CHAPLOW STANDS SUPREME! - Krieghoff

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CHAPLOW STANDS SUPREME! - Krieghoff

KRIEGHOFF DTL CLASSIC

THE EYES HAVE IT –

PAUL CHAPLOW IS

FOCUSED ON VICTORY.

AND SO TO THE FINAL

ACT: CHAPLOW AND

ALLEN HEAD-TO-HEAD.

COULD TOMMY BE THE

FIRST MAN TO HAVE HIS

NAME ON THE TROPHY

A SECOND TIME?

A record entry and a record number of

100/300s — once again the Krieghoff

Classic 500 delivered a feast of DTL

competition. As ever, there were tales of

triumph and disaster and a veritable

encyclopaedia of ifs, buts and maybes, but

in the end only one winner. He came close

in 2005, winning the 500 target aggregate

prize and this year Paul Chaplow took the

big one — the coveted specially engraved

Krieghoff K-80 and the sponsorship

package to go with it.

He also became the eighth different

shooter to get his name engraved on the

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CHAPLOW

STANDS

SUPREME!

RICHARD RAWLINGSON REPORTS FROM MID WALES ON ANOTHER

DRAMATIC WEEKEND OF DOWN THE LINE SHOOTING

giant beer stein — no one has yet won this

magnificent trophy twice — although, just

as last year, it was so near but so far for the

runner up.

Sunday night’s twilight drama seemed

a long way off however when competition

got under way on Thursday with the gentle

‘warm up’ 50 DTL and 50 Doubles. In fact

this was already serious stuff as there were

many with the bonus for the 500 aggregate

score in their sights and caravans had been

rolling into Mid Wales since the beginning

of the week. Friday is the day when the top

shots look to bring their game to a fine

edge and the Eley 100 attracted over 320

entries and delivered a massive prize

payout. The top money went to Dave Toomer

with the only 100/300 of the day — a big

win for sure but had he peaked too soon?

Lurking just behind him on Friday on

299 was new World Champion John

Stafford, a man who so dearly wants to win

this competition having got so close on

several occasions. He looked to be moving

through the gears sweetly and so it proved

on Saturday morning as he showed

champion class to put the magic 300 on

the board. Despite morning rain,


…WHAT A SHOCK THEN

WHEN THE CHAMPION

MISSED HIS VERY FIRST BIRD

OUT WITH BOTH BARRELS!

IF YOU’RE IN IT, YOU WIN IT!

conditions were benign and it seemed

inevitable that more would follow. Fellow

Lancastrian Bob Singleton added another,

continuing the tradition of shooters posting

their first straight at this event. Although

an England international, Bob had never

reached DTL’s pinnacle before.

No such first time nerves though for

numbers three and four. Nigel Chapman

and 2003 winner Tommy Allen have been

there, done it and got a cupboard full of Tshirts

and we had the prospect of a high

Emma Wheeldon’s magnificent performance highlighted an important difference between Clay

Shooting Classic competitions and CPSA championships. All our competitions are shot strictly in

classes and the prizes for Ladies, Juniors and Veterans are additional to the main prize fund and

provided by the sponsors. Our rule is simple: if you qualify and shoot the highest score, then you

win the prize — you do not have to nominate which category you wish to compete in. Emma

therefore won both the Ladies and Junior High Gun prizes as well as her prize money for seventh

place in AA class.

class Saturday shoot off ahead of us. Bets

were being struck on how many targets it

would take to find a winner and after his

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heroics in Australia, few were laying odds

against Stafford.

What a shock then when the champion

missed his very first bird out with both

barrels! Whether it was the butterflies, or

just the effect of a long afternoon waiting

to go back on the peg, another chance was

gone. “He jumped three feet over the top

of it,” said referee Nigel Bough to me

afterwards.

Chapman was the next to crack, a

halved bird followed by another to leave

him hoping for a miracle. Singleton though

seemed unfazed by the occasion, matching

Allen shot for shot. Alas, it would not last;

a single lapse on the final peg left the

Ulsterman the only one standing. Just one

line was all it took and the crowd streamed

off to pack every bar and restaurant for

miles around Trefeglwys.

TONS GALORE

As John Twigg showed so dramatically last

year, the beauty of the Krieghoff format is

that Sunday is always another day. Those


who had crashed and burned on Saturday

could still dream of the gun, while all those

who were high on the leader board after the

first day knew there was serious prize

money to be won in every class.

Professional golfers call Sunday ‘pay day’

and that’s how it is in this competition too,

with cash down to 10th place.

Kind conditions promised another day

of high scoring and soon the massive score

board erupted in a rash of red numbers

and the first to bring home a 300 was

junior Will Marshall from Leicestershire,

shooting in his first Krieghoff and recording

his first ‘maximum’. Several

knowledgeable judges had been speaking

about his potential, few expected it to be

realised quite so soon!

300 number two came up shortly

afterwards and it will surprise no one in the

Southwest that it came from the everconsistent

Tony Dore. One of the steadiest

shooters on the circuit, he made full use of

the conditions. So too did Richard Hails

from Suffolk, adding another unfancied

name to the long list of Krieghoff dark

horses. A solid A class shot, he too was in

unfamiliar waters.

As part of the presentations,

Peter Brass of Krieghoff

presented Alan Rhone with a

specially engraved K-80

forging to mark his 10th

anniversary as Krieghoff

distributor and in recognition

of his part in making the

Krieghoff Classic the huge

success it has become.

NIGEL CHAPMAN’S

HOPES WERE BLOWN

AWAY IN THE

SATURDAY FINAL.

KRIEGHOFF DTL CLASSIC

THE KRIEGHOFF 500

John Stafford had some consolation for

missing out on the super final by taking the

£500 bonus prize for the top score ex 500

targets. His talent with two targets in the

air proved crucial as he won both the

opening 50 bird Doubles competition and

the Friday 100 bird event to hold off Darren

Newton’s challenge.

BOB SINGLETON

PUSHED TOMMY

ALLEN ALL THE WAY

ON SATURDAY NIGHT.

Hard luck stories abounded. Irishman

Gerry McCoy posted his second 299 of the

weekend, as did the much fancied Ian

Mullarkey. Another 299 put the Ladies

World Champion Emma Wheeldon

agonisingly close, but this youngster is

really raising the bar for her rivals. She

enjoyed a very fruitful weekend.

Cruising along nicely was another at

the top of his game – Paul Chaplow. He

became 300 number four and there was

just time for another debut straight to

complete our shoot off squad. Lumberjack

Elwin Biddulph flew the flag for Wales, the

former team captain clearly delighted to

have reached the mark on home soil.

This time the shoot off did go beyond

the first line, Dore and Biddulph dropping

out after 25 targets. Marshall though

continued to impress, showing no nerves

as he matched his senior rivals. Eventually

though he faltered as we reached single

barrel sudden death, leaving Hails to fly

the flag for the underdogs. He too had to

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give best, however, as Chaplow middled

every bird, shooting at a steady pace like a

man on a mission.

And so to the final act: Chaplow and

Allen head-to-head. Could Tommy be the

first man to have his name on the trophy a

second time? It was not to be. In fading

light the smoothness from the previous

evening had gone and three halved birds

gave Chaplow a cushion he did not need.

Again all 25 targets were middled and the

Yorkshireman added another big win to his

rapidly growing list of achievements and

another K-80 now resides in his cabinet

alongside the gun he used to do it.

Full results can be found at

www.krieghoff.co.uk

RESULTS

2006 CHAMPION

PAUL CHAPLOW

RUNNER UP

TOM ALLEN

AA

1. G. McCOY 200/598

2. I. MULLARKEY 200/598

3. I. WILLIAMS 200/597

A

1. W. LOGAN 200/596

2. S.GENNARD 200/595

3. W.MARSHALL 199/595

B

1. R.GILLSON 198/588

2. S. JOHNSTON 198/588

3. S. GAFFNEY 98/587

C

1. J.ROBERTS 196/581

2. D. RICKETTS 195/578

3. B. ROSS 196/577

LADIES

1. E. WHEELDON 199/596

2. V. BOWERING 198/585

3. A. DUPREE 197/582

JUNIORS

1. E. WHEELDON 199/596

2. W. MARSHALL 199/595

3. J. CLARKE 200/594

VETERANS

1. W.LOGAN 200/596

2. E. DAVIES 198/592

3. J. WINN 199/592

SHOOTING

AA CLASS.

A CLASS.

JUNIORS.

C CLASS.

ABOVE: RUNNER UP TOMMY ALLEN.

RIGHT: BIG TROPHY – BIG MAN!

B CLASS.

VETERANS.

EVERY ONE A WINNER! ALL THE CLASS LEADERS.

LADIES.

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