Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

A THRILLING dou­ble 700m match took place at the Moss­man and District ri­fle range on Satur­day, with a vis­i­tor bring­ing out the best of the lo­cals. In the first round novice Caleb Yes­berg, us­ing the club ri­fle, opened the Full-bore Tar­get Ri­fle com­pe­ti­tion with a 5-point cen­tre-bull and fol­lowed that with an ex­cel­lent shoot in­clud­ing three bulls-eyes and one more cen­tre-bull, be­fore be­ing let down by a mi­rage-chas­ing 2-point ’flyer’ mid-match. Caleb set a fine stan­dard for fol­low­ing shoot­ers to chase with 43 points out of 50 and two cen­tres. Rob Wearne also found the tar­get dif­fi­cult to con­firm and strug­gled at both the open and close to post a dis­ap­point­ing 37/1. Neil Attwood took the mound open­ing and clos­ing strongly with three bulls-eyes and a cen­tre-bull, ul­ti­mately edg­ing Wearne with a 39/1. Vis­it­ing Bris­bane A-Grader Lyle Vin­ter, opened and closed with a cen­tre-bull to post a very im­pres­sive 4/3 to take the lead. Mal McKel­lar rose to the vis­i­tor’s chal­lenge, pulling a string of bulls-eyes and cen­tre-bulls to equal Vin­ter with a 49/3 but hand­ing the win for the range to Vin­ter on count-back. Syd­ney tourist John Stow put away five shots-to-count with a bor­rowed ri­fle be­fore in­jury forced him out. Norbert Sch­midt opened the F-Class Stan­dard and also strug­gled with the mi­rage, un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally drop­ping four points mid-match to close with a dis­ap­point­ing 56 points out of 60. In the sec­ond 700 me­tre match Yes­berg dropped his per­cent­age marginally to close with a well-shot 45 points out of 55. Frus­trated with his poor first round per­for­mance, Wearne threw down the gaunt­let to the field and pulled eleven straight bulls-eyes in­clud­ing three cen­tres to post a per­fect 55 points with 3 cen­tres. Attwood then shot steadily, but a way­ward close again un­der­mined a com­pet­i­tive re­sult, leav­ing him with a 43/1 for the range. Vin­ter then went down and was not to be de­nied, once more pulling a fine string of bulls and cen­tre-bulls, but a way­ward 4-pointer dropped him one point be­hind Wearne to close with a still very im­pres­sive 54/5. McKel­lar was again the last of the con­tenders to take the mound and faced a moun­tain to beat Vin­ter, much less match Wearne. How­ever his open­ing two sight­ing shots were both cen­tre-bulls and he then pulled a re­mark­able ten con­sec­u­tive cen­tre-bulls and one reg­u­lar bulls-eye to match Wearne with a per­fect 55 points and to smash the field with a jaw-drop­ping 10 out of 11 cen­tre-bulls. Sch­midt’s sec­ond range for F-Class saw him again strug­gle un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally to find the cen­tre, and he dropped four points to post 62 points out of 66.

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