Successful summer of shooting for CUPRC

On the morning of Sunday 18th July, Cambridge faced Oxford in their summer Varsity match. The Light Blues arrived early at the range and warmed up by shooting a match on the .22cal Lightweight Sporting Rifles. Soon it was time for revenge for their loss earlier in the year, and first up were James Bullock and Clark Barrett shooting for CURPC A against an experienced Oxford duo. Both shot 90 ex. 100 for the first practice of ten shots in ten minutes and 97 in the second practice. This gave the Light Blues a huge lead of 41 points going into the second round.

Next up Cambridge had Vin Shen Ban and Sophie Reed, the Men's and Ladies' Captains respectively, shooting alongside an unknown Oxford quantity including their Captain. Although nowhere near the scores produced by the CURPC pair earlier, they managed to gather a grand total of 722 ex.800. This produced an overall winning margin of 64 points over Oxford's 658 - a comfortable victory compared to last year's loss by a single point.

After a break for lunch, the B team match commenced and CURPC B was represented by Pradipta Biswas only, while Oxford B had three representatives. Biswas rose to the occasion and shot a 175 (higher than any score on the Oxford A team) to win the B team match by average score.

July also saw CUPRC take part in the Imperial meeting, one of the biggest in the calendar. The team returned from this competition fully laden with silverware, having won each of the four team competitions they entered. This success in team events was replicated in the McGivern, Fairbairn and Peel Cups, in the Silhouettes, Advancing Targets and Police Match disciplines respectively.

To round off an excellent summer, CUPRC members produced some outstanding individual performances at the British Pistol Championship, where the Home Nations Commonwealth Games teams were also in attendance as they warmed up for Delhi. Against such a high calibre of competition, Vin Shen Ban's second place in the ISSF 10m Air Pistol seems even more remarkable. James Bullock and Sophie Reed came sixth in the men's and women's British Open Sport Pistol.

None of these achievements would have been possible without the help of Herb Teachey, who has devoted hours to the club, from coaching to equipment maintenance. The club would like to express their sincere thanks for all his hard work throughout the year.

Vin Shen Ban

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