Archive for 2018

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

MDRA Anzac Day Shoot – 2018

The MDRA annual Anzac Day shoot was held on Wednesday the 25 April.

The shoot commenced at 12.30 pm following a short Anzac day ceremony.

The shoot comprised 2 stages at 600 metres and was conducted under threatening weather conditions with a strong off shore wind blowing.

Gary Faulkner and Allan Humbert attended both shooting F class.

In the first stage Gary started well with a 58.3 (5th) but was beaten by Allan with a 58.4 (4th), one point and one super centre behind the stage winner.

For the second stage that was a 11 shot match, the trend continued with Gary shooting 65.5 (4th) and Allan narrowly beating him with a 65.8 (3rd) The winner scored 66.5.

These positions continued through to the aggregate with Allan finishing on 123.12 (3rd) and Gary on 123.8 (4th) The winner Ralph Garlick finished closely in front on 124.14

Allan H

Victorian Grand Championships – 2018

Mark Buchanan, Tim Walter and Allan Humbert attended the Victorian Championships held at Bendigo between 18 and 22 April 2018.

Mark shot particularly well during the Syme, finishing in 4th place, winning one range and finishing second, third, fourth and fifth at others.

Mark opened strongly in the Queens on Day 1 with a 50.9 and a 50.7 at 500 yards, but finished with a 48.4 at 600 yards to be 16th on the Board.

Mark shot a solid 148.17 on Day 2 and an equally solid 98.11 on Day 3, which included a 49.7 at 1000 yards.

Mark’s score of 394.48 in the Queens placed him 12th overall and 692.84 saw him finish in 4th place in the Grand Championship.

Tim entered A grade although entitled to shoot B grade. Had he shot in B grade and shot the same scores, he would have won Day 1 of the Syme, won the Syme Aggregate by 2 points, placed 10th in the Queens and come second in the Grand Championship!

Allan shot in F Standard A and started the Syme in blistering form, coming second on Day 1 with 176.10.

Day 1 and Day 2 of the Queens saw some good scores, and Day 3 saw a very good 57.4 at 1000 yards to finish 4th at that range.

Allan finished 12th in the Syme, 13th in the Queens and 10th in the Grand Aggregate.

The results were as follows:

The Syme.

Shooter 500
Yards
500
Yards
600
Yards
Syme
Day 1
700
Yards
900
Yards
1000
Yards
Syme
Day 2
Syme
Aggregate
Mark 50.7
7th
50.7
4th
50.5
3rd
150.19
2nd
50.9
1st
49.6
15th
49.2
5th
148.17
5th
298.36
4th
Tim 49.6
25th
50.3
17th
47.3
30th
146.2
23rd
47.3
36th
48.0
32nd
47.4
16th
142.7
32nd
288.19
29th
Allan 60.5
2nd
59.3
5th
57.2
6th
176.10
2nd
58.0
10th
51.0
16th
47.0
15th
156.0
15th
332.10
12th

 
The Queens – Day 1

Shooter 500
Yards
500
Yards
600
Yards
Queens Day 1
Aggregate
Mark 50.9
3rd
50.7
14th
48.4
34th
148.20
16th
Tim 48.5
43rd
50.2
34th
45.2
50th
143.9
49th
Allan 59.6
9th
58.1
14th
52.1
20th
169.8
16th

The Queens – Day 2

Shooter 700
Yards
800
Yards
900
Yards
Queens Day 2
Aggregate
Mark 50.7
1st
49.7
28th
49.3
24th
148.17
11th
Tim 47.2
44th
48.2
47th
47.2
43rd
142.6
45th
Allan 59.4 5th 56.2 14th 55.3
11th
170.9
10th

The Queens – Day 3

Shooter 900
Yards
1000
Yards
Queens Stage 3
Aggregate
Mark 49.4
37th
49.7
5th
98.11
7th
Tim 49.5
31st
46.1
38th
95.6
38th
Allan 55.3
17th
57.4
4th
112.7
8th
The Queens – Aggregate

Shooter Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 The Queens
Aggregate
Mark 148.20
16th
148.17
11th
98.11
7th
394.48
12th
Tim 143.9
49th
142.6
45th
95.6
38th
380.21
46th
Allan 169.8
16th
170.9
10th
112.7
8th
451.24
13th
The Percy Pavey Grand Aggregate

Shooter Syme
Aggregate
Queens
Aggregate
Grand
Aggregate
Mark 298.36
4th
394.48
12th
692.84
4th
Tim 288.19
29th
380.21
46th
668.40
30th
Allan 332.10
12th
451.24
13th
783.34
10th

Duncan Davies won the Queens with 399.47 and the redoubtable James Corbett won the Grand Championship with 695.76.

Congratulations to both, especially to Duncan on winning his first Queens!

Tim Walter.

Lyndhurst Prize Meeting – Easter 2018

Mark Buchanan, Andrew Martin, Angus Martin and Tim Walter attend the Lyndhurst Prize Meeting held on 31 March and 1 April 2018.

A Teams Match was conducted on Friday afternoon on 30 March at 600 yards and the scores were as follows: Mark 49.3, Tim 49.1, Andrew 48.0, Angus 49.7 = 195.11. Although this was not good enough to beat the young lads from Sydney, three of whom are in the Palma Team, we did finish second, which was pleasing in that we beat the Lyndhurst Team and two other teams.

The Day 1 Aggregate was shot over 500, 600, and 600 yards on Saturday and saw Mark shoot 150.17 to win the TR A Grade Day 1 Aggregate by one centre from Chris Schwebel.

Shooter 500 yards 600 yards 600 yards Day 1 Aggregate
Mark 50.8 50.5 50.4 150.17 – 1st
Angus 50.7 – 7th 49.7- 10th 49.6 48.20 – 8th
Andrew 49.5 – 2nd 46.4 50.3 – 1st 145.12 -2nd B
Tim 47.3 46.4 47.1 140.8 – 19th

 

The Day 2 Aggregate was also shot over 500, 600, and 600 yards on Sunday.

Shooter 500 Yards 600 Yards 600 Yards Day 2 Aggregate
Mark 50.9 – 3rd 49.6 50.6 149.21 – 5th
Angus 49.7 – 16th 49.4 48.5 146.16 – 15th
Andrew 46.4 49.3 – 2nd 49.5 – 2nd 144.12 – 3rd – B
Tim 48.2 47.5 48.3 143.10 – 17th

 

Shooter Grand Aggregate
Mark 299.38 – 1st
Angus 294.36 – 10th
Andrew 289.24 – 3rd– B
Tim 283.18 – 17th

Mark won the Grand Aggregate with 299.38, narrowly avoiding a shoot off with Matthew Shepherd, who finished second with 299.35.

Angus did well to finish 10th in the Grand Aggregate in a very strong field of top A Grade shooters.

The strength of the field was demonstrated by the fact that Angus finished 7th with a 50.7 at 500 yards on Day 1, 10th with a 49.7 at 600 yards on Day 1, and 16th with a 49.7 at 500 yards on Day 2!

Andrew was unfortunate in that his sling broke at some stage, costing him valuable points.

Tim is still finding form for Bendigo!

Tim Walter.