McIntosh Snr takes Women’s 3P
Commonwealth Games 3P Rifle Champion Dan Rivers made the best of the weather at the Isle of Man Easter Shooting Festival this weekend to take the Men’s 3-Positional Rifle Championship, with Jen McIntosh leading the Women. Now fully electronic, the Isle of Man Easter Shoot has regained it’s GB Qualification-Match status after a transitional period which saw it first dabble in electronic finals as they built out the range, going on to offer electronic qualification for A-Class competitors and now having achieved a full range of Sius targetry. This year again saw a sizeable contingent of Juniors appearing from Dauntsey’s School in Wiltshire.
In the Men’s 3P, Dan Rivers had the best of qualification with 1141, leading Mark Symankiewicz on 1139 and Alex McDonald (1120). The final saw changes on the bottom two steps of the podium however as Richard Chasemore (Qual: 4th) and Matthew Ward (Qual: 6th) came through to pick up Silver and Bronze respectively.
In the Women’s 3P, Jennifer McIntosh was similarly dominant, her 579 leading Michelle Smith’s 575 and Rachel Glover’s 563 in qualification. Jen similarly led form the start in the final, cruising to a comfortable 9 point lead. Rachael however struggled in her first two Kneeling Strings, slipping to the bottom of the field whilst Seonaid McIntosh (Qual: 5th) leapfrogged all the way into second, leaving Smith with Bronze.
The 50Metre Prone saw scores lower than average in what were reportedly tough conditions. Saturday’s Match saw just one competitor – Mark Symankiewicz – crack the six-twenty barrier with a 621.6. He was followed by Karen Butler with 615.2 and Fiona Crowden on 614.5. Phoebe Taylor led the Juniors with 601.3.
Gary Duff and Jen McIntosh made the most of Sunday’s shoot, tying on 618.5 – Duff won the tie-break with 33 Inner-Tens to Jen’s 30. Fiona Crowden showed consistency in the medals, collecting another Bronze with 617.2. Saturday’s winner Mark Szymankiewicz placed 6th with 611.3, which was enough to win the aggregate, leading Crowden with a 1.2point lead 1232.9 to 1231.7. David Binney collected the final Aggregate medal with 1223.3. Phoebe Taylor again led the Juniors by a convincing 2point lead, improving on her Saturday shoot to score 602.5, which cleared her the aggregate.