Canadian National Field Target Association Championship 2016

July 19, 2016 Dean
Photo by Debbie
Photo by Debbie

Canadian National Field Target Association Championship

Hosted by the Port Colborne Field Target Club on July 16th & 17th, 2016

Match Report by Tim MacSweyn


For this year’s CAFTA Nationals, I was hoping that everything would be in place for a great weekend and a successful event.  As it turned out, that is precisely what happened.  The weather, the courses, the food, the camaraderie and most of all the great people all worked together to create the perfect FT atmosphere.  Since I will be moving out of the area, this was my last go round as match director at Port Colborne that has been up and running for the past eleven years.  In my 17 years of activity in FT, I was fortunate enough to be the match director or co-match director at 16 National Competitions, so this one going so well was a real nice closer.

Twenty-four shooters took part this year, including one shooter from Quebec and three US shooters.  By the end of the weekend, it was just 24 friends hanging out and enjoying each other’s company.  Dean brought his wife, Deb, and Hector brought his wife Veronica and their new son Daniel, whose smile definitely lit up the event.  My wife, Angie, also helped me out on Saturday and Sunday with meals and organization.

After day one of the competition, the open pcp certainly had the closest race under way.  The top three had their scores lined up at 51, 52 and 53.  The other four classes all had one individual who separated himself fairly significantly from the pack.  Sean in hunter pcp, James in hunter piston, Joel in WFTF pcp and Hector in WFTF piston all jumped ahead in their classes.

After the shooting, we all headed to a local restaurant, the Reeb House, and enjoyed a great buffet meal, with lots of conversation and laughter.

After day two, not surprisingly, the ones who jumped into significant leads on day one, all won their classes.  The open pcp turned into a close race between Ryan and Dean, with Ryan taking the top spot by two points.  Colin shot very well, enjoying a great day with his dad and was declared the Junior Champion.

As soon as the shooting was done, I tallied the scores while we all chowed down on subs, veggies, chips and cookies that Angie had picked up and Sean set out for us.  As we finished eating, the class awards were presented to all the winners.

After the awards, the prize table was quickly set up for the draw that has become one of the signature parts of the CAFTA Nationals.  Air Gun Source donated a great number of FT related items to the table, including a Hawke 4-16 scope, sets of SM rings and a number of quality prizes.  We thank them for their continued support of the FT community.  Don, representing Burlington FT Club, donated a couple of pistols and a number of other items to the table.  Chris, Dean and Jeff also donated items to the table.  The Port FT Club also kicked in a good number of prizes; resulting in two prizes for everyone and some with three.  Thanks to all who donated to the table.  I think, Colin went away a pretty happy camper after the draw ended, thanks to some good luck and generous people.  The best prize for me, and I think quite a few others, was the smile on his face.

Tom was quite eloquent representing the group, and delivered a very nice thank-you to yours truly for my involvement and contribution to Canadian Field target and to the Port Club.  Your words and thoughts were greatly appreciated my friend.

Thanks also to Deb, who took a ton of pictures that I look forward to seeing on the forum and also for the help she gives to Angie.  Thanks to the camp out crew at the clubhouse for providing security, keeping the water stocked and keeping the fresh targets on the sight-in range.  Thanks to my best friend, Angie, for doing so much with me and for me to make the running of this match much easier.

Lots of folks headed out to help the guys pull the targets off the lanes and the sight-in range.  That help is great appreciated by all involved. 

A heart felt thank you to all that attended and were ultimately responsible for the success of the event.  I look forward to shooting at the 2017 CAFTA Nationals, wherever it is and will try to support the match director as well as the many that chipped in this year.  I hope to see many of you at a match in the not too distant future.



CAFTA Nationals 2015 Results Chart

Rank Name


Red White Total Rifle Scope Pellet Prov.


Difficulty rating 31.2 30.9T Ave 31.0T
WFTF Piston /60 /60 /120
1 Hector Medina 49 53 102 CCA WFTF D-54 Sightron SIII FT AA 8.4 CT
2 Tom Peretti** 41 48 89 HW77K Leupold Comp 45 JSB 8.4 ON
3 George Harde** 43 36 79 TX200 Falcon T50 JSB RS ON
4 Ted Gibson 38 38 76 TX200 Bushnell 8-32 JSB 8.4 ON
5 Zach Harde 42 33 75 HW97 Nikko 10-50 JSB 8.4 ON
6 Jeff Hemming 34 23 57 TX200 Sightron S3 10-50 JSB 8.4 ON
1 Joel Goodwin 52 49 101 AA EV2 Mk2 Nikko 10-50 JSB 8.4 ON
2 Tim MacSweyn** 47 46 93 Steryr ZMLG100 Pr Leupold 35X JSB 7.3 ON
Open PCP
1 Ryan Landry 57 52 109 HW100 JSBH QC
2 Dean Leite** 54 53 107 Steyr LG110FT Deben 10-50 H&N 10.6 ON
3 Don Irvine** 49 51 100 Steyr LG110FT S&B FT JSBH ON
4 Dennis Eden ** 47 41 88 AA FTP900 S&B FT JSB 8.4 ON
5 Lanny Hann 37 45 82 Theoben R17 Bushnell Elite CPH ON
Hunter Division /120 /120 /240
1 Sean McDaniel 105 108 213 Benj Marauder Hawke Airmax JSBH NY
2 Larry Carroll 108 103 211 AA MPR 400 FT Elite 6-24 JSB 8.4 ON
3 Chris Holmes 97 87 184 Brocock Concept Hawke 3-12 .22 JSBE ON
4 Aaron Osterhoff 79 91 170 AA S400 Bushnell 8-32 JSBH
1 James Liu 89 99 188 TX200 MkIII Hawke 4-16 JSB RS ON
2 Eric Brewer 97 86 183 TX200 Opt Viper 4-16 JSB 8.4 NY
3 Brian Wernham 90 87 177 TX200 Hawke amx 8-32 .JSB 8.4 ON
4 Mark Shelleau 75 84 159 TX200 Hawke 6-24 JSB 8.4 ON
5 Tony Lau 78 76 154 HW97KT BSA 4-14 JSB 8.4 ON
6 Mike Dodds 68 71 140 Browning Lev. Bushnell Legend RWS SD ON
Colin Dodds 50 54 104 Cr180/Ruger Exp. Leaper/Browning JSB-RS/RWS ON

** Set up lanes    US shooter – Italics