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National Air Pistol Championships 2007
Results


Tim Scannell, Air Pistol National Champion 2007
Sorry this has taken so long to prepare folks, events somewhat overtook us here.
 
Again, the nationals ran quite smoothly with UCD Rifle Club's recent upgrades to the range improving the logistical side of things immensely. Scores and attendance levels were up on last year, but this is still clearly an event in its fledgling state in Ireland. Hopefully this will improve in the years to come.

The finals were incredibly close, making the AR40 finals last weekend seem relaxed by comparison. The top four finalists were all within seven points of one another, which in air pistol is nothing. However, despite a massive effort from Raj Raval, Tim Scannell held his nerve and his lead by the smallest of margins, winning the Gold medal for the new Kingdom rifle club in Castlemaine, Co.Kerry, by only 0.4 points.

Raj, because he does not hold an Irish passport, was not eligible for the Silver medal in the nationals; however he will be awarded a special prize by the NTSA for his excellent performance in the match and a letter will be sent to the Indian target shooting NGB to verify his placing in the match.

Joe Conroy, of the Fermoy Rifle Club, at his very first public match in air pistol no less, took the Silver medal home to Cork, beating Joe O'Donoghue into Bronze position by four points.

This was the first 10-shot finals to be held in an air pistol match in the state, and also saw the first shoot-off to break a tie between Sean Baldwin and Roisin Eivers of the Modern Pentathlon Association of Ireland who were attending an NTSA air pistol match for the first time; so a day of firsts all round!
 
Here are the final results from the 2007 Air Pistol Nationals. Names in bold indicate medal winners; names in italics indicate finalists.

Qualifications









1 Scannell Tim Kingdom 88 89 86 86 90 88 527
2 Raval Raj UCDRC 84 84 91 91 88 87 525
3 Conroy Joe Fermoy 92 91 84 82 90 84 523
4 O'Donoghue Joe ATSC 87 82 86 86 92 87 520
5 Skelly Thomas WTSC 77 85 83 88 78 87 498
6 Eivers Roisin MPAI 82 86 84 79 78 86 495
7 Rice Pat Comber 83 84 75 84 82 85 493
8 Baldwin Sean ATSC 79 85 84 75 83 85 491
9 Lawless Shauna MPAI 75 83 86 80 74 81 479
10 Coyle Natalya MPAI 72 59 90 69 88 80 458
11 Murphy Nicola WTSC 75 78 70 78 84 67 452

Finals









Qual Final Total
1 Scannell Tim Kingdom 527 91 618
2 Raval Raj UCDRC 525 92.6 617.6
3 Conroy Joe Fermoy 523 86.2 609.2
4 O'Donoghue Joe ATSC 520 85.2 605.2
5 Skelly Thomas WTSC 498 86.7 584.7
6 Rice Pat Comber 493 79.4 572.4
7 Eivers Roisin MPAI 495 76.6 571.6
8 Baldwin Sean ATSC 491 80.6 571.6


Photos from the day are being kindly hosted by the Wilkinstown Target Shooting Club here until some technical issues with our website are sorted out.

 
Some highlights from the day:



Equipment Control setup



Sean Baldwin shooting during the qualification round



Finals underway



Finals underway, with Geoff Cooney as Chief Range Officer with two ladies from the MPAI helping out




A tie? Where's section 8.14? Argh!




(we did eventually find the rules for the shoot-off!)




The finalists




The ladies from the Modern Pentathlon Association of Ireland