DAY 18 - THURSDAY 23rd August - OUTLANDER MATCH

Off to the range once more for the final short range individual shoots in the Grand, the 300m and 600yds of the Gibson. Jacqui's game (courtesy of Kip Morton) of filling others' minds with catchy songs that would bother them on the firing point had by now come to backfire on her as she was once again reminded of a showgirl called Lola - cue chorus of Manilow's finest (we really must learn the second and subsequent lines - Ed.). Many of the team had been squadded early at 3 or 6 so before some had even finished breakfast or thought about their later shoots, there were some tidy 50s on the board already. The conditions weren't entirely easy but after this much continuous shooting, the team were firing on all cylinders (not literally, though a 12 chamber revolving rifle would be pretty cool for string shoots - surely a future feature on Top Gear). James was so confident of his shooting prowess that when seeing a wild magpie appear on his target, he quickly claimed it was not his. A quick inspection found him a central vee (as Ross put it, "a patch must have fallen off") but not before Parag on the adjacent target had distracted himself from his shoot by laughing at James's indignation at being given a 3! Chris put in a 50.7 at 300m to finish only 6 vee's down at 300 - great, you might think, but it had opened the door to Lucky in the Short Range Aggregate, and he burst through it with a 50.9 to win by 1 vee).

Ross had made a couple of administrational trips to the DCRA during the morning to check on entries and see what was to happen with the tie shoots showing on the score boards as 'tie to be shot for first place'. When he asked, the reply of "there aren't any ties to shoot" was a little confusing, until Ross politely pointed to the sheets saying there are ties. "Ahhh, yes..." - the sheet was highlighted and plans were quickly made! Some competitions turned out to be settled on countback.

The morning's shooting had been successful, with Lucky retaining his lead in the Grand, Parag making a clean (and eventually winning) score in the Gibson (Jacqui would have had it but sadly lost her last at 600) and 11 of the team making 100 on the morning. Chris even managed a good 100 despite managing not to convert a 5 sighter; luckily he finished with a 5 so no loss. After a brief lunch (during which Ross managed to shift 5000 empty cases) the team rolled over to 600yds for the Outlander Match. With Jeremy delegating captaincy to Ross and in turn Ed being stiffed with Adjutant duties, the team sported some of the best register keepers, reserves and scoreboard dollies in world shooting (including Luckman, Calvert, Patel and Chris Watson) as well as a soon to be married James having a second bachelor weekend experience acting as butts scrutineer. The match was effectively a trial, with all those who didn't shoot in the America Match being given the opportunity to prove themselves, and the scoreboard read as follows for the Outlander:

Captain - Ross McQuillan

Adj - Ed Jeens

Main Coach - Jeremy Langley

Matt Charlton coaching Danny Coleman, Andy Daw, Stuart Young, John Pugsley (Matt Ensor reserve/plotter)

Jon Underwood coching James Lewis, Holly McCollough, Matt Purdy, Kelvin Ramsey (Parag Patel reserve/plotter)

Scoreboard - Jaqui Rankin, Chris Watson, David Luckman.

Dept. Assistant Headsets - David Calvert.

Butt Scratcher - James Watson.

Some of the spelling of titles on the scoreboard was questionable but seemingly appropriate.

The match seemed to go well but the team were forced to work hard in an angled, left headwind at 600yds. The team managed 4 full houses here but some inners were hard to avoid. 7 off ex 600 was a strong score compared to Australia's 16 and America's 19. There was a long break before the next range so the team took to the hut and recuperated. Water was refilled, snacks were munched and a few jokes shared. 900m was a different picture to 6, as the wind now was running mostly from 1 o'clock with varied strength. Even with a 9 point margin, this could still be close and Australia went out with intent, quickly posting two 75s. Sadly one of their second firers had a bit of trouble at the start of his shoot and several points were dropped fast; but they otherwise had a good range. America were doing all right and GB was chugging along at a good pace posting some tidy but not always clean scores - again averaging just better than 74s. This was good enough - after 2 firers, GB were 12 down overall, Australia 25 down and the USA 31. GB kept it tight and fast and before Australia had finished their third, GB had only dropped a further 2 points with all their firers finished. With a score at 900m exactly equalling that at 600yds, GB's 14 off was enough to claim victory as it was less than the opposition had dropped at short range. Congratulations to Kelvin for a 150 and to Holly, Andy, Matt P and Stu for their first shoots for GB - and very respectable shoots they were too. Final talies: GBRT - 1186.130; Australia - 1171.101; USA - 1161.97.

The team packed up and made quick plans for dinner. Steak. Winners eat steak. One busload was sent to the butcher's just in time before it closed, while everyone else went to support the Athelings in their match against the Canadian Cadets. Although, with the team mostly squadded on a later ("clever clogs") detail of the Gatineau the next morning, there would be plenty of time for dinner digestion before the Grand's final shoot, the vans nevertheless raced back to the accommodation. Classic moment in bus two just before arrival: Matt C quipped to DC that he should consider the set of retirement apartments they were passing, and seconds later DC casually exacted his revenge as he skilfully swatted dead a fly that was on Matt's lap "just in case it might have distracted him from driving"!

WHO AM I?

Yesterday's answer: Andy Daw was the chopper pilot.

Q13: Which two team members are in this photo (attached)?