Southampton University Rifle Club stormed to victory in the BUCS (British University and College Sport) Indoor Rifle Championships in Sheffield this weekend, leading Imperial College by 36 points.
With 6 team members each shooting four targets at 25yds, each athlete was chasing the magic 400. The contest is actually a final, with teams qualifying based on their performance in the NSRA’s Inter-University Winter Postal Competition. The Team event is run completely separately to the Individual events with no concurrent cards being shot.
After a long day of shooting, Southampton were crowned victors and claimed the Aberdeen Cup, leaving Imperial College in Silver medal position (whose team included Lawrie Greenfield, who cut his teeth at Southampton University). Imperial’s Felix Newspaper has a report here (PDF: head for page 95)
Sunday brought the Individual, Ladies Individual and Best Fresher competitions, with participants again qualifying based on performance in the NSRA’s Individual Winter Postal. Southampton were again dominant, with Katie McFall taking the Ladies Individual, and Clare Mawson winning the Fresher’s Individual titles.
It was not a Southampton walkover however, as they were pipped to the post in the overall Individual Championship by a dominant Scottish contingent. Gold was taken by Aberdeen’s Jonty Barron. Patrick Costello took Silver for the University of Glasgow, whilst Ben Kelly picked up Bronze with Edinburgh Napier University.
Teams will compete for the BUCS Outdoor title at Appleton on April 25th shooting at 50metres and 100yds. Southampton have won the Appleton Team of 8 event every year since 2004, with the exception of 2009 when they were relegated to Silver medal position by a dominant Aberdeen team. They will face stiff opposition this year though, especially with strong Scottish showings in the Individual and Pairs events.