RIAC 2014 and IBIS CUP: Air Rifle & Air Pistol Competitions, Strassen, Luxembourg, 9 th – 13 th December

Eleanor Bezzina

A team of shooters from our club, the Malta Air Rifle & Pistol Shooting Club which is affiliated with the Malta Shooting
Sport Federation participated in 3 shooting competitions held in Strassen, Luxembourg between 9 th &
13 th December 2014. These were the RIAC 1, RIAC 2 and the IBIS CUP.

The 5 member team was made up of;
Eleanor Bezzina & Josephine Galea Calleja Women Air Pistol
Alison Vella Women Air Rifle
Wayne Galea Men Air Rifle
Gianluca Azzopardi Spiteri Men Junior Air Rifle

All competitions abided by the ISSF 10 meter Air Rifle & Pistol Regulations. All shooters obtained respectable results considering that most of their scores exceeded those they normally score during Local competitions held at the Bidnija indoor range.

The scores were close or in Gianluca’s case exceeded the MQS set by the MOC for these athletes to qualify in coming June GSSE games. As expected Eleanor Bezzina, the current holder of the Gold in the GSSE (Small Nations Games) in the 10m Air Pistol discipline obtained the best achievements. She qualified for the finals in all 3 competitions and placed third winning bronze in the RIAC 2.

She placed 4 th in the RIAC 2 after a shoot out for the 3 rd place. She lost 3 rd place by only 0.2 of a point. Then she placed 6 th on the final day in the IBIS CUP.

These results augur well for next years GSSE games to be held in Iceland.

Gianluca Azzopardi Spiteri – Training Camp

JohnSteve Gian

The Malta Sport Shooting Federation in collaboration with the Malta Air Rifle & Pistol Shooting Club organized a training camp for its junior elite shooter, Gianluca Azzopardi Spiteri. The training camp was financed by the Malta Olympic Committee trough its Youth Elite Athlete Scheme.

The training camp was held between Thursday 30th October 2014 and Thursday 6th November 2014 at the Larry Vella indoor ranges at Bidnija. It was conducted by Mr. Steve Downes a qualified ISSF coach who runs a shooting academy in the UK and has coached various International top shooters. Attending this training camp was Gianluca’s local coach Mr. John Galea.

This year Gianluca already participated in the Europeans held in Moscow in February where he achieved a satisfactory result and in the World Cup held in Munich last June. This training camp came at the right time before Gianluca flies to Luxembourg to compete in the Luxembourg open and in preparation to qualify for the Small Nations Games that are to be held coming June in Iceland.

In the attached photo, left to right; Gianluca Azzopardi Spiteri, Steve Downes & John Galea.

Eley 2014 Medal Presentation

Eley 2014 Medal Winners

On Saturday 8th November a presentation was held at the Bidnija Shooting Ranges for medal winners competing at various disciplines in the Eley NSRA2014 competitions. This competition is open to all commonwealth member countries and is divided into various disciplines. Gold medal winners qualify to take part in a final session that takes place at the UK National Shooting Ranges in Beasley. The Winners for each category are as follows:

Bench Rest Rifle

Silver Medal

Aquilina R.

Azzopardi P.

Azzopardi S.

Cauchi C

Mifsud M

10m Air Rifle

Gold Medal

Calleja I

Zammit I

Silver Medal

Azzopardi Spiteri G

Galea W

Xuereb M

Zuber R

10m Air Pistol

Gold Medal

Calleja J.

Silver Medal

Mallia Milanes M

Vassallo S

50m Prone Rifle

Silver Medal

Darmanin L

Zuber R

50m C/Pistol

Gold Medal

Mifsud A

New Facebook Page for MARPSC

MARPSC Facebook

A new Facebook page has been launched for the club.  You will find interesting discussions and chats along with competition results and photographs.  This page is being maintained by two of our youngest members Gianluca Azzopardi Spiteri and Isaac Zammit.

Follow us on: www.facebook.com/maltashooting

Competition Season 2014 Kickstart

Gianluca-Isaac

The first Air Rifle and Air Pistol competition was held at Bidnija ranges on Saturday 4th October 2014.  The competition was hotly contested by all shooters resulting in good overall high scores. Follow the results and comments on our new Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/maltashooting.

Following the loss of our club president Lawrence Darmanin, this year the competition shall be named in his honour and towards his beloved memory. The competition shall be called the Lawrence Darmanin Shield.  Dearest Lawrence you will always be remembered and deeply missed.

MOC GOLD AWARD FOR ELEANOR BEZZINA

MOC Awards 2013 Eleanor- 2

During this year’s MOC Sports Awards, top Maltese Air-Pistol Shooter was awarded the prestigious gold award for her excellent showing at the 2013 Games of the Small States of Europe held in Luxembourg during May 2013. Eleanor wrote Maltese shooting history by being the first Maltese female athlete to win a gold medal in air-pistol shooting in these games where she capped a successful year after also winning the Scottish Ladies Air-Pistol Championships earlier in the season. She was also the winner of a Silver medal at the Eley-NSRA Postal competition ‘mixed’ air-pistol event in Class A.

Junior Shooter Wins UK Competition

Gianluca Azzopardi Spiteri(left) with shooting buddy Isaac Zammit

Young Gianluca Azzopardi Spiteri, was the hero of the day last Saturday when he convincingly won the 2nd selection shoot of the UK Eley-NSRA Shooting competition in Bidnija ahead of six other air-rifle shooters in the ‘mixed’ event.

Scottish International Referee For Malta Shoot

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This weekend saw the start of the first local/international shooting matches with Malta’s annual participation in the UK Eley-NSRA Target Shooting Competitions. The shoots were held this weekend at the Bidnija Indoor Range in both Air-Rifle & Air Pistol. British International Referee, Mr Colin Watson, who has also been assigned judging duties at the forthcoming Glasgow Commonwealth Games, was the guest of honour at the range to oversee these competitions. This was done in conjunction with local international referee Mr Gino Galea with assistance from Ms Lilian Calleja.

Maltese Shooter Wins Gold at the Eley-NSRA UK Competition

Mario Mallia Milanes Gold Medal Eley NSRA 2013

Two Maltese air-pistol shooters, Mario Mallia Milanes  and Stephen Vassallo from the Malta Air-Rifle & Pistol Shooting Club recently qualified  to take part in the finals of the Eley-NSRA Postal Shooting competition that was held at Bisley National Shooting Centre in England.

PN Parliamentary Group at MARPSC

PN Group Shooting

Last Saturday, the PN Parliamentary Group led by Dr Simon Busuttil and Mr Robert Cutajar spent a very interesting time at the Bidnija Shooting Ranges as part of their Sports Program. After some shotgun shooting, the group participated in a highly entertaining air-rifle shooting competition at the indoor 10m airgun range. At the end of the competition, Mr David Casa was declared as the top shooter of the day. He was closely

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