Shoot­ers chal­lenged

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

LAST Satur­day was calm, over­cast, and warm, with threat­en­ing show­ers and well­shad­owed tar­gets pro­vid­ing chal­leng­ing con­di­tions for Tar­get Ri­fle shoot­ers in a Dou­ble 400m Com­pe­ti­tion.

In the first 400 me­tre match Neil Attwood opened the Full-bore Tar­get com­pe­ti­tion with a 4-point ’in­ner’ fol­lowed by a 5-point bulls­eye; how­ever with dark­en­ing con­di­tions and a short but heavy down­pour to­wards the end of his pull, that was the last 5-pointer he found to fin­ish with a dis­ap­point­ing 36 points out of 50.

Rob Wearne was next down, and he too strug­gled with the vary­ing light con­di­tions, bounc­ing be­tween 4-point ’in­ners’ and 5-point bulls-eyes, though with a ray of sun­shine in the form of a su­per-cen­tre-bull mid-match, to close with a 44/1.

Mal Mckel­lar was last down for Full-bore and ac­cepted a 5-point sec­ond sighter as his first-to-count; he went on to pull eight more 5-point­ers, in­clud­ing two cen­tre-bulls and one su­per-cen­tre for his last shot, to close with an ex­cel­lent 49/4 to take the match win.

Nor­bert Sch­midt opened the F-class Stan­dard Tar­get Ri­fle cat­e­gory with a 6-point cen­tre-bull, and in typ­i­cal fash­ion pulled seven more cen­tres in­clud­ing three su­per­centres in his next nine shots, drop­ping just two points for the range to close with what proved to be an un­beat­able 58 points out of 60 with 3 su­per-cen­tres.

Steve Cruick­shank, with new Mastin­built ri­fle in hand, strug­gled with both the con­di­tions and his new weapon, and though he found one 5-pointer mid-shoot he was no match for Sch­midt, clos­ing with just 37 points and no cen­tres.

In the sec­ond 400 me­tre match Attwood again opened for Full-bore Tar­get Ri­fle, and strug­gled with the chang­ing light con­di­tions in an up-and-down round that saw him steady mid-match to take four 5-point bullseyes, in­clud­ing one cen­tre, but fall short of a win­ning score with 42 points out of 55.

Wearne again found con­sis­tency mid­match with a fine string of six 5-point­ers, in­clud­ing 2 cen­tre-bulls, to post a chal­leng­ing 49/2.

Mckel­lar was again last down and he opened well, with four bullseyes and one cen­tre-bull, be­fore ad­just­ing his rear peep the wrong way in the fading light and drop­ping in a string of 4-point ’in­ners’; a bulls­eye and an­other ’in­ner’ to close saw him ease out Wearne by just one point to take the match win with a 50/1.

Sch­midt’s sec­ond range for F-class Tar­get Ri­fle saw him crash from his first-match form, open­ing with a 4-point ’bird’, and fol­low­ing that with a string of six 5-pointer ’in­ners’ be­fore find­ing the cen­tre to­wards the end with three 6-point bullseyes in his last four shots, and clos­ing with just 57 points out of 66 with no su­per-cen­tres.

Cruick­shank was last down for F-class and, to his great credit, came to grips with his new ri­fle, shoot­ing a con­sis­tent string of nine 5-point ’in­ners’ with a 6-point su­per-cen­tre in­ter­spersed, and clos­ing with a chal­leng­ing and rel­a­tively im­pres­sive 54/1.

In chal­leng­ing light con­di­tions, the Full­bore Tar­get Ri­fle Dou­ble 400m Com­pe­ti­tion was taken by Mal Mckel­lar with 99 points (out of 105) and 5 cen­tre-bulls, over Rob Wearne sec­ond with 93/3, and Attwood third on 78/1. F-class Tar­get Ri­fle was taken by Nor­bert Sch­midt with 115 points (out of 126) and 3 su­per-cen­tres, over a fast-im­prov­ing Steve Cruick­shank on 91/1.

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

The club’s An­nual Prize Shoot will be held this Satur­day be­gin­ning at 9.30am and the club ex­pects around 40 nom­i­na­tions from around the re­gion and in­ter­state. In­ter­ested ob­servers are wel­come.

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