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.