Per­fect shoot­ing day

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

IN the first 300 me­tre match Ben Purvis opened the Full­bore Tar­get Ri­fle (308 cal., peep- sight, man­u­ally­sup­ported) com­pe­ti­tion with two 3 point ‘birds’ as his ‘sighters’, which he cut; he then pulled an ‘ in­ner’ 4, an­other bird, and a 5-point cen­tre-bulls­eye as his first three to- count. Strug­gling with his ‘hold’ how­ever, he went on to shoot a frus­trat­ing, but promis­ing, round but closed with just 38 points ( of a pos­si­ble 50, this 10- shot match) with 2 cen­tre-bulls

Ron Schild fol­lowed, and shot a con­sis­tent round with seven 4-point ‘inners’, a bull and a cen­tre-bull, and just one 3-point ‘bird’, to move into the lead with a 41/1. Mal McKel­lar was next on the mound, and opened with a 4- point ’ in­ner’ and a 5- point cen­tre- bull as his sighters. He cut the first and went on to pull eight more 5-point­ers, drop­ping just one point on his sev­enth shot, to close with an im­pres­sive 49/5 to take the lead.

Neil Attwood, next down, worked his way into the cen­tre with 2- point and 4- point sighters, both of which he cut; un­for­tu­nately his first- to- count was an­other ‘in­ner’ 4, but he then found the cen­tre with a su­per-cen­tre bull, a cen­tre­bull, and three straight bullseyes, and moved i nto sec­ond place for the match with a 45/2.

Ric Mis­chlewski was last down and pulled an al­most iden­ti­cal shoot to Schild, drop­ping in one ‘bird’ and a string of ‘in­ner’ 4s; how­ever he man­aged one more 5-point bulls­eye than Schild and pipped him by just one point for 3rd place with a 42/ 0, In the sec­ond 300 me­tre match Purvis again opened for Full-bore Tar­get Ri­fle, how­ever he con­tin­ued to strug­gle with his ‘hold’ and dropped his per­cent­age to fin­ish with a dis­ap­point­ing 38 points (out of 55, this 11- shot match) with no cen­tre-bulls. Strug­gling with his own tech­ni­cal is­sues, McKel­lar closed with a ‘‘door open’’ 52/3 to en­tice fol­low­ing shoot­ers.

Attwood looked a chance, and moved into a ten­ta­tive 2nd place.

Mis­chlewski, an in­fre­quent but ex­cel­lent shooter, equalled McKel­lar on points but lost on cen­tre­bull count- back. So Mal Mck­eller won the day, ahead of Neil Attwood with Neil Mis­chlewski.

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