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.
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.
Also 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 Saturday 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
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. Owing 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.
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/
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.
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
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.
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
Rosevillians compete in the 101st ACT Queen’s Series at the McIntosh Range in Canberra, 12 to 16 November, 2014.
Over 210 competitors from around Australia competed is this year’s event over five days. Numbers were boosted by the Veteran State Teams who used it as a warm up for their events the following week. Everyone got on well together even with the trying weather conditions.
Members attending were Andrew Martin (FTR), Robert Kozminski (FCB), Allan Humbert (FCA), Angus Martin (TRC) and his school mate Tim Hanner (TRC), Mike Hodder (TRB), Tim Walter (TRA), Phill Hodder (TRA) and Mark Buchanan (TRA).
Wednesday dawned with heavy high misty clouds and the forecasted winds and temperatures in to the high 20’s eventuated. The whole competition was shot on “paper” targets as the clubs have insufficient electronic targets for such an event. The lead-up RA Rolph was shot over two days. 3, 5 & 6 on the first, 7 and a double 8 on the second day with each day’s last range a 15 shot match.
Thursday was warmer at 35o+ and the cloud burned off quickly. Copious quantities of water were consumed by all sensible contestants during the day with a change of liquid in the evenings as you can imagine.
Friday was the start of the Queen’s proper which saw the temperatures even higher and the wind was a little more predictable, at times! 3, 5, and 600 all 10 shots as the Tiverton Cup 4 person team shoot followed in a reduced format from 15 down to 10 shots.
The second day came with a welcomed 10o+ drop in the heat and at times readable winds with occasional surprises, often not welcomed if the results were anything to go by. Ten counting shots at 7, and a double 8. Heavy drizzle became rain in the afternoon continuing throughout the night.
By the time it was time to shoot on Sunday, the outlook was very bleak. A couple of heavy showers and followed by a deluge mid-morning resulted in a large number of very wet shooters and their gear, and those who managed a shoot at 500 were in most cases relieved when the range was abandoned. Shooting restarted at 11 o’clock at 600. Still with tricky wind changes and wet flags that were rapidly drying.
F Class lead-up saw Robert and Allan see-sawing in each of the ranges with Robert 7 super bulls ahead after the two days.
Mike entered in B grade and had a modest two day shoot with a best range at 800, 69.1 (4th) and 48.4 (5th) at the first 800. Definitely room for improvement.
Mark and Phill competed in A grade. Phill’s best range was at 500 with a 50.5 (8th) finishing in 13th position for the Rolf scoring 341.35. Among Mark’s highlights were 75.7 (1st) at 600 and 75.10 (1st) finishing 4thwith 344.38.
Now to the highlight results for the Queen’s series in my opinion. Angus Martin shone in C grade after a “warm-up” first day. His 50.6, 49.7, 50.6 and 2nd day Agg 149.19 netted two firsts and a second for the ranges and 1st for the day. He was 2nd on the last day and ended the Queen’s in 2nd place two points behind the winner. Well done!
His school mate Tim in his first shoot away from Hornsby range and first competition got a 3rd on the last range leaving him in a creditable 7th place. Hope you both can come for the lead-up as well next year.
Andrew joined our other two F Class shooters choosing to compete in FTR. An interesting choice after so little shooting due to injury and family commitments. His best score was a creditable 58.4 at 700 gaining 11th place. Shows how tough this relatively new grade is. More practice will help, but a good effort non-the-less.
Robert’s best score of 59.4 at 700 gained 5th, with four 60’s ahead of him. Allan’s best was 59.1 at 800 also for 5th, just 3 X’s away from the leader.
Mike finished the 1st day with 139.6 for 6th. Three 49’s on the second day (the last at 800 for a range 3rd) and 3rd for the daily aggregate. This moved him up the board to 2nd for the two days at 286.18. Equipment failure in the final day’s only range killed the dream of winning, and a new barrel as the prize.
The A grade competition was fierce with 90 competitors.
To give an idea how hard this grade was, Tim’s 48.3 at 300 and 49.4 at 700 gained only 63rd and 69th!
Phill’s best scores were three 50’s on the second day (50.7, 50.7 and 50.6, 18th, 11th and 9th) giving him 4th that day. He ended 33rd for the Queen’s and 15th for the Grand Aggregate.
Mark was our best performer. His possibles at 300 (16th), both 800’s (5th& 16th) were all great shoots. He ended with Queen’s badge 6th and 2nd in the Grand. Well done Marcus!
Roseville entered one TR team in the Tiverton Cup with Mark, Phill, Angus and Tim the firers and Mike coaching the first shooter, Mark coached the rest. Our scores were Mark 50.2, Phill 48.4, Angus 48.1 & Tim 46.4, which was reasonable but no match for a very strong West Wallsend, who won with a fine score of 198.21/200! We finished in 5th place on 192.11. Special comment must be made of Angus’s performance in the team. He was a late inclusion, this and the fact it was a very prestigious match, didn’t faze him and he shot extremely well under pressure with his score of 48/50!
Finally, thanks to all our attendees. Thanks for all you friendship, advice and companionship. It’s a great part of our club.
Seventy nine (79) competitors took part in this year’s NSDRA Open Prize Meeting on Sunday 2nd November, with shooters coming from as far afield as the NSW North Coast and Central West. Roseville was well represented with 10 members competing in Target Rifle and F-Standard categories. Once again Roseville performed strongly, especially in B-Grade and C-Grade Target Rifle.
Mark, Phil, Dmitri, Jon, Rob, Mike, Angus, Alan, Gary and Michael all took part in this annual event on home soil.
The day started at 500m with Dmitri posting 50.5, Mark with 49.4, Jon with 49.3, Phil 48.3 in A-Grade and Rob coming second in B-Grade with 48.3, followed by Mike who took third place with 47.4. Angus Martin took second place in C-Grade posting a strong 50.1.
Alan shot very well, posting 59.5 in the first match to take out third place in F Std A-Grade.
The second match at 600m saw Mark score 50.4 narrowly missing a place. Rob and Mike dominated B-Grade with 49.2 and 46.3 respectively and Angus took out third place in C-Grade with 46.2.
Phil scored a very strong 50.7, however just missed out on 3rd place on count back in A-Grade on the last match of the day at 700m. Mike took first place with an excellent 50.5 and Rob with 49.4 to take second place in B-Grade.
Gary and Michael redeemed themselves in the last match at 700m and took first and second place in F Std A-Grade posting 60.4 and 60.3 respectively as well as winning the pairs.
The final placings for the day’s aggregate saw Mark take 5th position with 148.12 in A-Grade Target Rifle. Rob won B-Grade with 146.9 and Mike came second with 143.12, together with Angus who came in 3rd in C-Grade with 141.4.
Alan shot consistently high scores throughout the day and came 4th in F Std A- Grade with 174.10, only just missing out on 3rd place by one super centre and first place by one point.
Roseville members showed another strong performance at the recent Gosford OPM on Sunday 19th Oct. There were 8 shooters from our strong club. Allan, Bob, Dmitri (after driving non-stop from Brisbane), Fernando, Gary, Mark, Phill and Rob contested in this annual event close to home.
Mark, Dmitri, Phill and Rob started the first 500m strongly with all posting 50’s, Mark came second on the range with his 50.7!
In the second 500m Mark again shot a 50.7 to win that range, Rob continued his fine form to win B Grade with his score of 50.6! Bob shot very well in the conditions to score a third place in F Std B Grade with a 57.5! The conditions were mild, mostly coming from the right with subtle wind changes which could catch the shooter out if they weren’t paying attention. By the last match, also at 500m a 15 shot, the wind had changed direction and was predominately coming from the left to down the range.
Mark finished strong and shot another clean target posting a 75.9 to come second in that match and also win the day with a total of 175.23! Well done Marcus Victorious!! Dmitri and Phill were unlucky not to get 75 also, they finished with 74.12 and 74.11 respectively. Rob was trying to catch a consistent Gail Roberts from Gosford RC who was shooting very well, she finished with a wonderful score of 75.4, Rob did his best and scored a 72.7 to finish second for the days agg on 172.17 only one point behind Gail. Good try Rob!
Gary shot the third best score with 88.9 in F Std A Grade and also finished third for the agg with 205.18! Well done Gary. The final placings were, Mark 1st, Phill 3rd, Dmitri 6th, Fernando 9th, Rob 2nd, Gary 3rd, Alan 8th and Bob 5th!
The link to Gosford OPM shooting plots can be found HERE
It was a great Prize Meeting and it was excellent to see so many members attending and doing their best.
Sponsored by Roseville, North Sydney, Hornsby RSL, Manly, Hornsby, Gosford and 18th Battalion Rifle Clubs
Sunday 2nd November 2014 at Hornsby Rifle Range
2+10 shots at 500, 600 and 700m
To be shot on the HEXTA-2 electronic target system
Shooting commence at 09:00 hrs, Entries open Sunday 08:30, close at 10:15
Come and practice with us Saturday afternoon 1300 – 1630 @ 600m
This Championship is open to all TR A, B and C Grade competitors.
“F” Class Open and “F” Class Standard A and B, “F-TR” and Military Bolt competition.
Entry Fee remains at $30 for all Grades.
Masters Match (TR, FS, FO), Teams Match, Pairs match, Ladies, Veterans, Tyro and School Shooter Trophies
Food and refreshments will be available
Aggregate Bullion Badges will be allocated in all Grades and Disciplines. Due to late inclusion of F-TR there will be no Bullion Badges for “F-TR”.
Limited accommodation with hot showers available on range – book early
This Open Prize Meeting will be conducted under the Standard Shooting Rules 2014 and as amended/approved by NRAA. The committee reserves the right to vary the program and/or prize list if circumstances warrant
Prize Money will be allocated in proportion to the number of entries received.
Contact for further details: Cathy Burnitt Hon Secretary 0418 248807, e-mail: email@example.com
Roseville members showed up in force at this years NSW Queen’s. 5 members shot the McIntosh Lead-up Shoot, Mark, Phill, Alan, Gary and Rob and a huge 9 members shot the Queen’s, Mark, Phill, Alan, Gary, Rob, Michael, Fernando, Mike and Tim, which makes it a record from recent National Shoots.
Both Rob and Gary shone out on the first day of the Lead-up. Rob in B Grade received a 2nd and 1st for 300m and 700m with scores of 49.4 and 49.6 respectively and 5th for overall with 365.24 for the Lead-up! Gary in F Std A Grade received a 3rd place, 1st and 2nd for 300m 58.4, 600m 58.2 and 700m 57.3 respectively, he also got 3rd for the 2nd days AG and 3rd overall with 450.21 for the Lead-up! Mark got 9th badge for the Ag with 390.31, Phill finished 17th on 385.35 and Alan finished with 420.13 for 9th position.
Mark started off strongly on the first day of the Queen’s with a pair of 50.8’s to get 3rd and 1st places respectively. Rob shot very well in the 15 shot match at 600m to record the 3rd best score of 73.3, and finished 3rd in the days Ag! Well done Rob.
Roseville fielded one team in TR for the Sargard Teams Match which is shot after the first day of the Queen’s with 15 shots @ 600m, the shooters were Mark, Phill, Rob and Tim, with Mike and Mark coaching.They didn’t disgrace themselves, and with only one team to go they were sitting in 2nd position! But the late finishing Pacific team from Qld stole the show only dropping 3 points to steal victory. Our team scores were, Mark 74.6, Phill 73.7, Rob 73.6 and Tim 75.3 for a total of 295.22 and in 3rd position. Well done to Rob with his fine score and competing in his first Sargard, and also to Tim with his excellent possible. We tried to field an F Class team but unfortunately couldn’t find a 4th member to help us, hopefully next year a team can compete.
Day 2 saw some light drizzle in the morning and the organizers stopped the shoot for about 20 minutes until that cleared. The top Roseville results were Mark 1st at the second 300m with a 50.9 and Rob 2nd at the first 300m with 50.5! Well done guys. The day 2 Ag was highlighted by Mark finishing clean on 200.26 for 2nd place, Tim finished 25th with 198.18, and Rob also 2nd place with 193.15!
Day 3, the last, competitors were greeted with sunny and more still conditions that they hadn’t had during the previous days of competition. Soon after the shoot started the wind changed around and started coming from the left, the ocean side, this normally means the wind is more steady and reliable but you still have to be vigilant and watch for quick drop offs and increases.
Mark and Phill took control of these conditions and both posted near perfect scores of 50.9! This won the range for Mark and Phill got counted out for 3rd position, it’s hard at the top! Rob shot well also, and posted a 50.5 to receive a Silver medal for his achievement. Gary got a Bronze with his score of 59.5! In the last shoot of the Queen’s, a 15 shot match at 800m, Phill shot another possible 75.10, which only gave him 7th place. Proving that perseverance pays off, Michael shot a magnificent score of 88.9 in his first Queen’s and got 4th place for that and he had the highest X count in F Class A Grade! Well done Michael. The Day 3 Ag saw Gary get another Bronze medal with 147.11, and Phill narrowly missing out on a medal for 4th place with 125.19!
Now to the Queen’s and Grand Aggregate scores. Mark finished the Queen’s on 497.68 in 6th place and was unlucky not to get 3rd, he finished the Grand in 5th position on 887.96! Phill was also unlucky, he missed out on a Queen’s badge by one place with 492.61 in 31st position and he got 15th badge for the Grand with 877.96. Fernando came 34th, Tim 54th, Rob 3rd for the Queen’s and 5th for the Grand! Well done Rob, great shooting. Mike 17th, Gary 6th for the Queen’s and 5th for the Grand, well done Gary! Michael 19th and Alan 20th for the Queen’s and 9th for the Grand. There was a very special guest presenting all the prizes in the auditorium, none other than Roseville member and newly elected Senator David Leyonhjelm.
Well done to all the Roseville competitors, I’m sure they learned a lot and enjoyed the comradeship. All the results can be found at http://www.nraa.com.au/nswra-138th-open-championships-results/