From Poland, With Kitty: It's All Over, But For The Vodka...

by Editor 21. May 2012 20:02
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Our woman in Olsztyn (Poland), Kitty Richards, files this late breaking report from the IDPA Polish National Championship. Unfortunately we don't yet have the full match results but IDPA's correspondent for Eastern Europe sends us this update...

The inaugural IDPA Polish National Championship is now in the books.  Shooters smiled, laughed and moaned their way through the challenging stages, but at the end of the day, they all agreed on one thing: the match director, staff and host club for the PNC did a great job.

The hotly contested SSR Division was won by Adrej Lipa of Lithuania, who bested Przemysław Lewandowski of Poland (2nd place) and the USA's Ken Ortbach (3rd). I was thrilled to earn one of the very cool custom-made trophies for 3rd place SSP Marksman. But the big news of the day is that The Polish Pistolera, Joanna Lenczweska, won 2nd ESP SS AND took High Lady – what a homecoming for her! Will the three US shooters be back as soon as possible to shoot the Polish National Championship again?  TAK!  (YES!) - Kitty

Thanks to Kitty for keeping us in the loop. Congratulations to Ken and Joanna on a job well done. And a very special thank you to IDPA Poland for the warm hospitality and for taking such good care of your American colleagues. We can't wait for next year's championship.

ABOVE: Ken Ortbach is presented a trophy by Club MD Jacek Ostrzycki BELOW: Jacek Ostrzycki with the "Babe Bay" SOs - Joanna & Kitty, who ran Bay 4

ABOVE & BELOW: The Polish Pistolera, Joanna Lenczweska, collects her trophies from Jacek Ostrzycki.

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From Poland, With Kitty: SOs Rock The 2012 IDPA Polish Championship

by Editor 19. May 2012 19:24
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Looks like we might not get our Kitty back as the Poles seem to be sweeping her off her feet by whispering sweet nothings - or stage descriptions - in her ear.

Some people swear that Italian is the language of love, but likely they have never heard an IDPA stage briefing done in Polish. 

As a veteran of many sanctioned matches, stage descriptions take on a different timbre when done in the tongue of the mother land in Olsztyn, Poland at the IDPA Polish National Championship. Really, these guys could be reading the phone book and I would still be mesmerized. What a treat to hear the stage description first in Polish and then in English! - Kitty

Today it was the SOs' turn to shoot the match, after putting the final touches on the 11 stage course of fire yesterday. And it seems wheelguns were the order of the day, or so our Kitty says.

Today the SOs and staff shot, and it turned into the battle of the Big Men with Round Guns. Shooters Przemysław Lewandowski (Poland), Ken Ortbach (USA) and Andrej Lipa (Lithuania) went head-to-head in the SSR division. Safety Officers shot late into the day to make sure the other competitors (shooting tomorrow) would find a flawless match. - Kitty

Dobre Szczęście (Polish for 'Good Luck') to all the competitors battling for Poland's coveted IDPA titles. Be sure to tune in tomorrow for another update from our woman in Olsztyn (Poland)...and pray that Bubba doesn't find out that Polish is the new language of love.

ABOVE: Poland's Przemysław Lewandowski scoring a down zero from 25 yards out. BELOW: Ken Ortbach takes on the last stage of the day.

ABOVE: Andrej Lipa of Lithuania goes prone on the long shot stage. BELOW: Local MD Jacek Ostrzycki is smiling with the contentment that only comes from a huge supply of pasters courtesy of Comp-Tac Victory Gear. We can neither confirm, nor deny, that these were "smuggled" in for this inaugural national championship by a certain Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

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