Perth (Scotland) v Perth (Australia) 2003
On Saturday 21st June 2003, West Atholl Rifle Club, representing Perth Scotland, fired a postal match against Perth Australia. Members were faced with theoretically easy conditions comprising minimal wind, a dull light and cool conditions at 13C. However the usually scenic Jubilee range was not at its most pleasant with the persistent light rain turning misty at times and making shooting more difficult. The most unpleasant aspect of the day was that every midge in Perthshire seemed to have congregated on the range - mostly at the 600 yard firing point and in the target pit. The most worthy score was made by Mike Barton shooting in the standard Target Rifle class who almost matched the scores from the unrestricted F class. Another noteworthy score was that made by Alastair Munro at the age of 86.
Perth Australia, shooting 10 hours earlier, have reported their score as 854v43 thus giving them a fairly easy victory. This included a perfect 100 from their President Chris Hope. Hopefully Perth Scotland will close the gap in future years. The match was first fired in 1970 when the respective Mayors of the two cities donated shields which are now held by the opposite clubs. Due to the vagaries of postal communication the match lapsed through the 1990s but with the help of the internet it is hoped to shoot it every year.
Perth Rifle Club
Wayne Lancaster, Yvonne Lancaster, Geoff Owen and Tony Whittemore
Stan Connell, Anna Whittemore, Grant Connell (Captain), Chris Hope and Peter Green
Wording on shield
(as shown held by Mike Barton):-
THE LORD MAYOR'S TROPHY
Presented by E.H Lee Steere C.B.E.
Lord Mayor of Perth
For competition between rifle teams representing the Sister Cities of Perth
1975 Perth West Australia 739
1976 Perth Scotland 579
1977 Perth Scotland 581
1978 Perth West Australia 585
1979 Perth Scotland 491
Perth Scotland Team
Jubilee Range Glan Tilt
Team from uphill is Richard Scott, Des Parr, Jim Bell, Gerry Hogston, Alastair Munro, Mike Barton, Kenny McDonald and Eddy Jones.
Taken just before they shot showing butts in distance and with flags hanging straight down and almost hidden behind poles
Well done Perth Australia - you have beaten us fairly convincingly in both classes. Your F class in particular was well ahead of ours. A press release will made to our Perthshire Advertiser.
West Atholl Rifle Club Chairman (2003)