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End of Season Shoot - 9th October 2016

With some late withdrawals, an unusually small field of only 9 members enjoyed a fine and dry day for this year’s competitions.

The warm-up shoot at 300 yards produced the only maximum, with Colin Skellett and his 35.5 pushing James Greenway into second place.

Prizes across the following competitions were well distributed, with Ashley Coleman-Cooke making a fine 49.6 at 1000 yards to capture the EOS Tankard at the end of an enjoyable day.

Winners on the day were:

Warm-up shoot                     Colin Skellett
Pemberton Cup                    Alistair Bullen
EOS 600                              James Greenway
Rosebowl                            James Greenway
The Pairs                            Ella Nesbitt / Ashley Coleman-Cooke
Holland Shield                      Alistair Bullen
EOS Tankard                        Ashley Coleman-Cooke

The concurrent trophies shot in competition throughout the season were also presented; Nick Verduyn narrowly missing a clean sweep.
7.62 Trophy           Nick Verduyn
Donegal Trophy      Nick Verduyn
Crossley Cup          Nick Verduyn
Morrison Salver       Alistair Bullen

Full results are availabe in spreadsheet format here

Imperial Meeting 2016

Following the wettest and coldest June in years, the 2016 Imperial Meeting was set to provide some surprises. The Match Rifle events were subject to biblical downpours, storms and strong winds giving way to the TR Meeting, which experienced scorching heat and consequential strange and unpredictable wind patterns. An impressive squad of eight WPRC members represented the club this year.


Following equipment failure last year, Dick Hayden had a much better
MR meeting in 2016. He was as usual shooting against world class long range opposition in all competitions, but was rewarded for his efforts with a nice 95.7 in the Wimbledon MR for a very satisfying mid-table finish. 


The WPRC TR squad of Alistair Bullen, Nick Verduyn, Colin Skellett,
John Cade, Ashley Coleman-Cooke, Phil Taylor and Bob Jackson, joined in the fray on First Friday for the eight days of competition to follow.

Team shooting

As in previous years, the club entered teams in the Steward, Belgian and Rifle Clubs competitions.

Despite bettering our Steward 2nd place 2015 score of 680.68, this year’s score of 680.81 only got us into a 12th position. Summary results were:

Steward         12th ex 32 with a score of 680.81
Team of: Verduyn, Bullen, Coleman-Cooke, Skellett

Belgian          18th ex 37 with a score of 671.65
Team of: Verduyn, Bullen, Jackson, Skellett

Rifle Clubs    25th ex 42 with a score of 404.37
Team of: Verduyn, Bullen, Jackson, Skellett

Individual shooting

With the exception of Ashley Coleman-Cooke who had departed after the extended Middle Weekend, the squad all shot through to Second Thursday.

There were notable successes for Nick Verduyn, with five prizelist finishes, achieving a 3rd place in the Telegraph, a 10th in the Duke of Cambridge and securing his ‘X’ class with a 49th place in the Grand Aggregate. Coupled with a total of SIXTEEN aggregate prizelist finishes, Nick had his most consistently successful Imperial Meeting that we have recorded.

Both Alistair (5) and Colin (3) also featured on prize lists and along with Nick, all three made the qualifying score in St Georges I, to reach the second stage, only to be cruelly denied a Finals place by the cut which was made at an astonishing 149.18

In the Queens Prize, Nick, and Alistair made Queens II, but again were denied a Queens Final position by a cut also set at 149.
What a standard we have to achieve these days.

The best however was yet to come, with the selection of Nick Verduyn to represent England in the National Match on Second Thursday. It wasn’t the first time for Nick, although much water has flowed under the bridge since his inaugural appearance in an England shirt around 1989at the tender age of
Going clean at 300 and 500 yards was a great start and holding it together for a 103.16 finish was a very rewarding experience. The attached photograph can now replace the 1989 version on our club website.

Summarising, we all had a happy week in the sunshine – no rain, good food and a great suntan to take home.

Hopefully we can all look forward to the 148th Imperial Meeting in 2017.

Click here to download << Full results table spreadsheet>>



County Astor Cup Heat – May 10th 2015

The 2016 Astor heat was in big contrast to last year’s competition. Wind conditions were deceptively difficult and the coaching team of Jon Binks, Colin Skellett and Nick Verduyn toiled resolutely and extracted the best they could.

Disappointingly we fell short by 6 points to a Radlett team who managed the conditions just that little bit better. Amazingly there was a 23 point difference between their 2015 score and today which accurately reflected the conditions.  

Radlett posted 593.63 and will represent the County in the final at the Imperial Meeting in July.

Details of the result were as follows:





North Herts Rifles




Old Berkhamstedians



Colin Skellett


Richard Malet


Nick Verduyn


Ashley Coleman-Cooke


James Greenway


Bob Jackson







Wind Coach: Jon Binks
Plotters : Colin Skellett & Nick Verduyn
Full score details on

HRA Captains Day and Teams Challenge Shield - 3rd April 2016

This traditional opener to the Hertfordshire County shooting season provides two competitions. An individual Captains Day event is run in the morning under a Queens I course of fire but using a handicapped format to encourage shooters of all ability to enter. The Captains Day prize is given to the competitor with the highest handicapped score and a prize for the best gun score is also up for grabs.

As usual WPRC fielded a very respectable 8 entrants (more than half the entire entry) in the individual morning competition. Despite the handicapping system used to ‘level the playing field’, our own Colin Skellett, County Captain, won his own Prizes with a magnificent 105.11 and cleaned up the handicap trophy along with a nice bottle of Malt for best gun score.

“Its a fix”, shouted the fifteen competitors. We however hoped that Colin liked the winners bottle to warm him up after the match, but for the rest of us it had been a cold morning, with a slight mirage that helped shooters stay in the bull and the scores reflected with six shooters over the hundred mark.
Full scores can be found at: and follow Competition details then Captains Day links.

In the afternoon the Herefordshire Club Teams Challenge Shield was shot at 300 and 600yds. The entry attracted six teams and 33 shooters, encouraging a best 5 ex 6 format. WPRC with 8 shooters donated two, to bolster Old Haberdashers, and we proceeded to do battle.

There were few clues to wind movement; dead grass, no mirage and nothing moving down range to detect the subtle 1/4 to 1/2 minute changes. 
Our Jon Binks and Ashley Coleman Cooke were thrown into the front line as wind coaches and did an excellent job resulting in a clear win by 18 points.

As organising club Welwyn Phoenix retained the Shield ensuring yet again that we have to plan the 2017 event which is always the downside of winning this match!

The WPRC team comprised:

  • Alistair Bullen
  • Ashley Coleman-Cooke
  • James Greenway
  • Nick Verduyn
  • Jon Binks
  • Colin Skellett


Club Best 5 ex 6   Top Gun  
Welwyn Phoenix RC    485.47   Nick Verduyn    99.13
Watford OCA        467.37  Andy Daw 100.12
Old Berkhamstedians  460.36   P. Wilcockson    95.8
Old Haberdashers      460.31  Dick Winney  96.11
North Herts Rifles 458.38  Henry Poulton  100.14
East Barnet    436.30 R. Bird  97.9




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