TWO Bideford Rifle Club shots have qualified for the county champion of champions finals, which will be held at Okehampton Rifle Club at the end of this month. Ann Travis scored 295 out of 300 on her three qualifying cards and Pete Thompson also reached t

TWO Bideford Rifle Club shots have qualified for the county champion of champions finals, which will be held at Okehampton Rifle Club at the end of this month.

Ann Travis scored 295 out of 300 on her three qualifying cards and Pete Thompson also reached the last 16 with 289.

Two other clubmates have won their divisions in the Bench Rest League, a relatively new discipline of shooting for the club.

Ross Prior won Division 2 of the Cumbria and Northumbria 50 metres League by a wide margin, scoring 1,972 out of a possible 2,000 over 10 rounds.

Ian Parker had an equally clear victory in Division 3 of the Hendon 50 metre League, scoring 1,364 out of a possible 1,400 over seven rounds.

It was his first year shooting bench rest and also his first competitive season with the club.

Keith Kersey came second in Division 2 of the Hendon League by the narrowest of margins, just one match point behind the winner, despite a marginally better aggregate score.

Bideford teams had mixed fortunes in the opening two rounds of the Devon County Winter League, three of the four teams winning in the opening round and two in the second.

Round 1: Bideford A 485, Budleigh TSC B 474; Bideford B 476, Tavistock A 489; Bideford C 466, Tavistock B 460; Bideford D 455, Pinhoe F 435.

Round 2: Bideford A 486, Budleigh TSC A 491; Bideford B 481, Exeter School A 455; Bideford C 462, Pinhoe D 466; Bideford D 460, Broadclyst 455.