Brighter days ahead
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.