This has been a bit of a difficult year for the OVPL. Still, despite numerous schedule adjustments, all 15 matches were fired. In addition to those matches, there were several other events of interest to our shooters. Most notable was the CSSA series of ISSF shoots. In our area, Arnprior ran matches in Standard Pistol, Sport Pistol and in Centre-Fire for individuals. Once a month, our shooters had the chance to establish classifications, test their skills, or just get out.
The Royal Military College did not get their shooting program underway until around Christmas. Changes in their team’s administration meant that their range never did open this year. RMC shot all their matches either in Ottawa or Arnprior. Their best shoot of the year was in March against Arnprior. Four of their five shooters had their best outing of the year at that event. This spring, the Royal Military College decided to cease the operation of the Varsity Shooting Program. They have been a part of the League since 1999.
There was good news this year. If Smiths Falls Handgun rings a bell with you, it could be the sound of their metallic silhouette range, which re-opened this past winter. You can imagine the satisfaction and relief that must have been felt by all within that organization.
For 2004-05, the OVPL schedule was a round-robin format among six teams.
Over the past three years, RMC won all their matches except one. The OVPL Championship was clearly theirs in 2003 and again last year. This year, there was a three-way tie for first place, with the RA joining Arnprior and RMC at the top. In the matches among the three contenders, each won one and lost one against the other two.
Note: The Rules stipulate that the standings are based on wins and losses.
Ties are broken first by considering the matches between the teams that are tied.
Here are those results
Breaking the Tie
Over these three matches, the average scores mirror the season-long averages. That would be an easy measure to use, but the course of fire was different in each of these three shoots. That’s why the OVPL considers wins and losses, and not average Team Score. What counts is how each team did that day.
Over their two matches, Arnprior won by 24 points and lost by 21. They were better by 3 points.
RMC won by 21, but lost by only 11 points: better by 10.
For the RA, they lost by more than their winning margin: -13 overall.