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SES Shooting Success

 SES Shooting team Although the Olympics is dominating the national sports news, the SES Shooting Team, made up of pupils from both Stamford School and Stamford High School in Years 11 to 13, has had its own sporting triumphs during last term.

In the Country Life Small Bore Competition, out of 87 teams, the SES A Team (J Hudson, E Bremner, H Mintern, F Babbs, L Higgins) came 8th and the B Team (E Johnson, E Joyce, J Stops, S Taylor, E Fraser) came 18th, despite both teams having been disqualified from one aspect of the competition on a technicality. The A Team came joint first for Grouping and second for Landscape and both teams scored highly in the Snap with the B Team taking first place and the A Team coming third. The B Team were, in fact, the highest placed B Team in the competition and won the Class B Salver.

The Imperial Schools Target Rifle Competition was held at the National Rifle Association, Bisley, at the beginning of July. The team of 10 captained by J. Hudson worked really well together throughout the whole week, supporting and encouraging each other in all the matches. Weather and ground conditions were not ideal: rain, wind, hailstones and even a storm on one afternoon although we did see the sun for short periods.

The team acquitted itself well throughout the week but we had three special highlights.  The first was winning the Bermuda Cup on the Wednesday - a team of 6 of our cadets beating Oakham, Uppingham and Oundle with our aggregate score over all three distances (300, 500 and 600 yards). The second was Emily Joyce's 16th place for her 600 yard shooting over two days of the competition.  The third highlight came on the last day with Joe Hudson's outstanding performance in the Spencer-Mellish Cup, a competition for the best shot in each of the schools' teams.  He scored an impressive 47 with 4 V-Bulls, out of a possible maximum of 50 with 10 V-Bulls achieving 9th place out of 43 entries.

All in all the SES Shooting team has had an extremely successful year, and long may it continue in September.