Lynhurst OPM Report 16th and 17th March, 2019.

Roseville’s “Fearless Five” Mark Buchanan, Tim Walter, Mike Hodder (aka Marcus, Tom Walker and Uncle Mike) and Alan and Eva Patrick drove to the Royal Hotel, Carcoar arriving Friday evening.  After settling in and a few drinks at the bar we had dinner in the restaurant followed by deep and meaningful discussions.

Saturday was warm and overcast.  The paddocks were in a parlous state, quite different from when I was last there a year ago, when the grass was lush and tall.  The program was for 2 + 15 at 500 and 600 yards.

At the 500, shooters had a walk up start with 10 on each of the 5 Kongsberg targets.  The mounds are raised above the paddocks and are level, topped with fine gravel.  Wind was light to moderate from the right.  Tim had trigger problems and borrowed Mike’s until later in the day when Mal worked on it and got it going again.  We were treated to a procession of cattle moving from the left, firstly in singles, gradually increasing in numbers.  They were unfazed with the projectiles flying well over their heads. Some great scores resulted in several cases, mediocre in others.

There was a lunch break between ranges.

Conditions at 600 were like the morning and results were also well spread out.  At one stage several cattle were up against the fence, just below the targets.  Just as well no-one had forgotten to change their elevation from the morning’s shoot! Mike had the unusual result of being first and last in the same competition.

Mark, Tim and Mike had dinner at the hotel [in his absence, Mark won the Lucky Door Prize for TR ($100 voucher from NSWRA store) drawn on the Sat night in the clubhouse!!  The Patricks returned to the range for a roast dinner.

Sunday’s program was 2 + 10 each at 500 and a double 600.  Conditions were similar with variations in strength, direction for the last range.  Each of us competed in a positive manner, but it’s fair to say that we were all disappointed not to have performed better.

Results are at https://www.nraa.com.au/lyndhurst-rifle-club-opm-2019-nsw-results/

This is the second time I have been to Lyndhurst and can thoroughly recommend shooting there.  The meeting is well run in a low-key manner.  Everyone is friendly and co-operative.  The range has challenges due to the topography of the farm.

Uncle Mike

Trentham 2019 Report

In late January, 4 Roseville members (Mark Buchanan, Angus Martin, Adam Beale and Pat Jacombs), supported by Mike and Phill Hodder, Janet Beale and Phil Jacombs, arrived in New Zealand to represent Australia over 18 days of a truly extraordinary World Championship adventure at Trentham. Mark was a member of the Veterans team, Angus a member of the U25 Team and Adam and Pat members of the U21 team.

Located about 30 km north of Wellington, Trentham is renowned as one of the most difficult ranges on which to shoot, due to the vast fluctuation in its wind conditions. Almost all the Australian U21 team members were experiencing Trentham for the very first time.

The first competition was the U21 Teams World Championship (this being the inaugural running of this competition). Pat was very proud to be selected as one of the 5 shooters and Adam was selected as Master Coach. The competition was shot over 4 distances: 300, 600, 900 and 1000 yds, with each shooter having 10 scoring shots. Australia came second behind a strong local team of junior Kiwis. Pat shot exceptionally well, recording the top score in the Aussie team and was the 4th highest scorer in the whole competition. Adam’s coaching was the key factor in the team’s performance and his dedication to the role was clearly demonstrated by his state of physical and emotional exhaustion that was visible for all to see at the end of the shoot.

In conjunction with the U21 Teams World Championship, there were U25 and Veterans International matches. The U25 teams competed for the Haddon Donald Trophy and the Veterans competed for the Tony Loughnan trophy. Angus and his team-mates won the Haddon Donald trophy from the Great Britain team and the Veterans won the Tony Loughnan trophy in the tightest of contest with the Great Britain team (1,895.138 to 1,895.133)! Mark made a strong contribution to the win, being the 3rd highest scorer for the Aussie team.

The next competition was the New Zealand National Championships, which also doubled as the World Individual Championships for U21, U25 and Veterans shooters. Shot over 3 days, at 300, 500, 600, 900 and 1000 yds (each distance twice), this was another test of endurance. Mark performed brilliantly in this competition to be crowned Veterans World Champion. The Australian U25 team members really shone, taking 5 of the top 10 places in their Championships. Australian Chris Schwebel was crowned World Champion and Angus was placed 8th. In the U21 Champioships, Pat was very pleased with his 8th place. Adam also shot in this event and was placed 28th.

The Veterans and U25 Teams World Championships were next on the agenda. The Aussies continued their winning ways in both contests. Mark and Angus and their team-mates brought home the trophies with wins over the Great Britain teams to retain their World Champions status. The Vets prevented another heart-stopping finish by winning by 8 points!

Another international U21 teams match followed, competing for the Haddon Donald Trophy. This time the Aussies prevailed over the Kiwis, with Pat again making a strong contribution to the team’s success, being the 2nd top scorer in the Aussie team, with the 3rd highest score in the overall competition.

From there, the competition moved onto the Long Range World Championships (another individual competition and recognised as the World Championship for Individual Target Rifle Shooting). Over the course of 3 days, competitors shot three times at 800, 900 and 1000 yds It was during this competition that the infamous Trentham winds made their presence felt. In the often-treacherous conditions, shooting at 1000 yds is not only a test of endurance, but of mental strength. Adam and Pat found the conditions incredibly challenging, as did so many of the other competitors and their scores reflected this. Angus showed great patience and determination to finish in 44th place in a field of over 300, Mark was117th, Pat was 136th and Adam was 186th. Steve Negus from Australia won the competition to be crowned World Individual Champion, with Mitch Bailey in a close second place, by one point.

The final event of the competition calendar was the Palma Match. This prestigious teams competition was inaugurated in 1878 and is one of the oldest international competitions in sport. Shot at long distances over 2 intense days, it is held every 4 years and to describe the rivalry between competing nations as fierce would be an understatement, especially as the Great Britain team had not been beaten for the last 28 years.

The “Roseville 4” were not members of the Palma team so had the chance to be spectators/supporters. This was not to last for long. During the 2nd range of Day 1, two members of the Channel Islands team had to withdraw from the competition. As they had no reserves, the team could no longer officially compete. However, match officials made the generous decision to allow them to shoot on, if replacements could be found. Pat’s team manager grabbed him and another Aussie U21 team member and asked if they were willing to step in. Of course the immediate response was “yes” and suddenly Pat was recruited to unofficial Channel Islands citizenship. Thus Pat achieved a life-goal of shooting in the Palma Match (probably at least a decade before he thought he could ever be eligible). To top if off, he ended up being the Channel Islands top scorer for the match, earning not only the respect of his new “team” but their enduring friendship. The whole situation demonstrates why shooting is a wonderful sport, with a true sense of community.

By the way, the Aussie team delivered on their undoubted potential and romped away with the Palma Trophy, with the Great Britain team in second and the USA third.

 

Across the course of the various competitions, Australia won:

Veterans Teams World Championship

Veterans Individual World Championship

U25 Teams World Championship

U25 Individual World Championship

Long Range World Championship (Individual Open World Championship)

Palma Match (considered the Teams World Championship)

 

The “Roseville 4” achievements were:

Mark Buchanan – Veterans World Champion, member of the Veterans Team World Champions, member of the Tony Loughnan Trophy winning team

Angus Martin – member of the U25 Team World Champions, member of the Haddon Trophy winning team

Adam Beale – Master Coach of the U21 Team Silver Medal World Championships

Pat Jacombs – member of the U21 Team Silver Medal World Championships, member of the Haddon Trophy winning team, top shooter for Channel Islands Palma team

A great adventure and an opportunity of a lifetime.

Phil Jacombs

Captain’s 2018 Xmas Message

As we draw closer to the end of 2018, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on Roseville Rifle Club’s achievements over the past 12 months.

One of the key issues the committee recognised twelve months ago was the need to drive membership, so we all felt that the foundation for this was the need to modernise the clubhouse which had become a little tired and outdated. Through the tireless efforts of many members who either contributed financially or volunteered their labour, a number of significant improvements were made including creating a strong room, installation of a new kitchen (complete with new appliances), new floor coverings and a complete repaint of the internal areas of the clubhouse. The next stage of the refurbishment will commence in 2019 and include re-painting and re-cladding the external areas of the building.

From a membership perspective a number of initiatives were employed including the creation of new committee role (Membership/Marketing Officer) which Peter Walters is championing. Peter has been working on a number of initiatives to improve visitor’s experiences and I am pleased to report that we continued to grow this year and are now on track to meet our objective of 50 members by June 30th 2019 – amongst these new members we had a significant proportion of younger shooters who have shown enthusiasm and good potential.

Throughout 2018 many members participated in various OPMs, Queens and International competitions, as well as MDRA events and of course our own local Arn Hammond series. In many cases Roseville members distinguished themselves with lots of badges and medals being brought home throughout the course of the year. I recently looked at the national rankings for TR, FS and FTR and it was pleasing to note that a significant number of Roseville members are currently ranked amongst the top shooters in Australia.

With the Long Range World Championships coming up in January/February 2019 in Trentham New Zealand, I am pleased to advise that the competitive spirit is flowing strong, with several members (Mark, Angus, Adam and Patrick) competing, so we wish them all the very best for this prestigious international event.

I think we can all agree that one of the main reasons that our club is so successful, is the level of comradely, friendship and cohesiveness that binds us together – we all love our shooting, enjoy each other’s company and freely share information and that is something to be proud of.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Phill Hodder for all his time and effort over the years in his role as Club Captain – I have had very large shoes to fill, so I am so pleased that Phill took on the Vice-Captain’s role to assist in my transition into the role this year.

I wish everyone a happy and safe Christmas and I look forward to seeing you on the range in early 2019!

Best Wishes,

Michael Cuda
Roseville Rifle Club Captain

Christmas get together at the clubhouse

Happy new year!

 

ACT Queens

On Wednesday November 14, 3 Roseville representatives (Mark Buchanan, Adam Beale and Pat Jacombs) ventured onto the Canberra rifle range for a taste of their notoriously tricky wind conditions, shooting in the R A Rolph leadup event for the 2018 ACT Queens. Fortunately, for the first 2 days conditions were mostly favourable, which led to some good scoring. However, that was definitely the calm before the storm and the Queens event delivered everything that the pundits had predicted!

Pat’s NRAA ranking prior to the event had moved him into A Grade, so he was feeling a bit of extra pressure to perform, now that he was joining Mark with the “Big Boys”! In the lead-up event there were 38 competitors in A Grade and 23 in B Grade. Adam competed in B Grade.

The notable results in the leadup were:

Mark – 1st place in the first match at 500m with 50.9
Pat – equal 2nd in the second match at 500m with 50.8
Adam – 1st in the third match at 600m with 73.8
Adam – 2nd in the Day 1 aggregate with 170.19
Adam – 1st in the fourth match at 800m with 74.8
Mark – 1st in the fifth match at 800m with 75.9
Mark – 3rd in the Day 2 aggregate with 149.22
Adam – 1st in the overall aggregate
Pat – 7th in the overall aggregate (his first A grade badge), just 2 points behind the winner
Mark – 10th in the overall aggregate
Pat – top junior Target shooter

On Friday November 16, Mark, Adam and Pat were joined by Tim Walter (TR/A), Peter Walters and Michael Cuda (F Std/A), and Gary Faulkner, Eva Patrick and Alan Patrick (FTR/A) for the Queens event. 69 competitors lined up in TR/A Grade, 32 in TR/B Grade, 56 in F Std/A and 18 in FTR/A. Conditions weren’t too demanding for the start of the day, but things were about to start heading south! On Saturday, the wind really started to make its presence felt, swirling in from the south-west and moving around like a washing machine as it moved up the range. The flags were regularly facing opposite directions to each other. The more experienced shooters were better placed to handle these vagaries and the less-experienced shooters found the going really tough. The loss of a target during the morning session meant very slow progress on the mound and then a brief storm at lunchtime forced the 2 x 10 shot 800m matches to be reduced initially to 1 x 15 shot match, and then to a single 10 shot match. Sunday was about to put the icing on the cake with some truly bizarre wind conditions for 2 final matches at 600m.

Notable results from the 3 days of the Queens were:

Mark – 3rd in the first match at 500m with 50.8
Mark – 1st in the third match at 600m with 75.11
Mark – 1st in the Day 1 aggregate with 175.26
Adam – 1st in the fifth match at 600m with 50.4
Adam – 1st in the Day 2 aggregate with 144.11
Adam – 1st in the seventh match at 600m with 49.4
Michael – 1st in the seventh match at 600m with 60.4
Gary – 2nd in the seventh match at 600m with 56.2
Michael – 2nd in the Day 3 aggregate with 145.7
Alan – 3rd in the Day 3 aggregate with 140.6
Adam – 3rd place badge for the overall aggregate
Mark – 10th place overall
Michael – 10th place overall
Gary – 5th place overall

In the Grand Aggregate, Adam was placed 2nd (just one point behind the winner) and Mark was placed 3rd.

On a side note, Phil Jacombs discovered a family connection to the Bungendore Rifle Club that has been unknown for over 100 years. If you have a few minutes, ask him about it!

Phil Jacombs

NSDRA OPM 2018

The NSDRA OPM was shot on 3rd and 4th Nov. Roseville had a stellar turnout of 8 target riflers and 6 F-Class shooters for the favourite shooting competition of the year. Interestingly

  1. RRC fielded over half of all the TR-A competitors (Mark Buchanan, Dmitri Kazakov, Phill Hodder, Steve Tofler represented RRC).
  2. On Day 1 TR-B was 100% Roseville (Pat Jacombs, Mike Hodder, Adam Beale represented RRC) although a couple of more from outside joined in TR-B fun on day 2.

It was also good to see new member Sam Houston shooting in C-Grade – well done Sam! In F-Class, we had a strong FTR showing with Gary Faulkner, Alan Patrick and Eva Patrick; in FS-A Peter Walters and Michael Cuda were stars; and Janet Beale had fun in FS-B (thanks to loan equipment from Jon Marriott). The weather obliged, it was hot and sunny with mirage and a slight breeze to contend with.

Every single shooter from RRC took out at least a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in their respective class/grade for a detail. Well done to all our shooters who showed how strong and supportive a club we are!

Notable 1st or 2nd placings for Daily Aggregates:

Day 1 Agg: Mark was 1st (TR-A), Mike was 1st (TR-B), Pat was 2nd (TR-B), Sam was 2nd (TR-C), Michael was 2nd (FS-A), Gary was 2nd (FTR)

Day 2 Agg: Mark was 1st (TR-A), Pat was 1st (TR-B), Peter was 2nd (FS-A), Gary was 1st FTR

Notable 1st, 2nd or 3rd placings for the two day Grand Aggregate:

Mark was 1st (TR-A), Pat was 1st (TR-B), Adam was 2nd (TR-B), Mike was 3rd (TR-B), Sam was 2nd (TR-C), Michael was 2nd (FS-A), Peter was 3rd (FS-A), Janet was 3rd (FS-B), Gary was 2nd (FTR), Alan was 3rd (FTR)

Special congrats to Mark Buchanan who took home the prize of a new barrel for being the top shooter!

Also, congrats to Pat who took home top Junior Shooter and who now moves to A grade in the NRAA database just in time for the Canberra Queens!

And a big thank you to Allan Humbert who spent the two days inputting all the stats on the NRAA score system, thanks Allan!

(thanks to Phil J for being photographer)

Janet Beale

Gosford District OPM 2018

Sunday 21 Oct was the Gosford Open Prize Meeting, comprising three details at 500m. Roseville had strong competitors with Dmitri Kazakov and Mark Buchanan competing in Target Rifle A; two of our juniors Pat Jacombs and Adam Beale in Target Rifle B; Peter Walters in F-Standard A; and Gary Faulkner, Eva Patrick and Alan Patrick in F-TR. Despite the heavy rains overnight, and the mud in the carpark, the weather held out and there was hardly a drop during the shoot. The mound was well protected with cover just in case which everyone appreciated.  Roseville had an excellent day with an excellent centre count as you will see below…

In Target Rifle:

1st Detail: Dmitri 50-9; Mark 50-8; Pat 50-7; Adam 49-7

2nd Detail: Dmitri 50-5; Mark 45-7 (“X” in wrong target!!!); Pat 50-10 !!! (his first probable!); Adam 50-6

3rd Detail: Mark 75-13; Dmitri 74-10; Pat 75-12; Adam 75-11

In F-class:

1st Detail: Peter (FS/A) 60-5; Eva (F/TR) 60-5; Gary (F/TR) 59-6; Alan (F/TR) 57-4

2nd Detail: Peter (FS/A) 59-4; Gary (F/TR) 60-5; Alan (F/TR) 60-5; Eva (F/TR) 54-5 (shot in wrong target!!!)

3rd Detail: Peter (FS/A) 90-9; Alan (F/TR) 89-7; Eva (F/TR) 88-6; Gary (F/TR) 88-6

Yes, you read that right 8 possibles and a probable out of 12 details in Target Rifle and 5 possibles in F Class! Really great shooting by Roseville!

So how did Roseville place? Our members took home a lot of range prizes for each detail and in aggregate they did very well indeed…..

  • Dmitri Kazakov – 3rd in TR A Grade Aggregate
  • Mark Buchanan – 5th in TR A Grade Aggregate
  • Pat Jacombs – 1st  in TR B Grade Aggregate, overall King of the Range, top Junior Shooter
  • Adam Beale – 2nd in TR B Grade Aggregate
  • Peter Walters – 2nd in F-Std A Grade Aggregate
  • Gary Faulkner – 1st in FTR Aggregate
  • Alan Patrick – 2nd in FTR Aggregate
  • Eva Patrick – 5th in FTR Aggregate

What a great outcome for Roseville; and our Gosford hosts were very generous with the various medals, badges and prizes on offer.

Well done all; and special congrats to Pat for his “King of the Range” and probable!

Janet Beale

NSW Queens report for RRC

From Wed Oct 3rd to Sunday Oct 7th the NSW Rifle Association held the 142 Open Championship comprising the McIntosh Series and the Queens. This year, RRC  had 3 “A” grade representatives (Mark Buchanan, Phill Hodder and Angus Martin); 3 “B” grade representatives (Mike Hodder, Pat Jacombs and Adam Beale),

1 FS/A shooter (Michael Cuda) and 1 FTR shooter (Gary Faulkner).  Quite a few of the Australian team representatives were there (Palma, U25 and U21) as all teams are beginning to gear up for the World Competition in Jan 2019 so the competition was a very high calibre indeed.

This year, all scoring reverted to manual targets due to issues last year with the Konsberg electronic targets. However, the conditions were challenging to say the least with high winds and rain (heavy at times) which caused issues with the manual targets (inability to read the markers at a distance and stickers falling off the paper targets). As such, the organisers reverted to a modified program of 11 details instead of the normal 16 details and one whole day of competition was cancelled due to the shocking weather.

However, the competition did complete the modified program and RRC was well represented by our competitors

In A-Grade, the most notable individual performances by the RRC shooters included:

McIntosh Series > 500m (first detail) Phill came 3rd with 50-6, Mark came 4th with 50-6
McIntosh Series > 500m (second detail) Mark came 3rd with 50-8, and despite scoring 50-4 Phill came 16th (clearly the A Grade competition was of a high calibre!!)
McIntosh Series > 600m (first detail) Mark came 1st with 50-7, despite scoring a possible, Phill came 6th with 50-3
McIntosh Series > 600m (second detail) Mark came 2nd with 50-8
Queens > 700m (first detail) Angus came 8th despite scoring a possible 50-3!
Queens > 700m (second detail) Mark came 4th with 50-7

In B-Grade, the most notable individual performances by the RRC shooters included:

McIntosh Series > 500m (first detail) Pat came 3rd with 50-2;
McIntosh Series > 500m (second detail) Mike came 4th with 50-5, and despite scoring 50.5 Pat came 6th (clearly the B Grade competition was of a high calibre!!)
McIntosh Series > 600m (first detail) Mike came 4th with 49-5
McIntosh Series > 600m (second detail) Pat came 2nd with 50-7
McIntosh Series > 800m (second detail) Adam came 2nd with 47-3, Pat came 3rd with 46-4

Queens > 700m (first detail) Pat came 4th with 48-5
Queens > 700m (second detail) Adam came 2nd with 50-3
Queens > 800m (day 3 first detail) Pat came 3rd with 48.2
Queens > 800m (final detail) Pat came 1st with 49-4, Adam came 3rd with 49-1

In F-Class the most notable individual performances by the RRC shooters included:

Queens > 700m (first detail) Gary came 1st (FTR) with 59-3
Queens > 700m (second detail) Gary came 2nd (FTR) with 59-2; Michael C came 3rd (FS/A)with 59-4
Queens > 800m (first detail) Gary came 3rd (FTR) with 82-2
Queens > 800m (day 3 first detail) – Gary came 2nd (FTR) with 55-0
Queens > 800m (day 3 second detail) – Gary came 1st (FTR) with 56-2;  Michael C came 4th with 55-0

Overall, RRC took home quite a few awards and placed within the top 5 in:

McIntosh Day 1: Mark > Aggregate A Grade 1st place; Pat > Aggregate B Grade – 3rd place; Mike > Aggregate B Grade – 5th place
McIntosh Day 2: Mark > Aggregate A Grade 4th place; Pat > Aggregate B Grade – 5th place
McIntosh overall: Mark > Aggregate A Grade 2nd place; Pat > Aggregate B Grade – 4th place
Queen’s Day 2: Gary > Aggregate 1st (FTR); Michael C > Aggregate FS/A – 4th place;
Queen’s Day 3: Gary> Aggregate 2nd (FTR); Angus > Aggregate A Grade 4th place, Pat > Aggregate B Grade – 1st place;

Overall Queens Aggregate: Pat > B Grade – 2nd place, Michael C > FS/A – 5th place. Gary > Aggregate 2nd  place (FTR); (with special mention to Angus > A Grade – 7th place)

Pat also took home the top High School Shooter prize.

In the Grand Aggregate, covering both the Queens and McIntosh series,  Mark (A Grade) came 6th, Pat (B Grade) came 2nd and Adam (B Grade) came 7th

Well done to our RRC competitors in very challenging circumstance.

Janet Beale

Exciting times are ahead for two Roseville junior members

Adam Beale and Pat Jacombs have been selected in their first National Team as members in the Australian U21 Team to compete in Trentham, NZ early 2019. This is a fantastic achievement and shows the determination and focus both boys have!

   

As well as Adam and Pat, Angus Martin will be involved with the Australian U25 Team and also Mark Buchanan in the Australian Veterans Team. This championship will be held in New Zealand from 24 Jan – 11 Feb 2019 and will incorporate Junior and Veteran team shooting, the NZ National Championships, the World Long Range Championships, and the most prestigious teams match in shooting , The Palma.

This is very impressive for Roseville Rifle Club having 4 members competing in these events representing Australia all the way through the age brackets from juniors to seniors.

Adam’s selection in the Australian U21 Team was recently featured in a fabulous article in the North Shore Times 

We wish all the shooters the best of luck and many “V” Bulls.

Queensland Rifle Association Championships – 2018.

Dmitri Kazakov and Tim Walter attended the Queensland Championships held at Belmont Rifle Range between 7 and 11 August 2018. Pat Jacombs joined later and shot the Queens Prize accompanied by his father, Phil Jacombs. Dmitri Kazakov arrived one day earlier and shot Archer Trophy & F Class Challenge 2018 15 shoots match at 1000 yard. He managed to get first place in B grade and second in competition getting the valuable prize.

Dmitri, Tim and Pat all shot TR B Grade.

The results were as follows:

 The Duncan.

Shooter 300 Yards 500 Yards 600 Yards 600 Yards Day 1 900 Yards 1000 Yards Day 2 Duncan Aggregate
Dmitri 47.3 14th 43.3 23rd 44.2 20th 50.6 1st 184.14 17th 50.6 3rd 36.1 25th 86.7 19th 270.21 20th
Tim 48.6 10th 49.6 4th 48.5 4th 46.2 17th 191.19 9th 48.4 10th 45.4 7th 93.8 8th 284.27 8th

Dmitri lost 5 points at 500y by traditionally shooting his last shot as V on the wrong target. However he managed to recover at the end getting the first place and gold medal for second 600y range.

For a moment, we thought Roseville had a new member, when we spotted one of the Japanese competitors in a Roseville Shirt and cap!

The Queens – Day 1

Shooter 300 Yards 500 Yards 600 Yards 600 Yards Queens Day 1 Aggregate
Dmitri 50.6 2nd 48.4 18th 48.5 17th 50.4 3rd 196.19 5th
Tim 48.3 15th 49.3 13th 48.0 24th 43.0 34th 188.6 26th
Pat 49.4 9th 48.3 23rd 48.7 15th 49.5 7th 194.19 10th

The Queens – Day 2

Shooter 800 Yards 800 Yards 900 Yards 900 Yards Queens Day 2 Aggregate
Dmitri 49.5 17th 49.3 5th 46.2 18th 49.3 9th 193.13 11th
Tim 50.3 11th 46.2 29th 47.4 9th 50.5 1st 193.14 10th
Pat 49.4 18th 46.4 26th 45.3 20th 48.3 18th 188.14 22nd

The Queens – Day 3
At the last range the Roseville members were devastated by constantly changing wind direction. In combination with limited experience at long distance shooting under windy condition this significantly affected their final results.

Shooter 1000 Yards 1000 Yards Day 3 Aggregate
Dmitri 46.2 24th 43.0 26th 89.2 22nd
Tim 45.2 26th 32.1 36th 77.3 33rd
Pat 47.4 17th 36.0 23rd 83.4 30th

 

The Queens – Aggregate

Shooter Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 The Queens Aggregate
Dmitri 196.19 5th 193.13 11th 89.2 22nd 478.34 9th
Tim 188.6 26th 193.14 10th 77.3 33rd 458.23 27th
Pat 194.19 10th 188.14 22nd 83.4 30th 465.37 24th

 

Duncan and Queens Grand Aggregate

Shooter Duncan Aggregate Queens Aggregate Grand Aggregate
Dmitri 270.21 20th 478.34 9th 748.55 13th
Tim 284.27 8th 458.23 27th 742.50 15th

Dmitri came third at 900 yards in the Duncan and was placed 9th in the Queens to receive a badge.

Tim received 8th Badge in the Duncan Aggregate and a Gold Medal for winning the second 900 yards on Day 2 of the Queens.

Pat was shooting his first Queens and he did very well overall, particularly given his limited experience at long ranges to date.

     

Rosevillians brought back home a lot of toffees this time.

Tim Walter

Mark Buchanan finishes in 4th place at H.M. Queens Prize, Bisley 2018!

In an astonishing display of marksmanship, Mark Buchanan top scored in the Queens Prize Stage III Final, shooting 134.10 over 900 yards and 1000 yards, to give him a total Aggregate of 280.24. This placed him 4th in H.M. Queens Prize, Bisley 2018, only one point and five centres behind the winner, David Luckman on 281.29.
Mark was also only one centre behind both Matt Button and the great Parag Patel who shot off for second and third place with 280.25 each.
Conditions were extremely difficult with strong and variable winds racing across Stickledown range for both shoots at 900 yards and 1000 yards. Mark shot 65.4 at 900 yards and 69.6 at 1000 yards, his 69.6 being the highest score shot at 1000 yards on the day – by three points!
Mark had shot 102.10 in Stage I to qualify for Stage 2, where he scored 146.14, placing him in 54th position. This effectively gave David Luckman, this year’s Commonwealth Games Gold medalist and arguably the best rifle shooter in the world at the moment, a 3 point lead going into Stage III, as David had scored 149.20 in Stage II placing him in 3rd position.
Luckman took a further 3 points lead over Mark at 900 yards shooting 68.6 to Mark’s 65.4, but Mark piled on the pressure at 1000 yards with his 69.6. Luckman replied with 64.3, which was enough for him to finish just one point ahead of Mark and to win H.M. Queens Prize for 2018.
Mark was the top scorer of a sizeable Australian contingent and congratulations must also go to James Corbett who finished 5th with 279.32 and Angus Bell who finished 9th with 279.16. Mark Horsnell finished 52nd with 271.18. Well done mark! Associate member Keirin McCamley was unlucky to finish Stage II with 144.15 in 108th position, missing out on a place in the Final by 1 point and 3 centres.
James Corbett was unfortunate in that he went into the final with 148.23 and shot a brilliant 70.6 at 900 yards to put him in the lead, only to finish with 61.3 at 1000 yards, thus indicating the extreme difficulty of the conditions on the day.
Mark’s 4th place is his best performance at Bisley so far and a just reward for many years of dedication and application. UK Queens results are HERE.

Good report written by Captain of Australian Rifle Team to Bisley 2018 Geoff Grosskreutz is available HERE

Well done Mark! You have done yourself, your club and your country proud.

Tim Walter.
30 July 2018.

DRA/City v Country weekend

Roseville had some busy shooters this weekend (15-16 July)… and before going into the details I want to thank Mike Hodder who did all the hand-loads for some RRC junior shooters (due to the factory ammo shortage). We also want to send hearty congratulations to Angus Martin who was also selected for the NSW State Team and received his numbered cap! Well done Angus!!!

Saturday

NSW Rifle Association’s District Rifle Competition team shoot (5 per team) was held at Malabar in the afternoon (with a bit of a breeze blowing) with 2+10 at 700m and 2+15 at 800m (max score of 125.15 TR and 150.15 F-Class) on manual targets. Roseville had a huge contingent with 11 representatives in the various NSDRA Target Rifle and F-Class teams. Our Rosevilleans did very well:

o   Angus Martin (TR Gold team) : scored 125.15
o   Phill Hodder (TR Gold team): scored 122.9
o   Adam Beale (TR Gold team): scored 119.8
o   Pat Jacombs (TR Green team): scored 119.6
o   Mike Hodder (TR Green team): scored 117.7
o   Gary Faulkner (FTR): scored 147.13 <<<  part  of winning team!
o   Alan Patrick (FTR): scored 144.10 <<<  part  of winning team!
o   Eva Patrick (FTR): scored 142.10 <<<  part  of winning team!
o   Michael Cuda (F-Std): scored 143.7
o   Allan Humbert (F-Std): scored 137.5
o   Peter Walters (F-Std): scored 149.7

While the NSDRA teams shot admirably, it was only the NSDRA FTR team who came home with winners prizes. Congrats to Gary, Alan, Eva and the rest of their NSDRA team!

Sunday

NSW Rifle Association’s City vs Country match was also held at Malabar starting in the morning (brrr very cold!) with 2+10 at 500m and 600m, and finished in the afternoon with 2+10 at 700m and 800m using manual targets. As you will see below, Roseville had a lot of representatives there which shows what a great, vibrant and active club we have.

The day had its issues (e.g. Pat lying down to shoot on a colony of ants and being bitten and having to move, Adam having only a few minutes to do his first detail due to team running out of time, mechanical target D6 was not working properly affecting Dmitri’s shoot etc) but overall everyone enjoyed themselves.

Despite it being a teams’ event, listed below are the individual results from RRC members (max score of 200.40 in TR and 340.40 in F-Class):

o   Angus Martin (City TR) scored an impressive 200.24…..and was top scorer of the day!
o   Dmitri Kazakov (City TR) scored 195.22 with 50.9 at 500m, getting the bull after his rifle cheek-piece had to be removed to replace a misfired round…
o   Phill Hodder (City TR) scored 195.12
o   Adam Beale (City TR) scored 194.19
o   Pat Jacombs (City U25 TR) scored 184.11 <<<part  of winning team (despite the ant bites!!)
o   Angus Langsford (Country U25 TR) scored 182.12
o   Gary Faulkner (City FTR): scored 236.16  <<< part  of winning team!
o   Alan Patrick (City FTR): scored 230.17 <<< part  of winning team!
o   Eva Patrick (City FTR): scored 221.6  <<< part  of winning team!
o   Michael Cuda (City F-Std): scored 225.14
o   Peter Walters (City F-Std): scored 224.11
o   Bob Kozminski (City F-Std): scored 220.15
o   Allan Humbert (City F-Std): scored 211.9

All in all the RRC members did a great job in their respective teams – well done to one and all with special congrats to Angus M, Pat, Gary, Alan, and Eva for making it to the podium and coming home winners.

Janet Beale

 

West Wallsend OPM 2018

The West Wallsend Open Prize Meeting was held on Sunday, 1st July which was a beautiful but a bit chilly day ….rifle shooting is a good way to start the new financial year!

There were 53 shooters competing across the various disciplines and the order of the day was 2+10 at 500yds, 2+10 at 600yds and 2+10 at 600yds.

The intrepid Roseville shooters were Phill Hodder, Angus Martin and Tim Walter in A grade; Adam Beale in B grade; Angus Langsford in C grade and Alan Humbert in F-Standard A grade. Similar to the Wingham OPM, Alex Macaulay (B grade) was an “adopted Rosevillian” for the day because he shoots with Shore School with our other junior shooters.

Highlights of the day

  • Angus Martin shot his first 50 with 10!! CONGRATS Angus you have nerves of steel!!
  • Tim Walter came 4th at 500yds
  • Angus Langsford won 1st/2nd/1st as 3 range prizes in C grade plus 1st in aggregate score in C-Grade
  • Phill Hodder came 4th at 600 yds and 4th in aggregate score in A Grade.

At the end of the day the aggregate scores in target rifle out of a max of 150-30 were as follows:

  • Phill Hodder: 149-19 (99.3% accuracy)
  • Angus Martin: 148-21 (98.7% accuracy)
  • Tim Walter: 146-14 (97.3% accuracy)
  • Alex Macaulay: 145-13 (96.7% accuracy)
  • Adam Beale: 144-12 (96% accuracy)
  • Angus Langsford: 144-11 (96% accuracy)… this should mean he is now moving to B-grade!

The aggregate score in F-Class out of a max of 160-30 was:

  • Alan Humbert (F -Std A grade): 175-12 (97.2% accuracy)

So I think you can see Roseville was well represented particularly as almost 50% of the top 4 in each grade/discipline have this range as their home range which would provide them some sort of “home advantage”. Congrats to all!

Author and photos Janet Beale

NSDRA Champion of Champions, 23 June 2018

And so, it came to pass, after about 50 weeks of Club competitions, that the best from each club was assembled to do battle to find the best of the best.  Competitors and club members assembled just after high noon.  The frogs were started.  Blackboards placed in strategic positions.  The Hexta targets were prepared with new aiming marks. The air was electric with anticipation.

The field of fire was 2 + 10 shots each at 3, 5, and 700M with a 2+15 at 800M.

The F class shooters were first to step up for a 1pm start.  Michael (Barra) Cuda our Champion with 1765.144 ex 1800.300 was not available to shoot as he was at the Belmont Range (QLD) for the Nationals.

Alan Ashworth took out F-Std-A clean, with 270.33 from Terry Howell (North Sydney) 268.17.

F-Open-A was Alan Seaman (Manly) again clean with 270.32 from Wu B Lau (Hornsby RSL)

F-TR-A winner was Alan Bowyer-Tagg (Hornsby RSL) with 263.19 from Sandy Mansfield (Manly) 245.11.

Roseville were represented by Phill Hodder (Club Senior Champion 1483.158) and Adam Beale (Under 25 Champion 1210.87) in Target Rifle.

Conditions were excellent for the first three ranges with fine, light overcast and virtually no wind.  At 800M the wind picked up a little with a bit of a fish tail.  The low sun became much more of a problem making sighting difficult.

After 45 counting shots, Adam took out both the Under 25 and Top Overall Shooter with an excellent 223.28 (50.5, 49.6, 50.7 & 74.10, one centre ahead of Phill 223.27 (50.7, 50.5, 50.7 & 73.8).  Adam was 6.11 points ahead of Angus Mansfield.

Competition was intense, and it came down to the wire; the last range.  A demanding 15 shots at 800M with the lowering sun cause sighting problems on the targets.  Phill’s win was against strong opposition, succeeding to beat Bill Ballantyne (Hornsby RSL) by 4 centres, JR Mitchell (Hornsby) by 1.4, Richard Jones (Manly) by 1.5 and Grant Roberts 8.11.

Thanks go to Vern Norrgard (Range Officer), Doug Bowen (Butts Officer), Adrian Bonanni (Statistics) and several others from various clubs who helped make the competition work. Special thanks to Allan Humbert who single handily repaired the front and rear centre rubbers.

Results in more detail here: – http://shooting.hexsystems.com.au/competition/monitor/136

Photos Janet Beale and Uncle Mike.

Author Uncle Mike.

2018 Wingham OPM

On Friday 8 June, various Roseville RC’s representatives (Dmitri Kazakov, Phill Hodder, Peter Walters, Tim Walter, Allan Humbert, Eva Patrick, Alan Patrick, Adam Beale and Pat Jacombs) made their way to Wingham for the Open Prize Meeting. Alas, all the RRC entrants were not there on the final day (Sunday) with Dmitri leaving early due to back problems and the Patricks leaving early due to illness.

 The competition consisted of Friday’s practice day with a sweepstakes competition, then on Saturday 3 x 10 shot matches at 400m, 500yds, 600yds, then on Sunday, 2×10 shot matches at 500yds and 600yds, followed by a 15 shot match at 600yds (with a concurrent pairs match of A Grade and school shooter). Phill had double duties as he was both competing and also helping the Shore School competitors (Adam, Pat and Alex).  The range was full with over 100 competitors but, to the credit of the organisers, the competition flowed very well despite clouds that threatened but did not deliver much rain.

Overall, Roseville members acquitted themselves superbly with Allan Humbert, Peter Walters, Pat Jacombs and Adam Beale all receiving multiple awards. Some of our A grade competitors (Phill, Alan, Tim, Eva) competed very well but were up against very stiff competition.  For example, in the TR competition there were 3 scorers in A grade who scored 325 out of a possible maximum 325 and in F-Standard two people scored 389 out of a maximum 390! Tough indeed – but well done to Phill, Alan, Tim and Eva for competing so admirably.

 At the end of the weekend, the following awards were taken home by RRC members:

Peter Walters (F Standard A)

  • Day 1: 1st at 600yds,
  • Day 2: 2nd at 500yds, 1st at 600yds (10-shot match) and took home the Aggregate Day 2 second place prize for FSA.
  • Overall Aggregate 3rd place in FSA

Allan Humbert (F Standard A)

  • Day 1: 2nd at 400m, 3rd at 600m and took home the Aggregate Day 1 third place prize for FSA.
  • Day 2: 2nd at 600yds (15-shot match)

Adam Beale (B Grade TR)

  • Day 2: 3rd in B Grade at 600 yds (15 shot match)
  • Overall Aggregate 4th place in B Grade
  • Top School Shooter
  • Top Pairs – Adam Beale with Alistair Dyason

Pat Jacombs (C Grade TR)

  • Sweepstakes: 2nd Highest Score in Target Rifle
  • Day 1: Top scored in C Grade at 400m, 500yds, 600yds, and took home the Aggregate Day 1 first place prize for C Grade.
  • Day 2: Top scored in C Grade at 500yds, 2nd place C Grade Aggregate Day 2 Score
  • Overall Aggregate 1st prize in C Grade
  • Promoted to B Grade on completion of the competition!

Results can be found here 

Janet Beale

Cessnock OPM

Arriving at Cessnock on Sunday morning we were greeted by clear skies, no wind and what promised to be great shooting conditions. Anticipation of a good day’s shooting was in the air. Roseville was well represented by Mark Buchanan, Dmitri Kazakov, Phill Hodder, Peter Walters, Gary Faulkner, Angus Martin, Allan Humbert, and the “Junior Rosevillians” of Adam Beale, Angus Langsford and Pat Jacombs, also wearing their Shore school Mac Caps.

Roseville team at Cessnock OPM 2018

Dmitri’s day didn’t start as planned as he had left his target rifle bolt at home, so he decided to tackle F Class for the day sharing Gary’s rifle (on top of his other role, “babysitting” the newly-installed Hexta system!).

Peter – 1st at Match 3 with 60.6

Dmitri – 1st at Match 2 with 59.4

The competition consisted of 3 x 10 shot matches at 600yds. With the arrival of Sydney High bus and 22 student shooters, the range was full to overflowing and consequently some lanes took a long time to get through their matches. The decision was made early on to roll over the matches on each target, as moving everyone to a different target was going to prove impossible. One lane was moving so slowly that organisers had to spread their final match over the remaining lanes, as each lane became free, otherwise they would have run out of daylight!

Phill – 4th at Aggregate with 150.12

Gary – 2nd at Aggregate with 178.18

Overall, Roseville members acquitted themselves well, with 2nd, 3rd and 4th place in A Grade TR going to Mark, Angus and Phill; 2nd, 4th and 5th places in A Grade F-Std going to Gary, Peter and Allan; 7th place to Adam in B Grade TR; 4th place in B Grade F-Std going to Dmitri; and 1th and 4th place in C Grade TR going to Pat and Angus. Pat has now won C Grade at his last 2 OPMs.
Results for all competition can be found HERE
Phil Jacombs