Shoot­ers fire up

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - CLASSIFIEDS -

THE Full-bore Tar­get Ri­fle Dou­ble 600m Com­pe­ti­tion last Satur­day was won by Mal McKel­lar in a closely fought bat­tle, with 99 points (out of 105) and 8 cen­tre-bulls, over Ric Mis­chlewski sec­ond on 96/3, and Neil Attwood third on 95/5. Nor­bert Sch­midt took the F-Class Stan­dard Tar­get Ri­fle hon­ours with 113 points (out of 126) and 5 su­per-cen­tre bullseyes.

It was hot, hu­mid, and dead calm on the range, with an in­tense mi­rage pre­sent­ing dif­fi­cult con­di­tions for Tar­get Ri­fle shoot­ers in a Dou­ble 600m Com­pe­ti­tion.

In the first 600 me­tre match Ben Purvis opened the Full-bore Tar­get Ri­fle (308 cal., peep-sight, man­u­ally-sup­ported) com­pe­ti­tion with a 5-point cen­tre-bulls­eye as his first sighter; un­for­tu­nately he fol­lowed that with a 2-point ‘outer’, forc­ing him to cut them both. He then opened his ac­count with two 3-point ‘‘birds’’ but pro­gres­sively built to­wards three straight 5-point­ers, in­clud­ing a ‘‘book-end’’ cen­tre-bull to fin­ish, clos­ing with his best re­sult of the sea­son on 40 points (of a pos­si­ble 50, this 10-shot match) and 1 cen­tre-bull.

Ric Mis­chlewski fol­lowed, and dis­carded his two 4-point sight­ing shots; he went on to shoot an up- and- down round that in­cluded six 5-point­ers, to take a healthy lead with a 46/3 very re­spectable given the con­di­tions.

Neil Attwood was next down, and he too cut his 4-point sight­ing shots; un­for­tu­nately he shanked his first-to-count, pulling a 2-point ‘‘outer’’ that up­set his com­po­sure for the re­main­der of the range, and he closed with an un­ex­cit­ing 41/1.

Mal McKel­lar was next on the mound, and, as with Mis­chlewski and Attwood, also found the in­ner ring with his two sighters. Cut­ting those, he opened with a cen­tre-bulls­eye; he went on to pull six more 5-point­ers in­clud­ing three straight su­per-cen­tres mid-match, but strug­gled at the fin­ish to close with two ‘in­ners’, just edg­ing Mis­chlewski to take the match with a rea­son­able, un­der the con­di­tions, 47 points and 5 cen­tres.

In the sec­ond 600 me­tre match Purvis again opened for Full- bore Tar­get Ri­fle and, demon­strat­ing his in­creas­ing grasp of the dis­ci­pline, im­proved his per­cent­age to close with a re­spectable 46 points (out of 55, this 11-shot match) with no cen­tre-bulls.

Mis­chlewski again fol­lowed, but con­tin­ued to strug­gle with the con­di­tion.

Attwood then took the mound, and, de­spite the dif­fi­culty of the mi­rage and re­flect­ing his im­proved com­pet­i­tive­ness in re­cent months, shot an out­stand­ing round that in­cluded eight straight bullseyes. Only McKel­lar had a chance; the pres­sure told how­ever, and he pulled three 4-point­ers in a row on his 8th through 10th shots be­fore fin­ish­ing with a su­per-cen­tre bulls­eye and a score of 52/3 to hand the match win to Neil Attwood with his well-earned 54/4.

Pic­ture: STEVE CRUICK­SHANK

READY TO SHOOT: Mal­colm McKel­lar (near­est)

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