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Grafton Rifle

On a rain affected, breezy, and at times misty afternoon at 900 yards, it was John Robertson who managed to find the middle of the target first, and hold it there to take out both the Off-Rifle and Daily Aggregate trophies in the F-Class competition on Saturday afternoon. David Grundy and Nick DeBellis were the runners up in both cases.
The only “possibles” [50/50], came from the Target Rifle field, when Ian Griffiths and Tony O’Keeffe managed to get them all in, in their second stages. This left Off-Rifle honours in a three-way tie which went to Andrew Geary on count out with Ian Griffiths and Tony O’Keeffe having to settle for the minor placings. However, in the Daily Aggregate trophy match, the order was reversed, with O’Keeffe triumphing over Geary and Griffiths in that order.
The 900 yard shoot was the second stage of the Handicapper’s Trophy and was hampered to some extent by rain. The field was quite reduced as some withdrew on the day, and was further reduced because of those who were away attending other competitions in Canberra and Brisbane, and whom we will no doubt see back in action at the 300 yard third stage this week.
The Club would like to express its gratitude to those very capable and hard-working souls who turned up for the Saturday “working bee” and prepared the club-house floor for the pouring of the concrete slab this coming week. The refurbishment of the club-house is progressing well, thanks to those willing workers with the necessary skills and the “muscle” where required. Other up-grades are also taking place on the mounds and surrounds as well, and will also help to make our venue, an even more enjoyable one.
As usual, the competition commences next week at 1pm from the 300 yard mound. The range is located at 434 Trenayr Road, opposite the Koppers log mill, and adjacent to the Experiment Farm. Visitors and new members are always welcome.
Anthony O’Keeffe

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