Champion of Champions Shoot, 18 July, 2016.

I woke on Saturday morning to a dismal and cold rainy day. Not a good start! Arriving at the range a couple of hours later and opening the club house, I found a note from Dmitri asking for help down in the butts. Headed off to meet him, only to see him returning having doing some maintenance by himself. I was too late.

Range Offcie on dutyAs Roseville is still duty club there’s plenty to be done. Time to put the rest of the flags out. Thankfully the school boys were practicing at 300M so those four flags were up already. Others helped with getting both our normal club equipment to the mound and butts and also the District gear in place as well. Ian Palmer did the first Butt’s Officer to be relieved by Alan Humbert. A boring, but necessary job.

By noon, the weather had cleared and although cold, there was a gentle wind and there were long glimpses of sun. As there was 16 competitors they were divided in to two squads. Unfortunately Gosford were unrepresented in target rifle. Each Club Champion shot on their club’s targets at each of the four ranges. Roseville represented by Phill Hodder (TR Senior), Angus Martin (TR Junior) and Graham Coote (F Standard).

Despite everyone’s best efforts shooting started by DRO Doug Bowen on time at 1pm!

300M. There were signs of first range jitters amongst the Senior shooters with dropped points and uncharacteristic large groups. Leading the charge was Richard Jones (Manly) 49.5, Geoff King (Hornsby) 49.4, John Alp (North Sydney) 49.3, Phill 48.4 and Adrian Bonanni (Hornsby RSL) 47.3. Juniors were headed by Angus 46.3 from Calum Mansfield (Manly) 40.1.

Now to F class. Standard: Graham blitzed the field with a well executed 60.5 (58.8mm group) followed by Adrian Siebel (Hornsby RSL) 58.5 (89.5), John Leask (North Sydney) 57.5 (115.1), Terry Howell (Gosford) 57.3 (80.7) and Alan Ashworth (Hornsby) 56.3 (94.5).IMG_3566a

Standard Junior: Harry Brotherhood (Hornsby RSL) 56.3 (120.9) ahead of Mariette Rigby (Gosford) 52.1 (175.7).

F-Open: Alan Bowyer-Tagg (Hornsby RSL) 60.4 (58.8) leading by a count back from Phil de la Rue (North Sydney) 60.4 (59.0).

500M. Targets are intermittently in and out of shadows making sighting difficult. Despite that the shooters seemed to settle down to business. Phill kept two bull sighters (coincidentally his maximum grouping) and a dodgy line cutting ninth shot resulted in him leading with 50.7 (227.8) from Geoff 50.6 200.5, Adrian 50.5 (194.3), Richard 49.4 (259.9) and John 49.3 (200.8). Calum 48.3 (291.7) leading Angus 47.4 (313.3).

F-Std: Terry 60.6 (107.8), Adrian 60.5 (with a marvellous 82.1!), Graham 59.5 [caught by wind?] (124.1), John 59.3 (138.6) and Alan 55.1 (204.2).

Junior: Harry 57.4 (162.8) just beating Mariette 57.2 (206.1).

F-Open: A reversal with Phil’s 60.5 (95.1) beating Alan 59.7 (128)

700M. The sun is getting lower now and often at this time of year it is a real problem, particularly at longer ranges. Thankfully this year there is a large cloud covering it. Clapping was heard from the left most target when John put in a fantastic 50.10 (199.1). Phill cut a bull sighter, thus improving by ending on a super centre for 50.8 (228), Richard 50.6 (425.6), Geoff 50.5 (392.9) and Adrian 49.4 (399.6). Angus fired a fine 50.6 (325.7) beating Calum who lost one to the wind 49.5 (367.1).

F-Std John took out this range 60.7 (190.6) from Adrian who had the tightest group 60.6 (156.4), Graham 60.6 (202.6), Terry 60.5 (207.1) and Alan 58.5 (265.6). In the Juniors it was Mariette’s turn 58.5 (238.5) followed by Harry 56.3 (332.7).

F-Open: An extremely tight group by Phil gave him the range with 60.6 (154.3) while Alan had troubles including an expensive miss 50.2.

This is how everyone went in to the final range:

300 500 R/T 700 R/T
Geoff 49.4 50.6 99.10 50.5 149.15
Phill 48.4 50.7 98.11 50.8 148.19
John 49.3 49.3 98.6 50.10 148.17
Richard 49.5 49.4 98.9 50.6 148.15
Adrian 47.3 50.5 97.8 49.4 146.12
Graham 60.5 59.5 119.10 60.6 179.16
Adrian 58.5 60.5 118.10 60.6 178.16
Terry 57.3 60.6 117.9 60.5 177.14
John 57.3 59.3 116.6 60.7 176.13
Alan 56.3 55.1 111.4 58.5 169.9
300 500 R/T 700 R/T
Angus 46.3 47.4 93.7 50.6 143.13
Calum 40.1 48.3 88.4 49.5 137.9
Harry 56.3 57.4 113.7 56.3 169.10
Mariette 52.1 57.2 109.3 58.5 167.8
Phil 60.4 60.5 120.9 60.6 180.15
Alan 60.4 59.7 119.11 50.2 169.13

A pretty tight competition in Target Rifle and F Class Standard with several in each class within striking distance of the leaders.

800M. The heat is on. This will test each of the shooter’s ability in keeping calm and concentrating on just the current shot. Phill keeps two bull sighters, a good safety move. Part way through and Ian Palmer whispered in my ear that Geoff had dropped two inners! That meant that he was in with a chance, but so were others. In the end Phill prevailed scoring 50.3 (455.6) and third at that range. Richard first at 800M 50.4 (416.7), John also 50.4 (406.5) Geoff 48.4 (388.1) and Adrian 48.0 (534.9). Angus showed his true colours with a magnificent 50.8 (339.5) from Calum 48.2 (439.0). A terrific way to finish.

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F-Std: Graham cemented his lead with a terrific 60.6 (an extremely small 138.5), then Terry 59.5 (206.9), Adrian 58.3 (273.2), John 57.4 (353.2) and Terry 55.2 (317.7). Harry gained a further point on Mariette, 56.4 (376.3) and 55.0 (348.5) respectively.

F-Open: Phil topped with a great 60.8 (169.2) with Alan 7 supers behind 60.1 (237.8)

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Don't worry, he survived..

Don’t worry, he survived..

The final table looks like this:

300 500 700 800 TOTAL
Phill 48.4 50.7 50.8 50.3 198.22
John 49.3 49.3 50.10 50.4 198.20
Richard 49.5 49.4 50.6 50.4 198.19
Geoff 49.4 50.6 50.5 48.4 197.22
Adrian 47.3 50.5 49.4 48.0 194.12
Graham 60.5 59.5 60.3 60.6 239.22
Adrian 58.5 60.5 60.6 58.3 236.19
Terry 57.3 60.6 60.5 59.5 236.19
John 57.3 59.3 60.7 57.4 233.19
Alan 56.3 55.1 58.5 55.2 224.11
300 500 700 800 TOTAL
Angus 46.3 47.4 50.6 50.8 193.21
Calum 40.1 48.3 49.5 48.2 185.11
Harry 56.3 57.4 56.3 56.4 225.14
Mariette 52.1 57.2 58.5 55.0 222.8
Phil 60.4 60.5 60.6 60.8 240.23
Alan 60.4 59.7 50.2 60.1 229.14

Thanks to all those who helped set-up and take-down the range, manned the butts, acted as scorers and supported all the Club’s Champions. Thanks also to Dmitri and others who ensure our targets are in top condition, to the NSDRA for hosting the event, and to Adrian, our District Statistician.
IMG_3589aIt was a shame that there wasn’t a bigger attendance from all clubs to witness a great contest by all shooters and to celebrate the winners and all competitors.

I am proud to be a member of our club. Winners of three prestigious grades and particularly proud of my son. Well done Phill, Angus and Graham.

Uncle Mike

Wingham Rifle Club Open Prize Meeting 2016

Gary Faulkner, Phill Hodder, Allan Humbert, Dmitri Kazakov, Tim Walter and Peter Walters attended the Wingham Rifle Club Open Prize Meeting over the weekend of 11 and 12 June 2016.

Left-to-rigth: Peter Walters, Allan Humbert, Dmitri Kazakov, Gary Faulkner, Tim Walter, Phill Hodder

Left-to-right Peter Walters, Allan Humbert, Dmitri Kazakov, Gary Faulkner, Tim Walter, Phill Hodder

All shooters except Phil shot the 2 x 15 sweepstakes match at 600 yards on the Friday afternoon. (results not known except Tim 70).

The competition commenced on Saturday morning at 600 yards, followed by 500 yards and then 400 metres.

On Sunday the shoot commenced at 500 yards, followed by 600 yards and then a 2 x 15 shot match again at 600 yards.

Results were as follows:

Match Gary Faulkner Phill Hodder Allan Humbert Dmitri Kazakov Tim Walter Peter Walters
600y 59.4 49.7 60.5 – 2nd 50.6 49.3 56.1
500y 59.5 50.6 58.3 49.5 47.5 55.2
400y 58.4 48.5 58.4 50.6 48.2 55.1
Day 1 Agg 176.13 3rd FS A 147.18 17th TR A 176.12 2nd FS B 149.17 9th TR A 144.10 25th TR A 166.4 10th FS B
500y 60.6 – 2nd 50.6 60.5 – 1st 50.6 48.7 58.1
600y 58.6 45.5 57.2 50.8 – 2nd 49.4 59.2
600y 15 shots 88.9 74.8 84.1 75.11 – 2nd 69.3 80.2
Day 2 Agg 206.21 6th FS A 169.19 22nd TR A 201.8 5th FS B 175.25 4th TR A 166.14 28th TR A 197.5 8th FS B
Grand Agg 382.34 4th FS A 316.37 19th TR A 377.20 2nd FS B 324.42 5th TR A 310.24 28th TR A 363.9 9th FS B

Congratulations to Gary Faulkner for finishing 4th in FS A, two places behind his Dad, John, who used Gary’s other rifle!

Congratulations to Allan for finishing 2nd in FS B and winning a range along the way.

Congratulations to Dmitri for finishing 5th in TR A, placing second in both the last 2 ranges to finish one place ahead of the great Duncan Davies! Entry number 13 turned out to be lucky.

Dropping just one point over the entire meeting was a great achievement, some say assisted by rocket fuel the night before, and despite being woken early in the morning by a cry from someone in the park needing some attention!

Commiserations to Phill who was disallowed a V bull at the first 600 yard match on Day 2 when it was adjudged to be a shot on the next door target, even though no extra shot was claimed by the shooter or scorers on that target, and notwithstanding that Phill did not ask for his target to be examined after firing his shot.

Clearly, Phill’s scorer and check scorer were not paying proper attention and the fact that both were scoring with binoculars instead of scopes contributed to Phill losing a shot. The range officer seemed to be relying more on information from the markers, rather than the scorers, who clearly did not know what had happened.

Dmitri 5th place on the Board

Dmitri 5th place on the Board

Allan receiving his prize

Allan receiving his prize

 

Tim managed a few centres on Day 2 but had a bad final range to take out the wooden spoon in TR A! Less red wine Tim!

Good dinner after the shoot is always good

Good dinner after the shoot is always good

Dancing after good dinner is good too...

Dancing after good dinner is good too…

Great to see our new member, Peter Walters and his wife, attending his first prize meeting with Roseville.

Complete results are available here.

Thank you to Wingham Rifle Club on a well organized and very fully catered for Prize meeting.

Tim Walter

2015/16 Arn Hammond, EM Nye and AJ Leighton report

Target Rifle

The 2015/16 Arn Hammond Teams competition started off as a very tight affair with Hornsby 1 just pipping Roseville 1 at 300m with 341.29 to Roseville’s 341.25. Roseville 2 came in 4th with 328.24 to North Sydney’s 3rd place of 330.26. And so the scene was set for a tight contest to come over the ensuing months.

At 400m, Roseville 1 responded to the wake-up call and took a decisive 12 point lead with 343.30, and Roseville 2 also kicked into gear with 341.32 to bring them up to 3rd position overall.

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Team 1 (left-to-right): Stephen Tofler, David Hollister, Phill Hodder, Dmitri Kazakov, Angus Martin

But it was at 500m that Roseville 1 really got a kick along, with 350.36 out of the possible 350.70. I was the poor performer on that day, being cut with only 70.5! I must say, I’m happy to be in a team where I get cut with a 70. The lead after than performance was 19 points, and Roseville No.1 kept their lead until the end.

The focus then was on the Roseville 2 team. Could Roseville possibly come in with a 1-2 finish? At 500m they found themselves in 3rd place to Hornsby 1 by 6 points. It was possible. So at 600m Roseville 2 put in a creditable performance of 334.17, to whittle the margin behind Hornsby 1 to 1 point, and ahead by 9 centres. The Roseville 1 team extended their winning margin to 29 points, keeping them well in command.

Team 2 (left-to-rigth): Jon Marriott, Richard Lund, James Martin, Ian Hutchinson, Mike Hodder, Lachlan  Martin, Andrew Martin, dog, Angus Martin

Team 2 (left-to-right): Jon Marriott, Richard Lund, James Martin, Ian Hutchinson, Mike Hodder, Lachlan Martin, Andrew Martin, Daisy Martin, Angus Martin

At 700m, Roseville 2 pulled out all stops to outperform Roseville 1 by 344.35 to 343.38, and beating their rivals Hornsby 1 by 8 points to move clearly into second place. So Roseville 1 & 2 were running 1st and 2nd, by a margin of 7 points from Hornsby 1, with just 800m to go.

In this final stage Roseville 1 fell into complacency with their 29 point lead, and let Roseville 2 beat them once again, 345.43 to 345.39. Not what I’d call decisive, but Roseville 2 certainly let Roseville 1 know who won.

The Handicap results had the same first 3 placegetters, but in reverse order. So the final results after all 6 ranges were:

Off-Rifle Handicap
Roseville No.1 2061.194
Roseville No.2 2032.186
Manly 2012.148
Hornsby No.1 2008.147
North Sydney 1970.118
RSL Blue Tongues 1966.119
Hornsby No.2 290.006
Manly 2088.149
Roseville No.2 2084.188
Roseville No.1 2083.192
RSL Blue Tongues 2080.120
North Sydney 2079.118
Hornsby No.1 2069.144
Hornsby No.2 323.006

 

F Class

Roseville fielded just one team in F Class, and that was all they needed. It was in F standard, with only North Sydney, Gosford and Hornsby RSL fielding F Open teams.

F-class Team (left-to-rigth): Graham Coote, Allan Humbert, Ian Palmer, Mike Cuda, Gary Faulkner, Robert Kozminski

F-class Team (left-to-right): Graham Coote, Allan Humbert, Ian Palmer, Mike Cuda, Gary Faulkner, Robert Kozminski

The F Standard team exerted their superiority from the outset, with their dominant 330.28 at 300m to take the initial lead of 5 points from Hornsby RSL No.1. At 400m they extended this lead to a whopping 23 points, and then again at 500 extended it to 28 points. At 600m they picked up a further 11 points leaving them at 1298.87, ahead of Hornsby at 1252.53.

However at 700m, Roseville scored a great 324.22, only to have the North Sydney team come from nowhere and challenge them with a 324.19. This still left them with a comfortable lead of 51 points.

After completing a clean sweep and winning every range, Roseville took out the F Standard Arn Hammond Teams competition by a convincing 60 points. Final results were:

Roseville 1947.128
Hornsby 1880.076
Hornsby RSL No.1 1887.093
Hornsby RSL No.2 1843.083
North Sydney 1590.076

2015/16 EM Nye

The EM Nye match these days, is conducted using the 300m, 400m & 500m of the same teams matches as the Arn Hammond. Roseville took out both the Target Rifle and the F Standard in this competition, with the results shown below.

Target Rifle O/R 300m 400m 500m Aggregate
Roseville No.1 341.025 343.030 350.036 1034.091
Hornsby No.1 341.029 331.016 343.033 1015.078
Roseville No.2 328.024 341.032 340.035 1009.091
Manly 326.019 332.026 342.029 1000.074
North Sydney 330.026 321.015 333.021 984.062
RSL Blue Tongues 321.020 315.017 324.021 960.058
Hornsby No.2 0 290.006 0 290.006

 

F-Std 300m 400m 500m Aggregate
Roseville 330.025 326.026 325.026 981.077
North Sydney 323.016 307.011 323.015 953.042
Hornsby RSL No.1 325.019 308.016 313.016 946.051
Hornsby 320.021 304.011 322.009 946.041
Hornsby RSL No.2 309.014 296.012 314.017 919.043

 

2015/16 AJ Leighton

The AJ Leighton match is also conducted at the same time, using the 600m, 700m & 800m results of the Arn Hammond. Roseville again took out both the Target Rifle (1st and 2nd places) and the F Standard in this competition, with the results shown below.

Target Rifle O/R 600m 700m 800m Aggregate
Roseville No.1 339.026 343.038 345.039 1027.103
Roseville No.2 334.017 344.035 345.043 1023.095
Manly 331.025 336.021 345.028 1012.074
RSL Blue Tongues 333.015 339.026 334.020 1006.061
Hornsby No.1 329.021 336.022 328.026 993.069
North Sydney 319.016 335.021 332.019 986.056
Hornsby No.2 0 0 0 0

 

F-Std 600m 700m 800m Aggregate
Roseville 317.010 324.022 325.019 966.051
Hornsby 306.012 319.015 309.008 934.035
Hornsby RSL No.1 301.010 321.011 319.021 941.042
Hornsby RSL No.2 304.007 312.017 308.016 924.040
North Sydney 0 324.019 313.015 637.034

Final results for 2015-2016 years

Congratulations are to be given to all Roseville team members who continued the Roseville tradition of exceptional results.

Stephen Tofler

Cessnock Rifle Club Annual Open and F Class Championships 2016 (NSW)

Roseville Rifle Club participated in the Cessnock Rifle Club Annual Championships on the Sunday 22nd May.IMG_9925

Target Rifle; Phill Hodder

F Class Standard A grade; Michael Cuda, Allan Humbert

F Class Standard B Grade; Peter Walters

F/TR A Grade; Gary Faulkner

The weather was perfect. It was sunny with a gentle, at times fluky, breeze travelling down the range from behind the shooters. This led to some luck for some shooters when conditions were still.

The atmosphere was very friendly. There was to be three, 10 shot 600m shoots. The first lot of shooters began their shoots with Peter, Phill  and Allan having their best scores for the day. The incidence of unexplained poor shots increased and the first shoot was cancelled due to Kongs electronic target problems.Michael Cuda

The host club reacted positively and quickly with some members giving up their shoot to manually score the targets. With the exception of a couple of competitors in the 80 plus roll up, everyone was very patient as the Cessnock members changed the targets. The shoot was reduced to two, 10 shot 600m shoots due to time constraints. The atmosphere remained happy and it is a credit to the Cessnock Club for overcoming some serious disruptions to their day.

 

Roseville Rifle Club represented itself handsomely.

Phill; 5th in Target Rifle A Grade 98.10

Michael; 1st in F Class Standard A Grade  119.12

Allan; F Class Standard A Grade 104.2

Peter; 1st in F Class Standard B Grade 113.7

Gary; 2nd F/TR 114.9

As a new member, I should point out that Gary spent the previous Wednesday with me sorting out a lot of my problems. Credit where credit is due.

A special congratulations to Michael. This was his very first win in F Class Standard A Grade in a Championship shoot! Your smile said it all.

Peter Waters

 

94th Mudgee DRA OPM

Roseville Rifle Club brings home the bacon …..

Five intrepid Roseville members made the annual pilgrimage to Mudgee to compete in the 94th Mudgee District Rifle Association Open Prize Meeting.

 

Phill Hodder, Allan Humbert, Dmitri Kazakov, Michael Cuda and Tim Walter together with Tim’s son Ian and his partner Kris, enjoyed each other’s company and the hospitality that the beautiful town of Mudgee had to offer.

 

Day 1 on Saturday at 500yds started well for Phill in Target Rifle A Grade, shooting strongly in all stages with 50.6, 50.5 and 50.6, the last match coming 3rd as well as finishing clean in 3rd position in the daily aggregate with 150.17.

 

Dmitri unusually dropDSC_0648aped a few points with 48.4 followed by 50.6 and 47.2 and finished with 145.12.

 

Tim performed well in Target Rifle B Grade with 48.2, 47.0 and 46.2, coming 3rd in both the first and third matches and finishing with 141.4.

 

In F – Standard A Grade Michael shot 59.6, 57.4 and 60.3 coming 3rd in the first stage, 2rd in the last stage and 2nd in the daily aggregate with 176.13.

 

Allan stole the show in F-Standard B Grade shooting 60.6, 60.8 and 59.3 taking 1st position in all 3 matches and easily winning the daily aggregate with 179.17.

 

 

Day 2 at 600 yds on Sunday proved a more little tricky, especially later in the afternoon when the winds picked up.

 

Phill shot 49.7, 50.7 and 47.3 taking 2nd place in the second match and finishing the weekend with 296.34 in the grand aggregate and wining a badge.

 

Dmitri scored 49.4, 50.4 and 48.4 finishing with a total of 292.24 for the weekend.

 

The great Duncan Davies (West Wallsend) won the grand aggregate with 299.42 which was particularly impressive after also taking 1st place last year.

 

 

 

In Target Rifle B Grade, Tim recorded 47.4 in the first match taking 3rd place, 48.2 taking 2nd place and 46.2 to finish in 2nd place in the last match and in grand aggregate with total of 282.11.

 

In F-Class A Grade Michael took 3rd place in the first match with 59.1, followed by 57.3 and 53.2 and finished 3rd in the grand aggregate with 345.21.

 

Once again Allan blitzed F-Class B Grade despite blustery winds recording 59.3 taking 1st place followed by 51.4 and 58.2 to take 2nd place and finishing in 1st place in the weekend grand aggregate with 347.26.

Lithgow Rifle Club’s Brett Bond took 1st place in F-Standard A Grade in the grand aggregate with 355.31 proving his dominance in “Forky Stick” – as with Duncan Davies, he too won last years aggregate, making this a back to back win.

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Once again Roseville Rifle Club brought home the bacon with lots of badges being won and a good time had by all….

Mike Cuda

Festival of Sydney OPM 2016

Mark, Phill, Jon and Gary shot the MDRA Festival of Sydney OPM at Anzac Rifle Range on the weekend of 23-24th Jan.

The first range 500m was shot in strong winds from the south/south east, Phill had a strong start with 50.7, Mark 50.5, Jon 47.3 and Gary claimed 2nd place with 60.4. The 2nd 500m saw Phill win the range with a great shoot 50.8! Conditions got a lot tougher as the day went on and scores were not as high. Mark showed his wind reading skills to finish 3rd in the Day 1 Ag 198.23, Phill was 12th 196.25, Jon 187.14 and Gary 4th in FTR 228.13.

Day 2 saw easier conditions and scores were high. Phill was the star on Day 2 with great scores of 75.11 @ 700m, 50.7 @800m and 75.7 @ 800m. Mark shot 73.9, 50.4 and 75.8, Jon scored 75.6, 48.4 and 72.1, Gary shot 90.7 to win that range, 57.5 and 88.3 to win that range and came 1st in the Day 2 Ag.

Final placings for weekend saw Phill in 5th position with Mark and Jon a little further back. Gary claimed 3rd position overall, well done Gary!

Roseville Rifle Club showed its strength again and a good time was had by all.

Results can be found at http://www.nraa.com.au/mdra-optimus-festival-of-sydney-opm-2016-nsw-results/.

Gaz

Phill's badge

Phill’s badge

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Gary’s prizes

 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Roseville Rifle Club

Merry Christmas

Roseville Rifle Club wishes all a safe and prosperous festive season and New Year.

Canberra Queen’s 2015

Mark Buchanan, Phill Hodder, Mike Hodder, and Allan Humbert attended the McIntosh Rifle Range in Canberra for the Grand Aggregate between 11 and 15 November 2015.

Stephen Tofler and Tim Walter attended for the Queen’s Aggregate.

Conditions were the easiest seen in Canberra for years and scores were high.

R A ROLPH AGGREGATE

Phill Hodder 173.14 and 174.24 = 347.38 = 14th in A Grade.
Mark Buchanan 173.16 and 174.22 = 347.38 = 15th in A Grade.
Mike Hodder 163.11 and 171.16 = 334.27 =   9th in B Grade.
Allan Humbert 195.07 and 200.13 = 395.20 =    3rd in F Standard B.

QUEEN’S AGGREGATE

Much the same conditions applied for the Queen’s, although there was a light shower on the morning of Day 2.

Phill Hodder was the best performer in A Grade.

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Phill Hodder:  Day 1-173.18, Day 2-198.15, Day 3 -122.12 = 493.45 = 17th.
Mark Buchanan:  Day 1-173.19, Day 2-193.23, Day 3-123.12 – = 489.54 = 36th.
Stephen Tofler:  Day 1-169.11, Day 2-195.12, Day 3 -122.07 = 486.30 = 47th.
Tim Walter:  Day 1-168.15, Day 2-194.12, Day 3 -115.05 = 477.32 = B Grade = 9th.
Mike Hodder:  Day 1-163.13, Day 2- 185.10, Day 3 -122.08= 470.31 = B Grade = 17th.
Allan Humbert:  Day 1-188.08, Day 2-226.08, Day 3-133.06 = 547.22 = F Standard B =7th.

 

Had Stephen realised he could have entered B Grade, he would have, and had he done so, he would have finished 2nd in B Grade! Next time Stephen!

GRAND AGGREGATE

 Phill Hodder:  347.38 and 493.45 = 840.83 =10th
 Mark Buchanan:  347.38 and 489.54 = 836.92 = 20th
 Allan Humbert:  395.20 and 547.22 = 942.42 = F Standard B = 3rd.

Well done Allan!

No gold medals were won for individual range scores, but Allan came 2nd at 700m in the Rolph Stage 2 and 3rd at 600m in the Queen’s on Day 2.

Mike came 2nd at 600m on Day 3 of the Queen’s and Tim came 3rd.

Tim was lying in 4th position in B Grade going into the last range, but a poor finish saw him fade to 9th place.

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Tim

Phill beats them at the 2015 Bathurst OPM

Competitors were greeted on Sunday morning 25th Oct by overcast cool, calm conditions. The bush flys were also there to greet them!!

Phill after the shoot-off

Phill after the shoot-off

By the time shooting commenced the flags picked up from the right and were twitching around the poles, the calm conditions had left. Mark and Phill were the attendees representing Roseville, Mark started off strongly winning the first match @500y with a 50.6, Phill coming third with a 50.4.

The conditions got a little more tricky for the first 600y as the low scores showed. The range was won by John Baxter (NSWRA Chairman, 2015 Australian Palma Captain and Lithgow RC member) with a 50.3, the next two shooters could only manage 49’s! Phill shot a 48.1 and Mark 47.2.

There was a break for lunch and to give the markers a well earned rest and a feed. Phill was one of the first to shoot after lunch in the more readable conditions as the sun came out and it started getting hot, he took advantage scoring a 50.6, which ended up the highest score. Going into that stage he was coming third, one point and two centres behind Nick Cock (Bathurst RC) and two centres behind John Baxter. As he watched the other competitors finish their last stage he watched Nick only record a 49.3, Mark shot another possible scoring 50.5 for second position, and John shoot a 50.4 good enough for third place. This meant that both John and Phill finished on the same aggregate score for the 3 ranges 148.11. A shoot-off was needed to decide the winner.

Phill and John got ready on targets 3 and 4 and shot the mandatory 5 shots. Phill recorded a 25.3 to John’s 24.2, meaning Phill won the shoot-off and the Bathurst Prize Meeting in their Centenary Year!  Mark  finished fourth on 147.13. Scores can be found at: http://www.nraa.com.au/bathurst-rc-annual-opm-2015-nsw-results/

Phill receiving his prize from John Baxer

Phill receiving his prize from John Baxer

NSDRA Championships 7/8 November 2015

Mark Buchanan, Dmitri Kazakov, Rob Trodden, Andrew Martin, Angus Martin, Tim Walter, Gary Faulkner, Michael Cuda, Alan Humbert, and Robert Kozminski, all attended the NSDRA Championships on 7/8 November 2015. Phil Hodder and Steve Tofler shot on Saturday only. Recent heavy rain changed the programme somewhat and Day 1 saw shoots at 600m and 700m.

600 metres.
Mark started off with intent, winning A Grade with 50.8. Angus Martin won B Grade  with 49.2 with Tim in 3rd place with 48.3.November 2015 - Tim

700 metres
Phil Hodder came 2nd in A Grade with a fine 50.8 to a hot Malcolm McKenzie with 50.10. Mike Hodder  came 2nd in B Grade with an excellent 49.8. Alan came 3rd in FS/B with 58.3

Day 1 Aggregate.
Mark topped A Grade with 100.13. Angus came 2nd in B Grade with 98.5 with Tim in 3rd place on 97.5. Alan Humbert came 3rd in FS/B with 113.6.

Day 2 was shot over 600m, 600m and 700m.

600 metres – 1
Mark came 3rd in A Grade with 50.7, Angus came 2nd in B Grade with 48.6 and Mike came 3rd with 48.2.

600 metres – 2
Mark dropped a point on his second last shot for 49.5. Angus came 3rd in B Grade with 47.3. Gary came 2nd in FS/A with 58.5 and Michael Cuda came 3rd with 58.4.

700 metresMarks rtesult
Tim won the range in B Grade with 50.5, with Angus 3rd with 50.4. Gary won FS/A with a beautiful 60.7. Alan came 3rd in FS/B with 57.3.

Day 2 Aggregate.
Mark came 5th with 149.18, Angus 2nd in B Grade with 145.13 and Tim 3rd with 143.12. Gary came 2nd in FS/A with 176.17.

Grand Aggregate.
Mark finished 2nd with 249.31, just overtaken by Evan Jones who finished with 50.9 to win the championships with 249.34.
Angus came 2nd in B Grade with 243.18 and Tim came 3rd with 240.17.
Gary came 2nd in FS/A with 290.22, a point  behind Alexina Bunt on 291.22.
Alan came 3rd in FS/B with 280.15

Masters Match
Mark fired a fine 50.9  but amazingly, was beaten on count back by both Jim and Mitch Bailey.

Teams Matches.
The Roseville TR team of Mark, Dmitri, Angus and Rob won the TR teams Match with 197.23. The Roseville FS team of Gary, Robert, Michael Cuda and Alan were unfortunate to finish 2nd, with 226.10, just one point behind the winning team.

 Roseville TR Team1  Roseville FS Team

A good weekend was had by all and it was a welcome return to the 2 day format for the Championships.
Rain threatened, but mainly stayed away. One fancy vehicle became bogged after the shoot, but it was extricated by some kind hands on rescuers!

Marks carCongratulations to the NSDRA organisers, particularly Kathy and Adrian, Grumpy, Len and Jeff, and others who gave up their chance to shoot to help run the meeting.

Tim

Camp Perry, USA, 27 July to 19 August, 2015

The following is a brief summary and impressions from the three weeks Angus (Shooter), Mark (Shooter) and Mike (Manager) spent as members of the Australian Under 25 and Veterans’ Teams at Camp Perry (Cleveland Ohio) for the USA, World Individual and Teams shoots including the Palma match.

Crack of dawn Monday saw Mike and Mark at Border Control (previously Australian Customs Service), Mascot. Clearances made despite Mike forgetting his Firearms’ Licence. On to United’s counter for check-in. An hour later and we were aboard our B777 for the 15 hour flight to LAX. (Angus made his way with the Under 25 team)

Arriving on time, we thought that our three hour transfer time would be adequate. We were so wrong! Luggage hall is gigantic with our main cases arrived on a carousel at one end, our rifle from a hole in the wall at the other end. Then a very long walk from Terminal 1 to T7 taking our cabin bags and rifles, only to be confronted with more chaos and lines (sorry, queues) eventually getting to our planes gate for the onward flight to Cleveland. Our plan for everyone to meet and board the same flight didn’t work as over a dozen of our group missed the connection. {A note of caution, when flying to USA, try to enter USA in almost any other port than LAX. It’s the pits!!!}

A 4 ½ hour flight saw us arrive early evening. While collecting our luggage we noticed that all our groups’ luggage had arrived – without all passengers! Arrangements were made for those who were delayed to be safely stored pending their arrival. We collected our rental cars and drove 90 minutes to our Port Clinton hotel arriving around 7pm. A quick meal and drink and off to bed.

Next morning we found the rest of the group. They had checked in at 2 am – and we thought we’d had a long time away from a bed. Our team of 12 shooters, captain, manager and coaches and four partners spent the next few days were spent recovering from jet lag, visits to the range, sight-seeing, shopping and trying to find (unsuccessfully) healthy food. A highlight was a visit to a nearby South Bass Island’s Put-in-Bay where we saw the Perry Peace Memorial, 317 feet (97m) high and a delicious lunch on Lobster Bisque followed by more lobster.

We also made a day trip back to Cleveland we visited the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum http://www.wrhs.org/research/crawford well worth the visit with several hundred cars, bikes and planes amongst the exhibits. Next door is a mansion turned in to a museum with a large number of great exhibits.

General observations: -This part of Ohio is a huge flat area on the Northern side of Lake Eire (currently suffering from green algae), the shallowest in the Great Lakes Chain. The lakes are the largest inland fresh water in the world. As such, they have their own climate and while we were there mostly benign. However, we did experience a couple of spectacular thunderstorms with heavy rain which caused flooding and power outages. There have been thousands of ships wrecked on the lakes, many of which were extremely large. Around the roads lakeside are a series of warning sirens mainly for storms.

Camp Perry is a pleasant 20 minute drive along the foreshore from our hotel.

Impressions of Camp Perry: – It is huge, 642 acres (250 hectares) in area. Boasts to have the largest outdoor range in the world. Two main full-bore ranges with about 300 targets up to 1000 yards. With no butt-stops, bullets end up in Lake Eire on the Northern Boundary. It is training camp for National Guard, home of The Civilian Marksmanship Program. Also small-bore and pistol ranges to give a total of 15 ranges, most of which can be used simultaneously. The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station is about 10 miles away from the range. The 150 metre cooling tower is clearly visible on the left of the range and from the foreshore near our hotel. There is a huge wind turbine next to the range, but this was inoperative while we were there.

Every morning there is the Colors (sic) Ceremony. Following a count-down, the canon is fired and the National Anthem is played throughout the range. Everyone stands to attention and service and ex-service personnel salute, even if not in uniform. There is a roll call before shooting starts every morning. At the start of every range, there is a recitation of safety rules, standing orders and match rules. Blow off shots are allowed each morning. The sound of several hundred shooters firing three or four shots aver a short period of time was deafening.

Shooting: – For the first 4 days, there were other competitions going on which unfortunately didn’t involve us. We finally got to fires some sighters at 300 yards on Saturday 1st August around 5pm. It made a long day waiting around due to program delays and we didn’t get back to the hotel until after 7pm. It was however good as it got us in the habit of early rises and long days.

Each day were involved in shooting, we were at the range before 7am and usually back to the hotel between 5 and 6pm. Twelve hours to shoot 60 counting shots (over in about 30 minutes!). We were in large squads as the organisers could only get markers for around 70 targets.

Sunday was a free day with the “Meet and Great”, finger food and drinks in the evening. The next three days were the USA Individual Championships with three 15 shot matches each day over 300, 600, 900 and 1000 yards with our “Veterans’ Dinner” on Tuesday 4th August. Here Matt Pozzebon from West Wallsend Rifle Club came out victorious following Ben Emms; success last year. Mark was 23rd in the Veterans.

Thursday and Friday were the Veterans WC Teams and Tony Loughnan Memorial Teams matches each four 10 shot matches over 300, 600, 900 and 1000 yards. The Australian teams were placed 4th and 3rd respectively. Angus picked up the bronze in the Under 25 individuals. A great effort.

Saturday 8th saw practice in the morning and a 15 shot match at 800 yards to start the WILRC. Followed by three more days with 15 shots at 800, 900 and 1000 yards culminating with a final ten shooting off at a 1000. Benn Emms won the event with after a nail biting final with Nigel Ball (GB) and Matt 2nd and 3rd. A great way for Mike to celebrate his 68th birthday with Mark participating in some sleight of hand with greetings from those left behind in Sydney.

Wednesday was a practice day for the Palma Teams. We did some chores including a much needed trip to the Laundromat. That evening we had our team dinner at Brandy’s Steakhouse, great food and drink and fellowship after an exhausting fortnight’s shooting.

Thursday and Friday (13th and 14th August) had the Palma Teams match. 15 shots over 800, 900 and 1000 yards each day. Australia started well each day but faded badly particularly at the longest range where Great Britain with consistent shooting and great coaching showed the other teams how to do it.

We took Steve and Carolyn Williams (Bathurst) to Toledo late Saturday morning and visited the new maritime museum http://www.inlandseas.org/museum . It is an amazing set-up with interactive exhibits as well as memorabilia. Anchored alongside is the Col. James M. Schoonmaker, a 613 foot (200 metres) lake freighter built in July, 1911. We spent some time clambering over and around this fine old vessel. Then we had a late seafood lunch on the riverside and off to our hotel.

Sunday, our last whole day before flying home was spent doing last minute washing and packing. Monday was an early start with Mike taking Steve and Carolyn to the airport at 3am. Then back to the hotel for a rest. Then the long trip home started with a delayed flight back to LAX and onwards to Sydney, arriving early Wednesday morning and the joy of long queues at Boarder control and home.

Lasting impressions: – The real honour of representing Australia in the world competitions; the friendship and acceptance of the Veterans Team; the cohesive nature of our team and their traveling spouses (particularly with scoring duties, and luncheon supplies); support and continuous encouragement from family, friends and club mates; meeting old friends; making new ones; camaraderie, particularly with the Great Britain Veterans who were at the same hotel; being ragged about the cricket results; the helpful volunteers and staff of the NRA; daylight from 4:30am until 8pm; hot and humid conditions; massive rain storms; willingness of the Palma Team Members to assist us, particularly during our team events; seagulls by the hundreds so far from the sea; and last and not least – our green golf cart, decked out with Australian flags, ever ready to transport team members and their gear to and from the range, ably driven by Mark and Mike, together with several team members, and of course John Schafferius.

 Uncle Mike

 

North Shore District Rifle Association 2014/15 Arn Hammond Competition & A.J. Leighton Teams Match

The Arn Hammond Memorial Shield is an inter-club championship held on the Hornsby Rifle Range between each of the Clubs of the NSDRA. It is held over the shooting year, on each range from 300m to 800m. Unfortunately this year the 500m shoot was cancelled due to rain, so the competition was decided over the remaining 5 ranges.

Team No1, left-to-rigth: R. Trodden, P. Hodder, D. Kazakov, M. Buchanan, T. Walter., S. Tofler., I. Hutchinson

Team No1, left-to-right: R. Trodden, P. Hodder, D. Kazakov, M. Buchanan, T. Walter., S. Tofler., I. Hutchinson

The Roseville No 1 team put in a commanding performance by achieving on the highest score at each individual range. The final result was a convincing 34 point lead over the 2nd placed Hornsby Team, with Manly coming in third only a further 23 points behind. The solid core of this winning team was Mark Buchanan with an average of 69.5 out of a possible 70, Phill Hodder with an average of 69, and Dmitri Kazakov with an average of 69.2. Mark’s average centre count was 9 out of a possible 14; a very commendable result.

The Roseville No 2 team needs to be congratulated also. They are often left with whoever is available and have a constant re-shuffle of members. In spite of this they came in 4th place out of the seven teams, with some outstanding performances. At 700m they came in 2nd place to the No 1 team and helped stamp Roseville’s superiority on the District. They also provided constant pressure as to who was going to be included in the No 1 team; a very healthy situation for our club.

On the Handicap results, Manly secured first place, Roseville No1 second place, and North Sydney third place. Roseville No2 was in 5th place.

The AJ Leighton Memorial Shield used to be shot separately and from memory, on a Sunday. In recent years it was decided to score in concurrently with the same shoots as the Arn Hammond, but only over 600m, 700m and 800m. With Roseville No 1 winning each range, they obviously took first place in this competition also on 1036.96, Hornsby No 1 was second on 1007.75 and Manly third on 1000.78. Roseville No2 again came in 4th place, at 990.68.

Roseville’s F Class Team did extremely well  again this year beating Hornsby by a margin of over 30 points, 1593.086 to their 1561.080! They had a steady performance all year and showed again what a strong F Class membership Roseville has. The main core of the team was Graham, Ian, Michael, Bob and Gary.

I would like to note here a special thank you to those who have put their hands up for these teams events as Captains, entrusted with organising the rabble, and as Coaches to be used as the fall guys. You know who you are, and your efforts are very much appreciated.

Text Mr T.

Roseville makes its mark on the 93rd Mudgee DRA Open Prize Meeting

Approximately 50 shooters took part in the 93rd Mudgee DRA Open Prize Meeting over the Easter long weekend on Saturday 4th and 5th April 2015. Roseville was well represented with Mark Buchanan, Phill Hodder, Tim Walter, Gary Faulkner and Michael Cuda making the pilgrimage west to compete in this annual event. Tim’s son Ian Walter also joined the group to provide moral support and enjoy all the fruits that Mudgee had to offer.photo copy 5

Saturday morning saw storm clouds descend over the range with persistent rain plaguing shooters throughout the day.

Despite the inclement weather, Mark started strongly in A Grade TR on Saturday at 500yds scoring 49.6, followed by 50.6 to take 3rd position in the second match and finishing with 49.4. Day two at 600 yds saw Mark score highly with 50.4, 50.6 and another 50.6 to win the last match and take second position for the day’s aggregate. Mark finished the weekend in second position for the grand aggregate with a total 298.32, only narrowly missing 1st position to West Wallsend’s Duncan Davies who scored 300.40. Mark also took out 1st place for the Veteran’s category.

Phill started strongly in A Grade TR on Saturday at 500yds, only dropping 2 points, with 148.13 in the daily aggregate, followed by 144.12 for Sunday’s aggregate at 600 yds and finishing overall with 292.23.

photoAlso in A Grade TR, Tim shot 141.9 in the aggregate on Saturday and 141.8 on Sunday, however towards the end of the weekend he discovered that his rifle had a loose butt plate that had been causing problems with his hold. Tim finished the weekend 282.17.

In F Standard A Grade, Michael took third place in the second 500yd match on Saturdayphoto copy 4 with 60.5, however Orange Rifle Club’s Brett Bond took first place with 60.8 and dominated most of the matches throughout the weekend. Day two at 600 yds saw both Gary and Michael break Brett Bond’s winning streak – tricky winds during the last match on Sunday caused havoc with most F-Class shooters, however Gary took first place with 58.6 and Michael third place with 58.2. Michael scored 59.4 and 60.4 in the earlier matches on day two and took 1st place for Sunday’s aggregate with 177.10, narrowly beating Brett Bond with 175.18. Michael finished the weekend in 3rd place in the grand aggregate with a total of 348.17 closely followed by Gary in 4th position with 344.22. The grand aggregate winner was Brett Bond who scored 353.38

118th Tasmanian Queen’s 2015

Three Rosevillians traveled overseas to the Apple Isle and competed in the 118th Tasmanian Queen’s at Campbell Town 65km’s south east of Launceston. Tim and Phill traveled by air and Mark by land and water to compete in this event at the windswept sheep grazing range. We stayed in the small town of Ross only 9km’s away which has one main street, a Post Office, 3 bakeries and various other small tourist shops and an information center.

The conditions for the Davis Lead Up Shoot were not considered favorable with high, very changeable cold winds from the right which changed direction and strength very quickly.

There were some initial high scores but that soon stopped and by the end of the second day, where if you got a low to mid 40 you were doing OK!!

Mark gained 3rd place for 600y with a 47.3 and another 3rd at 700y with a 47.0. Phill managed 1st place at that 700y with a 49.4! Mark finished Day 1 of the Davis in 3rd place 188.9, Phill 9th 180.11 and Tim 16th 171.8.

Day 2 saw Mark again get a 3rd place with his 42.0 at 1000y, the days agg saw Phill in 4th place on 82.4, Mark 9th with his 79.3 and Tim 15th on 75.2. The Roseville placings for the Davis Agg were Mark 4th 267.12, Phill 7th 262.15 and Tim a valiant 16th 246.10.

Dawn broke on the first day of the Queen’s with a calm and clear day, the wind had dropped and was more consistent, care still was needed to watch for inevitable drops offs and changes of direction. OwinDSC_0355g to the calmer conditions the 50’s flowed with ease with every range of day 1 and most of day 2. Mark shot very well at the second 500y with a 50.9 for 1st place! The day 1 agg saw Mark in 4th with 195.20, Phill 10th with 192.16 and Tim 16th on 188.12.

Day 2 of the Queen’s started with equally pleasant weather which improved during the day, there were times where it was nearly getting hot in the sun!! Phill started off well in the first 700y with a 50.6 for 1st place, Mark gained 3rd place for the 1st 800y with his 49.4 and Phill 4th with 48.5. The end of Day 2 saw Phill in 7th on 189.14, Mark 12th on 188.12 and Tim 15th 184.11.DSC_0354

There was some light drizzle early in the morning of the last day which cleared up in time when shooting commenced. Temperatures were higher again and the wind eased. Mark was again 3rd with a 50.4 at 900y and 3rd at 1000y shooting a 48.2, and Phill 4th on 50.3 at 900y. Mark tied for 1st place in the final days agg with Grahame Berman with 98.6! Phill got 5th for the agg on 97.7 and Tim finished 17th on 93.3.

Now to the Queen’s final placings. Mark finished a very credible 4th place on 481.38 behind the eventual winner and local shooter and CRO Mark Walters who shot an excellent score of 487.40, Phill 6th on 478.37 and Tim 16th on 465.26. The Grand results for the Roseville shooters were Mark 3rd with 748.50, Phill 6th on 740.52 and Tim 17th with his 711.36

Full results can be found at http://www.nraa.com.au/tasmanian-queens-prize-meeting-results/

2015 MDRA Festival of Sydney

 

The long weekend saw 6 Roseville members contest this year’s Festival Of Sydney OPM at Malabar, Mark Buchanan, Mike Hodder, Gary Faulkner, Fernando Gregorio and Rob Trodden for both days and Phill Hodder for day 2.

Rob’s Grand prizes

 

The weather stayed fine for the whole comp but high temps made shooting less than relaxing.
With over 100 shooters, there was plenty of competition in all grades and although winds remained reasonably constant there were still a few tricky patches to contend with. Mark started well with a 50.9 and 50.6 taking out the first range in A grade. Mike, Fernando and Rob all had shaky starts however Rob posted a 50.6 to win the 2nd range in B grade.

Most of the team found some form on day 2 at 7 & 800 with 15 shot matches at each and a second 10 shot at 800.

 

Rob and Mike shot well in B grade with Rob winning all 3 ranges with 73.10 @ 700 and 49.5 & 74.7 at 800 with Mike taking 3rd at the first range and 2nd at the 1st 800 with 73.4 and 49.2

Gary's Badge

Gary’s Badge

Mark again started well on day 2 with 75.12, 48.4 and 74.9 and Phill who joined us for day 2 continued his new found form with an excellent 75.13, 50.8 & 74.7 taking 3rd in the 1st range and 1st in the 2nd range in A grade.

Phill's Badge

Phill’s Badge

 

Gary, our only F class entrant, shot well both days but dropped a couple of points on day 2 finishing with a 2nd, 3rd and 3rd in the grand after a shoot off.

All in all it was a great weekend with Roseville again able to hold our heads high winning 6 ranges, 2 2nd and 2 3rd , 2 daily aggs, and 1 Grand !

 

WELL DONE TEAM! And congratulations to Rob, who after winning the event in C grade last year backed up this year to win both days and the Grand in B grade.

Full results can be found here

Text Rob Trodden