Sports

Oppressive conditions make for hard going at 400 yards

Some (more sensible) members made the wise decision to give the 400 yard shoot a miss, in the dangerously oppressive conditions last Saturday, and a couple more pulled out at the half-way mark, as the temperature on the open range soared into the 40’s and the humidity approached the 100% mark. (Only mad dogs and riflemen lie out in the mid-day sun)!
Those that contested this, the second round of the Summer Cup, were faced with the sweltering conditions, thick mirage and a difficult northerly wind. Nevertheless some good scores were recorded on the day. The only “possible” recorded went to Dennis Hilton [T/R division] in his first stage. He came close again in his second stage, dropping just the one point, as he raced to a Top Off-Rifle score of 99/100 which also gave him the Daily Aggregate in this division. Peter Nielsen, Matt Bloomer and Wayne Pearson filled out the other places.
In F-Class, Mark Millard came home with a blistering 59/60 in his second stage to take the Daily Aggregate in this division with the full 120/120 for the day and put the pressure right on John Black for Off-Rifle honours. However John had a brilliant shoot in the trying conditions to record a 59/60 with seven right in the central X-Ring, and followed it up with a 57/60 with five X’s in his second stage to see off the rest of the competition and record 116/120 with a total of twelve X’s. A truly magnificent effort in these conditions.
T/R Scores: Dennis Hilton 50-6 49-2 99-8 0.5 99.5; Mathew Bloomer 48-3 48-3 96-6 1.0 97.0; Wayne Pearson 49-6 43-0 92-6 4.5 96.5; Peter Nielsen 48-3 48-4 96-7 0.5 96.5; Luke Bloomer 47-6 47-3 94-9 1.5 95.5; Rob Durrington 43-2 41-0 84-2 9.0 93.0; Ian Griffiths 43-3 ret. 43-3 1.5 44.5.
F-Class Scores: Mark Millard 55-1 59-3 114-4 6.0 120.0; Eli Grundy 51-0 56-4 107-4 12.0 119.0; John Black 59-7 57-5 116-12 1.0 117.0; Tony O’Keeffe 53-1 52-2 105-3 10.0 115.0; Sue Bloomer 54-2 56-1 110-3 4.5 114.5; David Grundy 55-2 54-1 109-3 1.0 110.0; Scott Murdoch 52-3 48-0 100-3 9.0 109.0; Chris McKenzie 50-0 51-1 101-1 7.0 108.0; John Robertson 48-0 ret. 48-0 3.5 51.5.
Next week the competition will continue from the 500 yard mound for the third round of the Summer Cup 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

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