Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSI EDS SPORT -

WARM, calm and over­cast weather con­di­tions cleared to a bright hot sun on Satur­day that in­duced a mi­rage and dif­fi­cult sight­ing con­di­tions for shoot­ers in a tightly con­tested Dou­ble 300m match.

In the first match Steve Cruick­shank opened the Full-bore Tar­get Ri­fle ( 308 cal., non­te­le­scopic, man­u­ally-sup­ported) com­pe­ti­tion with a 3-point ’bird’ and a 2-point ’ flyer’ be­fore set­tling into a qual­ity shoot to post a rea­son­able, given the open, 39 points (out of 50, this 10-shot match) with no cen­tre-bulls.

Neil Attwood fol­lowed, but de­spite pulling two cen­tre-bulls mid-match, dropped in too many way­ward ’flyers’ and fell be­hind with a 36/2 for the range.

Vet­eran Ron Schild, back from in­jury, opened with a 5-point bulls-eye and fin­ished with a string of five 4-point­ers, but could not find the cen­tre again and posted a 38/0 to leave Cruick­shank lead­ing the match by one.

Rick Mis­chlewski re­turned to the range af­ter an ex­tended ab­sence, and showed class with a cen­tre-bull/bulls-eye open and a bulls-eye fin­ish, and de­spite two mid-match 3-point­ers moved into the lead by two with a cred­itable 41/1.

Mal McKel­lar was last of the Full-bore shoot­ers to go down and found the early con­di­tions to his lik­ing, pulling two bulls-eyes and three cen­tre-bulls in his first seven shots, but fell away at the end to post a none-the-less range-win­ning 45/3.

Norbert Sch­midt opened the F-Class Stan­dard (308 cal., tele­scoped and bi­pod-sup­ported) cat­e­gory and strug­gled un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally given the good early con­di­tions, drop­ping five points mid-match to close with a dis­ap­point­ing 55 points (out of 60 this 10-shot match, for F-Class).

Jascha Gus­meroli never looked like chal­leng­ing Sch­midt how­ever, strug­gling to find the cen­tre be­fore three late 5-point­ers, and post­ing just 41 points. Vis­i­tor Paul O’Dowd saw both ends of the range, learn­ing the ins-and-outs of mark­ing be­fore putting ten shots through Gus­meroli’s ri­fle and post­ing a re­spectable first-time 30 points, leav­ing the F-Class win to Sch­midt.

In the sec­ond match Cruicky again opened for Tar­get Ri­fle, and lifted his per­cent­age con­sid­er­ably with four early bulls-eyes and a steady shoot, to set a chal­leng­ing tar­get for fol­low­ing shoot­ers with 47 points (out of 55, this 11-shot match) but again no cen­tre-bulls.

Attwood, in an ef­fort to gain trac­tion closed down his sight­ing aper­tures to com­pen­sate for the bright­en­ing Sun, and lifted his per­cent­age even more so (from 72 to 85%), pulling an ex­cel­lent shoot in the con­di­tions to post a 47/2, edg­ing Cruick­shank on count-back to take the lead.

Schild, still smart­ing from his in­juries de­spite de­nial, found two cen­tre-bulls and a steady string of 4-point­ers, but two open­ing 3-point ’birds’ dashed his chances and he fell be­hind with a 44/2.

Mis­chlewski again opened strongly, look­ing like a win­ner, but the bright late con­di­tions saw him strug­gle to find the cen­tre, and though he took the lead by two with a 49/1 he had left the door slightly ajar. He rose to the oc­ca­sion and opened with a string of five straight bullseyes, but then he too faded un­der the mi­rage and bright­en­ing tar­get to fin­ish with a string of 4-point­ers to edge Mis­chlewski for the range win by just one point with a 50 and no cen­tres.

Gus­meroli opened the sec­ond range for F-Class Stan­dard and lifted his per­cent­age markedly to shoot a steady and much im­proved match, post­ing 52 points (out of 66 this 11-shot match, for F-Class). Sch­midt’s sec­ond range saw him change his self-loaded am­mu­ni­tion to an im­proved batch and he was im­me­di­ately back to form, drop­ping just one point to take the win with 65 points.

The Club meets ev­ery Satur­day at 1:00pm at the Moss­man & District Ri­fle Club Range mid­way be­tween Port and Moss­man; vis­i­tors (and vol­un­teer mark­ers) are al­ways wel­come.

The other two teams were on equal points of 28 which led to a count back on points to de­cide third and fourth po­si­tions.

Hay­ley Gwynne’s team of Sam Lawrence and Chris Dwyer nar­rowly won out on Rex Hawke’s team of Bry­dehn Ben­der and Jake Ne­wham.

The ju­nior semi fi­nal matches will in­clude Daisy Hawke’s team ver­sus Rex Hawke’s and Hay­ley Gwynne’s team against Dean Macarthy’s crew.

Re­sults of matches in­clude Daisy Hawkes d Dean Macarthy 3-0, Adon Trewick d Poppy Lawrence 3-0, Cole Wat­son d Rae Page 3-0, Rex Hawkes d Hay­ley Gwynne 2-1, Bry­dehn Ben­der d Sam Lawrence 2-1, Chris Dwyer d Jake Ne­wham 3-0.

The se­nior fi­nals were played on both nights with Mick Gwynne’s team of Ha­gen Wit­tner, Jake Ras­mussen, Daniel Watts and Kyle Skyring eas­ily ac­counted for Brian Petrus, Bren­dan Ives, Danielle Bellero, Ethan Hoff­man and Re­nae Verri on Mon­day night.

The re­sults in­clude Mick Gwynne d Brian Petrus 2-1, Bren­dan Ives d Ha­gen Wit­tner 2-1, Jake Ras­mussen d Danielle Bellero 3-0, Daniel Watts d Ethan Hoff­man 2-1, Kyle Skyring d Re­nae Verri 3-0.

Sib­lings Rex and Daisy Hawkes played off first and Rex did well to get a game off Daisy. Bev Gwynne then de­feated Suzy Best­wick 3-0. At this stage it looked like Sean’s team would take out the fi­nal but Mick Gwynne got a 3-0 vic­tory over Sean Hawkes and Rick Quaid went on to beat Treveen Page 2-1 to level the scores at 6 all with one match to play, that be­tween Hana Sorensen and Jake Ras­mussen.

Jake was tipped to win but he met with a de­ter­mined Hana who chased ev­ery­thing down and came up with some amaz­ing shots to take out the match 2-1.

Most im­proved play­ers for the sea­son were Suzy Best­wick for Mon­day night and Treveen Page for Wed­nes­day. En­cour­age­ment awards went to Re­nae Verri for Mon­day and Sue Lawrence for Wed­nes­day.

Play­ers and in­ter­ested play­ers are re­minded that there will be squash played over the Christ­mas break. Both ju­niors and se­niors are in­vited to come along any Wed­nes­day night to have a so­cial game of sin­gles and/or dou­bles. Ring Bev on 40987690 for more in­for­ma­tion.

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