Archive for 2019

VALE – DAVID HOLLISTER


Our fellow club member and dear friend David Hollister passed away on Thursday July 25th, 2019 after battling pancreatic and liver cancer – unfortunately this type of cancer is very aggressive, so David was taken away from us far too early.

David was a wonderful man, a true gentlemen in every sense and an inspirational person who excelled in all aspects of his life. David was a loving family man and active in the community with his local church – he and wife Chris created a very successful printing business which they sold, allowing David to retire several years ago. He enjoyed a variety of different shooting disciplines and competed at an elite level including World Championships, Olympics and Commonwealth Games – of course most of us know David as a member of Roseville Rifle Club being a top A Grade full bore TR rifle shooter.

He was always an enthusiastic club member and regularly volunteered for duties around the club and on the range, often acting as Butts Officer and being involved in working bees and more recently our clubhouse renovations. He was particularly well known for sharing his shooting expertise and mentoring new and young shooters, so his passing will be mourned by many in the shooting community. Whilst many of our members had the good fortune of being mentored by David, our current Vice Captain Phill Hodder was lucky enough to have received one on one training for an extended period of time that resulted in Phill honing his skills to become one the best TR shooters in the district and going on to win the Champion of Champions match a few years ago, as well as OPMs and other events. Of course Phill himself is an excellent mentor for many of our younger shooters, no doubt enriched by his experiences with David.

One of the unique traits of David was his humility, he never boasted about the fact that he competed at an elite level, rather he always focused on how he could shoot better and also help other shooters improve their skills.

David is survived by his wife Chris and daughter Elizabeth, so our thoughts go out to them at this difficult time.

Farewell old friend, you will always have a special place in our hearts and we will all miss you dearly…..

Wingham OPM 2019

Wingham is the probably the largest OPM in NSW outside of a Queens and it didn’t disappoint this year as there were over 100 shooters that attended the 2019 Wingham OPM on 8-9 June. While the Sydney rains put some people off attending, Wingham had cloud on Saturday with little to no wind and sunshine with a slight breeze and some mirage on Sunday. From Roseville we had Target Riflers:

  • A Grade: Mark Buchanan, Pat Jacombs
  • B Grade: Angus Langsford, Rob Trodden, and Adam Beale
  • C Grade: Oliver Bishop

And in F-Class:

  • F-Std-A: Peter Walters
  • F-Std-B: Dmitri Kazakov, and Janet Beale.

This was Rob’s first OPM in almost 2 years  – good to see you back in competition Rob!  This was Oliver Bishops 1st OPM ever. Phill Hodder was also attending to help coach the Shore boys who are also members of RRC (this coaching role was very useful when he had to perform “emergency surgery” on Oliver Bishop’s rifle and trigger). Peter Walters retired after day 1 due to food-related illness but has recovered since then. Phil Jacombs was photographer and supporter of all.

Such was the level of competition that on Day 1, if you were in Target Rifle A Grade and you had dropped a single point then you would be in 11th position or lower! Congrats are extended to Jim Bailey and Mitch Bailey of Holsworthy who came 1st / 2nd in the grand aggregate! Overall, our Roseville people represented the club in fine form and many came home with medals or awards:

In target Rifle:

  • Mark B: 1stplace range prize against very steep competition
  • Adam B: three 1stplace range prizes, a 2nd place range prize, a daily aggregate 1st place trophy and then 2nd place prize in the grand aggregate
  • Angus L: a 3rdplace range prize and a 3rd place in the daily aggregate prize.
  • Oliver B: a 2ndplace range prize

In F-Class:

  • Dmitri K: two 2ndplace range prizes, a 3rd place range prize, a daily aggregate 1st place trophy
  • Janet B: two 1stplace range prizes, a 3rd place range prize, two daily aggregate 2nd place trophies, and then 1st place prize in the grand aggregate.

 Well done to all our RRC shooters and special congrats to Janet Beale on her first FStd-B Grade win!!!

Adam Beale

Nationals 2019

Belmont Shooting Complex in Brisbane Queensland was the place to be from 17 June to 23 June – it was that little bit warmer and of course a bit windier on a range that extends to 1000yds.

The first two days was the Martin Baxter Target Rifle team’s match which included Phil Hodder, Dmitri Kazakov and Pat Jacombs from RRC shooting at 800/900/1000 yds.  Also shooting on those two days was Janet Beale in an FTR capacity (this was a team trial but not a competition event).  Gary Faulkner was on hand to lend his support to the FTR trials; Phil Jacombs was lending a hand to the Target Riflers.

The second two days were devoted to the Presidents Match. From Roseville we had Target Riflers:

  • A Grade: Pat Jacombs (who had a cracking good day 1 with a clean score!), and Adam Beale
  • B Grade: Dmitri Kazakov (who won a 1st place and 3rd place rage prize)

Unfortunately, at this point Phill and Janet had returned to Sydney due to work commitments and so they did not shoot the “lead up” or the Queens.

The last 3 days were devoted to the NRAA Queens which had an astounding finish with U25 shooter Alex Davies of West Wallsend taking out the Queens prize.

From Roseville we had Target Riflers:

  • A Grade: Pat Jacombs, and Adam Beale
  • B Grade: Dmitri Kazakov (who won a 1stplace range prize, a 2nd place range prizes and two 3rd place range prizes)

In F-Class:

  • FTR – Gary Faulkner (who won a 1stand 2nd place range prize, a daily aggregate 2st place prize and the Queens Prize for the grand aggregate)

Well done to all our RRC shooters and special congrats to Gary Faulkner on his Queens Prize win!!

Adam Beale

Cessnock OPM 2019

On Sunday May 18, the Roseville contingent of El Presidente Mark Buchanan, El Capitano Michael Cuda, Uncle Mike Hodder, The King Of Hexta Dmitri Kazakov, Phill Hodder, Gary Faulkner, Allan Humbert, Janet Beale, Adam Beale, Alex Macaulay, Pat Jacombs and the support crew of Andrew Macaulay and Phil Jacombs, gathered at the Cessnock range for their annual OPM. The weather was warm (unseasonably so!) and the breeze was practically non-existent. So shooters really only had to worry about mirage and the scores reflected this.
Numbers were down about 20% on last year’s turnout (I blame the election), but the camaraderie and hospitality were as good as ever and a great day on the range was had by all concerned. And, of course, the Hexta targets performed flawlessly. So the day ran smoothly and efficiently. The competition consisted of 3 matches, each of 10 counting shots at 600 yds. 

Overall, the Roseville crew performed well, with range prizes being won by Dmitri (silver) and Adam (silver) in TR-B, Allan (2 x silver) and The Captain (silver) in F-Std A, Janet (silver and 2 x bronze) in F-Std B, and Gary (a full set of Gold) in F-TR.

Left-to-Right: Mark Buchanan, Adam Beale, Mike Hodder, Janet Beale, Michael Cuda, Phill Hodder, Allan Humbert, Dmitri Kazakov, Alex Macaulay, Phil Jacombs, Gary Faulkner, Pat Jacombs

There was no surprise in the aggregate prizes, with Gary taking all before him in F-TR, Allan taking second prize in F-Std A and Janet winning 3rd prize in F-Std B. The Beales won the “most medals in a family” award with 5!

Phil Jacombs

MDRA ANZAC Day shoot

A warm, sunny afternoon, with a moderate S-W breeze, greeted a small band of Roseville shooters on ANZAC day at Malabar.

A moving remembrance ceremony was held, with the raising of the Australian and New Zealand flags and the Last Post (played by Evan Jones of Manly club).

Gary Faulkner, Bob Kozminski, Allan Humbert and Pat Jacombs then headed to the 600m mound for two 15 shot matches.

The breeze, while moderate, was deceptive and quite a few shooters fell to its fishtailing nature. During the first match, there were a number of delays due to target issues and some shooters had to move to different lanes to complete their matches. Gary chose not to shoot on the day.

Aggregate scores were as follows:

 Target Rifle, A-grade  F-Std, A-grade
 Bob Kozminski 166.14
 Pat Jacombs 143.13  Allan Humbert 161.5

Overall, the Roseville shooters found the conditions tougher than they liked.

Phil Jacombs

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