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).

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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