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Peter Nielsen cracks a hundred at 600 yards

Peter Nielsen, who splits his time between F-Class and Target Rifle [Optical], produced one of the three “possibles” scored on the day in the 600 yard first stage of the Spring Cup and fell just one short in his second visit to the firing point to top this style of shooting with a score of 99/100 Off-Rifle, and 100/100 in the Daily Aggregate. The other two “possibles” were produced by Peter Brown in his first stage for the Target Rifle [Iron Sighters], and John Black in his second stage from the F-Class ranks. Shooters seemed to enjoy the challenge of the tricky, difficult to read conditions, that continued to vary throughout the afternoon, and, despite the challenge, some good scores were recorded, although coming up with two matching good scores was a rarity on the day. In Target Rifle, Dennis Hilton took out the Elgas Off-Rifle Trophy with Peter Brown filling second spot. But Phil Donoghue who came home with a strong 49/50 finish, came away with the Daily Aggregate with Peter Brown once again running a close second. In F-Class, having finished his day with a hot 60-5 [possible], John Black took Off-Rifle Honours once again with Nick DeBellis giving him a close run for the money. However the Daily Aggregate was a hard fought contest between John Robertson and now regular visitor, Ian Nelson. Ian lifted his game in his second stage to put himself right in the running and take the Trophy on count out. Alan Edwards who was trying his hand at this style of shooting for the first time acquitted himself well, by producing two quite respectable stages, and seemed to enjoy the outing. We hope that he becomes a more permanent contender in these full-bore matches. Next week, this competition will continue from the 700 yard mound for the second stage of the Spring Cup commencing at 1.00 pm. The range is located at 434 Trenayr Road, opposite the Koppers log mill and adjacent to the Experiment Farm. Visitors and new shooters are always welcome. Anthony O’Keeffe