Varsity - Pistol

Shooting ranks amongst Cambridge's oldest varsity sports and has links dating back to at least 1803 with the formation of the Cambridge University Rifle Volunteers. The University Revolver club was formed in 1902 and forged close links with the rifle club in 1909 which itself had been established as a University club two years earlier. The first revolver (full-bore) varsity match between Oxford and Cambridge took place in 1908 at the NRA Imperial meet and was officially incorporated into the programme in 1909. The pistol (small-bore) Varsity match was established in 1960 and has become the main focus of the inter-university pistol competitions. The match is usually shot as a 'standard pistol' course of fire: 5 shots in 150 seconds, 5 shots in 20 seconds, 5 shots in 10 seconds, each 4 times. Although now shot with .177" air pistols, it was previously shot with small-bore pistols so shots are still marked with a .22" gauge.

Notable CURPC alumni include Tony Chivers, 5th in the 1964 Olympics, and Geoff Robinson, Olympic 1984 World Champion 1979, National Squad 1973-1992 and several others who have shot for their respective home countries at smaller international championships. The club also fields an active team of national or county level shooters.

An incomplete list of club captains is as follows: 2012-13 - Jonathan Waite (Clare), 2011-12 Sophie Reed (Murray Edwards), 2010-11 Vin Shen Ban (Christs), 2009-10 James M. R. Bullock (Clare), 2008-09 Daniel Kumbang (Queens), 2007-08 Cheng Liu (Gonville & Caius), 2006-07 Xueni Zhu (New Hall), 2005-06 Nicole Taylor (Jesus), 1996-97 Beatrix von Meier (Girton), 1995-96 Stuart J. Ince (Sidney Sussex), 1994-95 Graham Simpson (Girton), 1993-94 Eryl T. Done (Girton), 1992-93 Mike Marrison (Downing), 1991-92 Aidan Gibson.

Below is listed the available results and match reports from the Varsity Matches. Older match reports and scores are available from the club archives in Elizabeth Way, the Cambridge University Library and the NRA museum library.


Small-bore Varsity past results:

2013 Oxford 2066 Cambridge 2116
2012 Oxford 2155 Cambridge 2114
2011 Oxford 2098 Cambridge 2109
2010 Oxford 2139 Cambridge 2041
2009 Oxford 2077 Cambridge 2088
2008 Oxford 2166 Cambridge 2084
2007 Oxford 2144 Cambridge 2156
2006 Oxford 2150 Cambridge 1951
2005 Oxford 2098 Cambridge 2104
2004 Oxford 2101 Cambridge 2046
2003 Oxford   Cambridge  
2002 Oxford 1962 Cambridge 1992
2001 Oxford 1984 Cambridge 1900
2000 Oxford   Cambridge  
1999 Oxford   Cambridge  
1998 Oxford   Cambridge  
1997 Oxford   Cambridge  
1996 Oxford 2011 Cambridge 2097
1995 Oxford 1958 Cambridge 2069
1994 Oxford   Cambridge  
1993 Oxford 2025 Cambridge 2000
1992 Oxford 2146 Cambridge 2051
1991 Oxford 2009 Cambridge 1911
1990 Oxford 2081 Cambridge 1885
1989 Oxford 1799 Cambridge 1626
1988 Oxford   Cambridge  
1987 Oxford   Cambridge  
1986 Oxford 746 Cambridge 692
1985 Oxford 725 Cambridge 699
1984 Oxford 694 Cambridge 694
1983 Oxford   Cambridge  
1982 Oxford   Cambridge  
1981 Oxford 714 Cambridge 721
1980 Oxford   Cambridge  
1979 Oxford 559 Cambridge 574
1978 Oxford 704 Cambridge 649
1977 Oxford   Cambridge  
1976 Oxford   Cambridge  
1975 Oxford   Cambridge  
1974 Oxford   Cambridge  
1973 Oxford   Cambridge  
1972 Oxford   Cambridge  
1971 Oxford   Cambridge  
1970 Oxford   Cambridge  
1969 Oxford   Cambridge  
1968 Oxford   Cambridge  
1967 Oxford   Cambridge  
1966 Oxford   Cambridge  
1965 Oxford   Cambridge  
1964 Oxford   Cambridge  
1963 Oxford   Cambridge  
1962 Oxford   Cambridge  
1961 Oxford   Cambridge  
1960 Oxford   Cambridge  

Small-bore Varsity match reports:

2013

In Cambridge on 17th February Oxford and Cambridge met again for the air pistol Varsity match. After some rather late team decisions we were confident of the First Team putting in a decent score and the Ladies Team doing very well, it was really down to how good a year Oxford was having.

After giving Oxford's First team a quick chance to warm up, shooting began at 10:00. As always everyone was nervous and shot below their average, but once the first half of the teams had finished we saw Oxford were suffering more than us. Although they didn't know it, the rest of the First team stepped onto the firing point with a lead of 30-40 points. Minerva and Stewart did what they do best and both shot top scores, extending our lead out to 50 points and winning the match.

The Second team match was considerably closer. The teams were well matched and when Ali and Jin stepped off the line we were only 5 points ahead (and Jin had literally missed his Half Blue by half a centimetre). Due to the fact many of the Ladies team were shooting concurrently with the First or Second team, the last two details of the day were a mix of Ladies and Second team shooters. Han managed to increase our lead to 13 points after outshooting his Oxonian opposite before Oxford clawed a few points back, leaving us to win by a mere 6 points.

Oxford's Ladies team simply couldn't match the experience of ours and we won the Ladies match with a score close to their First team (not surprising when the team was composed of two First team shooters and the Second team top scorer!). Half Blues were awarded to Ali Simon, Minerva Singh and Stewart Forshaw (Stewart only began shooting in Michaelmas). Half Blues were re-awarded to Sophie Reed, Jonathan Waite and Han Yan.

Jonny Waite, Captain

First Team Ex 600 Second Team Ex 600 Ladies Ex 600
Cambridge
Jonathan Waite (cpt) 535 Ali Simon 530 Sophie Reed 517
Sophie Reed 517 Han Yan 525 Minerva Singh 529
Minerva Singh 529 David Firth 484 Ali Simon 530
Stewart Forshaw 535 Jin-Hyung Lee 497 Matilda McAleenan 469
  2116 2036 2045
Oxford
Gil-Ad Schwartz (cpt) 527 Philip Young 504 Sophie Weller 488
David Main 527 Oliver Tozer 518 Siyi Xiong 517
Sophie Weller 488 Siyi Xiong 517 Abby Saks 436
Kennan Lee 524 Steve Bian 491 Val Liang 387
Oxford 2066 2030 1828

2012

After travelling to Wantage range, everyone felt confident and most shot fairly well. However everyone was shooting below expected (even after accounting for match pressure) and some 544s from Oxford saw them win the match. They also pulled out a 543 from a fresher in the second team match, again clearly winning. Thankfully our ladies saved some face and won their match. The second team (paper) plate from last year reappeared at the results, along with a new first team trophy. This was our most cross discipline squad in recent years, as David and Diana joined us from CUMPC and Jonny, Stefan, Matilda and Kay were also shooting in CUSBC's Varsity. It was mentioned that the rather different lighting at Wantage distracted some of the shooters.

A Team Ex 600 B Team Ex 600 Ladies Ex 600
Sophie Reed (cpt) 515 Han Yan 485 Sophie Reed 515
Jonathan Waite 536 David Firth 518 Matilda McAleenan 505
Stefan Kuppen 530 Christopher Jackson 478 Diana Burk 488
Clark Barrett 533 Alexander Hackmann 478 Kay Sharpington 468
Cambridge 2114 1959 1976
Oxford 2155 2075 1961

2011

Held at QEW Range, we set up a 'live' video feed from the range and projected it onto the wall of the club room, although it occasionally froze before playing the missed footage at high speed. The first and second team matches were very close and the winner wasn't clear until the very end. Due to the lack of silverware for these matches, a clear plastic cup was awarded to the first team and a paper plate to the second team, with suitable titles scrawled on them. Oxford retained some pride with the ladies match, winning the only existing silverware with much jubilation.

A Team Ex 600 B Team Ex 600 Ladies Ex 600
Vin Shen Ban (cpt) 540 Sophie Reed 520 Sophie Reed 522
Jonathan Waite 528 Sugha Murugesu 460 Emma Kirby 443
Tom French 521 Matt Green 507 Sugha Murugesu 472
Tom Barber 520 Han Yan 505 Jess Touschek 436
Cambridge 2109 1992 1873
Oxford 2098 1987 1973

2010

This year's spring Varsity match was held at Oxford's Wantage range on the 21st February between CURPC and OUPC. Cambridge had so far enjoyed a very successful season with a squad comprising both experienced members (having recently competed at county or international level) and many new and talented shooters. However, last year's small-bore Varsity was won by a close margin and the summer full-bore GRCF (Imperial) match lost by only a single point, making the recent competition extremely close.

The Varsity match follows the standard pistol course of fire (gauged for a .22 round), comprising precision and rapid fire rounds shot in teams of four over 20 yards. This year's competition saw Oxford hosting, giving the dark blue side the home ground advantage. Both teams started strongly, shooting shoulder to shoulder, Cambridge with Oxford. However unfamiliar range conditions threw a number of the Cambridge side allowing Oxford to pull into an early lead. Equipment problems then put paid to Cambridge's 4th man's hopes of a comeback allowing Oxford to claim victory in the A team match.

The CURPC ladies' team, on the other hand, managed to successfully deal with all these setbacks (including a gun malfunction), despite the squad consisting mostly of novices. An ability to remain calm under pressure is of course crucial to any competitive shooting sport, and the squad clearly rose to this on the day with a personal best score from ladies' captain Wenjun Qu helping to secure the 2010 ladies' trophy.

Half blues (minimum requirement of 500 ex. 600) were awarded to Vin Shen Ban, Clark Barrett, James Bullock and Wenjun Qu.

Shooter 150 150 20 20 10 10 Total
Cambridge A
James Bullock (cpt) 87 93 93 94 86 84 537
Vin Shen Ban 87 86 88 85 84 83 513
Clark Barrett 91 87 89 93 82 87 529
Jase Taylor 77 74 75 84 80 72 462
Total 2041
Oxford A
Brian Tang 86 89 91 92 89 88 535
Imogen Solly 87 90 85 96 91 90 539
Patrick Schueder 91 92 85 88 92 88 536
Zheng Lo 87 92 87 89 83 91 529
Total 2139
Cambridge B
Emma Kirby 72 76 73 74 73 73 441
Pradipta Biswas 76 80 76 71 64 74 441
James Blackstone 78 82 88 87 77 76 488
Sean Ng 85 84 64 91 82 63 469
Total 1839
Oxford B
Scott Ansell 88 89 84 87 76 80 504
Alistair MacGregor(cpt) 91 85 82 87 87 86 518
David Main 90 95 93 92 81 83 534
Ariana Adjani 81 76 83 81 78 72 471
Total 2027
Cambridge Ladies
Sophie Reed 87 86 77 91 75 77 493
Jess Touschek 78 83 77 67 73 75 453
Wenjun Qu 88 92 91 87 86 80 524
Dominique Iste 77 78 75 67 65 86 448
Total 1918
Oxford Ladies
Imogen Solly 87 90 85 96 91 90 539
Ariana Adjani 81 76 83 81 78 72 471
Emma Hindley 72 85 79 79 63 70 448
Ksenia Peterneva 65 75 70 62 63 59 394
Total 1852

2009

The Varsity Match between CURPC (Cambridge University Revolver and Pistol Club) and OUPC (Oxford University Pistol Club) was shot on the 15th of February 2009 at the Elizabeth Way shooting range, Cambridge. CURPC had a team comprising mostly of freshers and was up against the same OUPC team that beat last year's more experienced CURPC team by 80 points. It was a very tight match which came down to the last shot of CURPC's Captain Daniel Kumbang.

The course of fire was: 5 shots in 150 seconds 4 times, 5 shots in 20 seconds 4 times, 5 shots in 10 seconds 4 times.

Cambridge fielded a team of:
Cambridge A: Chris Clemente, James Bullock, Daniel Kumbang (Captain), Kenny Wan
Cambridge B: Wenjun Qu, Xiao Han, Prith Hallikeri, Sean Ng
Ladies' Team: Wenjun Qu, Xiao Han, Lindsay Nemeth, Denise Law

Against Oxford's team of:
Oxford A: David Johnson, Patrick Schweder, Brian Tang, Arulkumaran Umapathy (Captain)
Oxford B: Zheng Lo, Elspeth Robertson, Minerva Singh, Imogen Solly
Ladies' Team: Nicole Grunstra, Elspeth Robertson, Minerva Singh, Imogen Solly

The Team A match, which counts for the Varsity Trophy, started off with James Bullock and Christofer Clemente shooting concurrently against David Johnson and Amrulkumaran Umapathy.
This resulted in the following scores: Arulkumaran Umapathy (Captain) 502 ex. 600, David Johnson 531, Chris Clemente 515, James Bullock 534. This put CURPC in the lead by 16 points initially.

In the second detail of the Team A match, Kenny Wan shot concurrently with Patrick Schweder and Brian Tang: Kenny Wan: 518, Patrick Schweder: 527, Brian Tang: 517. This meant that the final shooter, Daniel Kumbang, had to score a 511 to win the match.

Knowing the score needed to achieve to win the match normally puts immense amounts of pressure on a shooter, and the Cambridge team started to worry if this would happen. After a bad start, Daniel managed to pull it together to score a 521, with a perfect 10 points on the final shot, winning the match for CURPC.

Final score:
OUPC 2077 ex. 2400 CURPC 2088 ex. 2400.

Half blues achieved (minimum requirement of 500 ex. 600): Chris Clemente, James Bullock, Daniel Kumbang, Kenny Wan, Wenjun Qu: 501, Prith Hallikeri: 524

2008

Shooter 150 150 20 20 10 10 Total
Oxford A
Chris Leader 88 90 93 95 87 96 549
David Johnson 92 93 91 87 86 82 531
Minerva Singh 92 93 88 89 95 89 546
Arul Umapathy 94 92 84 91 91 88 540
Total 2166
Cambridge A
Dan Kumbang 88 91 86 89 82 66 502
Cheng Liu 90 90 88 93 89 92 542
Chris Bamford 85 85 84 92 89 88 523
Juan Tian 92 89 92 81 79 84 517
Total 2084
Oxford B
Brian Tang 93 91 83 89 89 94 539
Elspeth Robertson 86 90 86 82 80 90 514
Imogen Solly 89 83 93 91 84 83 523
Iain Jackson 82 85 74 86 80 81 488
Total 2064
Cambridge B
Xueni Zhu 88 89 85 84 80 85 511
Xiao Han 89 76 81 74 68 77 465
Wenjun Qu 80 82 80 86 82 89 499
Imran Yusuff 79 78 66 72 70 78 445
Total 1918
Oxford Ladies
Minerva Singh 92 91 88 89 95 89 545
Elspeth Robertson 86 90 86 82 80 90 514
Imogen Solly 89 83 93 91 84 83 523
Zoie Lambourne 72 79 74 77 77 70 449
Total 2031
Cambridge Ladies
Juan Tian 92 89 92 81 79 84 517
Xueni Zhu 88 89 85 84 80 85 511
Xiao Han 89 76 81 74 68 77 465
Wenjun Qu 80 82 80 86 82 89 499
Total 1992

Courtesy of OUPC

2007

The teams of 4 each had to shoot a sequence of 60 shots over 20 yards in the Standard pistol discipline. The match was very close throughout with the lead fluctuating between the dark and light blues throughout the competition. However, Cambridge managed to hold their nerve in the final 10 second series to win the competition 2156/2400 versus Oxford's 2144/2400. All 4 members of the Cambridge A team earned their half blue by shooting a higher score than the qualifying 500 points. Top scorer was Julien Coyne with 569/600.

Shooter 150 150 20 20 10 10 Total
Oxford A
Will Manley 93 91 84 97 90 90 545
Simon Shenton 91 89 90 94 89 88 541
Chris Leader 92 90 88 89 89 89 537
Amanda Welford 90 90 83 81 89 88 521
Total 2144
Cambridge A
Julian Coyne 96 96 96 95 92 94 569
Cheng Liu 93 88 93 91 83 92 540
Michail Kibalchnko 91 91 81 90 88 90 531
Chris Bamford 88 91 84 90 80 83 516
Total 2156
Oxford B
Sarah Franklin 88 93 87 89 82 83 522
George Feast 83 93 76 82 81 83 498
Dave Wall 86 85 82 82 80 78 493
Davey Johnson 78 83 83 78 76 83 481
Total 1994
Cambridge B
Kenny Wan 92 89 88 84 86 90 529
Xueni Zhu ? ? ? ? ? ? 495
Daniel Kumbang 90 87 79 79 64 75 475
Guy Treevek 80 81 73 88 68 72 462
Total 1962
Oxford Ladies
Sarah Franklin 88 93 87 89 82 83 522
Amanda Welford 90 90 83 81 89 88 521
Elspeth Robertson 84 79 80 80 73 80 476
Imogen Solly 80 85 73 79 77 66 460
Total 1979
Cambridge Ladies
Wenjun Qu 83 84 87 81 83 87 505
Xueni Zhu ? ? ? ? ? ? 495
Xuan Luo 85 83 70 76 84 85 483
Georgina Sawyer 83 81 77 88 71 79 479
Total 1962

Courtesy of OUPC

2006

Shooter 150 150 20 20 10 10 Total
Cambridge A
Xunei Zhu 85 89 79 79 77 74 483
Xuan Luo 74 81 83 75 78 64 455
Cheng Liu 91 90 90 91 90 84 536
Alison Nimmo 92 80 81 70 70 84 477
Total 1951
Oxford A
Will Manley 92 89 91 86 87 90 535
Mandy Welford 95 88 87 90 88 84 532
Emma Crowley 94 91 87 92 91 83 538
Ollie Holt 93 91 93 90 87 91 545
Total 2150
Cambridge B
Bo Zhang 76 77 69 89 75 78 464
Ivan Wong 76 79 87 87 84 74 487
Nicole Taylor 70 72 74 71 65 48 400
Kenny Wan 77 77 74 81 74 88 471
Total 1822
Oxford B
Chris Leader 86 89 87 83 87 80 512
Sarah Franklin 80 90 79 92 84 89 514
Bijon Pani 89 91 85 86 82 82 515
George Feast 83 89 85 77 78 74 486
Total 1815
Cambridge Ladies
Xunei Zhu 85 89 79 79 77 74 483
Xuan Luo 74 81 83 75 78 64 455
Nicole Taylor 70 72 74 71 65 48 400
Alison Nimmo 92 80 81 70 70 84 477
Total 1815
Oxford Ladies
Emma Crowley 94 91 87 92 91 83 538
Mandy Welford 95 88 87 90 88 84 532
Sarah Franklin 80 90 79 92 84 89 514
Amanda Russo 79 84 72 81 83 66 465
Total 2049

Courtesy of OUPC

2005

Another day of glory for the CURPC team. This year we beat Oxford in the Varsity Match, held in the Elizabeth Way range! Oxford won the B team and ladies matches.
 

Event Cambridge Oxford
Varsity Team A 2104 2098
Varsity Team B 1773 1866
Ladies Team 1862 2011

2004

This year's Varsity Match was held at the Wantage range in Oxfordshire. CURPC honoured the tradition of winning the Ladies match (1016 to 990), while Oxford won the A-team match (2101 to 2046) and the B-team match (1008 to 943).
 

A Team B Team Ladies
Kyle Maddison (528/600) Georgina Sawyer (251/300) Gail Aw (265/300)
Jacqueline Capes (510/600) Evangelos Kotsovinos (238/300) Georgina Sawyer (253/300)
Gail Aw (516/600) Emma Keeling (232/300) Jacqueline Capes (250/300)
Kate Smith (492/600) Ioannis Chatzigeorgiou (222/300) Kate Smith (248/300)

2003

CURPC won the B-team match by 27 points and the Ladies match by 181 points. Oxford won the A-team match by 47 points.

A Team B Team Ladies
Kate Smith Jacqueline Capes Jacqueline Capes
Laura Stanning Ben Arnold Kate Smith
Kyle Maddison Gail Aw Laura Stanning
Cheng Liu Michael Bisgrove Gail Aw

The A-team match at this year's Varsity competition was the highest quality for many years. Despite having to re-start his match with a club gun when his Steyer broke, Kyle Maddison (Jesus College) went on to shoot 524/600, Cambridge's top score. Although the rest of the A-team also shot well enough to qualify for a half-blue (over 500/600), Oxford proved the stronger team this year and won by 47 points overall.

The results of the B-team match show definite promise for next year and showed how difficult squad selection was this year. Both Ben Arnold (Fitzwilliam College), with the top score for the B-team, and Michael Bisgrove (Downing College) competed well in their first Varsity match. The atmosphere was tense as Cambridge waited for the Oxford Captain to put in the final score for their B-team, but in the end Cambridge won overall by 27 points.

In the Ladies match, Oxford fielded a fresh faced squad compared to the Cambridge 'old hands'. Special mention goes to Emma Crowley of Oxford who only recently started shooting and scored the highest score for the Oxford Ladies.