Blustery winds keep rifle scores down
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.
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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.
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.