Prone Rifle JWR Newman 2021-22 Results

Round 2 of the JWR Newman knockout competition is now complete, and the scores and knockout table are in the attached document.

Round 2 was quite exciting – Witchampton A put in the only perfect team score of 400 …. but unfortunately it was disqualified due to non-compliance with the rules!
The round also had a tie between Flight Refuelling A and Wimborne A, which was decided by re-scoring with the first oversized gauge.

Congratulations to all the teams that now progress to round 3 – your stickers will be sent out shortly. Good luck!

2022 Prone Rifle Short Range Championship – Stage 1 results

The results of stage 1 of the 2022 Dorset Short Range Chamionships are available below.

Congratulations to all the shooters who qualified for stage 2. Stickers for stage 2 cards will be sent out the clubs in the next few days.

Updated 23/01/2022 – Incorrect ‘Veteran’ classifications corrected (highlighted in Yellow)

Prone Rifle – Winter 2020-21 results

Finally an end to the longest ever Winter Season. After tiers, lockdown, restrictions and a couple of deadline postponements – the final deadline for scores to be received has passed, and the results are in.

Due to the pandemic, we only ran the Individual and Team of 3 leagues, and then only with a half course of fire. As expected, participation was well down, but still reasonable given the circumstances. We also welcomed Market Drayton as a new club to the Dorset rifle leagues.

In the end some people were still unable to shoot their cards, but there was still a decent competition in most divisions.

Congratulations to all the division winners! Medals will be issued in due course.

Team of 3 results and averages

Individual league results and scores

Prone rifle competition results – Summer 2021

This summer we only ran Individual competitions for 50m and 100yds, due to the uncertainty of the rate at which shooters would return to shooting after the lockdown. The previous season’s winter leagues were also still going on, and so there were still plenty of short range cards to be shot. Entries to the two competitions were rather low, but it is clear that some people were encouraged back to the range by the fact that there were cards to be shot.

To keep it simple, the competitions were shot in classes, with certificates being awarded to the winners of each class. No medals this year, as it was another very unusual year! Hopefully we’ll be back to normal in 2022.

The results of each competition are posted below. Congratulations to all the class winners – certificates will be sent out in the coming days.

Important update about Dorset Rifle leagues

Update – July 19th 2021
The following information was today mailed to clubs who entered the Dorset Rifle Winter 2020-21 league

I have had some feedback recently about the slow return of members that clubs are experiencing and expecting, even now that you should be able to fully re-open. This is not too surprising, I suppose, but it does make it much harder for some of you to turn in a full set of cards by the first week in September.

For this reason, we have decided to make a general 4 week extension to all the Winter 2020-21 cards, as below:

  • Last date for shooting 2020-21 winter leagues is now Monday 4th October 2021
  • Last date for scores to be received by me: Monday 11th October 2021

I hope that this will go some way to helping you to submit scores for all the people who entered, so that we can have as meaningful a competition as possible in the circumstances.

I’m always grateful to get some feedback from you, so please feel free to let me know whether this will help your club.

Update – March 7th 2021
The following information was mailed to all club league contacts on 7th March 2021
This is to update you on the arrangements for finishing the current Winter 2020-21 leagues, and our intentions for the summer 2021 season.

Winter Leagues 2020-21
Now that there is a National plan for gradually relaxing Covid related restrictions, we know that the earliest date for ranges to re-open is mid April, and that many indoor ranges will not reopen immediately due to the restrictions that will still be in place for some additional weeks. It is also very clear that many indoor ranges have not re-opened at all since the Winter league stickers were sent out late last year.

Clearly that makes the current last date for shooting all five rounds (29th March) un workable and unfair.

In order to give a fair opportunity for all participants, and to avoid wasting the efforts of those who have already shot some rounds, the Dorset committee has decided to extend the winter season through to the end of the summer season. It is hoped that enough ranges will be able to reopen for long enough to give participants a reasonable chance of completing the much reduced course of fire.

So please note these new dates for all 5 rounds of the Winter 2020-21 rifle leagues:

  • Last date for shooting 2020-21 winter leagues is now Monday 6th September 2021
  • Last date for scores to be received by me Monday 13th September 2021

Summer Leagues 2021
As we are now extending the winter leagues through the summer period, and because there will still be shooters who do not feel comfortable re-joining the sport yet, the committee has decided not to run the usual Summer League program in 2021.

However, most outdoor ranges will be open, and many shooters will want to do some shooting, and so we will run less formal individual 50m league and 100yd league.

These will be kept simple and reasonably flexible:

  • Course of fire: 10 rounds of 10 shots @ 50m/yds and/or 10 rounds of 10 shots @ 100yds. i.e. 5 cards per distance, 2 stickers on each card.
  • Local scoring only
  • Free entry – for each distance just mail the league organiser with the names of people for whom you’d like a set of stickers.
  • No closing date for entries, so people can enter any time in the season
  • All entrants will shoot as individuals in their most recent Dorset class (see list published below)
  • Highest aggregate in each class wins the class at each distance.
  • All cards to be shot by Monday 6th September 2021 (regardless of when stickers were issued)
  • All scores to be received by the league organiser by Monday 13th September 2021
  • No prizes or medals, but certificates to class winners

We hope that these two competitions will help to encourage shooters back onto the ranges as the restrictions ease off. Please also see the attached document for further details.

Please let me know if you have any questions about the above, and I look forward to receiving summer entries from your club.

Best regards,
Dave Chick
Dorset Rifle League organiser

Update – September 30th 2020

The committee has reviewed responses from clubs about their willingness and ability to shoot in competitions this winter, and has decided that a limited set of Dorset Winter rifle league competitions will be run this year.

The competitions will be one team and one individual league; the normal course of fire will be halved, and all cards will be due to be shot by Monday 29th March 2021. The league organiser will send out entry forms in the next few days.

Please note that the last date for shooting the remaining cards of last winter’s team of 3, championship and JR Newman has now passed, and final results will be published shortly.

The following message was today (5th July 2020) circulated to all rifle league contacts by the rifle league organiser. (NB! Decisions regarding Dorset Air and LWR leagues will be taken later in July)

Dear league contact,

I hope that you and your club members are safe and well.

It is about 3 months since I last contacted you about how we were adapting the Dorset rifle leagues to the covid-19 crisis, and now it’s time for a new update. This time I’d like to cover the remaining parts of the 2019-20 Winter leagues, the Summer 2020 leagues, and our intentions for the Winter 2020-21 leagues.

Against the background of the lockdown being eased and many outdoor ranges re-opening, we still have social distancing and hygiene rules to contend with, indoor ranges are closed, there is a general nervousness amongst many of our shooters and a common expectation that there will be a second spike in infections with potential for more lockdowns. It is hoped that indoor ranges will be allowed to re-open in the next 3-4 weeks, allowing some shooting to take place over the summer, but it is very doubtful that restrictions will be completely lifted before the winter season.

When deciding what to do about the various leagues, the Dorset committee has considered these factors as well as their duties as an organising body. 

Taken all together, the committee has decided the following:

Remaining parts of the 2019-20 Winter leagues

We still want to give all participants the opportunity to complete these competitions, as they were so close to finishing when the crisis hit.

SR Team of 3 – teams from Flight Refuelling, Wimborne, Parkstone and Dorchester were unable to shoot the last round due to unavoidable range closures or self-isolation. To give those clubs a chance of completing the competition, the due date for round 5 of this competition is extended again to Monday 28th September

Dorset Short Range Championship – 5 people were unable to shoot their stage 2 cards (Tony Edwards, Mike Frizzle, John Henderson, Chris Anderson & Beth Stephenson). To give those people the chance to shoot their stage 2 cards, the due date for stage 2 of this competition is further extended to Monday 28th September. Please make sure to inform the affected individuals in your club.

NB! There will be no shoulder to shoulder final, and the championship will not be awarded this year. Prizes by Class will be awarded as usual once all cards have been shot.

The JWR Newman knockout – Range closure meant that Wimborne were unable to shoot the final round by the due date. The due date for the final round of this competition is extended again to Monday 28th September

If your club is one of those affected by these three extensions, please check that you and your members still have the remaining cards – if you have disposed of any unshot cards, please let me know and I’ll re-issue stickers for the individuals involved.

2020 Summer leagues

The committee has reluctantly decided to cancel all 2020 summer rifle leagues, including the long range competitions.

The outdoor competitions have been cancelled mainly due to the highly restricted range capacity in Dorset, especially at Queens Park where many clubs shoot. It is felt that the capacity will be so tight that it is unfair to expect all clubs to be able to complete the course of fire.

We appreciate that this may be a particular issue for Dorset, and apologise to other clubs where such capacity restrictions are less severe.

Clubs may choose whether their Summer league entry fees are re-funded, or carried over to the next season. I will assume that fees will be carried forward, unless you request a refund from me.

2020-21 Winter leagues

Normally, I would send out winter season entry forms during July, with the aim of issuing stickers by the end of August, and first round due early October. This year, due to the general uncertainty, the committee has decided to play it safe by postponing the start of the winter leagues and reducing the course of fire appropriately.

In practice, this means that we will review the situation again in September with the hope that I can send out entry forms early in October, issue stickers in November, with first cards due in January 2021. Some competitions might not be run at all due to the shortened period for shooting. But if the situation is still bad or highly uncertain in September, we may cancel the winter leagues as well.

Cancelling and shortening leagues are not decisions that are taken lightly by the committee, and it is very regrettable that we feel forced to take such actions. With 2020 more or less written off for shooting, please join me in hoping that 2021 will be a good year on the ranges for us all.

Also, we sincerely hope that all shooters will see the lack of league cards as an opportunity to shoot for the sheer enjoyment it. Enjoyment is, after all, supposed to be why we do this sport!

I would be glad to hear how each club has managed during the crisis, and especially about any plans you may have to re-open when circumstances allow.

Yours in shooting

David Chick
Dorset Rifle League organiser

Prone Rifle Trophies & Awards Summer 2019 – Winter 2019/20

In a normal year, the trophy and medal list would be prepared in time for presentations at the May AGM, covering the previous summer & winter seasons. Due to the pandemic, and the extended deadlines for some of the Winter competitions, the list has only now been possible to collate.

Congratulations to all the Team and Individual medal and trophy winners listed in the file attached to this post. Trophies will not be presented this year, but the winners names will be engraved on them at the earliest opportunity; medals will be distributed to all clubs in the next week or two.

Prone Rifle – J.R. Newman Team, Winter 2019-20

Scores and knockout table for rounds 1, 2, 3 and the Final of the J.R. Newman team ‘name your own start’ competition are attached below.

Unfortunately the final round was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic, which is most unfortunate. In the end, no cards were received from Wimborne and so congratulations go to the winners, Andy Todd and Rob Keenan of Flight Refuelling ‘B’ . Scores and the final knockout table are available below.

(612) Inter County Women’s SR Rifle League 19/20

Official results for the NSRA inter county Women’s short range rifle league, winter 2019-2020. Dorset in Division 5.

(611) Inter county reserves league 2019/20

Latest official results from the NSRA for the Inter County Reserves league, Winter 2019/20. Dorset are in Division 4.

Corona Virus Information

Dorset SBRPA hopes that all shooters and their families are taking suitable personal precautions against contracting and spreading the virus. Below are some additional suggestions and pieces of information that may be useful. Updated 5th July 2020.

Rifle League update: Due to the continued general uncertainty surrounding the covid-19 pandemic, and various other related factors, the Dorset committee has decided to cancel the summer rifle leagues for 2020. It has also been announced that the winter leagues will be postponed and will have a reduced course of fire.
See the full announcement here

All remaining 2020 DSBRPA open rifle meetings cancelled: The Dorset management has taken the decision to cancel the remaining open rifle meetings in 2020. This is due to continued uncertainty about the pandemic, and the view that the County would not be able to effectively meet the infection prevention levels required by government guidelines.
See the full announcement here

AGM 2020 cancelled (10/4/2020): In the light of the continuing Covid-19 outbreak, the committee has taken the decision to cancel the Annual General Meeting for this year which was due to take place at Bryanston School on Friday May 29th. Bryanston School is closed anyway, but clearly it is unlikely that restrictions will have been lifted by the end of May anyway.
See the full announcement here.

Bisley ranges closed until 31st August: (26th March)
The NRA has announced the suspension of civilian shooting, and cancellation of all competitions, on the Bisley ranges until 31st August. This will presumably cause the NSRA Bisley rifle meeting to be cancelled as well.

Winter league final rounds: (25th March)
SR Team of 5 and Individual SR leagues: Both of these competitions have been completed, and the final results have been published this week.
SR Team of 3: Unfortunately teams from Flight Refuelling, Wimborne, Parkstone and Dorchester were unable to shoot the last round due to unavoidable range closures or self-isolation. To give those clubs a chance of completing the competition, the due date for round 5 of this competition is extended to Monday 29th June
Dorset Short Range Championship: 5 people have been unable to shoot their stage 2 cards (Tony Edwards, Mike Frizzle, John Henderson, Chris Anderson & Beth Stephenson). To give those people the chance to shoot their stage 2 cards, the due date for stage 2 of this competition is extended to Monday 29th June. The shoulder-to-shoulder Final will be arranged once stage 2 is completed.
The JWR Newman knockout: Range closure meant that Wimborne are unable to shoot the final round by the due date. The due date for the final round of this competition is extended to Monday 29th June

Competitions have initially been extended by about 3 months, in the hope that we will be shooting again in June. However this will reviewed again at the end of May.

Summer Leagues: (21st March)
Thank you for your entries. We have decided to reduce the course of fire for all Summer League competitions. This means that most competitions will be reduced to just 5 rounds.
In addition, there will be a single last date of shooting for all rounds in all competitions, which will be at the end of September. We hope that is will allow some league shooting to take place, and give shooters plenty of flexibility to shoot the cards.
Stickers etc will be sent out shortly

Club Weapons: It may be that you have club rifles or other weapons which are being shared between existing or prospective members. In the current climate you should consider cleaning/disinfecting the equipment between use  by different shooters.

DSBRPA AGM: The AGM is at this staged fixed for Friday 29th May, but we will obviously be reviewing that along with the dates fixed for various meetings and will keep you posted as to progress.

Remaining 2020 open rifle meetings cancelled

28th May 2020 – Announcement from Martin Overall, Captain:

I have had a number of requests to open up shooting in Dorset, especially the outdoor shoots, which we have considered carefully.  Our view is that the risks are too high with regards to transmission of the COVID 19 virus and we would break the social distancing/group meeting rules as set out by the Government.

The main challenges are:
– Setting up the range and cleaning all surfaces prior to shooting

hanging and handling of cards to be scored
use and cleaning of toilets
clearing of the range at the end of the event
issuing of trophies/medals (which is not essential, but nice to have). 

All of these activities offer a high to medium risk of infection if anyone is an unknown carrier of the virus plus the general demographic of shooters does put the majority of us all in a higher risk grup.   I am not sure we would even get the numbers attending to make the event cost effective with this added risk and a general reluctance to meet away from home.

As a County we have a duty of care to each and every shooter who comes to our events and unfortunately I do not think we can meet these obligations satisfactorily.  Therefore I have taken the view that we will not be holding any events during 2020 at Piddlehinton.   I am sorry for this sad news and hope we will be in a better position to enjoy this fantastic weather (fingers crossed) at our shoots next year.
Please take care of yourself and I hope to see you in 2021.

Martin Overall