Andy and Peter entered the SCPA regional singles and shooting competitions held at Fareham on 8th July.
The singles consisted of leagues of 6 with 5 games to try and make it through into the main knockout in the afternoon.
Peter started well, beating England ladies Team regular and European Espoirs shooting champion Sammy Thatcher 13-12 after being 4-11 down. (EDIT-Sammy T chosen for European champs singles today-Great singles win) Andy also started with a win against Hassi Leverett in a close fought encounter on the stony terrain just sneaking it 13-11.
Peter also managed a second win against Nick Corner, but at 2 wins 2 losses his hopes of making the main knockout were dashed by Paul Leverett in a 13-12 thriller giving 2 wins, 3 losses.
Andy comfortably qualified, managing a 4-1 win record including wins against Bernie Miles and Dave Lucas, and a nice (albeit flattering due to luck) 13-2 win against Mark Robertshaw who made EPA singles semi final last year.
In afternoon play Andy went out in the first knockout round of the main against last years winner Richard Greeves, hopes dashed by a Greeves carreaux with score at 11-11. Peter however favoured much better in the plate, making his way via a bye then wins against Bernie Miles and Tony Giordano into the final before being overcome against Paula Fauvel. Well done Peter fighting his way into a singles final.
In the shooting Peter was unlucky to be a bit rushed having to do both rounds after having played lots of singles games, but Andy was able to take a bit more time, and did reasonably well, being tied 4th on 34 with Sammy Thatcher for a long time, hoping for a play-off to reach the final until the last possible moment, when Malcolm McKenzie shot a 10m jack for 5 points to lift his score into 4th with 38.
(Hopes though that Southsea’s new shooting mat should help in this department for next year.)
Eventual overall winners were Jamie Brooks in the main singles beating Malcolm McKenzie in the final, and Lee Jamieson in the shooting beating Mark Robertshaw, Tony Kidd and Malcolm McKenzie in a four-way final.