Hot, hu­mid con­di­tions blow shoot­ers off course

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

THE shoot-out at 700 me­tres on Satur­day be­gan in op­pres­sively hot and hu­mid con­di­tions with an un­usu­ally strong north-east­erly in the face of shoot­ers.

Mid-way through the first match, the tar­gets dark­ened as a thun­der­storm grew to the west and fat rain-drops spat­tered the dry dust; this dark­en­ing, with a still bright sky over the tar­gets to the east, made for chal­leng­ing con­di­tions for shoot­ers in a Dou­ble 700m match.

In the first 700-me­tre match Ron Schild opened the Full-bore Tar­get Ri­fle (308 cal, non-tele­scopic, man­u­ally-sup­ported) com­pe­ti­tion with two 4-point “in­ners”.

Then he found the cen­tre with three 5-point cen­tre­bulls and two 5-point bullseyes (the cen­tre-bulls be­ing used to sep­a­rate ties on a count-back) be­fore again slip­ping out­side the cen­tre with an in­ner and an un­for­tu­nate 3-point “bird”.

Then with the deep dark­en­ing of the tar­gets, and the dif­fi­culty of see­ing the fall of shot, he closed with a none-the-less rea­son­able score of 44 points (out of 50, this 10-shot match) with 3 cen­tre-bulls.

Rob Wearne

fol­lowed, and de­spite the dif­fi­culty in see­ing and the heavy rain­drops, he was in the cen­tre of the tar­get from the out­set, open­ing strongly with a cen­tre-bull and con­tin­u­ing with an im­pres­sive string of bulls-eyes and cen­tre-bulls to post a per­fect score of 50.

Mal McKel­lar was last down on the mound and he too found the cen­tre with his sec­ond sight­ing shot and con­tin­ued on with an un-bro­ken string of bullseyes and cen­tre-bulls to also close with a per­fect score of 50 points.

How­ever, a to­tal of just 4 cen­tres saw Wearne, with 5 cen­tres take a fine first­match win on count-back.

In the sec­ond 700-me­tre match vet­eran Schild, again opened for Full-bore, but strug­gled with the con­tin­u­ing de­te­ri­o­ra­tion in see­ing, with very dark tar­gets against a bright back­ground and in­creas­ing rain, and, af­ter a string of dis­ap­point­ing “birds”, with­drew from the com­pe­ti­tion for rea­son of in­abil­ity to see the fall of shot.

Wearne once more fol­lowed, also strug­gling with the de­te­ri­o­rat­ing con­di­tions and the un­prece­dented dif­fi­culty in see­ing the tar­gets, how­ever, he once again opened in the cen­tre, with two bulls-eyes and a cen­tre­bull, but then dropped out of the cen­tre on four of his re­main­ing eight shots to close with a still very cred­itable 51/2 (out of 55, this 11-shot match) to stay in con­tention.

McKel­lar was last down, and, though he saw the op­por­tu­nity for a match win, had dif­fi­culty find­ing the cen­tre, post­ing a con­sis­tently low-on-the-tar­get 3-point “bird” and 4-point “in­ner” with his two sight­ing shots; how­ever, his firstto-count found a 5-point cen­tre-bull and he fol­lowed that with nine more bulls and cen­tre-bulls, with just one 4-point “in­ner” in­ter­spersed, to take a wor­thy match-win with 54 points and 4 cen­tres.

In summary, un­der very chal­leng­ing con­di­tions, the Full-bore Tar­get Ri­fle Dou­ble 700m Match was taken by Mal McKel­lar with 104 points (out of 105) and 8 cen­tre-bulls over Rob Wearne 2nd with 101/7, and Ron Schild 3rd.

The Club meets ev­ery Satur­day at 1pm at the Moss­man & District Ri­fle Club Range mid-way be­tween Port and Moss­man and vis­i­tors are wel­come.

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