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Roosen rules the roost with his first perfect 100

Wed, 15 Feb 2017

Matthew Roosen outshone the bright lights of the St John's range as he hit his first 100 score.

That wasn't enough to prevent IoMSC Douglas taking the points in Division 1 by seven points, though. The bitterness of defeat was softened  for young Matthew, however, as he won £100 - thanks to a long-standing wager with his father!

'Well my shooting has not been as good as I wanted it to be over the past few months. I hadn't really found a comfortable position with my new stock,' said Matthew who is a member of the Isle of Man Shooting Club Development squad under the tutelage of coach Michelle Smith.

'I have been taking some extra time to try and get a really solid position to shoot from. Last week was good but Mike [Duncalf] suggested a small change with my butt plate that made a huge difference.
'The match started off really well and I soon realised that I had not dropped any shots.

'For the last 4 shots or so I was really struggling to control my heart rate.

'I also have had a wager with my dad from when I first started shooting that he would give me 100 pounds for the first time I scored 100. '

'I am very pleased,' said Commonwealth Games shooter Michelle. 'It is fantastic to see Matthew performing so well after all he has been there or thereabouts for a while now.'

'As a youngster who started with the squad at its beginnings, he is a prime example of what can be achieved. I'm sure there's much more to come from him, I can't wait to see what he produces next.'

Tracey Skelton scored a 99 for the away side to carry on her good form in the match and solid 98s from Mark Osborn and David Humphrey secured victory.


IoMSC Sandsiders                IoMSC Douglas


100 Matthew Roosen              Tracey Skelton 99

97 Bill Jones                            Mark Osborn 98

97 Andy Traynor                     David Humphrey 98

96 Steve Callus                       Sam Jones 97

92 Andy Kneale                      Sharon Drysdale 97

482      `                                   489


Douglas gained wins in Divisions 2 and 3.

As ever, full results from all the matches in all the divisions can be found at:


Laxey make their point at Kirk Michael


Laxey lived dangerously but beat Kirk Michael by just a single point. Gemma Kermode was their top gun on 97 while KM's Alex Trafford celebrated his last match as a Junior with their top score of 98 on the night before his (and his twin brother Josh's) 18th birthday on St Valentine's Day.


Kirk Michael                                     Laxey


98 Alex Trafford (J)                            Gemma Kermode 97

96 Kevin Quinn                                  Harry Creevy 96

95 Suzanne McKnight                        Andy Jessop 96

94 Tom Lord                                       Stephen Curphey 95

94 Perryn Watson                                John Wood 94


477                                                      478


Kirk Michael won Division 2, though, due to the unusual scenario of having more shooters available.


Port push on to beat Castletown


In the southern derby, Port St Mary came away from Castletown with the points.

Richard Arthur scored a 99 for the home side only for Ben Kelly to match him along with Port's Eddie Maddrell in a match between the two clubs with the largest squads to call on - 12 and 17 respectively.


Castletown                             Port St Mary


99 Richard Arthur                   Ben Kelly 99

98 Martin Moore                     Eddie Maddrell 99

97 Nigel Christian                   George Dalton-Brown 98

95 Shirley Caley                      Paul Clague 97

95 Lauren Cooper                   Ashley Gardner 97

484                                          490


PSM won Divisions 2 and 3 as well.


No-show hands Kirk Michael a win


Kirk Michael cruised to a somewhat unexpected league win in Division 3 of Scottish Target Shooting's Prone Team league. You've got to be in it to win it - and their opponents, Edinburgh University B, failed to submit any scores at all and so KM took the points and are now second in the division after five matches.

Scores: Suzanne McKnight 96, Perryn Watson 96, Alex Trafford 95, Colin Watson 90.


Manx Ladies day in NSRA Inter-Counties League


Isle of Man Rifle Association beat Somerset by  487 to 481 in Round 6 of this NSRA competition

Scores were: Tracey Skelton 99, Perryn Watson 98, Gemma Kermode 97, Sharon Drysdale 97, Suzanne McKnight 96.

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