Top Row: Ben Williamson, Emily Palmer, Hayden Edge-Roberts, James Slater, Will Evans
Front Row: Katie Leeming, Samantha Williams, Ryan Williams, Alistair Austin, Richard Lay. (Jacob Roberts was also in the
team but had to leave before the prize giving so not in photograph)
On its return to competition after an absence of some 23 years, the
Ellesmere College Shooting Team created something of a sensation in the
Ashburton Shield, the premier schools' competition for target rifle
With little experience prior to the event, the team made every use
of the couple of days practice before the match. Although some of the
team were actually firing the Cadet Rifle for the very first time, and
the team was competing against over 50 other school teams from around
the Country, they shot brilliantly to finish 9th overall. They
succeeded in beating several renowned shooting schools in the process
such as Malborough, Oundle, Sedbergh and Uppingham and finishing less
than a handful of points behind Greshams. Its previous highest placing
was 39th back in 1987.
Individual success was guaranteed when Sam Williams tied for first
place in the Wellington Trophy and then went on to win it in the tie
shoot; several other team members managed good placings in the
individual competitions and James Slater and Sam both made it into the
Schools Hundred, quite an achievement with nearly 550 competitors taking
The College Team also won the Marches Trophy for the highest placed
school in the West Midland and Wales regions. The Ellesmere College
Academy Coach, Tom Rylands, who accompanied the team, commented, ‘I am
absolutely delighted with the results and praise all the shooters for
the speed at which they learnt how to shoot outdoors in difficult
conditions and for never losing confidence in what they were doing.'
Following the School's Shooting team success, Ellesmere were again
in the medal hunt the following week, this time as spectators at the
first day of the Olympics! Thanks to the very generous support of Eley
Ltd, the main ammunition supplier to the Games, members of the College
were on hand to watch the first medals of the Games being awarded after a
very tense and exciting final in the Women's air rifle discipline.
Next week, 26 members of the College Shooting team travel will
travel to Bisley to compete in the National Smallbore Championships.
Expectations are high!
20th September 2012 Back to News