DAY 7 - SUNDAY 12th August - First Team Match

Another early start, but one that promised a somewhat brighter and warmer day. With the temperature already climbing, Team GB arrived in their buses at Viale range on Camp Perry at around 07:20 for the first relay start at an eventual 09:00, but still woefully late to find decent parking slots. It is an early bird indeed that beats an American with an enormous shooting kit trolley to a parking spot within close walking distance of the firing point.

The morning shoot was another 1000x individual shoot (The Andrus Trophy), with the temperature continuing to climb with each relay, and the wind becoming more fickle as the day progressed. However, Team GB triumphed once again, as ChrisWatson and David Luckman emerged top of their relays and went forward to the tie-shoot along with, once again, Norm Anderson. Chris emerged as the eventual winner with 100.6, just a single X ahead of Lucky.

For the afternoon, Team GB had entered 4 teams in the Roumanian Team match (GBRT ‘Red’, ‘White’, ‘Blue’ and ‘Sand’, the last in homage to JJ’s ammunition,which is packaged in sand-coloured boxes) and were gratified to find that in the Palma rifle class, all four of the GB teams beat the Canadian, Australian and Japanese teams, with GBRT Team ‘Sand’ but a single point adrift of the winning US Veterans team and the others close behind.

Success, however, came at a price: Holly sacrificed her flip-flops to the Viale Bog (it seems that Perry’s ranges are also blighted in places by the bogginess behind the firing points, due to excess rain earlier in the year, that greatly afflicted Century range this year), when said footwear was ripped apart and sucked off by the claggy mud as she attempted a short-cut. For a while she sported the grungiest feet on camp,although it is believed that the thongs have been recovered, cleaned and reassembled, so that she can once again proudly display her bright blue toenails - the colour of which, strangely, exactly matches Matty’s socks…?

The day's shooting had been punctuated by three total ceasefires, of around 10 minutes each, as errant jet skis and boats of weekend pleasure seekers, or perhaps just adrenalin junkies, ventured into the danger area despite all the warning buoys and picket boats, and had to be shooed away by the US military. It’s quite a regular occurrence, apparently, in the landof the free and the home of the brave!

Surprise finds of the day:

Colin Cheshire wandering along the backof the firing point. It seems Colin may be here as part of his ICFRA duties to assess Camp Perry’s suitability to host the 2015 Palma Match.

Danny’s eagle-eye, in the bottom of his range bag. He simply hadn’t noticed that it had not been attached to his foresight for all the shoots he had done on this tour so far; "Hmmm, I wondered why it hasn’t looked quite right down there…” he mused.

Jacqui missing with her first sighter in the team match owing to a wrong foresight height. Not unusual, you might think, but we have ONLY been shooting at 1000 yards the whole time!

In the evening, the US team hosted a ‘Meet and Greet’/international gift exchange/drink-the-pub-dry event just yards away from our own exclusive accommodation. The roadhouse (bar), Nick’s, chosen by our hosts as the venue, belongs to a popular and locally well-known US shooter, who is selling up the business, and he generously offered to provide a barbecue and to allow his remaining ‘stock’ to be run down. With such a challenge presented, Team GB felt compelled to do their level best to help Nick out, and even turned up armed with mixers to assist in the disposal of the liquors; but it was the stocks of Corona beer that first fell victim to the British onslaught. And then we retired to the hot tub...

WHO AM I?

Yesterday's answer: Jacqui Rankin can lick her own elbow.

Q3: Which team member once arrested the Deputy First Minister for Northern Ireland?