The English XX vs. the RAFTRC is a series of two matches usually held around the middle of May each year at Bisley. The other home countries often take part and the matches are held over the National match course of fire at short range and the Mackinnon match course of fire at long range. Although this is a club match not an England match the teams are selected by that year’s National and Mackinnon captains with the help of their respective adjutants. Each captain is free to choose his or her team as they see fit but the majority of captains use this as an opportunity to try out un-capped or once capped shooters and coaches who may be potential candidates for their teams later in July. Captain’s will often directly invite individuals they are aware of or will contact county district superintendents and captains to try and discover potential new talent in each county.

Results from past years can be found in the relevant Yearbook, copies of which can be found under the Members menu item.  The results of the matches held in 2022 over the weekend of 14th and 15th May are below, along with a report on the short range event:

The Short Range RAF Match was held at Bisley on Sunday 15 May 2022. The coaching team for the National Match, under main coach Jeremy Langley, was selected in the winter so that all National Match coaches would be available for the RAF Match. It was decided that all twenty shooters would be either once-capped or uncapped, thereby giving maximum opportunity to those seeking selection for their first, or second, National Match. In addition, we had the benefit of a team of five volunteer plotter/mentors, all of whom are established Palma shooters, and who brought a more authentic international match atmosphere to the occasion.

Some of the opposing teams were unable to raise more than ten shooters, so the England shooters were, at the last minute, divided into two teams of ten. England “white” and England “red” were divided equally on each target, so the coaching arrangements were not disrupted. Weather was grey and damp with showers, but wind conditions were not challenging.  A wobbly start (from some) at 300 yards was followed by some high scoring at 500 and 600. The team functioned well with good rhythm and polished drills. It should not go unrecorded that all three England scores of 105 were achieved by the ladies on Matthew Ensor’s right-hand target. Had we taken our top ten scores, the England score would have been 1040, an average of 104 per shooter.

Final scores were as follows:

  1. Scotland               1031.116
  2. RAF                         1026.114
  3. England Red       1025.127
  4. Wales                     1023.107
  5. England White  1010.111
  6. Ireland                   1003.100

Thanks are due to the RAF SAA for organising the match. Particular thanks to Martin Liversage, team adjutant, for conjuring up markers at the last minute after the NRA were unable to provide them. Thanks also to the plotter/mentors whose presence added to the international flavour.

Detailed scores of both the short and long range matches can be found below:

RAF Short Range Match 2022      RAF Long Range Match 2022

Further Information

Team Captains

The National Match

The Mackinnon Match