Grafton Rifle Club

The big field of shooters was quick to take advantage of the moderate conditions that accompanied the 300 yard shoot on Saturday, and some top scores were recorded. There were seven possibles, with three going to the Target Rifle division, and four to F-Class shooters. In T/R, “possibles” [50/50] went to Peter Brown, Mathew Bloomer and Peter Nielsen, while in F-Class the 60/60’s went to Sue Bloomer and John Robertson while John Bloomer produced one in each stage to record the full 120/120 for the day. John’s double possible was definitely the shoot of the day. To go with this winning score he had eleven right in the very middle of the target, all falling in a one inch group that more than kept the target marker on his toes. However this fine effort was only just good enough to hold off wife Sue who finished the day just one point short of the lot, with her 119/120, also with ten right in the middle. The Grafton ShoppingWorld Butchery’s Top Off-Rifle trophies went to John Bloomer in F-Class, with Sue Bloomer a point away in second spot, while John Black and Dennis Hilton [each two down] filled the third and fourth positions. Meanwhile in the T/R division, Peter Brown and Mathew Bloomer each finished on 99/100, with Peter taking the trophy on count-out (8V’s to 7), while Luke Bloomer finished the day in third spot but with the highest centre count (12V’s) in total. When it came to the Daily Aggregates, the Off-Rifle winners had enough up their sleeves to carry the day there too, despite the hot competition on the day, where nine shooters in F-Class equalled or broke handicap, and two also managed it in T/R. Next week the shoot will be from the 400 yard mound for the first stage of the NSWRA Medal monthly competition, commencing at 1pm. 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