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Jane  Donoghue  and  Derek  Higgins  on  top  at  400  yards

In the unsettled mid-day conditions, and the northerly wind that was flicking from side to side, the scores were never going to be all that pretty at Saturday’s 400 yard Jacaranda Cup shoot. In fact there were no “possibles” scored on the day in either division, although there were a couple of close calls.
With everything to gain and nothing to lose in the difficult conditions, Jane Donoghue in F-Class and Derek Higgins in Target Rifle threw caution to the winds and rattled in the winning scores for the Daily Aggregate trophies. Both finished comfortably clear of a field that was pretty closely bunched, in each division.
Off-Rifle Honours were closely fought out in both divisions with Nick DeBellis counting out John Black and Sue Bloomer in F-Class, and Luke Bloomer counting out Andrew Geary and Dennis Hilton in Target Rifle.
While there were no single stage “possibles” scored, Andrew Geary, Derek Higgins and Phil Donoghue came close in the Target Rifle Division, by finishing just one point away for what were telling scores in the conditions, and in F-Class, John Black, Jane Donoghue and Sue Bloomer turned in the best stage scores in that division.
T/R Scores: Derek Higgins 46-2 49-4 95-6 5.5 100.5; Phil Donoghue 45-3 49-4 94-7 4.0 98.0; Andrew Geary 49-4 47-3 96-7 1.5 97.5; Matt Bloomer 47-3 47-1 94-4 3.0 97.0; Peter Nielsen 47-5 48-4 95-9 1.0 96.0; Luke Bloomer 48-5 48-2 96-7 0.0 96.0; Dennis Hilton 48-3 48-2 96-5 0.0 96.0; Peter Brown 48-3 45-2 93-5 1.5 94.5; Ian Griffiths 47-4 46-2 93-6 0.5 93.5; Nick Abrahall 48-2 38-0 86-2 1.0 87.0.
F-Class Scores: Jane Donoghue 57-4 52-2 109-6 10.5 119.5; Ian Nelson 49-1 49-0 98-1 20.0 118.0; Allan Johnson 54-2 53-2 107-4 10.5 117.5; Sue Bloomer 53-1 57-2 110-3 7.0 117.0; Mark Millard 54-1 55-1 109-2 5.5 114.5; Scott Murdoch 49-0 52-0 101-0 13.0 114.0; John Black 52-0 58-4 110-4 2.0 112.0; Nick DeBellis 57-5 53-1 110-6 2.0 112.0; John Robertson 47-1 55-1 102-2 8.5 110.5; David Grundy 55-2 51-0 106-2 4.0 110.0.
Next week the competition will be from the 500 yard mound commencing at 1pm for the third stage of the Jacaranda Cup monthly trophy. The Range is located at 434 Trenayr Road, opposite the Koppers log mill. Visitors and new shooters are always welcome.
Anthony O’Keeffe

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