Graeme Kerr top scorer at 600 yard prize shoot

Euroa Gazette - - SPORTS - By ROBERT CHAFFE

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 for cur­rent in­for­ma­tion and last minute changes.

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