Shooters aim up on Tablelands
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