The NSRA’s 100th Scottish Meeting ended last Friday after a week of rather mixed weather – mainly cloudy with sunny spells and one or two showers but fairly windy all through. There were some good performances though, and the contingent from George Watson’s excelled themselves this year. They won seventeen trophies, and their parent club Watsonians won another six. The winners are too numerous to list here, but mention must be made of James Topley, who won all the Weekend Aggragate competitions in Class C and also the C Class Main and Unsquadded Aggregates, winning two of the three Unsquadded Aggregate competitions (3rd in the other). Lucy Richards won two of the three Junior trophies (and was just two months too old to win the other).
Watsonians’ Susan Jackson retained the Ladies trophy. Watsonians won the Pullar Targe for the 50m Team Championship of Scotland for the first time since their consecutive wins in 2006 & 2007. In the County Sextette, one of Lothian’s scores had still not been posted by the end of the meeting. An assurance has been given that every effort will be made to track it down. Obviously with a score missing we were listed in last position, but if the estimate of the score is good then we should come third, our best placing for many years. Take the County teams|Outdoor teams link at the top to see the scores.
There was much excitement in the final stage of the Earl Haig Championship that is the culmination of the meeting as there was a three-way tie for 1st place after the 60 shots at 100 yards. Those tie-ing were Ollie Barron of Watsonians, Bill Vaughan of Hawick and Lenny Thomson of Banff & Macduff. After the 20-shot tie-breaker was over, it was Lenny who had won, with Ollie second – a very creditable performance seeing he hardly does any outdoor shooting. He also gained his first full cap for Scotland at a National Meeting. Both the Open and Women’s international matches were won by England, the latter by only two points.
The NSRA were making a big thing of this being the 100th Scottish meeting and one of the celebrations was to hold a special one-off match for all the former winners of the Haig who could attend. Eleven of them turned out and another was present but could not shoot. Local representation was by Sinclair Bruce (2011), Bill Gibbon (1989) and Anne Hamilton (1984) (all members or ex-members of Balerno & Currie) but Susan Jackson (2005 & 2015) couldn’t make it to the range for this shoot on Wednesday afternoon due to work. Unfortunately none of the locals won the match, but all credit to Bill and Anne for taking part despite not having shot for some years (in fact many, many years in Bill’s case). It was won by Ian Shanks (Bon Accord).
The entry numbers were well up on previous years at 275. Long may that continue but there’s a feeling that the increase of over 70 from last year might just have been due to the ‘100th’ effect and things will revert to normal next year (again at Lauder). The firing point has been improved by topping a layer of hard-core with a thick woven material. All it needs now is to keep the cattle off it from one July to the next…