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by Bob Wall On behalf of Zach Hard, Match Director
Port Colborne Sept 18th 2021
The day started off with a light rain. Which made the woods dark, damp and buggy while we set up the last 5 lanes of targets. But by the time we were set up and ready to shoot at the sight in range it was bright and sunny!
Wind was light with slight gusts. Just enough to make it challenging at the longer ranges. With the sun shining through the leafy canopy, the mix of sun and shade made parallaxing difficult on some shots. Dark areas made it a job for those without illuminated reticles. Thankfully the heat of the day kept the bugs down.
The course was laid out in 15 lanes of two targets per lane. This kept competitors spread out and moving quickly through the course. There were also two positional lanes.
Open division shooters had the choice of how to shoot these lanes. This was tried with success first at HAHA and then at Grenville. Now Port decided to follow suit as all were in agreement that this was the way to go. This was a medium to hard level course IMO – small reducers and other targets out to max ranges. Generally, targets were at med and far distances with the few that were close had small reducers. Well, thought out, fun, interesting and challenging to shoot. Nice job!
Most targets were handmade and well painted with clever actions. All of which added interest to this course. There were Vultures, mosquitos, beaver and a small target with two hit zones – one vertical the other horizontal. Both were very small and difficult to hit. Earns an A+ in my book for fun to shoot.
There was a good turnout of shooters for this match. With a mix of veterans and new shooters. 9 PCP shooters and 6 piston shooters. Open division had the most shooters with 5 competitors. Which dropped to four as Peter Elsby had double his Fx crown preventing him from finishing the match, as no one had a rod to clear the barrel. Hunter Piston with 4 competitors. Then WFTF Piston and hunter PCP had 3 competitors a piece. Some impressive scores were posted. Open shooter Len J shot a near perfect score with a 59 out of 60! Mike P and Ron G in hunter PCP had amazing scores Mike posting a 116 out of 120 and Rob breathing down his neck with a 113 out of 120. Mark S was ahead of the pack in hunter piston with a 99 out of 120. Also, Rob W shot 90 out of 120 with Tom K showing steady improvement as a new shooter posting an 88 0f 120. WFTF Piston was a father and son tie. Both Zack and George shooting a 49 out of 60. For full scores see blow.
Once again there was a prize table a nice touch. Competitors picked prizes in the order in which they shot – 1st place and on down the line. With enough stuff for all to get a pick. Also see photos.
Like to conclude with a Big thanks to Port Colborne District & Conservation Club for granting use of the range. Also, to Zack Harde as Match director for his hard work in putting on this match. Plus, George Harde, Danny K, Dennis, Lanny and the many others who helped to make this match happen, big thanks to you all.
First place Len Joe – 59
Dennis Eden —–50
Chris Holmes —–47
Lanny Hann ——45
DNF Peter Elsby
Mike Pitkanen –116
Zack and George Harde – 49
Bob Wall ——— 39
Marc Shelleau ———– 99
Rob W ———–90
Tom Ke ———-88
Danny Karutschek -65
Canadian National Field Target Association Championship
Hosted by the Grenville Fish & Game Club on September 11th & 12th, 2021
Match Report by Tim MacSweyn
We had a great group of shooters show up and enjoy a super weekend of socializing and shooting. I was very impressed and grateful for the help provided by so many of the competitors. Setting up the gazebos, the sight in range and the prize table was all made easier when folks chipped in. It was the same at the end of the day Sunday; people rolled up their sleeves and helped with anything that needed to be done. Many thanks to all that helped in so many ways. Thanks to all for showing up.
A huge thank you goes out to the Grenville Fish & Game Club for the excellent facilities and for the use of the Kawasaki Mule. The mule was a life saver for a couple of folks for whom the walk would have proved very painful. The Clubhouse was a great spot for our Marshalling Course on Saturday afternoon. Thanks to Tom for cutting the grass; that made things much easier. Many thanks to Lynn who has provided help and advice ever since FT restarted at Grenville. Thanks, Lynn, from all of us.
Our prize table was once again a great success due to the generosity of air gun businesses. Airgun Source provided items for much less than 50% of the purchase price and also donated a Elements scope that made a relatively new young shooter very happy. Raman of Canada Shooting Supplies sent us three underlever spring guns that will provide great fun. Wes, of Airgun Archery Fun donated a Discovery Scope that will be put to good use. Thanks for supporting field target in Canada.
Friday was a day to get everything set up and ready for Saturday morning. The sight in range was marked out and set up ready for any shooters that wanted to do some shooting Friday afternoon and early evening. Targets were checked and painted in the hope of reducing cold lines. It does not always work exactly as you plan. Then again sometimes a plan works well, such as the garlic spray on the course that reduced the mosquitos in a big way.
Saturday rolled around nice and sunny with some significant breeze. After all the registering, getting your partner and lane assignment and chronying the guns, it was off to the sight in range. Thanks to Blane for volunteering to man the chrony station both days.
After sight in, the shooter’s meeting took place and soon we were off to the woods. The wind did pick up and did cause more than a few shots on the edges of the hit zones. The gusts were unpredictable and were surprisingly strong in spite of the vegetation.
The Hunter shooters were assigned the yellow course for Saturday and some good rivalries were evident by the end of the shooting. In Hunter Piston, only two points separated Richard T. and Marc S. and Blane was very close as well. Some good matchups were set for Sunday.
The Open and WFTF classes shot the white course and some nice scores were posted. Ryan and James were separated by one point at the top of the WFTF PCP class. Joel jumped out to a good lead in the WFTF Piston class, but Brian and Tim were close.
Both courses features some tough long shots in the wind and those close, very small hit zone targets that Denis likes so much. Sunday’s squads were based on your score on Saturday. In each class, starting at the top, shooters were put in a squad with their closest rival. No pressure at all.
On Saturday afternoon, Joel and Jeff conducted the first ever marshalling course in Canada. Joel put it together based on his experience taking marshalling courses at the world matches a number of times and with input from the BoG. From all reports it was a great success and something that will continue to be offered in the future. Thanks to Joel and Jeff for their efforts.
Sunday started out cloudy, but the Sun pushed through and provided another great day for FT. The wind was a bit weaker than Saturday, but still moved the pellet enough to cause a few groans throughout the match when the pellets clipped the edge.
In Hunter Piston, the largest group at the match, things stayed close right to the end. Richard T., who was up by a few points after Saturday, had another great day and ended up as Canadian Champion in the class. Both Marc S. and Blane had good days as well and finished second and third respectively. Eric was close behind the top three and Tony R, who shot with us for the first time at Grenville rounded out the top five. Jeff had a good match as did Jacob who was only able to shoot with us on Sunday due to work.
Tony L. was able to put together another good day to win the class. Larry made a good run on Sunday to secure second. Marc C. had a good match placing third followed by Richard O.
In Open PCP, Dennis improved his score from Saturday and won the class, followed by Pete.
In WFTF PCP, Ryan had an exceptional day scoring 57/60 and won the class with an overall score of 108/120. James stayed consistent and placed second, followed by John B. and Denis.
In WFTF Piston, Joel put on a show; no other way to describe it. After an impressive 56/60 on day one, he went on to post a 58/60 on day two, for a total of 114/120. This is a new spring gun record for our Nationals and was also the high score for the match. Tim and Brian both managed to pull up their scores from Saturday, with Tim placing second and Brian third. Jon placed fourth followed by Bob. Both of these shooters are relatively new to WFTF Piston class and are both improving fast. Look out next year.
The medals were handed out after the scores were tallied and then came the prize draw, which is well known throughout the FT world. This year was no exception with some great prizes up for grabs, based on nothing more than the luck of having your name pulled out of a hat. You choose a prize and then draw the next name. All competitors took home at least one prize a few took home two.
Cleanup was quick and quite easy due to all the help we had and that was greatly appreciated by the match organizers after a very busy three days. Thanks to all that helped.
The 2021 CAFTA Nationals is in the books and will go down as a great match and a very enjoyable weekend of shooting. Ewe are hoping that the COVID situation continues to improve and the Nationals can begin the grow even larger as new shooters enter the sport.
A reminder that there are matches at Port and HAHA this month and matches at all three clubs in October. HAHA has a match scheduled for November, weather permitting. I encourage you to keep supporting your local club and know you are always welcome at Port Colborne, HAHA and Grenville. Thanks to all and I look forward to sitting down with you on a lane soon.
CAFTA Nationals 2021 Results Chart
|Rank||Name Class||yellow||White||Total||Rifle||Scope||Pellet||Prov. State|
|Difficulty rating||31.2||30.9T||Ave 31.0T|
|1||Joel Goodwin||58||56||114||TX200 Mk3||Sightron 10-50||AA 8.44||ON|
|2||Tim MacSweyn**||52||48||100||TX200HC & SR||Pr Leupold 35X||JSB 8.44||ON|
|3||Brian Wernham||51||44||95||HW97||Sightron 10-50||.AA 7.87||ON|
|4||Jon Miller||46||39||85||TX200||Falcon 10-50||JSB 8.44||ON|
|5||Bob Wall||38||34||72||TX200||Sightron 10-50||JSB 8.44||ON|
|1||Ryan Landry||57||51||108||Steyr LG110||Sightron 10-50||JSB 8.44||QC|
|2||James Liu||51||50||101||Steyr LG110||Sightron 10-50||JSB 7.87||ON|
|3||John Birch||49||40||89||FTP900||Falcon 50X||JSB 8.44||ON|
|4||Denis StJean||36||30||66||AA S400F||Hawke 10-50||JSB 8.44||ON|
|1||Dennis Eden **||51||46||97||Steyr LG100||S&B FT||JSB 8.4||ON|
|2||Pete Elsby||36||30||66||FX Crown||Elements Nexus||Cr. 10.5||ON|
|1||Tony Lau||90||87||177||Diana Outlaw||CZ 5-25||JSBH||ON|
|2||Larry Young||76||87||163||Kral Puncher||Centre Pointe 3-9||Crosman||ON|
|3||Marc Charlebois||68||77||145||D.S. Wolverine||Tasco 3-10||JSBH||QC|
|4||Richard Oszpar||60||60||120||Diana Storm R.||West H. 4-16||JSBH||ON|
|1||Richard Tatasciore||103||99||202||AA Pro Sport||Hawke 4-16||JSB 8.44||ON|
|2||Mark Shelleau||101||95||196||TX200||Hawke 6-24||Cr. 7.9||ON|
|3||Blane Larone||98||91||189||TX200||Hawke||JSB 8.44||ON|
|4||Eric Clarke-Daws||93||93||186||HW97K||Vector 10X||FTT||ON|
|5||Tony Raposo||82||83||165||TX200||Bushnell 5-15||Sto 8.56||ON|
|7||Jacob Charlebois||79||DNS||79||Walther Terrus||Discovery VT-R||JSB||QC|
August 15th, 2021
After a lengthy delay, here’s a quick write up on the match in Grenville.
We have a solid turn out of 12 shooters in both Hunter Piston, PCP and WFTF Piston. An interesting fact, 10 of the shooters were in a piston class! A first for the club to see so many piston shooters. My bias plainly on my sleeve – outstanding!
The match was a great success with “Cold Line” Hemming only have to call out once! Another first with so few issues (not there is often very many).
The day dawned clear and cool for mid-August. No one was complaining either! The mosquitos were few and far between too!
The biggest challenge were the shadows. It added a wonderful challenge to a course which saw a good number of reducers out to max range. A worthy course for a wonderful day.
We had everything wrapped up and away by about 2:00 PM.
A big thanks to the Grenville Fishing and Game Club for hosting and the volunteers – Tim Mac, Dave C, John B and Blane L – for their hard work to get everything ready for an outstanding day of shooting. Thank you!
|Hunter||Piston||120||Blane Larone||95||AirArms||TX200 Mk3|
|Hunter||Piston||120||Jeff Hemming||83||AirArms||TX200 Mk3 HC|
|WFTF||Piston||60||Tim MacSweyn||54||AirArms||TX200 Mk3 HC|
|WFTF||Piston||60||Dave Cunningham||34||AirArms||TX200 MK3|
|WFTF||Piston||60||John Birch||27||AirArms||TX200 Mk3|
HAHA Field Target Match Report
August 28, 2021
Last Saturday proved to be great day for our second field target match of 2021. Warm temps, no rain and some shifty HAHA winds provided the perfect backdrop for our match. Ok, maybe I exaggerate with it being “warm”. It was 41C with humidity and some call this damn hot!!!
Twenty-one shooters started arriving early Saturday morning making set up smooth and quick. After a brief shooters meeting, the match started on time. Despite having 10 groups of 2 and a single, we managed to finish by 2:15 and had the course cleaned up quickly thereafter. The match director was a bit tardy tallying the scores and there was a HUGE desire to get into vehicle air conditioning so shoot offs were not held for the two first place ties that happened!
A special thank-you to the volunteers who showed up early to cut the grass (Jeff) and get the range ready for the day. These events can only run smoothly/on time with volunteers. Please remember to thank them and consider helping at an upcoming match.
Congratulations to our division winners and co-winners:
Len and Lanny – PCP Open co-winners
James – PCP WFTF
Rob and Tony – PCP Hunter co-winners
Brian – Piston WFTF
Marc – Piston Hunter
Some pics – HAHA. Good luck to those attending the Canadian Championships at the Grenville Club September 11,12. Hope to see everyone again at our September 25th match here at HAHA
|HAHA Field Target Club Match Results|
|Saturday, August 28, 2021|
|PCP Open / 60||Score||Gun||Sight||Pellet|
|Len J||57||FWB P70 FT||Sightron 10-50||JSB Heavy|
|Lanny H||57||RAW||Sightron||JSB 8.4|
|Richard Stephens *||54||Daystate Redwolf||JSB 8.4|
|Geoff M||50||AA S510||Hawke Airmax||AA 8.4|
|Chris H||49||Kral Jumbo||Discovery 6-24||JSB 15.89|
|Tony M||46||Marauder||Hawke Sidewinder||JSB 13.43|
|Dennis E||42||Anschutz||Leupold 35X||JSB 10.5g|
|Peter E||37||FX Crown||Element Helix||JSB 14.35|
|PCP WFTF / 60||Score||Gun||Sight||Pellet|
|James Liu||53||Steyr 110||Sightron 10-50||JSB 7.8|
|PCP Hunter / 120||Score||Gun||Sight||Pellet|
|Rob G||101||Daystate Redwolf||Hawke||JSB 10.3|
|Tony L||101||Diana Outlaw||BSA 4-16||JSB 8.44|
|Mike P||97||FX Streamline||Discovery 3-18||JSB|
|Piston WFTF / 60||Score||Gun||Sight||Pellet|
|Brian W||50||HW97||Sightron 10-50||AA 7.9|
|Zach H||46||AA TX 200||Big Nikko||JSB|
|Bob W||38||AA TX 200||Sightron 10-50||JSB 8.44|
|Piston Hunter / 120||Score||Gun||Sight||Pellet|
|Marc S||97||AA TX 200||Hawke 6-24||Crossman 7.9g|
|Jeff H||96||AA TX 200||Sighron STAC||JSB Exact|
|Tom K||94||HW 97||Discovery 4-16||JSB Exact|
|Dorian A||74||HW 77K||Hawke||H&N Baracuda|
|Rob W||73||Crossman Optimus||Vector 3-12||JSB|
|Ryan R||67||Crossman||Bushnell 4-12||Crossman 7.9g|
|* New Shooter|
|Hunter||PCP||120||Rob Gastle||101||Daystate||Red Wolf|
|Hunter||Piston||120||Jeff Hemming||86||AirArms||TX200 Mk3 HC|
|WFTF||Piston||60||Zach Harde||41||AirArms||TX200 Mk3|
|WFTF||Piston||60||Bob Wall||20||AirArms||TX200 Mk3|
Check out some pics in the gallery