Irish Olympic target shooting

DURC 10m Open 2010

So the plan was to finish work at 1800h, get home by 1830h, eat, change into underarmour and tracksuit, head for UCD by 1900h, get there by 1930h and spend at least 20 minutes wall-watching, be on the line in full kit and good to go by the start of prep time. It didn’t quite work out that way, I deferred leaving until 1940h and got to UCD by 2010h. Still plenty of time, still did my wall watching, wasn’t rushed and somehow still manged to be dressing during prep time. D’oh.

Changing into the shooting suit...

Still, I did get a good five minutes of settling into the position during prep, so that was an improvement on the usual mad rush I get buried by.

Herself Indoors also turned up to watch and take photos, which was nice 🙂

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The position felt constructed in the first third of the match; by which I mean that it felt like it has in training – set up the position, hold and wait for the rifle to come down and take the shot. It wasn’t horrible, but it didn’t feel remarkable really, just putting training into practice on another range. But… there were eights. Bleuch.

String 1

I’m not even sure of why there were eights. Though, apart from them (to play the traditional “what if I’d shot better” game beloved of shooters 🙄 ), the group was nice enough.

I hit problems in the middle of the match more than anywhere else; the position lost its definitive ‘clunk’ when dropping the rifle into position and I found I was having to watch my sight picture far more than normal. Most of the nines in the middle 20 shots were down to sight alignment, not sway or wobble, oddly enough. I dropped the foresight from 4.4mm to 4.3mm and dialed down the rearsight diopter to 1.1mm; this seemed to help a lot.

In Position...
Then the last 20 shots came up, and by now I was concerned over time pressure and was shooting faster; and something just clicked and the rifle started to lock into the position. Buttplate, pistol grip, glove hand, raise rifle, swing elbow, drop into –thunk– place, cant into the face, roll head forward, drop eyes to look at bear, raise eyes to check NPA and aim, pause, hold, shoot, follow-through, and up and reload and do it over again. It felt wonderful. No sway as such, all the muscles had relaxed, everything was just flowing along. Brilliant.

Firing point setup

Firing point setup

Screen and bear it...

Yes, I said bear 😀 Meet the mascot, which also plays the role of giving a visual focal point when looking away to check NPA…

Now as to the results, I was hoping to break 540. I comfortably left that behind:

Final group and score

DURC 10m Open 2010 Mark Dennehy

564 is 5 points below my PB; and there are five 8s in that score. So it was potentially my PB. Not bad for a first match back…

Detail 2 scores

The first match for the new cheekpiece left an impression as well:

Cheekpiece impression after the match

Postscript: Came in second when all the scores were in, Ray posted an excellent 580 for a convincing trouncing, but 2nd place on the first match back is still fine by me!


Scores up from shooting.boards.ie:

Air Rifle 60 Shot

Rank Shooter Club Total Inner 10s
1 Ray Kane DFST 94 95 99 100 96 96 580 (34*)
2 Mark Dennehy WTSC 94 93 93 95 93 96 564 (21*)
3 Paul O’Boyle WTSC 90 93 91 90 95 93 552 (20*)
4 Terry Wearen DFST 91 93 94 91 89 91 549 (8*)
5 Tian Carey UCDRC 87 91 95 85 94 94 546 (20*)
6 John Lancaster UCDRC 88 94 92 89 91 92 546 (18*)
7 Diyu Wu DURC 85 93 88 91 91 90 538 (15*)
8 Lorcan O’Carrol DURC 89 87 89 94 86 90 535 (11*)
9 Siobhan Scarlett DURC 82 82 85 89 91 86 515 (7*)
10 Micahel Cullinan DURC 79 88 76 82 84 89 498 (7*)
11 Hossein Habibi UCDRC 79 77 87 87 80 79 489 (9*)
12 Frank Lavery DURC 85 87 76 77 82 82 489 (8*)
13 Tim Hynes DURC 77 80 77 80 84 80 478 (5*)
14 Ian Beatty Orr DURC 80 76 80 77 75 82 470 (6*)
15 Logan Hasenbeck DURC 77 77 74 70 83 83 464 (3*)
16 Tayyaub Mansoor UCDRC 86 73 77 81 82 64 463 (5*)
17 Claire Leyden UCDRC 75 70 75 83 84 76 463 (2*)
18 Evan Boyd UCDRC 79 81 75 70 78 76 459 (5*)
19 Tony Donnelly UCDRC 72 78 68 75 77 78 448 (2*)
20 Donal Bourke UCDRC 74 80 75 75 71 72 447 (1*)
21 Aoife O’Reilly DURC 79 73 77 78 70 64 441 (0*)
22 Julian Ewers Peters DURC 76 69 79 68 70 77 439 (2*)
23 Roohallah Ebrahimi UCDRC 76 72 73 72 68 66 427 (5*)
24 Ivan De Wergifosse DURC 71 76 70 51 72 81 421 (1*)
25 Paul Gibbons UCDRC 73 64 70 59 69 74 409 (3*)
26 Emily Wallace DURC 69 78 56 58 76 70 407 (3*)
27 Sasheendran Gopalakrishnakone DURC 62 73 63 72 68 63 401 (3*)
28 Maria Tracey UCDRC 73 71 58 60 72 56 390 (2*)
29 John Taaffe UCDRC 64 68 63 62 65 58 380 (1*)
30 Claudio Sansone DURC 49 73 42 64 68 77 373 (0*)
31 Sean O’Callaghan DURC 60 65 70 58 49 68 370 (1*)
32 Diarmuid O’Maolalai DURC 59 59 56 48 47 65 334 (1*)
33 Paul Malone UCDRC 55 65 53 49 34 65 321 (1*)

Air Rifle 40 Shot

Rank Shooter Club Total Inner 10s
1 Caitriona Murphy DURC 86 77 83 92 338 (7*)
2 Yuecong Wang UCDRC 85 87 88 77 337 (5*)
3 Yanxuedan Zhang UCDRC 81 84 70 62 297 (2*)
4 Sheila Curley UCDRC 51 52 49 53 205 (0*)

Air Pistol 60 Shot

Rank Shooter Club Total Inner 10s
1 Lindsey Weedon MPAI 86 79 92 89 89 87 522 (5*)
2 Caroline O’Brien RRPC 89 86 82 89 84 88 518 (4*)
3 Eanna Bailey MPAI 82 78 83 90 88 86 507 (5*)
4 John Lancaster ℗ UCDRC 81 83 85 82 87 85 503 (1*)
5 John O’Brien RRPC 83 88 79 85 82 80 497 (4*)
6 Luke McMullan UCDRC 78 83 84 76 84 79 484 (4*)
7 Philip Conway UCDRC 73 83 79 73 72 65 445 (2*)
8 Martha Naughton UCDRC 58 65 59 63 67 75 387 (1*)
9 Aisling Miller ℗ DURC 58 51 51 65 71 62 358 (1*)

Class A 40 Series

Rank Shooter Club Total Inner 10s
1 Ray Kane DFST 94 95 99 100 388 (25*)
2 Mark Dennehy WTSC 94 93 93 95 375 (11*)
3 Paul O’Boyle WTSC 90 93 91 90 364 (14*)

Class B 40 Series

Rank Shooter Club Total Inner 10s
1 Terry Wearen DFST 91 93 94 91 369 (7*)
2 John Lancaster UCDRC 88 94 92 89 363 (11*)
3 Lorcan O’Carrol DURC 89 87 89 94 359 (10*)
4 Tian Carey UCDRC 87 91 95 85 358 (13*)
5 Diyu Wu DURC 85 93 88 91 357 (9*)

Class C 40 Series

Rank Shooter Club Total Inner 10s
1 Caitriona Murphy DURC 86 77 83 92 338 (7*)
2 Micahel Cullinan DURC 79 88 76 82 325 (5*)
3 Aoife O’Reilly DURC 79 73 77 78 307 (0*)

Class D 40 Series

Rank Shooter Club Total Inner 10s
1 Siobhan Scarlett DURC 82 82 85 89 338 (6*)
2 Yuecong Wang UCDRC 85 87 88 77 337 (5*)
3 Hossein Habibi UCDRC 79 77 87 87 330 (7*)
4 Frank Lavery DURC 85 87 76 77 325 (5*)
5 Tayyaub Mansoor UCDRC 86 73 77 81 317 (4*)
6 Tim Hynes DURC 77 80 77 80 314 (4*)
7 Ian Beatty Orr DURC 80 76 80 77 313 (3*)
8 Evan Boyd UCDRC 79 81 75 70 305 (3*)
9 Donal Bourke UCDRC 74 80 75 75 304 (1*)
10 Claire Leyden UCDRC 75 70 75 83 303 (0*)
11 Logan Hasenbeck DURC 77 77 74 70 298 (1*)
12 Yanxuedan Zhang UCDRC 81 84 70 62 297 (2*)
13 Roohallah Ebrahimi UCDRC 76 72 73 72 293 (4*)
14 Tony Donnelly UCDRC 72 78 68 75 293 (2*)
15 Julian Ewers Peters DURC 76 69 79 68 292 (1*)
16 Sasheendran Gopalakrishnakone DURC 62 73 63 72 270 (1*)
17 Ivan De Wergifosse DURC 71 76 70 51 268 (0*)
18 Paul Gibbons UCDRC 73 64 70 59 266 (2*)
19 Maria Tracey UCDRC 73 71 58 60 262 (2*)
20 Emily Wallace DURC 69 78 56 58 261 (2*)
21 John Taaffe UCDRC 64 68 63 62 257 (1*)
22 Sean O’Callaghan DURC 60 65 70 58 253 (1*)
23 Claudio Sansone DURC 49 73 42 64 228 (0*)
24 Paul Malone UCDRC 55 65 53 49 222 (1*)
25 Diarmuid O’Maolalai DURC 59 59 56 48 222 (1*)
26 Sheila Curley UCDRC 51 52 49 53 205 (0*)

Fun Final

Rank Shooter Club Total
1 Ray Kane DFST 9.5 10.2 10.5 9.2 10.6 10.4 10.5 10.3 9.8 10.5 101.5
2 Tian Carey UCDRC 10.2 10.0 9.9 9.6 9.4 10.5 10.6 8.9 7.5 9.0 95.6
3 Michael Cullinan DURC 9.9 9.9 9.5 9.6 9.3 10.7 9.6 9.1 10.0 7.9 95.5
4 Frank Lavery DURC 5.4 9.9 9.3 7.5 10.2 8.9 9.2 9.3 4.4 9.3 83.4
5 Tim Hynes DURC 9.1 9.1 7.2 8.9 8.5 8.1 8.4 8.3 6.1 7.3 81.0
6 Donal Bourke UCDRC 2.9 8.3 8.3 8.6 8.6 7.2 8.2 8.3 9.4 9.4 79.2
7 Ivan De Wergifosse DURC 5.3 9.0 6.4 4.9 9.9 10.0 2.8 9.5 3.2 9.0 70.0
8 Julian Ewers-Peters DURC 3.6 5.9 8.5 1.3 7.3 4.1 8.1 5.2 6.4 5.0 55.4

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