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Nick Abrahall back on track with 100/100 at 400 yards

After fitting an improved rear aperture to his sighting system, Nick Abrahall showed that being able to see it better, makes it easier to get the shots away when the conditions are right and to keep the shots falling in the middle. He calmly rolled in a double “possible” to card 100/100 and top the range at Saturday’s 400 yard final round of the Captain’s Trophy. The only other “possible” on the day came from Peter Nielsen shooting in the Optical Class. He rolled in his 50/50 in his first stage with seven of the ten right in the middle [50-7], and then followed it up with a 49/50 in his second stage, this time with five right in the middle [49-5], to top the centre count for the day.
In F-Class the competition was just as tight. John Black was once again unassailable off the rifle, but was pushed all the way by David Grundy, Steve Williams and a fast finishing Sue Bloomer who came up with the top single stage score in her second visit to the firing point when she fell just one point short of the “possible” with her 59/60. David Grundy easily topped the X-Count after a superb first stage that didn’t falter until the very last shot.
So in summary, the trophy winners on the day were, Nick Abrahall in T/R, and John Black in F-Class, who took out the Grafton ShoppingWorld Butchery Off-Rifle Trophies while Nick Abrahall [T/R] and Chris McKenzie [F-Class] took home the Daily Aggregate trophies. Chris McKenzie is normally mainly involved with the morning Field Class and Rimfire Class matches, but has quickly settled into the groove in the afternoon Hi-Power matches, and this Daily Aggregate win comes after only his second hit-out.
With the 400 yard shoot being the final round of the Captain’s Trophy, the end results were as follows. In T/R, Luke Bloomer walked away with the trophy by six points over Dennis Hilton and Derek Higgins. Luke’s consistent high scoring has shown him to be in fine form at this stage of the season. In F-Class, John Black has eased out Tony O’Keeffe by half a point to claim the win, while Scott Murdoch was a point away in third place.
The shoot next week will be the Easter weekend, Club Championship shoot and sausage sizzle fund raiser. Shooting will be 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.

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