Chisholm, Hambridge and Kerr win at VRA medal shoot
THE East Central District Rifle Association VRA Medal shoot was competed for this week.
The winners were Glen Chisholm (who won his Victorian Rifle Association Medal), Graeme Kerr (taking out the VRA spoon both shooting F standard) and Neal Hambridge (snagging the VRA spoon for the highest score in F Open).
All shooters exceeded the qualifying standard.
This was no mean feat as the ideal late spring day was laden with tiny bush flies and ‘that wind’ was fresh from the south running at about 15km/h fishtailing by at least 25 degrees.
Within a split second the wind that was from the south east was blowing from the south west.
Not a day for the faint hearted but all the members who were available on the day were at the shoot, including Robert Chaffe.
It was 11 months and three weeks ago that Rob had his last shoot before he became very ill with what turned out to be secondary kidney cancer.
He has spent almost three years recovering from the operation to remove the cancer that had damaged his spinal column rendering him a paraplegic.
Everyone was glad to see him and that he was well enough to have a shoot, regrettably problems with ammunition caused him to withdraw after only eight scoring shots.
The bush flies not only invited themselves to lunch but they took the liberty to invite all their friends and relatives.
The shooters felt very relaxed as everyone had to deal with the same conditions and their own skill.
Glen applied all he had learnt in the short time he has been shooting to reach the qualifying standard.
It was a very pleased Glen when he learnt at the presentation he had won his VRA medal.
For Neal and Graeme they both worked very had indeed.
Neal shooting F Open had the top range score of the day with a brilliant 59.4 and the highest score of the day 117.11.
Graeme shooting F Standard was seen time and time again hesitating then stopping and waiting another 10 seconds before shooting.
It was a shoot that newer shooters would learn so much from as far as reading the conditions.
It was also so good to see Terry Gee back after surgery on his back.
Terry said it was so good to be back on the range, putting all the medical stuff and the pain aside for a few hours.
Terry’s 12 volt powered trolley to carry his shooting gear to the mound and back to his vehicle was the focus of much attention.
The simple transport trolley is a severely modified motorised golf buggy and it did a brilliant job.
Everyone was so pleased that the simple buggy could save Terry so much lifting and therefore help with his healing program.
The results from the ECDRA’s VRA medal shoot were:
F standard: Graeme Kerr 57.3, 57.3 = 114.6, Glen
Chisholm 55.4,56.2 = 111.6, David Wallace 52.1, 56 = 108, Rosco Davis 55, 54.3 = 104.3, Bob Irving 49, 49 = 98.1 and Geoff James 51, 41 = 92.
F Open: Neal Hambridge 59.4, 58.4 = 117.8, Des Coulter 58.3, 52 = 110. 3, Terry Gee 55.2, 51.2 = 106.4 and Yowie 18, 21 = 39.
Target Rifle: Robert Chaffe 31.
Over a cuppa and before the presentations, talk shifted first to the annual dinner next Friday night at the Yarck Pub, with dinner starting at 7pm and the shoot on the following Saturday.
It was decided that the shoot would be a novelty shoot where shooters may try different classes.
Members and those interested in taking up this challenging sport should visit ecdra.com.au for the latest information.
New shooters are most welcome.
BACK ON THE RANGE: Robert Chaffe made a return to shooting on Saturday after almost 12 months on the sidelines.