Shoot­ers aim up on Table­lands

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

SHOOT­ERS trav­elled to the Table­lands for two of the re­gional An­nual Prize shoots last week­end.

The first was at Raven­shoe on Satur­day and at Her­ber­ton on Sun­day .

At Raven­shoe, the com­pe­ti­tion was con­ducted over three 10-shot matches with the first get­ting un­der­way at 9am at 300m and the fi­nal two shoots con­sist­ing of a dou­ble match at 500m.

Thirty-six Tar­get Ri­fle shoot­ers at­tended (10 full-bore TR with peep-sights and 26 F-Class TR with tele­scope and bi-pod) from the Raven­shoe/Mt Gar­net Ri­fle Club it­self and from clubs as far afield as Moss­man and Townsville, with Moss­man rep­re­sented by four full-bore TR shoot­ers.

De­spite Raven­shoe’s claim to host the high­est ri­fle range in Aus­tralia, at 913m ASL, con­di­tions were very hot as shoot­ing com­menced in the 300m Match.

The sky was clear, with the sun di­rectly be­hind shoot­ers fully il­lu­mi­nat­ing the tar­gets and in­duc­ing a trou­bling mi­rage that varied in in­ten­sity and di­rec­tion. A light breeze gave oc­ca­sional re­lief as it fol­lowed the bul­lets down the range.

M&DRC shoot­ers rep­re­sented the district well in Divi­sion 2, with Mal McKel­lar tak­ing 2nd at 300m with a score of 45 with 1 cen­tre bulls-eye (out of 50 in these 10-shot matches).

McKel­lar then won the first of the two 500m matches with a 46/2, with Ron Schild tak­ing 3rd on 44/1; and in the fi­nal 500m match, Rob Wearne with a fine 48/1 pipped McKel­lar (47/2) to take the win.

McKel­lar’s con­sis­tency saw him take out the over­all Divi­sion 2 ag­gre­gate for the day with a cred­itable score of 138/5 (out of 150), while Wearne took third step on the podium with 132/4, and Schild was ac­knowl­edged for achiev­ing most cen­tre­bulls for the day, with six.

At Her­ber­ton on Sun­day, the com­pe­ti­tion was con­ducted again over three 10-shot matches - this time at 300m, 500m and 600m, with the first fir­ing off at 8am.

Moss­man’s rep­re­sen­ta­tion dropped to just two shoot­ers - Schild and Attwood, as McKel­lar and Wearne were un­able to at­tend. Other­wise, to­tal numbers and cat­e­gory rep­re­sen­ta­tion were much the same, though a num­ber of shoot­ers ar­rived from Cairns who had not been able to make Raven­shoe.

Weather con­di­tions were even more ob­tuse than on Satur­day, with sim­i­larly hot and sunny skies, but Schild said a bad mi­rage and a dis­con­cert­ing wind mov­ing from side-to-side made life dif­fi­cult for those on the mound. Scores were down across the board.

None­the­less, Moss­man shoot­ers once more held the flag high, with Ron Schild tak­ing third place at 500m with a 39/0, and Neil Attwood ris­ing to the oc­ca­sion to take a fine third place in the 600m match with 38/1.

The Club meets ev­ery Satur­day at 1pm at the Moss­man and District Ri­fle Club Range mid-way be­tween Port Dou­glas and Moss­man. This Satur­day the range will re­open and vis­i­tors are wel­come.

On the mound: shoot­ers com­pete at Raven­shoe on Satur­day

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