The Canada Match

The Trophy

The Canada Match is a Challenge Cup presented by The Canadian National Railways 1931, for competition between teams representing the Mother Country and Canada at the Annual Prize Meeting of The Dominion of Canada Rifle Association.

The trophy is a Sheffield Sterling Plate Bowl style cup with two handles, a lid on which stands a Victory Figure, a long stem tapering to a tiered and flared base. With the lid in place the trophy stands 657 mm high, 430 mm across the handles, 280 mm in diameter at the top, 178 mm in diameter at the flared base. The Trophy stands on a wooden base which is mahogany in colour and which measures 134 mm high and 330 mm square.

The History

In 1931 Great Britain sent a rifle team to Canada under command of Sir Lionel Fletcher, CBE to compete against Canada’s best marksmen at the Annual Prize Meeting of the DCRA. Prior to that year no International team matches were included in the regular schedule of events. It was considered fitting therefore that a short range event following the Traditional Conditions prescribed for “The Kolapore” at Bisley be introduced. The conditions called for teams of 8 marksmen each firing two sighting shots and ten shots for record at each of 300, 500 and 600 yards within a specified time limit. The match was titled “The Canada Match” and with the assistance and generosity of The Canadian National Railways, the Canada Trophy was placed in competition.

Match Conditions

The Canada Match is always shot in Canada, by a team of 8 firers. Each shooter fires 2 sighters and 10 shots to count at 300, 500 and 600 yards. In 2012 Great Britain scored 1200 with 156 v-bulls out of 1200 with 240 v-bulls, breaking the previous record of 1199 set in 2007. This is the first time any team has achieved a maximum score in an international team match. The highest individual score is 150 with 28 v-bulls by David Luckman (Great Britain) in 2007.

Previous Winners (up to end 2017)

Country Number of wins
Great Britain 29
Canada 23
Australia 2
England 1

Match results listed are those where a GB or Home Countries teams were present.