After the team matches for the 3-Position Championships wrapped up today, 12 juniors made their way down to Viale Range to shoot the Drew Cup. What is the Drew Cup? I'm glad you asked because I had Hap Rocketto, Captain of Team USA, give me a history lesson on it.
Started in 2003 by the British National Small-bore Rifle Association (NSRA), the Drew Cup is an international postal match named in honor of the late William Drew, a prominent British smallbore rifleman during the interwar years. A postal match is one where teams shoot the specified course of fire at their home ranges (in this case, home countries) and send the results in to be ranked against all the other teams.
The competition is limited to teams of juniors representing national shooting associations from the major English speaking nations of the world; Australia, Britain, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the United States.
Accomplished shooter Erik Hoskins is the coach of Team USA and along with Rocketto and H.J. "Walt" Walters, serving as Adjutant to the team, round out the team's administrative positions.
The competition is fired as an English Match, 60 shots at 50 meters under International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) rules. The U.S. team is comprised of ten juniors selected from the Metallic Prone match during the Smallbore 3-Position Championships, however there are two other sections of the match involving a team of three men and a team of three women.
In keeping with Dewar and Randle conditions, each shooter is allowed a line coach to assist them. While we talked, Rocketto pointed out that there were at least five former national champions acting as coaches. The wind may have been furiously blowing today, but the shooters were in good hands.
NRABlog will report back on the results when they come in. Hopefully the United States takes its first Drew Cup this year.