Thursday, 30 April 2015

The Duttson Cup final comes down to graduated gauging... against Sarisbury... again!

On Tuesday, members of the Portsmouth City squad took part in the semi-final and final of the Duttson Cup.  This particular cup dates back to 1936, when it was donated by William Noel Duttson, the then-president of Portsmouth & District Rifle League (and also director of Portsmouth Brewery on Admiralty Road).

William Noel Duttson (1935)

This year it was Fareham, Portsmouth Railway, Sarisbury and Portsmouth City through to the semi-finals and, as always, we had both the semis and the final on the same evening and all on a neutral range, the Tipner indoor range, kindly provided by the HMS Excellent Rifle Club.  By virtue of drawing names from a bag, PCRC first faced Portsmouth Railway.


Here's how the semi-finals went:

Portsmouth City - 389

I. Cooper (99)
A. Nevatte (99)
M. Nevatte (97)
G. Scruton (94)
Portsmouth Railway - 372

J. Nicholson (91)
N. Toms (93)
N. Perman (94)
J. Stockham (94)

Fareham - 384

P. Randall (96)
T. Read (97)
D. Shepperd (95)
D. Spendlove (96)
 Sarisbury - 387

G. Barber (95)
T. Gleed (96)
M. Guille (98)
P. Pearce (98)

This brought about the same final as we had last year: Portsmouth vs Sarisbury.  Last year it came down to graduated gauges; this is where the two teams' scores using standard gauges come out as the same - graduated gauges put the shots under a harsher spotlight and tell us who came closer to centre.




Portsmouth were the victors last year but would it be the case this year too?


Portsmouth City - 390
(.25G score - 384)

I. Cooper (97) (96)
A. Nevatte (99) (96)
M. Nevatte (97) (95)
G. Scruton (97) (97)
 Sarisbury - 390
(.25G score - 389)

G. Barber (98) (97)
T. Gleed (95) (95)
M. Guille (98) (98)
P. Pearce (98) (98)

So, as with the Portsmouth & District shoulder-to-shoulder league this year, Portsmouth had to settle for second place to Sarisbury.  Well done, Sarisbury.

The Duttson Cup has taken pride of place on our trophy shelves in the last few years and we'll be sorry to see it leave us... but we'll get it back next year!

Current 1946 Duttson Cup Trophy replacing the 1936 trophy presumed lost during the war

Overall Portsmouth City hasn't done too badly in this competition, in fact we were the first ever winners of it!

Inaugural Winners of the Duttson Cup (1936).  The captain, H. E. G. Abrams is sitting; standing left to right is L. G. German, H. V. Young, and E. S. German.

1936 - Portsmouth City
1937 - HMS Victory
1938 - HMS Excellent
Suspended during World War II (1939-1945)
1946 - Portsmouth City Police
1947 - Civil Defence
1949 - Portsmouth City
1950 - Portsmouth City
1951 - Havant
1952 - Portsmouth City
1953 - Portsmouth City
1954 - Portsmouth City
1955 - Portsmouth City
1956 - Portsmouth City
1957 - Portsmouth City
1958 - Portsmouth North End
No Competition (1959)
1960 - Portsmouth City "B"
1961 - Portsmouth City
1962 - Royal Marines "B"
1963 - HMS Collingwood
1964 - Portsmouth City
1965 - Portsmouth City
1966 - Portsmouth City
1967 - Portsmouth City
1968 - Portsmouth City
1969 - Royal Marines
1970 - Fareham
1971 - HMS Excellent
1972 - Havant
1973 - Havant
1974 - Havant
1975 - HMS Excellent
1976 - Havant
1977 - Havant
1978 - Havant
1979 - Havant
1980 - Havant
1981 - HMS Nelson
1982 - HMS Nelson
1983 - HMS Nelson
1984 - HMS Nelson
1985 - HMS Nelson
1986 - HMS Nelson
1987 - HMS Nelson
No Competition (1988-1991)
1992 - Portsmouth City
1993 - Portsmouth City
1994 - HMS Excellent
1995 - HMS Nelson
1996 - Chichester
1997 - Sarisbury
No Competition (1998)
1999 - Havant
2000 - Sarisbury
2001 - HMS Excellent
2002 - Portsmouth Railway
2003 - Havant
2004 - HMS Excellent
2005 - Sarisbury
2006 - Havant
2007 - Sarisbury
2008 - Havant
2009 - Havant
2010 - Havant
2011 - Sarisbury
2012 - Portsmouth City
2013 - Portsmouth City
2014 - Portsmouth City
2015 - Sarisbury

For those of your keeping a tally, PCRC (21 wins), Havant (15), HMS Nelson (8), HMS Excellent (6), Sarisbury (6), Royal Marines (2), Chichester (1), Civil Defence (1), Fareham (1), HMS Victory (1), HMS Collingwood (1), North End (1), Police (1)

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