Inter Provincial Shoot 2018

It was a long way to Middlesbrough but 10 West Lancashire members made it in time to shoot in the Inter Provincial Competition hosted by the Province of Yorkshire North & East Ridings.
The ground boasted a magnificent clubhouse and catered for all the entries. Lunch and prize giving was to be in here, but more of that later.
The expected rain was held a bay by the gale force winds experienced on this exposed ground. The five stands offered some very difficult targets – just look at the scores. On the whole the 34 entries enjoyed the shoot.
Members from Yorkshire North & East Riding acted as scorers and deserved medals just to stay out there.
After the completion of the 50 bird competition some of us entered the pool shoot which was eventually won by Nigel Hirst beating our own Jason Rhodes in a shoot off.
None of us knew the scores until we returned to the calm of the clubhouse and saw what a mess we had made of the targets. Jason Rhodes was again our top scorer with 44 ex 50 and he took the Les Jennings-Hoole Trophy. Jason Coxhead was 2nd with 31 and won the Donna Heyes Memorial Trophy. (Nice to see you back Jason) and the rest were fairly close behind each other. The top six received the Team Cap.
All the Prizes were presented by Steven Robinson the Assistant Provincial Grand Master.
Well how did we do? We are fast becoming the best runners up in the business!
The Watson Eden Trophy for the top Province was taken by West Yorkshire with a total score of 196 for the top 6 scores. West Lancashire was second with 188 and North Yorkshire third with 161. Cumberland and Westmorland, who have been struggling lately, came 4th  Oak Lodge put on a simple meal of Pie Peas and Chips which was much appreciated by all those who went.Thanks go to the members of North & East Riding for organising the event, especially the ladies who corrected all our scores, Oak Lodge Shooting Ground for giving us the facilities, our own Knitters Circle for supporting us as usual and Richard Dennison for – well you all know what he does best!

Jason Rhodes 44
Jason Coxhead 31
Andy McClemments 30
Dave Smith 30
Mike Casey 27
Richard Dennison 26
Ian Heyes 24
Mick Woods 22
Colin Preston 22
Howard Whittaker 16

More images available on the Gallery

Once again the Battle of Coniston Cold was a hard fought contest between two very equal sides with Lancashire winning again with a score of 247 to Yorkshires 241.More Masons supported from Yorkshire but the Lancashire squad shot better on the day to retain the trophy. This event again proved popular with 49 guns supporting us. Coniston Hall were extremely helpful and put on great targets for everyone to enjoy. And the weather was kind with the expected rain holding off.New faces shot well enough to get into the Lancashire team but non could equal Jason Rhodes who won back his high gun trophy from Even Walsh who really had a bad day at the office.

Congratulations to Jason Rhodes (45), Karl Prince (43), Andy McClement (41), Dave Smith (40), Ian Turner ((40) and John Bruffell (38) the top six from Lancashire and well done to Anthony Thomas (44), Nigel Hirst (44), Richard Loukota(41), Russel Gee (38), David Marlow (37) and Ben Cole (37) the top six from Yorkshire. It was nice to see a new trophy winner for Yorkshire – but only by countback. Thanks go to Peter Manley and his team at Coniston Hall: Dawn, Joyce and June for running the office and well done those who thanked them on the day – it was appreciated.