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Wayne Pearson and John Black prevail at 900 yards

It was no place for the faint hearted when the Grafton club members took to the 900 yard mound for Saturday’s fourth and final stage of the Easter Trophy, and for the second stage of the Peter Picton Memorial, Off-Rifle Trophy Match. The blustery wind and variable mirage kept everyone on their collective toes, and everyone had one of those “what happened there” moments to liven up the afternoon proceedings. Dennis Hilton scored the only “possible” on the day, on his way to a fine 99/100, which was a great shoot at this distance in these conditions. In F-Class, John Black came within one point of the possible in his first stage with his 59/60 and top of class for that division. So the Grafton ShoppingWorld Butchery’s Top Off-Rifle trophies went to Dennis Hilton in T/R, and to John Black in F-Class. And when it came to the Daily Aggregate results, John Black had amassed enough of a lead off-rifle to clear the F-Class field by a remarkable eight points, while John Robertson and Sue Bloomer filled the minor places, and in the T/R division, the ever improving Wayne Pearson actually broke handicap to “pip” Dennis Hilton by half a point, and take home the “goodies”, with Peter Brown in third spot. The Easter Trophy competition went to Wayne Pearson in T/R, with Phil Donoghue and Mathew Bloomer filling the minors, and to John Black in F-Class in a tight finish, where he counted out David Grundy with Nick DeBellis taking third place. The sausage sizzle on the day was once again a huge success, and we all appreciated the effort put in by Sue and the two Johns in keeping our spirits up for the day. Next week we will be back at the more friendly 300 yard mound where zeros and rifle performance can be more readily gauged, and at least the “iron-sighters” might be able to see the target a little more clearly Shooting commences at 1pm. 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