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GRC Christmas shoot brings out the best

With Christmas hams to be won, and a full set of table trophies on hand, a big turn-out of eager shooters fronted up to the 500 yard mound for the 2015 Christmas shoot. The conditions were as close to perfect as could be hoped for, with an even light, almost steady wind and almost no mirage as well. And with a mid-twenties temperature, conditions at the firing point were ideal. Needless to say, the scores were well up, with many handicap breaks occurring as shooters took full advantage of the pleasant conditions. The full list of trophy winners is well beyond the scope of this report which will be restricted to the scores compiled on the day. Six “possibles” were carded on the day, with four going to the Target Rifle division where Nick Abrahall, Phil Donoghue, Andrew Geary and Ian Griffiths each came up with one, with another six contestants firing in “almosters” [one point shy]. In F-Class there were two “possibles” posted, one each to Sue Bloomer and Dennis Hilton while another five fell just one point short. In T/R, the Top Off-Rifle honours went to Ian Griffiths in another tight count out with Andrew Geary and Nick Abrahall, while the Daily Aggregate was shared by Ian Griffiths in T/R and Wayne Pearson in T/R [Optical] class. In F-Class, the top scores went to a couple of T/R shooters who had decided to get a little practice in for next week’s Trivial Cup shoot-out. Dennis Hilton just managed to hold off Eliza Pearson [who just drops in a couple of times a year with her Dad] and shows us how to do it. Dennis managed a 119-4/120 to Eliza’s 118-6 to take the honours, while Mathew Bloomer just managed to hold off Eliza again for the Daily Aggregate, 129 to 128/120. The ladies were really making their presence felt with Sue Bloomer having produced a full 60/60 in her first stage, while Jane Donoghue came up with the top centre X count on the day. Next week will be the much vaunted Trivial Cup Teams match also from the 500 yard mound, 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.