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.