16th July 2011 Another Ashburton win for target rifle team
The College Target Rifle VIII saw off strong competition at the National Rifle Association\’s Schools Meeting at Bisley last week to retain the prestigious Ashburton Shield in the 150th year of the competition.
This was the 15th time overall and the 14th time in the past 22 years that Epsom has won the blue riband event of the school target rifle shooting calendar, consolidating the College\’s record for the highest number of Ashburton wins by a single school.
Trailing Cheltenham after the 300 yard distance, the College VIII of William Broad, Jen Lewsey, Samir Amin, Lucinda Taylor, Zedrick Cheung, Sam Owen, Lewis Harland and Tom Brankin-Frisby put in a strong performance at 600 yards to take the lead and needed 256 points at 500 yards to win. Despite tricky wind conditions, a dramatic finish saw Epsom score 257.15 to take the trophy with an aggregate score of 762.4 points from Cheltenham in second place on 760.46 and Wellington third on 752.41.
There were numerous outstanding individual performances throughout the week long meeting, not least from Zedrick Cheung, who not only top-scored for the VIII in his first term of fullbore, but also won the Wellington Trophy after a tie-shoot against five other cadets who had matched his superb score of 35.5 points at 300 yards.
The College also came second in the Schools\’ Fours with 362.21 points, just one point behind Dollar Academy, with RGS Guildford third on 358.13, while the VIII also won The Queen\’s Regiment Cup, The Epsom Trophy, The Garry and the East Surrey Bicentenary Bowl.