Target Shooting Nelson hosted the Andrew & Faulkner Shield match on their Saxton Field range on 28 July, with 12 teams competing, plus 2 half teams and 5 Junior teams, a total of 172 competitors. The 18 mound Nelson range worked well, and this will be a good shakedown for Nelson, who are hosting the Inter-Island match in three weeks time.
Congratulations to this years winners Marlborough who headed the new Mid Canterbury Association after being behind for most of the match. Mid Canterbury finished second, and gained promotion to Division I next year at the expense of East Otago, who drop down to Division II. Hosts Nelson took out the Junior trophy, Mid Canterbury took out the top 5 team trophy, and Ashburton won the bottom 5 handicap teams match on count back from Ellesmere.
Scores were a bit average overall, this seems to be a feature of A&F matches, I don't know if it was the frost on the ground when the match started, or maybe the 4-5 hour wait between rounds for each shooter. Well done to top individual shooter Steve McArthur from Mid Canterbury with 298.17, just ahead of Darren Quigley from North Canterbury with 298.15. Top Junior was Shania Harrison-Lee from Mid Canterbury with 296.20.
The TSNZ and Shooting Stuff shops did a busy trade, with shooters taking the opportunity to buy the latest gadgets to help them shoot better.
Thanks very much to Nelson for hosting the event which ran very smoothly, largely due to the background work from people like Lyn Baigent and Peter Slinn, assisted by a big Nelson team on the day. See you again in a few weeks.
Each Association selects their open 10 team members and not more than two emergencies, Junior teams shall comprise five members and one emergency – this may be by shooting specific trials, using ranking lists, or whatever method suits them. The A & F shield teams event is the split into two divisions, Division 2 teams compete for the Lindsay Smith Memorial Trophy and they can also win the Andrew & Faulkner Shield. Junior teams compete for the Greenhough Trophy.
Each shooter will shoot one 20 shot match and one 10 shot match in this order, and with so many shooters competing these matches may be hours apart. A rolling total of team scores is kept, and the pressure and excitement builds as the teams can easily see how many points they need to catch up or to stay in front - this is part of the unique challenge of this type of match!
The event is hosted by different Associations each year and alternates each year North and South of the Waitaki River, and may be held either in a regular range if there is one large enough available, or in a temporary range such as a hall. Wherever they are held there is ample time for socialising, checking out each others' gear, and making purchases at the trade stalls. Presentations at the range will conclude the event.
The Candyman Cup was donated in 1981 by Doug Linkhorn, proprietor of “Empire Confectionery”, for competition
between the winners of the North Island’s “Rees Scroll” at Teams of Ten, and the “South Island’s “Andrew & Faulkner Shield” shoots.
The 2017 match was shot between Waikato and East Otago, with Waikato coming out ahead by 19 points.
Congratulations to East Otago's Peter McCallum and Hamish Soper for their 200s.
Andrew & Faulkner 2017 was hosted by East Otago Association in Dunedin on Saturday 29th July. 158 shooters came together in a 12-mound range to shoot in 15 Open teams and 6 Junior teams. Well done to East Otago for managing so many shooters on a range this size, and to all the shooters who closely followed all instructions to make the day flow so well.
Congratulations to Open winners East Otago, who were closely followed by Ashley in 2nd place and Marlborough in 3rd. In the Junior Division East Otago again took the top spot, followed by Nelson in 2nd place and Southland in 3rd. Division 2 (the Lindsay Smith Memorial Trophy) was won by Central Otago, followed by Southland, then North Canterbury. North Canterbury also took out the Bottom 5 Handicap, and East Otago won the Top 5.
T op Open Shooter was Amelia Hughson, and Top Junior was Tim Green.