition staged at St John's. Despite the cold the atmosphere really was electric … or at least electronic.

Shirley was tied with Suzanne McKnight but separated after a countback through the twenty scoring shots. New shooter Jean Quaye was third with a score 197.4, Perryn Watson was fourth with 196.2 and Sue Keown fifth with 195.

10 February 2020

Douglas make hay against Sandsiders

Douglas picked up all the points against an unusually short-handed Sandsiders. Up-and-coming star Jean Quaye will be in good shape for her first Lady of Mann competition next week - which is also being staged on the electronic targets at St John's. In the winter league match, Sam Jones, Tom Gray, Sharon Drysdale and Martin Burns all scored 97s for Douglas.

Port power past Kirk Michael

Ben Kelly and Kevan Kneale both hit near-perfect 99s as Port St Mary delivered a great performance on a stormy night on the island. The visitors replied with brave scores from Perryn Watson and Suzanne McKnight but the home side breezed to wins in all three divisions.

Laxey see off Sulby

Gemma Kermode and Harry Creevy led the charge for Laxey as the visitors took the points in Division One.

3 February 2020

Rampant Riley done up to the 99s for Laxey

A jubilant Mark Riley scored a new personal best of 99 as Laxey piled past Kirk Michael. John Wood also scored 99. The home side's valiant effort saw Suzanne McKnight deliver a 97 while "double stickering" for a concurrent match card with a Scottish Target Shooting team league fixture.

Kelly comes up with 100 as Port bag all the points

Ben Kelly hit a faultless possible as Port St Mary travelled to St John's and won Division One by just three points. Derek Kermode and Paul Clague provided close support with 98s each. For the home side, Martin Burns came very close with a 99.

Spot-on Castletown storm past Sandsiders

John Brewis was the top gun for Castletown as his near-perfect 99 led the Division One team to a comfortable win over Sandsiders. The up and coming Jean Quaye was the top scorer for the visitors with 96 and the home side won in all three divisions.


In Division Four of the Inter-County Junior League, Isle of Man RA A team beat Norfolk County RA A by 388 to 383.

Humphrey secures the RTD Stott trophy

David Humphrey won the RTD Stott handicap competition with a score of 202.3. Jean Quaye was second with 202.2, John Brewis third with 199 and Tony Kneale fourth with 194.3.

27 January 2020

King Orry is top man in easy Sulby win

Sulby showed their continuing class as a team, featuring no less than eight BSA riflists as they swept crippled Kirk Michael aside with ease in the winter indoor league.

Orry Teare was the top scorer for the homesters with 98 although Perryn Watson kept up her good average with a 98 as well.

Douglas held to draw by Laxey

Honours were even at St John's as Douglas and Laxey fought out a draw. Matthew Roosen and Sharon Drysdale notched 97 while there were three 97s from Laxey with Mark Smith scoring a particularly pleasing total. Division Two was won by the home side.

Port take derby bragging rights

In a fiercely-contested south of island derby, Port took the points in Division One thanks to solid scores from Ben Kelly and Derek Kermode with 97s. Castletown did well though, with Nigel Christian and John Brewis the top guns with 96 each. Division Two was also won by Port while the home side picked up the points in Division Three.

20 January 2020

Rampant Laxey lay Castletown low

Laxey took the points in Division One with a strong performance. There were three 97s scored - from Harry Creevy, Mark Riley and Martin Smith. Richard Arthur was the top gun for the visitors.

Sulby secure the spoils at St John's

Sulby shot well on the electronic targetry at the Sinclair Range, with Julian Teare hitting 99 and Orry Teare on 96. They picked up wins in all three divisions. Jarvis Kelly was the top scorer for the home side with 96.

Douglas do the business at Kirk Michael

Douglas made the short trip to Kirk Michael and quietly demolished a side who could only field four shooters. Mark Osborn was very happy with his 98 while Perryn Watson was the best of the bunch for the home side.

13 January 2020

Sulby storm to victory over Douglas

In the Winter Indoor League, the top scorer really was 'Brendan' as the storm led to the postponement of the other two matches, Castletown v Kirk Michael and Port St Mary v Sandsiders.

Sulby, however, lined up to take on Douglas at home and their strong performance saw them take the points in all three divisions. Orry Teare and Peter Faragher both delivered 99s. Matthew Roosen was the top scorer for the visitors with 98.

6 January 2020

Port St Mary have 20-20 vision with fine win over Sulby

Derek Kermode was the top scorer for Port as his 99 led the team to a decent victory over Sulby. Julian Teare was the top gun for the visitors with 98.

Laxey lay it on thick for victory

Harry Creevy hit a fine 99 to send Laxey to a win in Division One by a decent margin. Andy Traynor was the top scorer for Sandsiders with a 95.

Douglas draw against Castletown

The honours were even at St John's as Douglas and Castletown both hit 478 in Division One. Sharon Drysdale kept up her recent good form with a 99 while Castletown's Steve Gardner weighed in with 98. The visitors picked up the points in Divisions Two and Three, however.

16 December 2019

Single point secures win across three divisions for Sulby against Castletown

Consistency was the key as Sulby's entire first team scored 96s while Richard Arthur and John Brewis were the top scorers for Castletown with 97s.

Andy Traynor leads the way for Sandsiders

Andy Traynor notched a 99 as the reinvigorated Sandsiders vaporised the opposition from Kirk Michael who look unlikely to win a match this season.

Laxey put Port to the Sword

A strong performance from minnows Laxey gave Port St Mary a surprise defeat in the division 1 match, but sheer strength of numbers meant the home team secured wins in divisions 2 and 3.

9 December 2019

Roosen rises to the challenge for deadly Douglas

Matthew Roosen was the top scorer for Douglas as they beat neighbours Sandsiders at St John's. A strong performance from the home side saw Sharon Drysdale and Tom Gray hit 97s. Andy Traynor scored 97 for Sandsiders with Jarvis Kelly on 96.

Cain makes it 'possible' for Sulby

Mark Cain is enjoying a rich vein of form and he reinforced that with a perfect 100 away to Laxey. with team-mate Mark Boyde on 97. Harry Creevy top scored for the home side with 98 and Gemma Kermode made a welcome return for them with a 96.

Port St Mary crush Kirk Michael

The legions from Port descended on Kirk Michael and came away with easy wins in all three divisions. There were three 98 scores: Ben Kelly, Kevan Kneale and Tom Meakin.

2 December 2019

Laxey in cruise control for win over Kirk Michael

Laxey took the points with ease against a short-handed Kirk Michael with John Wood their top scorer on 98, while Suzanne McKnight matched that for the visitors.

Port get the better of Douglas

Kevan Kneale and Derek Kermode did the business for Port St Mary with a pair of 98s while Sharon Drysdale hit a 98 and youngster Matthew Humphrey scored 97 which gave the home side wins in all three divisions.

Sandsiders have their bucket kicked over by Castletown

Improving Sandsiders came close but Castletown got back to winning ways with the help of a 99 from Richard Arthur.

25 November 2019

Sharon shines with superb 100 score for Douglas as amazing vein of form continues

Sharon Drysdale was the star for Douglas as the team fought off the challenge of Laxey at Laxey Glen and she could not hide her delight as her remarkable vein of form carried on.

"I’m pleased with the season so far," she said. "I have more of an active role in the club in Nick Brown's absence through illness. His role is mighty big to fill between us and we undoubtedly miss him."

"I hope I haven’t peaked too soon, the season has a long way to go! Hopefully the team will continue to pull together to pose a challenge."

"Bizarrely I had fallen down my stairs and significantly injured my shoulder but the ladies' team and main team county cards needed shot." Sharon went on. "I couldn’t let both drop with a no score from me so persevered putting in two tons on the bounce then for added insult the 100 in competition on the Monday league match. Not my preferred way of getting the ton hence I’m pleased with an injury-free ton (although full of the cold, ha-ha)."

The ever-reliable Matthew Humphrey hit a 98 for Douglas too, while John Wood was the top scorer for Laxey, with Harry Creevy a point back on 98.

Strong Sulby make short work of Kirk Michael

Sulby swept Kirk Michael aside with Will Quayle savouring a 99 while Perryn Watson was the top gun for the home side with 96.

Port St Mary win as Castletown crumble

In the southern derby, Port St Mary earned the bragging rights against Castletown with a win by eight points.

18 November 2019

Courageous Castletown get lucky against Laxey

John Brewis, with a 98, made the difference for Castletown as they pipped Laxey by a solitary point. Harry Creevy was Laxey's top scorer with 99.

Orry over the moon as Sulby see off Sandsiders

Sulby's Orry Teare recorded a near-perfect 99 as the home side came away with a big win against Sandsiders. Andy Traynor was the top scorer for the visitors with 97.

Douglas edge out Kirk Michael

Matthew Roosen's 97 led Douglas to victory in all three divisions with this win over Kirk Michael whose limited numbers were bolstered by the return of Les Crowe who dusted off his rifle to score 94.

11 November 2019

Sharon hits perfect 100 as Douglas edge Sulby out in thriller

Sharon Drysdale scored a faultless 100 and Matt Roosen a fabulous 99 as Douglas won their Division One match against Sulby on the electronic targets at St Johns. Peter Faragher was the top scorer for the visitors with 98 while Julian Teare and Mark Cain both notched 97s.

Perfect Port put paid to Sandsiders

Ben Kelly scored 100 to earn Port St Mary a narrow win over Sandsiders with teammate Kevan Kneale on 98. For the visitors, Andy Traynor and Steve Callus were the top guns with 97s.

Castletown cruise past a Kirk Michael side woefully short on numbers

Castletown braved the island's gales with a reduced line-up of shooters and put paid to a brave but short-handed home side who find themselves very short on numbers with the majority of the season still ahead of them. Richard Arthur was Castletown's top scorer once again with sound performances from John Brewis, Nigel Christian, Robin McFee and Lauren Cooper.

Suzanne McKnight and Perryn Watson were the top guns for the home side and Suzanne's daughter Nicole donned her contact lenses to step up the plate while Colin Watson had a nightmare evening when a rifle malfunction meant he could not even get past his sighting shots before stopping and shooting his detail later on in the match, but by then the damage was already done.

Gray picks up Golden Jubilee title

Tom Gray was the winner of the NSRA Golden Jubilee Junior competition held at Port St Mary with a score of 190 over two cards. Matthew Humphrey was second with 188 and Alex Denning third with 181 and all three are members of IOMSC Douglas.

4 November 2019

Laxey win through at the Sinclair Range

Laxey picked up the points on the road against Sandsiders at St John's. There was a strong showing from Gemma Kermode, with 98, Harry Creevy on 97 and Mark Riley will have been pleased with his 96.

Sandsiders did field eight shooters, however, and newcomer Jean Quaye impressed with her equal top score of 97 alongside team-mate Andy Traynor.

Richard's perfect 100 lets Castletown take the honours against Douglas

Richard Arthur scored 100 as the home side swept Douglas aside ably assisted by the ever-improving Phil Corrin. Sharon Drysdale replied with a fine 99 but it was not enough to stop Castletown from taking wins in all three divisions.

Quick on the draw at Sulby share the points against Port St Mary

A pair of 98s from Will Quayle and Julian Teare set up a draw on a night of good scoring from both sides. Kevan Kneale hit 98 along with the rest of the Port's Division One side, four of whom delivered 96s, including Sue Keown who will have been very happy with her score of 96 - matched by her son Rhys. The matches were equally well contested in the other divisions, with just one point separating them in Division Two while Port won Division Three due to greater numbers.

Douglas pair win 101 challenge

The 101 Challenge Cup was held at Laxey's range and the pairing of Matthew Roosen (95) and Sam Jones (95) won it for IOMSC Douglas against the Laxey duo of John Wood (96)and Mark Riley (93).


21 October 2019

The genius of Jean makes it a successful night for Sandsiders

Jean Quaye turned in a fabulous performance for Sandsiders as her score of 98 revitalised the team in a fine victory at Kirk Michael. Tony Kneale also hit 98 while Perryn Watson was the top scorer for the home side.

Sandsiders were able to field eight shooters and they will have more once their squad injuries clear up.

Laxey lose out once more as Port St Mary bag the points

Kevan Kneale hit a 99 with team-mates Ashley Gardner and Derek Kermode just a point back. For Laxey, Gemma Kermode could not repeat her 'possible' score of the previous week but she was the top scorer for the home side along with Harry Creevy. Port, meanwhile, won all three divisional matches.

Honours even in Castletown draw

This was a high-scoring draw between two under-strength sides, with the reliable Richard Arthur on 98 and Mark Cain of Sulby, just a single point off a perfect score, just a few of the highlights. Also for Castletown, Shirley Caley and John Paul Bridson will be especially happy with their 97s and the home outfits took the honours in Divisions Two and Three.

14 October 2019

Douglas do the business in electronic shoot-out

With six shooters including new recruit Paul Tombs, Sandsiders ran Douglas close but Sharon Drysdale nursed her team to victory with the night's top score of 99.

Port St Mary pummel short-handed Kirk Michael

With just four shooters able to turn up from Kirk Michael for this contest, the outcome was never in doubt from the outset. Noah Mayne was the top gun for the visitors with 96. Derek Kermode, meanwhile, showed he has still got it with a 99.

Sulby get the better of Laxey

A perfect ton from Gemma Kermode and a 98 from Harry Creevy for Laxey was not enough to ward off home side Sulby. Solid 97s from Orry Teare, Mark Cain, Mark Boyde and Peter Faragher made the result for Sulby.

7 October 2019

The new indoor season got underway with Kirk Michael playing host to Laxey, Douglas welcoming Port St Mary, and Sandsiders journeying south to Castletown.

Laxey forget the floods to leave Kirk Michael with the points

Laxey made the trek to Kirk Michael and came away with a fine win. Gemma Kermode found time to coach the newer members of her team as well as pick up the side's top score of the night, a 98 along with John Wood. Laxey for once had a range of shooters to choose from while Kirk Michael will face a difficult season with depleted numbers following the sad loss of Kevin Quinn and they were able to field just five members. The club has advertised for new shooters to join the team while Suzanne McKnight was their top gun with a 98 too.

Douglas are deadly from the off against Port

Douglas got into top gear for their first Winter League match. It was a tight affair on the electronic targets of the Sinclair Range but the home side edged to a win by three points over Port. There were 99s for Matthew Roosen and Sam Jones while Derek Kermode, Jackie Gardner and newcomer Agatha Mitchell hit 97s. The visitors recorded wins in Divisions Two and Three, however.

Castletown come up trumps against revitalised Sandsiders

Richard Arthur and Nigel Christian were the highlights for Castletown as they powered past Sandsiders. Andy Traynor was their top scorer with 96 but the good news for the side from the Sinclair Range is that they were able to call on six members with the promise of more on their way in the coming weeks.

Other Shooting News

Laxey air rifle shooter Wesley Reed got his first taste of international competition when the teenager, 15, competed at the Welsh Airgun event in Cardiff recently. He had much to enthuse about on his return to the island, too.

'This was my first off-island and international competition and I am happy with my performance which on the first day of competing saw me score a personal best of 565.4 and qualify for my first ever ISSF final where I came eighth,' he beamed. 'On my third day of competing I again made the final and this time finished seventh.' 'I was shooting against shooters experienced in competing both nationally and internationally so I am really happy with how I performed for me personally and as an athlete representing the Isle of Man.' 'I am looking forward to the future. I am looking forward to the next competition, InterShoot in the Netherlands in February 2020 as that competition is on my 16th birthday. I want to represent the Isle of Man at the next Island Games my ultimate ambition is to shoot in the Olympics.'

Wes was keen to pay tribute to the many people have lent him vital support. 'I want to thank everyone who has helped me get to this point. My club coach at Laxey and Distict rifle club, Martin Caley, the IOMTSF that have organised me being coached off island with the Welsh Shooting team once a month, the Isle of Man Sports Aid Academy and all my family and friends.'

In the air pistol ranks, several other Laxey shooters were worthy of mention. Joshua Holden (14) qualified for the junior men's air pistol final in seventh place. In the final, Josh was a little disappointed to be the first athlete eliminated, finishing eighth.

Kathryn Holden (13) shot an excellent match in the junior ladies air pistol competition and was delighted to discover it was a new competition personal best, surpassing her previous PB by six points. Kathryn's score of 535/600 saw her finish 11th of 23.

22 September 2019