Wind the win­ner at Vi­o­let Town

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT -

THE East Cen­tral Dis­trict Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion (ECDRA) shoot­ers were no match for the vi­o­lent, vari­able and vi­cious wind that ripped across their range at Vi­o­let Town on Sat­ur­day.

The day was set aside for shoot­ing at 500 yards with spe­cial em­pha­sis on sort­ing out is­sues that had de­vel­oped over the past weeks of con­stant com­pe­ti­tion.

From the first shots it was clear that read­ing the wind was very dif­fi­cult - the wind flags that are three me­tres long were crack­ing like stock whips.

At stages the two wind flags clos­est to the shoot­ers were blown about while the flag clos­est to the tar­get was al­most dead still.

With the av­er­age score for stage one just over 50 out of 60 the shoot­ers recog­nised that not only was the wind blow­ing very hard, it was also con­stantly chang­ing di­rec­tion just enough to flick the bul­lets (trav­el­ling well over the speed of sound) 600mm to 700mm from the cen­tre of the tar­get.

The sec­ond round the shoot­ers ac­cepted that the wind was go­ing to push their scores down so they fo­cused on do­ing their best re­gard­less.

Ev­ery­one learnt a lot and over a cuppa one shooter re­marked that the best part of the day was how ev­ery­one was will­ing to help their fel­low shoot­ers.

Some found that there was a sig­nif­i­cant vari­a­tion in their hand loaded am­mu­ni­tion so, be­fore head­ing for home with time to catch the last part of the AFL grand fi­nal, ar­range­ments were put in hand to sort out the is­sues be­fore the state DRA team match later in Oc­to­ber.

The scores for the day were: F Stan­dard A grade Marty Kelly 108.05, F Stan­dard B Grade; (30 shots) Ge­off James 140.02, (20 shots) Brian Houli­han 103.05, Rosco Davis 98.02, Richard God­den 90 and (10 shots) Norm Line­han 50. F Tar­get Ri­fle A grade (30 shots) David Wal­lace 151.02 and F Open A grade Norm Line­han (10 shots) 49.

Next week shoot­ing will be at Vi­o­let Town and to pre­pare for the Dragon Diesel Chal­lenge the fol­low­ing week.

Shoot­ers are re­minded to check the cal­en­dar on the web­site for cur­rent in­for­ma­tion - (

New shoot­ers are most wel­come.

WOMPING WINDS: Shoot­ing from 500 yards, the wind flag has one of its qui­eter mo­ments. Note the bend in the flag pole and how the heavy chain be­low the yel­low sec­tion of the flag is lifted along the pole. Wind speeds were up­ward of 25km/h.

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