CUSBC win the Helsop and Bentata

Dear All,

The Small Bore Rifle varsity match for the mixed 1st VIII and ladies IV
was held on Sunday at the National Shooting Centre in Bisley. A strong
performance from both Cambridge teams brought home the respective Heslop
and Bentata trophies, continuing the light blue trend since the teams
drew in 2007. The Heslop team scored 1522/1600 to Oxford’s 1473/1600,
and the ladies team saw an equally impressive winning margin with
745/800 against 687/800.

Anyone out for a stroll on Sunday morning would have seen the odd sight
of the team playing rifle tetris whilst trying to cram our kit and
ourselves into the cars, but nevertheless we were soon off on the 2 hour
drive to Bisley. For the first time in a few years we managed to arrive
before our opposition, giving plenty of time to prepare our kit and calm
our nerves! Being on a new range combined with the sense of occasion we
all know accompanies a varsity match always threatens to break the focus
essential to our sport, but the team more than stepped up to the

This year’s squad was a relatively experienced one, with 5 returning 1st
team shooters with a number of varsity matches behind them. The club is
in a really strong position this year in terms of both quantity and
calibre of shooters, which made team selection incredibly tough despite
a gruelling series of selection matches earlier in the term. Regardless,
the team still saw 6 uncapped smallbore shots earning a place in the
squad and putting in very strong performances; Emily Mason, Charlotte
Sayers, Fergus Flanagan, Hannah Fisher and Fred Hill.

Particularly standout performances include Fergus Flanagan joint
top-scoring in his first varsity match, and Hannah Fisher who was
drafted in from a different discipline at short notice due to unforeseen
circumstances. Half Blues were awarded to David Firth, Jonathan Waite,
Harriet Nuttall, Fergus Flanagan and Simon Armstrong.

The shooting does not stop here however as the club now focuses on the
2nds, 3rds and 3P matches on the 14th March. We will be aiming to
maintain a dominance across the board which has seen none of the 5
matches lost in 5 years, and then many will move onto full-bore shooting
with CURA’s Easter training week.

The full scores were as follows:

Cambridge Heslop – 1522 Oxford Heslop – 1473

S. Armstrong (Trinity) – 195/200
M. Boucher (Trinity Hall) – 189/200
D. Firth (Trinity) – 191/200
F. Flanagan (Gonville & Caius) – 195/200
A. Hill (Peterhouse) – 189/200
H. Nuttall (Queens’) – 190/200
C. Sayers (Churchill) – 182/200
J. Waite (Clare) – 191/200

Cambridge Bentata – 746 Oxford Bentata – 687

H. Fisher (Girton) – 187/200
E. Mason (Peterhouse) – 187/200
H. Nuttall (Queens’) – 190/200
C. Sayers (Churchill) – 182/200

This was a terrific achievement and the club should be proud that we can
not only field such strong teams here but also in the matches yet to

Simon Armstrong
CUSBC Captain