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Rifle Club Easter Training week at Bisley

Another successful Rifle Club Easter Training week, at Bisley, comes to an end.  On the last day of term, eight members of the team, along with four members of staff headed to Bisley for a week of pre-season training.  Five members of the team had travelled to Bisley the previous day and were taking part in ‘Maple Taste’, a training/selection weekend for forthcoming GB Cadet Rifle Team tours.  Toby Cubitt, Ben Danziger and Kira Kapustina were all training with the British Cadet Rifle Team before their tour to Canada in August and Tristan Tancred and Mac Woodcock were both hoping for selection to the UK Cadet Rifle Team for their tour to the Channel Islands, also in August.  By the end of the Rifle Clubs week at Bisley, the team selection had been announced and both Tristan and Mac had successfully made the final touring team.  It also happened to be Mac’s birthday when the good news can through.  Many congratulations to them both.

After their weekend with the GB training, the five then joined the rest of the Gresham’s team for the remainder of the week.  William Cubitt was unable to be with the Rifle Team for their training week because he was fortunate enough to be touring South Africa with the GB Under 19 Rifle Team.  We hope that he has had a successful tour.

The team had an excellent week, which started with some fantastic conditions for training but then gradually deteriorated during the course of the week.  It became particularly unpleasant during the middle part of the week and a couple of sessions had to be cut short due to very cold conditions and heavy rain.  The conditions did improve again towards the end of the week and it proved to be a very productive week.  The team worked exceptionally hard, particularly the new Year 9’s who were on a steep learning curve but took on board everything that was thrown at them.  Particular thanks must go to Ben Danziger and Kira Kapustina who really stepped up and encouraged the entire team throughout the week.

The training always starts at short range (300 yards) and then over the course of the week we shoot over increasingly longer and longer distances.  By the middle of the week, the team were shooting over a distance of 1000 yards.  Shooting is not just about firing the perfect shot, although this is clearly important, there is also a lot of personal admin required and record keeping.  The evenings were spent learning the skills of plotting and coaching, which are both very important skills to have as the wind can have a massive effect on a bullet even at short range, let alone at 1000 yards.

There was some phenomenal scoring during the course of the week, with many members of the team scoring a perfect 50 out of 50.  Dally Armstrong and Molly Philo both achieved near perfect scores when they both scored a 50.9, with 50.10 being the highest possible.  The week ended with a team of VIII match against an Old Greshamian (OG) team.  The School team got off to a very slow start with a couple of poor scores but picked it back up fantastically for the remaining two distances.  The final results were GRC 1139 – OGRE 1154.  Well done to the Old Boys /Girls for their narrow victory over the school team.

These sort of trips do not happen without the assistance of many people and thanks must go to Mr Keen, Mrs Liberman, Capt. Scoles, Tony Clarke and to the OG’s that all gave up their time to assist with the smooth running of the camp.  It was a very successful trip.