BISLEY 201515 Aug 2015
[Image: EGTSC at Bisley 2015.]
EGTSC once again had an excellent turnout for the British National Meeting on the outdoor ranges at Bisley. Five members shot for the whole of the week, one shot for the first weekend, plus 3 more for the last Saturday, when the East Grinstead club team represented Sussex County in the Astor competition.
David White was a first-timer at Bisley, shooting in B class, although judging by his excellent scores he won't be in B class much longer! Jim achieved his ambition and got into C class. Malcolm shot well in X class, ending up safely near the middle of the pack although by his high standards I'm sure he would rather have been nearer the top - wouldn't we all! Andy also shot in X class, and after a bit of a slow start managed to shoot well enough to be selected as first reserve for the England team. Some might say that's a creditable achievement - others might say that since he shot for Great Britain and for England in two international matches earlier in the summer then it actually represented a slight dip in form! Ah well, you can't win them all...
[Image: Andy Meyers in the England Team.]
But the real star of the show was the other first-timer, 19 year-old Laura Meyers. Shooting in D class, she had extremely limited experience before coming to Bisley. She finished in 39th place (ex 57 entries) in the weekend aggregate shot over the first 2 days. She very rapidly got up to speed, rising to 9th place in D class by Thursday. Laura then found herself thrust into the Sussex County Women's team - undaunted, she shot superbly and thus helped the team to second place in the County Championship.
[Image: Laura Meyers 4th Place!]
That was not the end of her success by any means. The British Long-Range Championship was contested at the end of the week. This event comes in 2 parts: The top 20 qualifiers from all classes shoot for the Earl Roberts trophy, and this competition is normally full of X and A class shooters. The second part, known as the BOBS Championship, is only open to B, C and D classes and has only 9 places available in the final, made up of the top 3 from each class. Laura shot superbly in the two qualifying rounds to gain a place in the final, and topped that with even better scores in the final to achieve an astonishing 4th place! Wow ... Watch out, Dad!
[Image: Laura with her 100yd Card.]
[Image: Just in case you couldn't see that bottom diagram!]
Contributtions from: A Meyers, D White, G Rowcroft.