Brighter days ahead

Mansfield Courier - - SPORT - By ROBERT CHAFFE

THE East Cen­tral District Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion Club shoot was post­poned from last Satur­day due to se­vere weather, and was in­stead con­tested on Wed­nes­day as i t proved to be spe­cial day.

Rosco Davis and Neal Ham­bridge posted con­sec­u­tive 60s and Marty Kelly just the one 60 to count then there was a rash of 59s one be­ing Rosco and there­fore he fin­ished the day drop­ping only one point with 179.13 out of 180.

The day was bright in more ways than one and the clear light helped with sight­ing while that Vi­o­let Town wind cropped up at the wrong time yet again.

The cor­rected scores for the club cham­pi­onship for the day were Rosco Davis 274.03, Neal Ham­bridge 268.03, Brian Houli­han 258.06, Marty Kelly 258.02 and Ge­off James 218.07.

A very close bat­tle and it was good to see Brian on-song with two 59s and a 55.

The weather was fore­cast to be dull and over­cast so the Clubs agreed top make an early start to avoid late af­ter­noon fin­ishes in the “dark” and at least start­ing the trip home in day­light.

The shoot was well over by 3: 30 with plenty of time for a cuppa and a chat be­fore head­ing home, with the con­ver­sa­tion fo­cused on the ef­fects the wind had on the shoot.

Off-ri­fle Neal Ham­bridge posted the top score for ECDRA with 178.21 out of 180 and Joe Mel­bourne top scored for Nagam­bie with 178.15 out of 180.

The rest of the scores for the ECDRA were:

Neal Ham­bridge 178.21, Terry Gee 177.13, Des Coul­ter 176.15, Vaughan Mur­phy 176.12, Rosco Davis 174.12, Matt Frazer 172.10, Brain Houli­han 170.10, Marty Kelly 167.9, Ge­off James 166.6 and Chai Som­long 162.10.

The con­sis­tent team ef­fort by our ECDRA shoot­ers was not quite enough on the day and there is a com­mit­ment to re­ally get a han­dle on that Vi­o­let Town wind and get that 800 points next time.

If you would like to try this chal­leng­ing sport please check out the ECDRA web site at “www. ecdra.com” or the YouTube clip found at East Cen­tral District Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion. Check the cal­en­dar to find out when shoot­ing will suit you and drop in, you will be wel­comed.

UP AGAINST IT: The 500 yard mound with (from left) Terry Gee, Ge­off James, Chai Som­long and Joe Mel­bourne.

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