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End of Season Shoot - 8th October 2017

EOS 2017 300yd warm up shoot

Despite late withdrawals, a total of 12 members enjoyed a fine and dry day for this year’s competitions. We welcomed newest member Tom Stevenson to his first EOS and after an absence of four years it was good to see Simon Thomas back on the ranges again and enjoying remarkable success.

The warm-up shoot at 300 yards produced three maximums with Colin Skellett’s 35.6 just squeezing Bob Jackson into second place.

Prizes across the following competitions were well distributed, with Simon Thomas shooting steadily all day to capture the Rosebowl and the EOS Tankard at the end of an enjoyable day.

Winners on the day were:          

Warm-up shoot Colin Skellett
Pemberton Cup  Richard Malet
EOS 600      Colin Skellett
Rosebowl Trophy Simon Thomas
The Pairs  Richard Malet / Nurul Islam
Holland Shield   Colin Skellett
EOS Tankard   Simon Thomas

Prizes for the concurrent competitions shot throughout the season were also presented with one notable newcomer in the trophy line up.

The impressive Ross Hayden Memorial Spoon was proudly presented by Ross’s father Dick Hayden, to the equally proud inaugural winner, Bob Jackson.

The impressive Ross Hayden Memorial Spoon was proudly presented by Ross’s father Dick Hayden, to the equally proud inaugural winner, Bob Jackson.           

7.62 Trophy  Alistair Bullen
Donegal Trophy  Ella Nesbitt
Crossley Cup  Nick Verduyn
Morrison Salver Alistair Bullen
Ross Hayden Spoon   Bob Jackson

Full results are attached in this MS Excel workbook.

Imperial Meeting 2017

Approaching the Imperial meeting the weather forecast was uncertain. As in 2016 the Match Rifle events were again subject to rain and very strong winds. Happily, this cleared, providing fine dry days but with unpredictable wind patterns for the TR Meeting. Seven WPRC members represented the club this year.

Dick Hayden again shot most of the MR meeting, chalking up yet another Imperial gong. We have lost count, but a conservative estimate is 55.  He has competed at the Imperial Meeting in most years since 1957. What a performance!

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

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

We had a poor year this time around. Summary results were:

Steward         26th ex 33 with a score of 669.60
Team of: Verduyn, Bullen, Coleman-Cooke, Jackson

Belgian             22nd ex 38 with a score of 678.76
Team of: Verduyn, Bullen, Skellett, Coleman-Cooke

Rifle Clubs    36th ex 41 with a score of 401.31
Team of: Verduyn, Bullen, Jackson, Skellett

Individual shooting

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

Following his X classification from 2016, Nick Verduyn found prize acquisition tough. He did have notable successes however, with a 6th in the Alexandra and a super 3rd place in the Times in difficult wind conditions.

Alistair and Bob also managed two prize lists, with Colin, John and Ashley one each. Bob saved his best for the very last day of competition with a 4th place in the Howard Wilkinson on Final Saturday.

 As usual St Georges qualification was difficult. With a 73.9 cut, Nick and Colin made the second stage but fell at the final hurdle again in blustery conditions with the bar set at 148.14.

Queens I weeded out the men from the boys, with only Alistair and Nick making the cut at 102.10. Conditioned worsened for Queens II, indicated by a super low cut at 144.14. Alistair and Nick both joined 2016 Queens prize winner David Calvert and many other ‘names’ on the side-lines.

So that was our Imperial 2017. Less success than in some past years, but hugely enjoyable as ever. 

Roll on to the 149th Imperial Meeting in 2018.

Click here for the full results spreadsheet.

County Astor Cup Heat – May 7th 2017

Success happily comes along fairly regularly for Welwyn Phoenix. It’s always good to report these occasions and hopefully it is what gives all members a buzz not just those representing the club on the day.

Sometimes we exceed expectations and this year’s event was just one of those special days. The ASTOR is an NRA competition in which the chosen teams from every County compete at the Imperial Prize Meeting in July. Selection of those teams takes place in May in a series of County heats and the Hertfordshire heat was held on Sunday 7th May. In the past 30 years WPRC have won the heat on just five occasions, many times having to watch their rivals collect the silverware.

This year it was our time to turn the tables, recording a win by just one point over Radlett RC. It was all hanging on the last shot from the last man in the team. Alistair thankfully slotted it and ensured we march on to represent the county in the main event in July.

The enormity of our victory didn’t really sink in until we assessed the opposition some time afterwards. The Radlett Astor team contained no fewer than four Internationals and two current county shooters. It was a great win in tricky wind conditions and gives us great belief in our strength in depth.

Team was:

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

Bob Jackson                       Wind Coach

Team scores were as follows:

WPRC  609.57
Radlett    608.66
Old Berkhamstedians 605.56  
North Herts Rifles  595.55 
North Herts RiflesB 577.37
Old Berkhamstedians A 523.32

Full score details are on the HRA website

HRA Captains Day and Teams Challenge Shield - Sunday 2nd April 2017

This traditional opener to the Hertfordshire County shooting season provides two competitions. An individual Captains Day event is run in the morning 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. This year due to lack of targets at 500 yards, we used a 2&10 at 300 and 600 yards format.

WPRC fielded 6 entrants out of the 16 in the individual morning competition. With half of the field matching or beating their handicaps used to ‘level the playing field’, our own Richard Malet finished in first place. It was a satisfying 1:2 for WPRC, with Ashley Coleman-Cooke in runners up 2nd position.

It was another WPRC 1:2 in the Gun Score competition with Colin Skellett, County Captain, carding a 98.14, squeezing Richard Malet into runners up spot on V-Bull count with his 98.5.

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 only three teams this year, all however sporting six team members.

Fine weather prevailed throughout the weekend with light but tricky wind changes ‘around the pole’.
Ashley Coleman Cooke and Colin Skellett were thrown into the front line as wind coaches and did an excellent job resulting in a clear club win by 16 points.

As organising club Welwyn Phoenix retained the Shield, ensuring yet again that we have to plan the 2018 event which is always the downside of winning this match!

The WPRC team comprised:

Alistair Bullen
Ashley Coleman-Cooke
Richard Malet
Nick Verduyn
Bob Jackson
Colin Skellett


Club    Aggregate Top Gun  
Welwyn Phoenix RC 569.49     Alistair Bullen 97.9
North Herts Rifles  553.36     Andy Daw 96.8
Old Berkhamstedians  538.43 Bruce Winney  100.15



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