HFT north of Hadrian’s Wall is really going from strength-to-strength, and CompAir’s John McBam brings you all the very latest goings-on from around the Scottish HFT circuit.
Up here in Scotland we have two major leagues, the SARPA Hunter league and the UKAHFT affiliated league (UKAL). The UKAL league has been run for the last two years very successfully by Stuart Webb, and kicks off its third season with a visit to the ground at Cloybank Estates, with the Cloybank Phoenix Club playing host to Round 1.
The UKAL is a very hotly contested league, especially as selection for the Scottish National Squad for the HFT World Championships is based on success over the best 6 rounds of the season. So all the top shots came out to play at Round 1, with a goodly amount of pressure to come straight out of the gates and put in a cracking performance.[blockquote align=”none” author=””]Kenny really pulled out all the stops, and you could see the thought and time taken to put out this cracker of a course[/blockquote]
Cloybank’s ground a bit of a bogey venue for a lot of folk; it’s definitely up there as a contender for the most challenging course in Scotland for wind – it always seems to be windy and it always seems to be coming from different directions at the same time, especially so for Round 1 when the area used for the course was around the circumference a hill. On the plus side though, the sun had got his hat on for the day and some of the more hardy souls even braved t-shirts. Summer…in March…in Scotland…should be snow by June, I reckon.
The course had been laid out by Phoenix’s Kenny Bird, another “virgin course-builder” this year, but this was in no way a beginner’s course; the natural lie of the land and the changing wind directions can readily turn an easy course into a difficult one, but Kenny had really pulled out all the stops, and you could really see the thought and time taken to put out this cracker of a course. You’d have thought that most Scottish HFT shooters had nits, what with all the head-scratching that was going on, and maybe liberal a dose of Tourette’s with expletives galore (even the infamous “Yer dogs got tits” was heard to have gotten a mention or two!)
So, once again a fine challenge, one that proved to be a solid warm-up for what was rightly expected to be a “windy Worlds” at Kelmarsh a few weeks later.
Birthday boy David Burns from Dechmont ARPC rose to the challenge and stormed into top place with a very convincing 55, closely followed by Juniper Green’s Nick Hopkinson and Cumbria’s Mark Wilson with 54 apiece.
The team event saw the mighty Grampian ARC once again flexing their collective muscles and taking the top slot, showing they will be the force to be reckoned with this year, with Dechmont ARPC in second place, and the New Cali Massive in third.
UKAL Rd 1 2016 Scores