Graeme Kerr top scorer at 600 yard prize shoot
GRAEME Kerr from the East Central District Rifle Association top scored at 600 yards, 15 shot to count shoot, at the Horsham Rifle Range during the number one District Rifle Association annual two day prize shoot.
Graeme shot an 89.10, just 1.05 points off a perfect score, to win the difficult 15 shot shoot against a top-class field of shooters from all over Victoria.
This was a highlight of the two day competition for the ECDRA’s Graeme Kerr and Marty Kelly.
Both shooters are at the top of their form and, as always, the wind, light and other environmental conditions come into play and all must be mastered to take first place.
The wind was the most difficult, as subtle changes made a big difference as to where the bullets landed on the targets.
In Marty’s case he had a spectacular group at 500 yards only to find that one shot missed the target with the instant loss of six points so a very good 59.1 became a 53.1.
Long range target shooting is very unforgiving of mistakes and when you find you are shooting against some of the best in the state there is considerable extra pressure to perform.
Graeme came fifth overall for the weekend with 433.33 points while Marty came ninth with 426.19 - what a difference that miss made!
Graeme’s scores were day one: 300 yards 56.4, 400 yards 58.3, 500 yards 59.3, 600yards 56.4 and an aggregate of 229.14.
Day Two: 500yards 60.5 (second place), 600 yards and 15 shots 89.10 ( first place) 700 yards 55.4 and a total of 204.19.
Marty Kelly day one: 300 yards 58.4, 400yards 56.1, 500 yards 59.5, 600 yards 58.2 and an aggregate of 231.12.
Day two: 500 yards 53.1, 600yards (15 shot to count) 84.4 700 yards 58.2 and an aggregate of 195.07.
Both shooters voted that it was a great experience and well worth the 10 hour round trip.
They bring home to their fellow shooters a wealth of experience ready for the final round of the long range Chas Hayes pennant in two weeks’ time.
Back at Violet Town, shooting was suspended while the Euroa Clay Target Club completed part of their major renovations required as the club relocated to the Violet Town Shooting Complex.
This did not stop the willing workers led by David Wallace, Rosco Davis and Richard Godden as they got stuck into re- surfacing the 600 yard mound to provide an all-weather fair shooting surface for the prone shooters.
David said it was a very successful day but his back told him that it had also been a very hard day; Rosco and Richard were also of the very same opinion.
The best part is that their hard work has laid the foundations of a superb shooting mound. Thanks to all those involved. There will be more work required and it will be staged over the next eight weeks to ensure that the ECDRA members are in good shape for the major shoots ahead of them.
The first will be the Wodonga picnic shoot over 900 yards next weekend and yes; there will be some shooting at the Violet Town range as all cannot make the trip to Wodonga.
September 23 will be the big match, the Chas Hayes long range pennant final, so there will be no shooting at Violet Town that Saturday.
October will be highlighted by the ‘State Champions of Champions’ match and the state team competition both to be shot at the VRA Wellsford Range at Bendigo.
The ECDRA has a good chance of a podium finish in both these competitions.
Please check the program on the ECRA’s web site www.ecdra.com.au for current information and last minute changes.