AUSTRALIA MATCH – WEST INDIES 2013…Great Britain shoots their way to title; West Indies ‘A’ place 3rd

May 19, 2013 | By | Filed Under Sports 

 

By Franklin Wilson in Barbados
Seven days of pulsating and hard fought battles at the Paragon Ranges here in Christ Church Barbados climaxed yesterday afternoon with Team Great Britain winning the prestigious Australia Match, which saw the best shooters in the West Indies, Great Britain, Australia and Canada facing off for top

The Great Britain Team proudly fly their flag following another dominant shoot in the Caribbean.

honors.
When the final shot was fired at the fourth of four ranges, the 1000 Yards, the Great Britain team, pre-match favorites came out comfortable winners dropping some 48 points (1952) out of a possible 2000 while also hitting 167 V-Bulls.
Taking the second spot was Australia with 1909 points and 130 V-Bulls. The West Indies ‘A’ Team, Captained by Guyanese ACP Retired Paul Slowe took the 3rd place accumulating 1791 points and 99 V-Bulls, Canada ended with 1741 points and 91 V-Bulls, International Magpies 1738 and 66 V-Bulls, while the West Indies ‘B’ Team brought up the rear with 1724 and 71 V-Bulls.
Like the other days of competition, conditions were no less favourable for the shooters with the experienced and well oiled Great Britain team mastering the conditions to end their tour of the Caribbean unbeaten, having visited Jamaica, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and finally Barbados, winning in all the territories.
So it was no surprise that they came out victors on a day that saw the shooters scurrying for cover from the elements above at the 1000 Yards range at 15:25hrs for about 15 minutes having commenced that range at 14:30hrs.
But the Great Britain team at that point would have already completed shooting, underlining their dominance and quality.
West Indies Captain Paul Slowe said that his team did very well given that this is the first time in many years that they have pulled together a team and it augurs well for the future of the sports in the Caribbean.
“I think the team performed creditably, at one stage the conditions were very rough at the 1000 Yards. In terms of the placing, we were hoping to finish ahead of Canada and we managed to do that. We know that the Great Britain and Australia teams are hard nuts to crack but we can see we now have the makings of a West Indies team all we have to do is stick with it and once we do that I am sure we’re going to get there one day soon.”

The 3rd place West Indies Fullbore team take time out for a photo after the Australia Match.

The last time the West Indies shot as a team was back in 2008 but the Captain said that he is satisfied with the process of selection and the way the shooters committed and performed.
The fact that over 20 shooters were able to shoot for the West Indies in the A and B teams, Slowe believes, shows that there is some depth in the Region which is very encouraging for the present and future.
“We have the Palma Match coming up in 2015 at Camp Perry, Ohio, USA and we will be looking at 16 shooters and 4 reserves, at least we have the nucleus here, so we have to take it from here.”
The Australia Match is the biggest fixture on the International fullbore circuit to be shot at both the Short and Long Range and ranks second only to the Palma Match in importance.
The Australia Match started in 1907 and is shot for by teams of 10 firers. Each shooter fires 2 sighters and 10 shots to count at 300, 600, 900 and 1000 Yards.
This win by Great Britain is their 23rd in the history of the Match, Australia has won it on 18 occasions, New Zealand 6, Canada 4.
A grand presentation is scheduled for this evening with the teams expected to start their journey’s back home, tomorrow.
Following are the results
Great Britain             300 Yards       600 Yards       900 Yards       1000 Yards     Aggregate 
Luckman D.                50.008             48.006             49.004             48.001             195.019
Calvert D.                   49.007             49.003             50.005             49.004             197.019
Shaw I.                        50.007             50.006             50.005             47.002             197.020
Rylands T.                   49.004             50.004             48.004             43.002             190.014
Watson C.                   50.005             50.005             50.003             49.005             199.018
Ball N.                         49.003             50.006             48.002             48.002             195.013
Morris G.                     50.006             50.006             49.004             46.001             195.017
Crispin D.                    50.004             47.004             50.005             49.006             196.019
McQuillan R.              50.005             50.005             48.003             49.003             197.016
Underwood J.             50.004             45.001             49.005             47.002             191.012
497.053           489.046           491.040           475.028           1952.167
Australia
Berry T.                       49.004             48.004             47.000             49.003             193.011
Jeffrey J.                     49.004             50.008             48.005             47.004             194.021
Enslin D.                     47.004             48.004             47.003             44.002             186.013
Pozzebon M.               50.004             49.005             46.004             40.002             185.015
Webb-Enslin G.          49.005             48.002             47.005             47.001             191.013
Emms B.                     49.000             50.004             49.002             47.005             195.011
Gardiner D.                 48.001             50.006             49.003             45.002             192.012
Negus D.                     47.002             49.004             48.003             45.003             189.012
O’Loghlen K.              49.003             47.005             49.002             43.000             188.010
Whalen R.                   49.004             48.001             50.004             49.003             196.012
486.031           487.043           480.031           456.025           1909.130
West Indies   

Brathwaite L.              48.005             49.002             42.001             36.001             175.009
Persaud M.                  47.007             43.002             48.004             49.002             187.015
King M.                       47.001             43.001             45.004             31.001             166.007
Goodluck R.               46.002             43.000             49.005             45.001             183.008
Gomez N.                    49.004             47.004             43.000             49.003             188.011
Nunez J.                      47.005             47.003             42.004             46.003             182.015
Rrickman D.                44.001             48.004             45.005             41.000             178.010
McNair W.                  48.003             45.001             43.000             43.001             179.005
Elliott S.                      50.004             45.002             46.003             43.004             184.013
Coley C.C.C.              42.001             46.004             46.001             35.000             169.006
468.033           456.023           449.027           418.016           1791.099

 

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