Once again it’s been a fantastic season for CUSBC. Things began with a fantastic recruitment effort, with special mention going to Ashley Abrahams for recruiting half of Peterhouse. Thanks also goes to Nick Hall for the effort he put in to running a new format of novice training.
Several internal matches were held earlier on in the season. Lizzie Potter won the Novices competition with an impressive 188, Luke Davison won the New Members competition with 194, and David Firth won the Individual competition with 197. Cuppers saw Peterhouse take a well-deserved victory with Ashley Abrahams and Ed Kim produced an outstanding score of 391.
After Christmas there were an impressive number of responses for our first match of the season set to be held at Sevenoaks, but this was unfortunately cancelled due to snow. Our next match saw defeat to very strong GOGS side, however it provided invaluable match experience, and we went on to defeat Gresham’s in our final match. This year also saw the introduction of Saturday Practices for blues level shots, which gave extra opportunities to train in the build to the varsities.
This year’s varsity saw 3 shooters making their 1st VIII debut and the match was a close affair. It was the very last bullet fired that determined the winner. After the notorious regauge, Cambridge took a one point victory. James Diviney put down the highest score of the match with an impressive 194, with David Firth and Lizzie Potter achieving an impressive score of 192, matched only by Oxford’s top scorer. The Women’s 1st IV match saw all of our women making their successful varsity debuts with an extremely dominant 66 point victory.
For the first time in a while, Cambridge was able to attend the BUCS team finals. This year saw the introduction of a controversial one card only format for both the qualifying round, the final, and the final of the final. Despite injury, unavailability and rifle problems, Cambridge went through to the final 8 in second place once again beating Oxford. In the final round Cambridge put down an improved score of 573 ex 600, as did Southampton. But following an scoring appeal Cambridge took second place, still a fantastic result.
The 3 Positions, 2nd VIII and 3rd VIII varsity matches were all held on the same day as the CURA dinner. Things kicked off with the 3 Positions varsity, with Cambridge putting down a winning score of 927 to beat Oxford’s 921, including an impressive score by Jonny Waite of 244. The second VIII varsity demonstrated the huge depth of CUSBC with not one single person dropping below 187, an unbelievable achievement. The final score was not far off this year’s Heslop score, and bodes well for CUSBC replacing those 1st team shooters who will be leaving this year. Matilda McAleenan top scored for Cambridge with 191.
This year also saw a 3rd VIII match, which saw the newly donated ‘Ex-Captains’ Challenge Cup’ being won for first time by Cambridge with a margin of 130 points. Johnny Waite top scored with 193, followed closely by Krit Sitathani’s 190. This means Cambridge yet again achieved the clean sweep, taking home all the silverware.
As the season came to a close, CUSBC helped Cambridge University Officer Training Corps retain the Land Command Small Bore Championship. We also shot for them in postal competitions with 4 members being selected to represent the T.A. in an inter-services competition. The financial support provided by the OTC has proved very useful, and we successfully ran a competition at our range in return. I hope this strong relationship continues into the next season. Many thanks to Nick Hall for help in this.
Varsity Results (and Cambridge top scorer):
- Heslop: WON 1515-1514 (James Diviney 194)
- Bentata: WON 756-690 (Lizzie Potter 192)
- Kensington: WON 1503-1482 (Matilda McAleenan 191)
- Lerman: WON 927-921 (Johnny Waite 244)
- Ex-Captains’: WON 1433-1303 (Johnny Waite 193)
Half blues were awarded to:
- Olly Collas (re-award)
- Luke Davison
- James Diviney (re-award)
- David Firth
- Lizzie Potter
- Anna Stansbury
Club colours are awarded to:
- Ashley Abrahams
- Alex Dowle
- Nick Hall
- Ewan Johnstone
- Esme Jones
- Ed Kim
- Stefan Kuppen
- Harriet Nuttall
- Krit Sitathani
- Anna Stansbury
- Max Traynor
- Johnny Waite
I would also like to mention that we now have pigeon hole’s to use for jacket storage, and CUSBC was kindly donated 2 rifles by Duncan Norman (CUSBC 1971-74, Captain CURA 1974).
It has been a pleasure captaining the club, and I am very grateful to the help from my committee. Special mention goes to Anna Stansbury for taking on the Women’s captaincy at short notice, and to Ashley Abrahams for his advice. The club would also like to thank James Diviney for his 6 years of consecutive 1st team varsities, 3 of which he top scored in. I wish the best of luck to my successor and their committee.
CUSBC Captain 2012-2013