Each North Island Assocation selects their 10 team members plus an emergency - this may be by shooting specific trials, using ranking lists, or whatever method suits them. The team members are ranked 1 - 10 and the match is shot in ranked order, with all the No 10 shooters competing shoulder to shoulder first, then the No 9s etc, up to the top-ranked No 1 shooters. Each shooter will shoot two 20 shot matches 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 top 10 Teams from the previous year shoot in the Division 1 Rees Scroll match, and all the rest are in the Division 2 Jim Hart match. At the end of the event the top ten teams will make up the Rees Scroll match for the following year.
The event is hosted by different Associations each year, 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 a dinner (with shooters dressed in their best) concludes 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.
This year's event was held in the PGG Wrightson Woolstore at Pandora in Napier. The area for the Woolstore (7.5 acres) was such that everything was under the one roof. The weather was coolish due to a rare southerly. We had had 20 degrees up to Friday and back to that again on Sunday.
The Rees Scroll was won this year by Waikato 1 with 3891.173. The Jim Hart Trophy was won by Hutt Valley 2 with 3828.127.
The top shot of the day was Roy Herbison with 400.25.
There were 23 100’s shot during the day. This included two 100.9’s. Two 200’s were shot, both by Roy Herbison
TSHB thanks those who assisted throughout the day and especially those who came from throughout the North Island to assist. The food was great too and the quality of the donated raffle prizes meant that the raffles were well supported.