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"Will the real Field Target please stand up!"


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#1 Darron

 
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Posted 25 September 2017 - 07:08 AM

Amazing ! Awesome ! Superb! The Welsh boys simply could not have done a better job in a better place than what they have just done at Glanusk - Fact!
The EFTA have a very hard act to follow as the bar has been set very very high now.
Our sport is called "Field Target" and that is exactly what we got ! A master class of course setting where the well thought out position of targets made sure that there was something for everybody without excessive use of long range.
The courses were set in a manner that the winner was not going to be decided by who was the best at standing or kneeling, if you couldn't shoot in the wind you were not going to win the worlds and neither should you. The Welsh boys didn't shoot well because of local knowledge, they had the same knowledge as the rest of us but the can shoot in the wind and that's what was needed. This was good wholesome FT at its finest none of this poncey inside the kill at 55yds in some woods.
If this is what you get when the Pieman sets a course I'm going to Oaktree as often as I can. Take a bow Pieman and the Welsh Crew as well as all of the stats ladies etc etc you did us proud! - thank you for the memory I will never forget the 2017 worlds.

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 07:27 AM

^^^^ This ^^^^



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Posted 25 September 2017 - 09:42 AM

Glad you enjoyed it

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 11:07 AM

Thanks Nat it was mega, i managed a 40-41-37 but to be honest the 37 was my best result given the winds on the black course on the final afternoon. I dont think i could have done any better.



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Posted 25 September 2017 - 11:25 AM

Your score not on for last day Daz.

 

Its what i keep saying and gutted to have missed this, proper FT.



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Posted 25 September 2017 - 11:40 AM

I know Jon just hope the guy I was shooting with handed the card in. Total was 118 which I think is a joint 22nd score

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Posted 25 September 2017 - 11:55 AM

I must admit I was happy with decisions I've made over the past year or so, but having set the kahles Anschutz table up and looking at the courses laid out an itch was starting.

Hearing the highs and lows, the stories of the shoot and practice day, made it even worse. I even posted on Facebook about being fed up.

So tough decisions ahead from me, but I agree with the sentiments above it was good to see a proper ft course.


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Posted 25 September 2017 - 01:27 PM

Canned it in one Darron, it was old style field target on steroids and minus the hay bales. The courses were superb, very testing but always with that hope that you could nail them which then made the double dink even worse. Without the wind it would have been a beanfight and the shoot-offs would have gone on all day, but that very tricky shifting wind really did sort out the men from the boys and the bottom line is that unless you were experienced in shooting in those conditions you were going to crash and burn.

 

This is why so many named shooters had a mare the first day as they thought they could apply their usual spin on the wind and it simply didn't work out on the wind blasted plains. The shooters that came back on day two and applied lessons from the first day then prevailed, look at Red, wheels firmly fell off day one but by day three he cleared the course, so he learned a very valuable lesson and all without throwing his rattle out of the pram like some twice his age.

 

I must admit the only part of the three days that was lacking was the awards ceremony and John announcing the winners, or not announcing as it was. These shooters had flown thousands of miles, endured the worst that Wales could throw at them weather wise and won, and their reward 'Can shooters 10 to 7 please come up to the stage'

 

eh?

 

This was frankly a complete farce, how much harder was it to properly announce each shooter and ask them by name to come to the stage, they had got into the top 10 out of 350 shooters FFS.

Someone like Doz should have done it and shown the audience a proper Welsh presence who knows how to capture attention and inject some humour into proceedings.

 

Sorry if this offends some but it's a fact. 



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Posted 25 September 2017 - 11:14 PM

Obviously i cant comment on the course as spectators were not allowed any where near. General layout brilliant from afar plus atmospheric.

Shame not much wind that would have sorted them big time and ths may be the last of proper FT we will ever see for decades going to foreign countrys.

Theres 3 B graders with 110+, many A and AA with a lot lower than that.

 

Best man for announcing would have been Chubby.



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 05:48 AM

 

Theres 3 B graders with 110+, many A and AA with a lot lower than that.

 

 

Yes, yes, thank you Jon, there's no need to rub it in.



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 06:34 AM

The only thing that should have happened that didn't was alternate session starts so that the PM shooters could taste a less windy course, at least for the first couple of hours.

Starting PM every day, the wind was well established and getting stronger especially on Black Friday. I know the stats had to have chance to do their stuff, but if the top boys had done AM/PM/AM then it still would have worked out ok while giving the poke and hope boys at least one day to bank a more respectable score.

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 06:45 AM

I agree with the sentiment, but in my case it would have made little difference as I was on white course on Friday, rather than out in The Vast Fields of Doom.



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 08:14 AM

I agree with the sentiment, but in my case it would have made little difference as I was on white course on Friday, rather than out in The Vast Fields of Doom.

 

I wouldn't discount the white course, I know parts of it were 'easier' but that northern section by the road was a taster for the cauldron of doom...:grin:



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 06:11 PM

 

 that northern section by the road was a taster for the cauldron of doom... :grin:

 

That aint wind merely a breeze with the odd gust every 20 mins.
Seen a fair proportion of the clientel that shot there the week before, no skill just poke and hope what ft has become. At least thoe courses stood up for true FT.



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 07:15 PM

Just seen next years location hope they arent practicing on it and typical European.

 

Everything i said above Wales the last of true FT.



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 08:30 PM

400 people and only one toilet by the look of it  Ohhhhhwwwwweeeerrr??? HOLLY

 

PD AND JON . NO WIND .



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 08:35 PM

400 people and only one toilet by the look of it  Ohhhhhwwwwweeeerrr??? HOLLY
 
PD AND JON . NO WIND .


300 apparently which makes getting in as a non RGB team member pretty much impossible unless they up the numbers tout suite.

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 08:43 PM

There were plenty of  toilet's, they were spaced all the way around each of the courses with four right be the main food / drink area.

 

350 before drop outs, I think The Awesime said something like 330 or 320 took part.

 

As I have said before, field archery manages to accommodate a lot more competitors, but over four courses and at a lot slower pace.

 

There is a solution, but it will take some working out.



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 08:50 PM

No Neil there was only one toilet in Jons  poland Vid . i expect they may get one more . for colin ??? HOLLY



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 08:56 PM

Perhaps the Poles are really good at holding onto it..... or going behind trees, or over quarry edges.



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 08:58 PM

The loo in Poland was for ladies only, real shooters find a tree...:grin:

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 09:07 PM

The loo in Poland was for ladies only, real shooters find a tree... :grin:

Do they provide a shovel?



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Posted 26 September 2017 - 09:08 PM

The loo in Poland was for ladies only, real shooters find a tree... :grin:

Do they provide a shovel?

That's what your shooting buddie's buff-hook is for...:grin:

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Posted 26 September 2017 - 09:16 PM

 

The loo in Poland was for ladies only, real shooters find a tree... :grin:

Do they provide a shovel?

 

Yes Neil BUT only ONE ??? HOLLY



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Posted 27 September 2017 - 05:59 AM

I'm sure Holly has a slightly used entrenching tool around he could lend...:grin:

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 03:25 PM

Do they provide a shovel?

 

 

Since its in August there should be a few leaves on the trees.



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Posted 27 September 2017 - 03:41 PM

 

Do they provide a shovel?

 

 

Since its in August there should be a few leaves on the trees.

 

 

Plus they look like they've planted evergreens probably to hide up nasty events. Maybe this will the Championship of tunnels of doom through the fir forests?  



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Posted 27 September 2017 - 05:03 PM

That is a seriously big hill off the track . uphill shots anybody ??? HOLLY



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Posted 27 September 2017 - 06:32 PM

That is a seriously big hill off the track . uphill shots anybody ??? HOLLY


I was thinking more downhill shots like Blaenau Gwent in reverse...:grin:

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Posted 27 September 2017 - 07:30 PM

Standers of course ??? HOLLY






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