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
|Difficulty rating||31.2||30.9T||Ave 31.0T|
|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|
|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|
|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