The Anston massive made a very impressive showing at every 2010/11 Winter League meeting and we were unlucky to have been mugged by the Redfern Reich; who despite our brave lads efforts, made sure we got the second place silverware in all three main categories (Main, Pistol and Silhouette). Considering the depths of their ranks though, it is fair to say that pushing them so hard in all three, says a lot about the strength of the club and the skill of our shooters.
As well as the team digging deep at every outing, there were some impressive individual performances along the way, so when it came to the prize giving at the Closed, the Massive was very well represented. In the ‘Mains’ Andy Calpin took 2nd in the AA grade, Mark Stenton 4th in A grade and Dave ‘Dogga’ Smith took 1st place in the B grade (after a nail biting shoot off). SFT wise (AKA the Anston class), we quite rightfully took all the top places. Rob Shipman and Glyn Waiton battling courageously, before being overcome by Anston’s dark lord of HFT, Brian Samson. Phil Green and our beloved Chairman (Graham Cooper) also took away some shiny stuff as did Zak Cooper and Callum Lindley.
The Closed brought some extra silverware too, notably in the SFT grade where Rob Shipman took the honours but a mention must also go to John Greaves for being just one behind with his trusty springer.
To mention all the others who put in valuable scores for the club would take too long but the backbone of the away team is that so many turn up and give their best shots, effort and humour . In fact, if there had been any silverware for best team spirit, there’s no doubt where it would be now: that’s hanging over a stove in a green box in Renishaw.