About time I gave an update about this round that happened 9 days ago.
The closest round for us just a short hop across the Solent followed by a 10 minute drive and we are there. This time 3 travelled across from the Island myself, Holly and Richard Green who I invited. Last time Richard had shot a FT GP was 5 years ago and he beat me.
Forecast was for dry and sunny and a light wind but on the drive over a bit more cloud was in the sky. Plinking was in a field next to the ground and plenty of boards to check everything and actually a gusty breeze which went in both directions.
So to the course, starting at one side of a wooded valley near the club's car park and booking in area. The first 3 lanes had the targets downhill with some reducer as well. The next 3 lanes were on the slope going down.the hill with the targets running along the slope. The 6th lane was on the lowest part of the course and flatest but targets now slightly higher than the shooter. These lanes were similar to ones we have shot before but the targets in very different and challenging positions.
The next lane was on the way up the other side of the valley then the next 7 lanes ran along this side of the slope with the majority targets downhill but the occasional one high up a tree to keep you on your toes. This sectional had 2 other positional lanes and reducers mixed in there.
All of the targets from the lowest point of the course were all new locations and had never been shot in Winter leagues before. At the end of these 7 lanes the course turned 90 degrees and the next 3 lanes were shot along the slope with some slightly uphill and some downhill. At the top of this slope you turned another 90 degrees but heading back towards the beginning of the targets on this side of the slope. Here the targets were even higher than the shooters with some up the trees that were across a open area that I know is there but not visible from.the gates.
The 2 of the last 3 lanes ran along the slope as you headed towards the lowest point, the last lane again on the flat but shooting in the opposite direction.
The morning shooters found the conditions a bit cooler than those in the afternoon. In fact I think the afternoon group had to deal with a much higher humidity. I know I drank about 2 litres of squash whilst going round and glad a clean shirt in the car.
Score on the doors, well the highest was 49 in the morning and a 48 in the afternoon. Holly, doing open, along with Bazza shot 37. Myself and Richard shot 35. Considering Richard was borrowing Bazzas Steyr not a bad result, he knows he missed 5 due to poor and rusty technique.
The next round is York this coming weekend with Bazza joining me for this whilst visiting relatives in the area.
I can say that it was really hot and i was disappointed with with my score . stability was the problem and heat . one more to go at Purbeck to make up for it . ??? HOLLY
Well done Andy, nice bit of writing.