SERIES NEWS & INFORMATION
REVISED SERIES CRITERIA FOR FIVE EVENT 2020 SERIES & CONFIRMATION OF REMAINING DATES - 20th June 2020
We have confirmed our event dates for the remaining three events of our 2020 series, with the series now consisting of five series and team qualifying events. The original dates for Canterbury in August, Waikato in October and Hutt Valley in November remain as planned, and due to a full calendar, we will not be rescheduling the missed Waitemata event as a qualifying event in the 2020 series, as updated below. We have revised our series championship and teams qualifying criteria as updated below. We're looking forward to the remaining events of our 2020 series, and expect to see a strong competition through to the Grand Finale in November.
WAITEMATA UT EVENT POSTPONED INDEFINITELY - 19th March 2020
Unfortunately, due to the evolving situation with Covid-19 in New Zealand and the subsequent recommendations, plus the announcement from Waitemata Clay Target Club to suspend operation at the club until at least 3rd April and further notice, we have had to postpone Round 3 of the UTNZ 2020 Series indefinitely.
We will be investigating the possibility of rescheduling, but due to the unprecedented nature of this situation, and the fact that club calendars are already set, this currently appears unlikely.
At this stage, our next team qualifying, and National Series Championship event is scheduled for Christchurch on August 29th & 30th and we'd hope to be back near normal operation by that time. Further information will come closer the time.
UPDATE - 20th June 2020
UTNZ Inc. will be reducing the 2020 series to 5 events, and will not be rescheduling a series qualifying event at Waitemata. However, keep an eye on Waitematas club calendar for November 2020 where the club may run a UT weekend with UTNZ support.
TRANS-TASMAN COMPETITION POSTPONED - 15th March 2020
Given the unfortunate and unprecedented circumstances currently being faced, along with the latest travel restrictions, our Junior, Open, Senior and Veteran National Universal Trench teams will no longer be travelling to Melbourne in April for their Nationals, and inaugural Trans-Tasman competition.
We'll keep working away on an alternative time to make sure our 2020 teams get the chance to represent their country in the coming months. After all, we've got a bunch of National team apparel and shooting vests that need christening, and we need to give the logos of Boomrock, Aquaheat, Fiocchi Ammunition New Zealand, Kilwell Sports and Laporte Corporate lots of air time for their great support and 2020 team sponsorship.
UPDATE - 20th June 2020
Progress is being made on rescheduling the Trans-Tasman competition, likely with an Australian visit to New Zealand in early 2021 where a team event could take place. More information to follow.
2020 UTNZ INC. NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL SERIES CHAMPIONSHIPS - Updated 20th June 2020
For the first time we shall be crowning two new National Series Champions. At the Grand Finale event at Hutt Valley in November we will recognise a National Series Champion for the year in both outright overall ranking, and also handicap (by a points system from handicap events through the year).
The Overall Champion shall be crowned from a total of 300 possible points (three percentage scores using the same FITASC ‘percentage’ method that is used for National Team ranking).
The Handicap Champion shall be determined from a total of 450 possible points, using a simple points scoring system based on place gained at each of the Universal Handicap 150 target matches through the year. For each event 150 points are available to the winner, 12 points over second place, then the graduation is 9 points per place to sixth, 6 points down to eleventh and 3 points thereafter down to thirtieth place.
For both Championships, the total possible points to be counted shall consist of a shooters top 3 from the any 5 events of the series. No events are compulsory.
NEW FORMAT FOR 2020 EVENTS
All tournament weekends shall consist of three matches, with Match One Universal Trench 150, plus two others of varying disciplines. All matches shall present 1st-3rd place ‘Off The Gun’ winners, and 1st-6th place ‘Handicap’ (by targets in) winners. (No grade or categories) A weekend three match High-Gun shall also be presented to the outright top score combined.
2021 NEW ZEALAND NATIONAL TEAM QUALIFYING - Updated 20th June 2020
The five events within the 2020 calendar year will form the qualifying opportunities for 2021 national teams for both Trans-Tasman, and World Championships. Ranking lists shall be established using the FITASC ‘percentage’ method, taking your top 3 percentages out of any of the 5 events. No events are compulsory, any 3 out of 5 will give a ranking number.
Team categories are; Juniors (U21), Ladies, Men/Open (21-55), Seniors (56-65) Veterans (incl. Masters) (66-onwards)
For more NZL team information, click through to our team page here.
NORTH/SOUTH CARLEY CUP
South Island shall defend the Cup at their final home event of the year at Canterbury CTC in August. Teams are determined at the conclusion of the UT event by selecting five scores from each island, with each team including at least one B grade, and one C grade score.