Perfect shooting day
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.