Barnett the star of open meeting
The local boys kept the silverware to themselves in the Norfolk Open fullbore rifle meeting as home-grown marksmen took all the major prizes.A healthy turnout converged on Thetford Range, with competitors from as far as Cheshire and Surrey adding to the numbers.
The local boys kept the silverware to themselves in the Norfolk Open fullbore rifle meeting as home-grown marksmen took all the major prizes.
A healthy turnout converged on Thetford Range, with competitors from as far as Cheshire and Surrey adding to the numbers.
The shooters enjoyed a warm, sunny day with a modest breeze that fishtailed with enough frequency and rapidity to push those inattentive to the wind well out of the bull.
Sheringham's Glyn Barnett, twice a Queen's prizewinner and a Commonwealth gold medallist, was top of the pile at 300 yards with a score of 50 and 9 V bulls, beating his close friend and thrice Queen's winner Ant Ringer (East Rudham) by a single V.
Just behind them was Peter Holden from Fakenham who dropped his first shot to count into the inner before hitting nine consecutive V Bulls for a 49.9.
Good scores were posted by the less experienced in 'T' Class, with Roland Johnson from Gresham's School winning with 49.6, while clubmates Harriet Bennett (47.4) and Rachel Knight (47.3) took the other medal positions.
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The ever-changing direction of the wind proved more problematic at 500 yards, where Norwich's Jeremy Hinde gained the laurels with the only score of 50, including six V bulls. The silver and bronze placings were closely fought, with North Elmham's Phil Rose and Roger Ellis of Essex both obtaining a 49.6, the latter overcoming the former after a six shot countback. Knight put down a 49.6 of her own to lift 'T' Class, with Bennett (48.3) and Matthew Purdy (Gresham's, 47.6) close behind.
By 600 yards the wind conditions had settled down again, and more 'possibles' started to appear on the scoreboard. A 50.7 by Guy Bartle from Sheringham was enough for victory, just edging out Barnett's 50.6, his last shot scoring a V bull and pushing Norwich's James Lewis (50.6), finishing on an ordinary bull, into third place. Purdy's 49.3 was the best score in 'T' Class, with team-mates Ed Johnson (48.2; 5 finish) and Rob Stilgoe (48.2; 4 finish) second and third.
Barnett was the only participant to drop just a single point all day, hence lifting the aggregate trophy, scoring 149 and 19 V bulls. Ellis came home in the silver position with 148.19, a single V bull ahead of Ringer's 148.18. Knight claimed the 'T' Class aggregate on 143.11, seeing off Bennett (142.13) and Purdy (141.11).
Ladies' prize: Rachel Knight 143.11; English XX Bronze Jewel: Glyn Barnett 149.19.