Blus­tery winds keep ri­fle scores down

Mansfield Courier - - Sport Courier - By ROBERT CHAFFE

DE­SPITE the elec­tions there was a strong turn out at the Vi­o­let Town Shoot­ing Com­plex on Satur­day for the East CenWUDO 'LVWULFW 5LÀH $VVRFLDWLRQ¶V shoot at 600 yards.

Neal Ham­bridge took out the top range score for the day with a 57.6 – with six shots in the very cen­tre of the tar­get.

Marty Kelly scored 55.2 at both stages he shot.

Glen - a vis­i­tor who wanted to have a go - was in luck.

He got to shoot three ranges DQG WKHUH ZDV VXI¿FLHQW WLPH for the ex­pe­ri­enced shoot­ers to guide him through the shoot.

Six hun­dred yards is not an easy range on the modern ICFA tar­gets and Glen did very well IRU D ¿UVW WLPHU ± ZH KRSH WR see Glen back on the range soon un­der con­di­tions that were not quite as test­ing.

Notable across the board was the ab­sence of wild ver­ti­cal shots and ex­tra­or­di­nary ver­ti­cal string­ing of groups.

This is ev­i­dence of the shoot­ers work­ing very hard to keep WKHLU ULÀH GHDG VWLOO DV WKH\ WDNH their shots.

The scores for the day were: F-Std: (1) Robert Irv­ing 51.4, 50.2 = 101.6, (2) Brian Houli­han 50.1, 51.1 = 101.2, (3) Rosco Davis 51.2, 50 = 101.2, (4) Glen 51.1, 44, 33 = 128.1 and (5) David Wal­lace 50.2.

F-Open: (1) Neal Ham­bridge 53.2, 57.6, 51.3 = 161.11 and (2) Graeme Kerr 53.2, 46.1 = 99.3.

F-TR: (1) Marty Kelly 55.2, 55.2 = 110.2 and (2) David Wal­lace 54.1. Shoot­ing next week will be at Nagam­bie and Rosedale as the ECDRA mem­bers ac­cept the invitation to the Nagam­bie Christ­mas shoot and some have cho­sen to at­tend the Rosedale long range shoot.

The main prizes for the Rosedale shoot is a ham, the ECDRA have a record of al­ways com­ing away from this shoot with at least one ham, let’s hope that this is the case this year.

Things can change so please head to www.ecdra.org.au for any new in­for­ma­tion about shoots.

PHOTO: Ken Rains­bury

FIRST BOWL: Un­der the watch­ful eyes of team­mates and op­po­si­tion Mans­field stal­wart Kevin Nick­le­son puts his first bowl down from his wheel­chair down the green. This was Kevin’s first time us­ing the wheel chair in ac­tual com­pe­ti­tion; it must have worked as Mans­field won the day.

WEL­COME ABOARD: New shooter Glen shoot­ing an F T/r ri­fle un­der the in­struc­tion of Marty Kelly sees what he can do from 600 yards. Note the flags and bunting is limp at this stage of the shoot in­di­cat­ing low speed – it did not stay that way.

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