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 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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