Chisholm, Ham­bridge and Kerr win at VRA medal shoot

Mansfield Courier - - Courier Sport - By ROBERT CHAFFE

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.

PHOTO: John Can­non

BACK ON THE RANGE: Robert Chaffe made a re­turn to shoot­ing on Satur­day af­ter al­most 12 months on the side­lines.

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