Down The Line 2018/17

Congratulations to the following Derbyshire Down the Line shooters Ian Roper, Keith Ritchie, David Weston and Dave Hinchliffe who have a qualified for the England Team to shoot in the Home International and European Championships at Mid Wales in July.
Well done to you all.


The 2nd Down the Line Team selection was held at Nottingham & District Gun Club on 29th April. In testing conditions with a variable and rather cool breeze, top Seniors on 286 where Andy Wragg and Ian Roper followed by Will Gent on 279. Dave Hinchliffe topped the Veterans on 283, closely followed by Geoff Smith on 282, with Eric Maskrey and Clive Weston both on 271. Top of the Ladies was Julie Havill on 265 closely followed by Juddie Hanson on 264. Thanks to everybody that managed to make it and well done to you all.

Report by
Ian Roper DTL Team Manager



Congratulations to Alan Barnes who won the West Midlands Area Skeet Championship held at Doveridge on 6th May. Alan winning the trophy after a shoot off with Ian Parkinson both on 100 straight. Well done.



The first of the Derby v Notts Help 4 Heroes (friendly) shoots was held today 4th March at Nottingham & District Gun Club. The Down the Line leg shot in very foggy and low visibility conditions resulted in a win for Notts 2863/3000 to Derbys 2777/3000. This was also the first Down the Line team selection. Top Senior was Keith Ritchie on 288, followed by Andy Wragg and Ian Roper on 281, Will Gent on 280 and Simon Taylor on 279. In the Veterans Dave Hinchliffe was the top scorer on 292, followed by Clive Weston on 281 and Vernon Lathwell on 258. Top of the Ladies was Chris Thacker on 245.

Thank you to all Derbyshire shooters who shot today in very bad conditions.Well done to all shooters who shot today and hope to see you all on March 18th for the Skeet leg.


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2017 News

Well done to Derbyshire Ladies Down the Line Team of Julie Havill 93/276, Juddie Hanson 94/279 and Chris Thacker 94/277 who finished runners up on 556/600 at the National Inter Counties Down the Line held at North of England on 15th October. The Seniors Team 1 finished 3rd on 1457/1500. Simon Taylor 100/294, David Weston 99/294, Dave Hinchliffe 99/293, Keith Ritchie 98/291, Ian Roper 97/285 and Tom Waring 95/282.

ladies dtlThe Veterans Team finished equal fourth on 576/600. Special mention to Vernon Lathwell who shot 98/284,with a broken foot, great effort Vernon.
After a shoot off for Team High Gun between Simon Taylor on 100/294 and David Weston on 99/294, David triumphed 24/72 to Simon’s 24/71.
Well done everyone.


The Down the Line teams for the National Inter Counties at North of England on 15th October are as follows :-

Senior 1
Ian Roper, Simon Taylor, Tom Waring, Keith Ritchie, David Weston, Dave Hinchliffe
Senior 2
Bryan Ward, Dave Thacker, Alan Christie, Pete Dale, Geoff Flint, Ben Stubbins
Geoff Smith, Vernon Lathwell, Clive Weston
Julie Havill, Juddie Hanson, Chris Thacker

Start times : – 10. 45, 11.00, 11.15, 11.30

****Please note that the Date as changed and is now ***October 15th ***and not ***October 1st ***as published on Cpsa Calendar.*****



Congratulations to Dave Hinchliffe on winning the Down the Line Super Veterans trophy at the British Open held at the National Shooting Centre in Scotland.Dave was also Runner up in the European Championship and part of the Winning England Super Veterans Team at the British Open and European Championships.  Well done Dave.


Well done to the Seniors Down the Line Team who finished 3rd on 1451/1500 at the West Midlands Inter Counties at Fauxdegla. Team scores – Keith Ritchie 99/295, Dave Hinchliffe 98/292, Simon Taylor 99/290, Ian Roper 97/288, Tom Waring 98/286, Alan Christie 97/278.
Derbyshire Team High Gun was Keith Ritchie on 99/295. The Ladies Team of Julie Havill 93/269 and Juddie Hanson 93/270 finished in Silver medal position in the Ladies with a team score of 136/539.


Keith Ritchie


Julie Havill (L) Juddie Hanson (R)


The Down the Line teams for the West Midlands Inter-Counties at Fauxdegla on 30th July are as follows

Squad times 12.40pm

Senior 1  David Weston, Keith Ritchie, Tom Waring, Alan Christie, Ian Roper

Senior 2  Simon Taylor, Gary Webster, Clive Weston, Geoff Flint, Pete Dale

Veterans  Dave Hinchliffe, Veron Lathwell, Geoff Smith

Ladies  Julie Havill, Juddie Hanson


DTL CC 2017

DTL County Champions

The Down the Line County Championship was held at Nottingham & District Gun Club on 25th June.  County Champion after a shoot off on 100/299 was James Wood with David Weston runner up, followed by Keith Ritchie on 100/295, Ian Roper on 98/292, Tom Waring on 97/287 and Simon Taylor on 96/284.  Veterans Champion was Dave Hinchliffe on 98/291 followed by Geoff Smith on 99/289 and Clive Weston on 98/287.  Ladies Champion was Juddie Hanson on 86/250.  Well done to you all. 


Congratulations to David Weston on making the Seniors England Down The Line Team for the Home International in Scotland, and to Dave Hinchliffe on making the Super Veterans England Down The Line Team for the Home International and the Euro Championships. Well done to you both.




David receiving the Norman Patrick Trophy from Carl Smith CPSA National Director

Congratulations to David Weston who won the Norman Patrick Memorial shoot held at Nottingham Gun Club on Monday 17th April. David winning the trophy after a shoot off with Marty Smith, both shooters having shot 100/300. Well done David.



Help 4 Hero’s


Vernon Lathwell receives his 100 straight badge from Carl Smith

The Derbyshire v Nottinghamshire friendly Down the Line Challenge took place at Nottingham & District Gun Club on 12th March. Sadly despite some excellent shooting from Derbyshire shooters, Notts won 2946/3000 to Derby’s 2911/3000. Derby’s top scores were David Weston on 100/300, Dave Hinchliffe 99/295, Ian Roper 99/294 and Vernon Lathwell with his first ton, 100/294. Other top 10 scores were Simon Taylor 293, Keith Ritchie 293, Steve Pinch 290, Gary Webster 286, A Christie 284 and Geoff Flint 95/282.
Well done to all Derby and Notts shooters who shot this event.


The first Down the Line team selection was held at Nottingham & District Gun Club on 12th March. Top scorer in the Seniors was David Weston on 100/300, followed by Ian Roper on 99/294, Simon Taylor 98/293, Keith Ritchie 99/293 and Steve Pinch 98/290. Veterans top scorer was Dave Hinchliffe on 99/295, followed by Vernon Lathwell on 100/294 and Gary Webster on 98/286.



Dave Hinchliffe DTL County Champion

The Single Barrel County Championship was held on Sunday 5th March at Nottingham & District Gun Club. In cold, very wet weather Dave Hinchliffe conquered the conditions to win the title shooting 95/100, with Bryan Ward runner up on 94/100 followed by Geoff Flint on 92/100. Veterans Champion was Geoff Smith on 88/100 followed by Gary Webster on 80/100. Ladies Champion was Chris Thacker on 88/100. Well done to all winners.