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National Queens and Gosford Prize Meetings

Mark Buchanan and Tim Walter shot the National Queens in Brisbane from 14 to 16 October 2010.

Heavy rain preceded the Championships and the first day of the lead up Presidents shoot was cancelled. Rain threatened for the rest of the shoot and it was wet underfoot but it did not rain during the rest of the shoot.

Mark shot 149.19 on Day 1 of the Queens to be placed 20th in the Day 1 Aggregate. Tim shot 144.9 to finish 131st! What a difference 5 points makes.

The first range of the second stage was actually fired on Day 1 as rain was forecast for Day 2. The windy was gusty and tricky on Day 2 of the Queens as witnessed by the scores. Mark shot 49.8, 47.3, 47.3 for 143.14 for the Day 2 Aggregate to drop to 59th place. Tim shot 137.5 to drop to 143rd place.

Day 3 of the Queens saw 16 knot variable winds at 900 and 1000 yards and scores were the worst Tim have ever seen, especially at 1000 yards. Mark shot 48.4 at 900 yards and 34.0 at 1000 yards. Tim Walter shot 43.2 at 900 yards and 36.0 at 1000 yards which made Tim feel good as he has bettered Mark’s score! This gave Mark 82.4 on Day 3 of the Queens and Tim 79.2! This gave Mark a Queens Aggregate of 374.37 for 56th spot and Tim Walter 360.16 for 133rd spot, a 10 place improvement on Day 2 for Tim!

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Last season shoot

Roseville’s last shoot for the shooting year was shot on 29th May at 700m.

The weather was threatening and there was a strong possibility that it would be called off due to rain. It stopped raining though and the decision was made to start shooting. Only 3 brave souls shot though with others warming them selves in the clubhouse. Soon after shooting started the weather cleared up and the wind died off, it was like a very soggy shooting gallery. Mark started off in fine form shooting a near perfect 50.9, young C grader James then shot a very impressive 50.4. Andrew not to be left behind posted a great 50.6.

Some Roseville members of Team No 1

Mark had a goal in mind and set about beating Ian H’s “Cock of the Walk” for 700m of 100.17, he started strongly as ever and blitzed Ian’s previous score to shot a perfect 50.10, in doing so made it a clean sweep of top scores for this year on the final shoot! Well done Mark.

Andrew shot well again in his second shoot and scored a great 50.7 for a 100.13 for the day. James started off very strong after his 50 and the first 8 of his shots were bulls or centres, then unfortunately he shot two inners to finish. Still 98 is a magnificent achievement for a C Grader who hasn’t been shooting long at all. James had a couple of rounds left to shoot and guess what, they were a bull and a centre, which proves he can do it.

The Arn Hammond Team Shoots were dominated again by Roseville with Team #1 winning the Off Rifle Comp and the F Class team winning their comp. So well done again to all on another fine achievement.

So ends another shooting season with Mark once again raining supreme with an 1195.170 out of 1200, second was Ian H with 1190.127. B Grade was won by Grahame with 1151.87 and second Richard L with 1219.62. C grade was taken out by Alex shooting 1109.54 and Roger was second 624.30 (not shooting all ranges). F Class was blitzed again by Don with a great score of 1408, Don also scored 3 perfect 120’s during the year, and Marilyn was second with 1348.

Text and photos – Phill Hodder

Roseville leading Arn Hammond Competition

Roseville is in a strong position after several successful team shoots at 800m. With only

one range to left to compete for the season both Roseville “1” (Fullbore) and the Roseville F-class Standard teams are leading the competition ladder. Roseville “2” team are also pushing forward with some exceptional scores and are currently placed third.

 

Text and photos – Matt Bennie

2009 Sargard Teams Match at Malabar

Roseville Gold won the prestigious 2009 Sargard Teams Match at Malabar on Friday 11th Sept with a tremendous score of 299.36/300 coached by Mike Hodder, a clear point ahead of Wingham and Holsworthy. This four person teams match consisting of 15 scoring shots has a lot of history and is shot at the end of the first day of the NSW Queens at 600m.

Text and photos – Phill Hodder

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2009 QLD Queens, Belmont Rifle Range, Brisbane

Fine weather & the State Team Matches helped the QRA Queens with an entry approaching 380 this month.

Roseville members Mark Buchanan, Phill and Mike Hodder attended the shoot. Mark shot in the Australia Cup match, Teams matches, the Duncan and the Queens. Phill shot in the Queens only, with Mike lending support. Mark was unlucky in the final Australia Cup match and missed main selection into the 2010 Commonwealth Games but will be a reserve. He will also compete in the Commonwealth Games Shooting Federation Matches next February at Mandohar (1 hr drive South of New Delhi)

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USE VETS and NSDRA competition

On the 1st August there were some international visitors gracing the Hornsby Rifle Range. 11 United States shooters arrived to compete in a friendly teams match before heading north for the QRA Teams and Queens matches at Belmont Rifle Range. The North Score District had two teams ready to compete against their overseas opponents.

This was the first time most of the USA Team had seen our new ICFRA targets so it was a great learning experience for them, they also had Australian factory loaded ammunition to try with two different projectiles to test.

The day was warm and sunny with a gentle breeze blowing, not too much to worry the coaches. The first thing that became apparent to the USA Team was they needed bigger front sight rings to cope with the larger aiming marks used at 300m in Australia.

The match was to be two stages of 10 scoring shots with two optional sighters, with the best 5 scores to count. There was only one 50 scored on the first stage out of the 4 teams. Both of the NSDRA Teams scored 241 with USA #1 only 3 points behind, the other USA Team on 225. In the second stage four 50’s were posted, NSDRA #1 shot well only dropping 3 points, then came USA #2 on 234, NSDRA #2 with 232 and USA #1 on 231.

Text and photos – Phill Hodder, D Kazakov

2009 North Shore District Champion of Champions Shoot

Saturday 13th June was the date that the individual club champions from the North Shore District shot off to determine the District Champion over 300m, 500m, 700m and 800m. There were Senior, Junior, F Class Open and F Class Standard winners to be decided.

Roseville’s Mark Buchanan showed his dominance from the start, shooting a near perfect 50.9 at 300m, no one else managed to shoot a 50 in the first range.

Mark continued his good shooting to finish on top with a total of 200.37, that means that only 3 of his 40 scoring shots weren’t in the centre.

Second place went to a very unlucky Richard Jones from Manly Club who finished with 3, 50.9’s for 199.32.

The junior winner was Alec Muir from North Sydney Club with 196.13 followed by Robert Jenkins from Manly Club with 191.6.

F Class Open was won by Rex Forbes from Nth Sydney with 380.

F Class Standard was won by Dennis Smith from Gosford Club with 237,

Roseville’s Don McDonald came a credible 3rd with 231.

Andrew giving Mark advice before his final shoot at 800m Mark showing his winning score

End of the Rosseville Rifle Club 2008-2009 shooting season

t was great to see so many “A” Graders bidding for the Club Championship this year. The winner was not determined until the end of the season – Mark Buchanan shot a near perfect score of 1199 out of 1200 with 183 centres from a possible 240. Mark’s accomplishments included wins in the National and QRA Queen’s and many top 10 performances in other Queen’s and Prize Meetings.

Second place was not finalized until the second last week. Last year’s champion, Phillip Hodder was very lucky to gain second place after a fast and furious finish from Andrew Martin and Ian Hutchinson.

“B” grade was won in style by Jon Marriott with 1175 closely followed by Paul Heintzberger 1172, who had a late charge of good scores but couldn’t change the deficit. Congratulations go to Roseville’s Junior Champion, Michael Hutchinson, who finished fourth in “B” Grade with 1168, not far behind the leader.
F Class Open and Standard was won by Don McDonald. Don started the year shooting F Class Open and shot consistently well to finish a full card in six months with a wonderful score of 1398 out of 1440. He then turned his attention to F Class Standard and in the last six months beat an ever- improving Marilyn Humbert with a score of 1395 “C” grade was blitzed by Alex Marriott on 1131, Alex has worked very hard during the year and showed much improvement to become a real junior star in the making.
Text and photos – Phill Hodder

2009 North Shore District Open Prize Meeting 22 Feb

The morning started off misty but with no rain. After the previous days shooting was cancelled due to rain, it was a great relief for the organizers to have a dry start.

Competitors started arriving about 8.30, the final roll up was in excess of 65 which considering the weather was an excellent attendance and more than last year.

The first range, 500m saw some great scores. The winner was Roseville’s own Mark Buchanan with a 50.9 followed closely on count back to Mosman Neutral Bay’s Steve Negus. Then there were 3, 50.8’s. B grade was won with 50.3 by Hornsby RSL’s Alan Bowyer-Tagg.

C grade was won by Roseville’s Alex Marriott with 47.1. F class open won with a score of 96 by Rod Davies from Cessnock

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Barry O’Donnel Memorial Trophy

The inaugural presentation of the Barry O’Donnell Memorial Trophy was to Richard Lund, awarded for C grade Shooter with the highest score over all attendances for the 2007-2008 year.

We greatly appreciate the donation of this trophy by Barry’s family.

Barry was our club captain for many years and laboured tirelessly in support of club.

Text – Jon Marriot

Belmont Range Match

The QRA was held at the magnificent Belmont range (venue for the 2011 World Championships) with a strong attendance of >260 entries.

Roseville was represented by David Tracey (on leave from the UK), Andrew Martin & Mark Buchanan. The mornings were cold and wind challenging however mostly from the RHS of the range.

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National Queens 2008 Winner!

At the National Championships held at Belmont Rifle Range between 18 and 22 June 2008, Mark Buchanan shot brilliantly to win the National Queens Prize. This gives Mark his 10th Queens Number 1 badge, and his first victory in a National Queens.

Mark also came 4th in the President’s Match, the lead up shoot, with a score of 349.48/350 and 4th in the Grand Championship with a score of 919.105. Mark showed he meant business on Day 1 of the Queens by scoring 50.9, 50.9, 50.6 and 50.7 at 300, 500, 600 and 700 yards respectively to take out the Day 1 Aggregate with a score of 200.31.

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Champion of Champions Match

On Saturday the 14th June, the individual Club Champions from all the resident Rifle Clubs of the North Shore District Rifle Association met at Hornsby Rifle Range to determine who would be the District Champion. This is a very prestigious match and brings together all the very best shooters in the district.

The afternoon was very bleak, with an icy cold wind blowing and an occasional light rain shower thrown in just to make conditions interesting. As the match progressed the merit order changed as individual shooters battled those most trying conditions. At the end of the day Jeff Burnitt from the strong Hornsby Club won with a score of 197.17 out of 200. Our own Phill Hodder came a very creditable second just one point behind with 196.21. Phill had an unfortunate start and recovered to only drop a single point over the last three ranges. He was the only competitor to do so. John Ross Mitchell also from the Hornsby club won the Junior Champion of Champions thus making it a clean sweep for that Club.

As is tradition the Champion was carried from the Range in the winners chair led by a Scottish Piper.

Total results

Seniors

  1. J Bernitt (Hornsby) 197.17
  2. P Hodder (Roseville) 196.21
  3. J Evans (Hornsby RSL) 196.16
  4. P Theobald (Nth Sydney) 195.13
  5. E Hardy (Gosford) 192.13

Juniors

  1. J R Mitchell (Hornsby) 195.20
  2. J Mory (Gosford) 180.06
  3. H Lane (Nth Sydney) 178.10

F Class Open

R Forbes (Nth Sydney) 365

Photo – Phill Hodder, text – Ian Palmer

End of Season Celebration

We shot 800m and the weather was sunny and mild with a gentle breeze, shooters tried to get good scores to help their final tally in the club championships. We were lucky to gain some new members this year, a good mix of adults and kids. It’s good to see so many younger shooters joining as this is where the future in the club, and in the sport come from.

After shooting finished we went back to the club house and settled down for a sausage sandwich and refreshing drink, and reminisced on what a great year we had just had.

There is one special event though on Sat 14th June, the Champion of Champions Shoot. This is where the senior and junior winners from each club shoot off at 300, 500, 700 & 800m, to become the District Champion.

Phill Hodder