Roseville at the World Championships

Two Roseville target rifle (TR) shooters have just returned from competing at the World Championships in Bloemfontein, South Africa. This competition was supposed to be held in 2023 but was delayed due to Covid (previous TR World Championships were in 2019 in New Zealand).

Roseville is extremely proud that Mark Buchanan and Adam Beale were representing Australia in both the teams and individual events. Mark was in the Australian Veteran’s Team and Adam in the Australian U25 Team, but they were also up against 320 of the world’s best shooters in the individual competitions.

In the 3 teams matches:

  • The Australian U25 team (which included Adam) came home with 2 gold medals and a 4th place;
  • The Australian Open-age team came home 1 gold medal and 2 bronze medals;
  • The Australian Veteran’s team (which included Mark) came home with 1 gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal.

Overall, Australia came home with 8 medals out of 9 team competitions. There were many individual and team records broken at this championship. It was the tightest final round in the Open-age (Palma) match.  The Australian Open-age team defended their title as World Champions as did the Australian Veteran’s team. What a tough competition.

Highlights for our Roseville competitors:

  • In the second teams match (Protea Match / Tony Loughnan Memorial Match) Adam was top U25 scorer overall.
  • In the World Championship matches shot at 300m, 600m, 800m, 900m
    • Mark Buchanan was 4th in the veteran category only dropping 4 points;
    • Adam was 8th in the U25 category
  • In the Grand Aggregate for the World Long Range Championship (Individual):
    • Veteran’s grand aggregate >> Mark was 30th in a large field of 102 vets / supervets
    • U25 grand aggregate >> Adam was 2nd (and 36th overall).

As Roseville Club Captain Rob Trodden said “our club has 2 members in the top 100 shooters IN THE WORLD, something most of us can only dream of”.

Roseville congratulates our own world class shooters on their international success and all their Australian Team mates who dominated the various matches.  You Did Us Proud!

More photos and details can be found at >>
https://www.facebook.com/ausrifleteams
https://www.facebook.com/AustralianU25RifleTeam
https://nraa.com.au/nraa-news/australia-defends-world-champion-fullbore-target-rifle-shooting-title/

Australian Veteran’s Team – Mark Buchanan (middle row far right).

Australian U25 team – Adam Beale (back row – left).

Janet Beale

Rosevilles Rising Star Shines Bright at North West New England DRA OPM

On Sunday the 17th of March, Nigel Russell, Skye Russell, Ross Webb and Adrian Bonanni entered the North West New England DRA Open Prize Meeting. There were 54 entries for this one day prize meeting at Spring Ridge Rifle Range, showing that long range target shooting is strong in this part of New South Wales.

Adrian waits to shoot at the first match

We recongnised a couple of familiar faces who also made the trip from the North Shore District – Matt Paroz from Hornsby RSL and Gavin Mitchell from Hornsby Manly TRC. With only 4 HEXTA targets – the competition organisers were keen to get going so the first 500 yard match started at 8:30am.

Skye Russell was forced to enter TR B-Grade because no C-Grade competition category was offered. She was the first of our Club to shoot at the 15 shot match at 500 yards and she posted a very credible 73.4. Not wanting to be out-shot by his daughter Nigel shot next and was relieved to notch up a 74.8 continuing his good form from his recent Tasmanian Kings win. Ross got down and learned the wind at 500 yards posting an 80.2. Last to shoot at 500 yards was Adrian Bonanni. The mirage started to play-up by this time as it was mid-morning and Adrian dropped on inner 4 more than he would have liked posting a 72.9 – with two inner fours only just out at 3 oçlock – one where he had wound a quarter right. Doh!

Ross relaxing while he waits to shoot at the last 600 yards

It was back to 600 yards and the combination of wind and mirage in the middle of days had everyone spooked. It did not look like the flags and mirage were doing very much, but you really had to be careful as the flags shifted from 12:30 to 1:30 – across zero. Skye maintained her focus and racked up and impressive 49.2 in the 10-shot match – coming 3rd in TRB. Ross got down and was pleased with his 54.4. Nigel let Skye get around him getting up with a 48.4. Adrian new he could not afford to drop any more points, given his bad start, and he got down and shot the only possible in Target Rifle posting a 50 with no centres. The combination of mirage and wind plus some wind reading kept him in the bullseye and he won the match in TRA.

Nigel, Skye and Adrian were in the hunt and it was going to come down to the last match. Skye made it look easy at the 15 shot 600 yard match – effortlessly racking up a 72.7. Nigel was feeling some match pressure and tried his best to move up the ladder – but he was only able to post a 71.3. Ross was a bit tired by the afternoon – given we were up at 6:30am and on the road by 7am to make start-time and he shot a 78.2. Adrian was up for not dropping any more points, and posted the highest score in TRA at the match with a wonderful 75.8

No smiles – all business – Skye prepares for the last 600 yard match

Half a smile – she must be pleased with her shooting at the last 600 yard match

So in the wash-up at the end of the day – Skye Russell our TRC shooter rose to claim Number 3 badge in TRB at the competition with an aggregate of 194.13 – only two points behind the winner in TRB.

Nigel and Adrian’s shots at the 2nd 600 yard match

Adrian picked up two wins in TRA at each of the 600 yard matches staying clean at that distance. Nigel and Ross enjoyed the shooting – with some things to reflect on and experience at Spring Ridge under their belt. It was an great prize meeting with two 15 shot matches in the mix – and I would encourage more Roseville Members to head north to the competition next year.

TRA Scores

TRB Scores

FSB Scores

Adrian Bonanni

From Scone to Aberdeen – Saturday Practice for New England North West DRA OPM

Nigel and Ross and the welcoming committee at Scone – with the new Ute in the background.

Ross Webb and Adrian Bonanni were looking forward to a good weekend of shooting and camping starting on Friday the 15th of March.  The plan was to head off from Sydney at midday and drive into the farm gate at Scone to meet Nigel on his front porch for beer by 4:30pm.  Ross was keen to stretch the legs of his new Isuzu D-Max 4WD and so he took the first shift on the drive.   The trip north on the New England Highway was very un-eventful – but we did discover that Singleton and Scone have some of cheapest fuel prices in NSW – so it was great to top-up there.   We arrived with caravan in tow at Nigel Russells farm as expected and enjoyed a quiet drink before we headed off to the Thoroughbred Hotel for a delicious steak.   Most of the discussion over dinner centred around shooting as you would expect, and we finished our social at around 9pm and went back to the farmhouse to watch the Sydney Swans flog the Collingwood Magpies in the AFL.

There is something about country life – the fresh air, the sounds of nature – that means you always have a good night sleep – and that night was no exception.

The next morning we had a decision to make:  Head to Spring Ridge to practice on the day before the Prize Meeting, or go 15 mins down the road to Aberdeen and experience Nigels local range.   When Nigel informed us that the Captain of the Aberdeen Rifle Club was going to change their range programme from 300yards to 500yards so we could get practice at the same distance we would be shooting first up the next day at Spring Ridge – the choice was easy.

Having never shot on the Aberdeen Rifle range before – I can say I was very impressed with the range as soon as we drove in the front gate.  It is very well maintained range with 50m and 100m firing points and the firing points from 300yards all the way back to 600yards. It has 5 target lanes – and the Club has 4 Silver Mountain targets.

Looking downrange from the 500 yard firing point at Aberdeen.

We met Kevin Muffet – Club Legend – at the 100m mound where some morning shooting with .223 Centrefire and .22 Rimfire was taking place.  They were finishing off the morning shoot so we signed in, and when shooting ceased – we headed to the butts to put the Electronic Targets up.  Looking back down the range from the elevated stop butts was a pretty sight – and there was a tricky Southerly wind coming in at 6 to 8 MPH so it was going to be a challenge.  We met some familiar faces on the range including Rod Davies from Cessnock – who regularly goes to Aberdeen to practice wind reading.

3 Electronic Targets were installed and we headed back to the 500 yard mound for the afternoon shoot.  There were about 8 shooters that afternoon and I am told that is a big day for Aberdeen.  Nigel, Kevin and Adrian had Target 1, Ross paired up with Rod on Target 2,  and a number of locals shot on target 3.

Adrian had recently installed a new barrel using his standard load and was getting over 3,100 fps at the muzzle – boy does it shoot flat – but maybe a bit too fast for .308 Win

Nigel shot his first stage and was 4 shots in when someone accidentally reset the target.   He started his stage again and posted a credible 49.1 in tricky conditions.    Adrian followed suit and notched up a 49.6 with one drifting out at 3 o’clock due to a wind drop-off.   Ross shot one 15 shot match and recorded no shot less than a 5 to post an 83.2

In the second practice, Nigel had two batches of ammo, and at the changeover one fired low giving him one more inner 4 than he would of liked.   He posted a 48.3.   Adrian shifted over to Target 2 and shot his second stage in trickier wind conditions and was pleased to get up with a 49.5

Nigel on-aim during the second practice.

The Club Practice at Aberdeen was all done by about 3:30pm and so we helped pack up the targets and said our goodbyes to Kevin Muffet and the Aberdeen boys – with a promise to return sometime soon.   There are rumors that they will host an OPM – so we pledged our support and are keen to return.   It was a great afternoon on the Aberdeen range and it is a wonderful range to shoot on if you are ever in the New England area.

The next day we were heading to the North West New England District Rifle Association OPM – so read the next article for more on that.

Adrian Bonanni

KATOOMBA RC OPM 2024

KATOOMBA RIFLE CLUB Inc. SINCE 1893
2024 FULLBORE OPEN PRIZE MEET MATCH REPORT 9th-10th March 2024

The Katoomba Rifle Club Inc (“KRC”] held its first Open Prize Meeting in 5 years last weekend, the 9th-10th March 2024, to contest the historical Paterson Trophy (since 1938) and Peacock Cup (since 1906). This OPM was a grand occasion, as it was also the first sanctioned Fullbore competition for the KRC since being reopened by the NSW Police Firearms Registry, after significant capitol works and an agreed bi-partisan risk assessment, in November 2023.  To mark this return to competition, the KRC have created a new perpetual trophy called the Katoomba Phoenix. The Katoomba Phoenix trophy marks the dawn of a new era, with new range works, new club works, new club philosophy but an absolute goal of maintaining the KRC competitive traditions and achievements (that include over 90 years of perfect safety).

Saturday 9th March — Paterson Trophy (since 1938).

Competition started on Saturday after a briefing by the CRO David Waters, and an introduction to the KRC range and club executive Robert Logue (Capt) and Daniel Moore (Vice Capt). The crowd were made up of shooters from many ranges in NSW, stretching from Wagga to Tamworth and many ranges in between.

The Saturday event was to contest the Paterson Cup. Mr R.J.(Bob) Paterson was a member of Katoomba for 60 years, popular and longest-serving Captain, then President and Patron. He was also elected to the NSWRA (1921), Vice President (1947) and was made a Life Member.

All seemed a perfect start to weekend competition – the weather turned on a magnificent day for all shooters, to the delight of the hosts who had planned for wet weather with many tarps, ropes and poles at the ready. This meet was going ahead no matter what…

At the morning sign-on, we were blessed to have Chris Roberts in attendance. Chris has made a significant contribution to KRC by recording the club’s long history and has published a book on this subject. Chris is an expert on the clubs ancient trophies, origins and the personalities involved. He was instrumental in tracking down Paterson’s involvement and actively promoted the club recognising his achievement. Chris stayed on for whole of the weekend event. It was wonderful to have Chris participate in our presentation ceremonies.

The Paterson course of fire was:

  • 300 yards TR (2 and 10)
  • 500 yards TR (2 and 10), F-Class (2 and 15)
  • 600 yards TR (2 and 15), F-Class (2 and 15)

The 600 was originally set for 2 and 10, but little was it realised that TR 2 and 15 was the 600 tradition at Katoomba, so 2 and 15 it was, after all the competitors agree to the 5 round increase. The shooting and match structure history of the KRC on this picturesque Leura based range goes well back. Some may balk at the 300 stage, but 300 is of significant historical importance to our club foundation, as part of an aggregate 300, 500 and 600 competition. The KRC is dedicated to, at least for these historical trophies, keeping this historical 300, 500 and 600 course shot well into the future.

Saturday placings for the Paterson Cup were:

PATERSON Target Rifle
Winner Alan Patrick – Roseville Rifle Club – 169.10
Runner Up David Xuereb – Explorers Rifle Club – 168.11
3rd Place Robert Logue – Katoomba Rifle Club – 167.11
PATERSON F-Class Winner Chris Davis – Tamworth Peel Valley Rifle Club –  176.14
Runner Up Ryan Urguhart – Tamworth Peel Valley Rifle Club – 174.10
3rd Place Rowan Uguhart – Tamworth Peel Valley Rifle Club – 172.08

The Paterson medals were presented by Robert Logue and the trophy cup was presented by Chris Roberts, and long-time member of the KRC and a considerable benefactor as he personally wrote about the great Katoomba Rifle Club history in the book “From Cascade to Wentworth Creek” L Alan Patrick, R Chris Davis, Winners of the Paterson Trophy.

The Saturday finished with a good presentation, out front of the refurbished and clean clubhouse thanks to the hard work of Roman Copot, Gordon Stephens and Frank Gasparini, and a few others, where medals and prize money were handed out to the deserved winners and place getters. Ray Wilson gave some history of the Paterson Trophy to the shooters, and some of the stories that have lived on in regards to competition many years ago through the Blue Mountains region and Katoomba’s place in that Paterson Trophy history. Paterson Trophy was awarded and appropriate down-range photos were taken.

The day concluded with a bite to eat, some important hydration and lots of chatter amongst many new friends…it was a grand occasion for the KRC…but there was more to come…tomorrow…Sunday…

Sunday 10th March — Peacock Cup (since 1906).

Sunday morning came, and the KRC cook Gordon Stephens was on the job satisfying the hungry bellies of those that would soon do battle against and a decent northerly headwind with some slight fishtailing providing some tricking points of left and right of movement, that it seemed to affect some less than others over the course of the day.

Up for grabs on this day was the Peacock Cup. Arthur Peacock joined the Katoomba Rifle Club on 17th January 1899, from Wentworth Falls Rifle Club. In 1906, he donated a silver cup (minted 1868) to the KRC for competition — the most well-known trophy in KRCs 131-year history. Peacock was a President, Patron and life member in 1912, a year before he died, a great benefactor.

A repeat of Saturday’s course of fire for Sunday took place, continuing with the KRC tradition.

The Peacock course of fire was a repeat of Saturday:

300 yards TR (2 and 10)
500 yards TR (2 and 10), F-Class (2 and 15)
600 yards TR (2 and 15), F-Class (2 and 15)

Sunday aggregate for the Peacock Cup placings were:

PEACOCK Target Rifle

Winner Damon Livermore – Sydney Rifle Club – 170.15
Runner Up Alan Patrick – Roseville Rifle Club – 170.14
3rd Place  Adrian Bonanni – Roseville Rifle Club – 167.10

PEACOCK  F-Class

Winner Chris Davis – Tamworth Peel Valley Rifle Club – 175.15
Runner Up Ryan Urguhart – Tamworth Peel Valley Rifle Club – 175.11
3rd Place  Bruce Rowlands – Lyndhurst Rifle Club – 173.09

The Peacock Cup medals presentation was made by Chris Roberts, again with his extensive knowledge of the KRC and this incredible trophy. Chris gave us some stories of the Peacock Cup, and expanded into talk about the Explorers Trophy that Chris wishes to track down (great for KRC).
For the Peacock Cup trophy presentation, Graeme Bright from Bathurst Rifle Club was asked to present the trophy to the top TR and F winner. Graeme kindly accepted, recognising his long affiliation to the Blue Mountains district for rifle shooting competition and his association with the Peacock Cup, and how he had contested in many times, and at the KRC range, and shared his recollection of breaking C grade as a youngster (a lot of ands, but…there is just so much history). Graeme provided some interesting anecdotes on the history of the Peacock Cup and the hard-fought competition with his Bathurst Rifle Club and other clubs, and the many individuals that was a hallmark of its long history.

Adrian Bonnani receiving 3rd Place in the Peacock Cup. 167.10
L Damian Livermore, R Chris Davis, Winners of the Peacock Cup.

Sat-Sun agg — KRC Open Championship — The KRC Phoenix Trophy.

KRC’s new Phoenix Trophy was for the grand aggregate of Saturday and Sunday, and presented to the top of both TR and F. David Xuereb of the NSWRA was present to make this presentation, which was only fitting given Davids continued interest and support of Leura range re-opening and his understanding of the greater sport of target shooting.

PHOENIX target Rifle
Winner Alan Patrick – Roseville Rifle Club – 339.24
Runner Up Robert Logue – Katoomba Rifle Club – 334.20
3rd Place David Xuereb – Explorers Rifle Club – 332.21

PHOENIX F-Class
Winner Chris Davis – Tamworth Peel Valley Rifle Club – 351.28
Runner Up Ryan Urguhart – Tamworth Peel Valley Rifle Club – 349.21
3rd Place Rowan Urguhart – Tamworth Peel Valley Rifle Club – 343.15

L Alan Patrick, R Chris Davis, Winners of the Inaugural Phoenix Trophy.

At the close of the presentation, David Waters put the offer to the shooters to change the program for the KRC second 2024 OPM to be held in September. After some consultation with shooters and subsequent calls, the September OPM is set, for Saturday 7th Bronger Shield (since 1900) for a 300, 400, 500 and 600 course. Sunday 8th will be the Carrington Cup (since 2005) to be a double 500 followed by a double 600. Both matches open to TR and F, again…and, pending numbers, F may break up into multiple classes.

This shoot was a major success, for all in attendance and for the KRC. The KRC members stepped up and did well to put this event on in 10 weeks — helped by Danny Van DyWs excavator to fill and level the newly topped 500 and 600 mounds just 2 day before the shoot.

Another winner was the Blue Mountains region, to host an incredibly prestigious and historical cup event, in their backyard, with shooters from around NSW bringing support to local cafés, restaurants and services, doing a bit of sightseeing and leaving the place as they found it, safely.

One of the take-aways is how great the shooter attention to the competition was, while remaining a very light a vibrant atmosphere. Maybe it is the wonderful fresh Blue Mountains air, or perhaps it was because the shoot was run the way a shoot should be run…who knows…but we are grateful for all the wonderful feedback and correspondence we’ve received since the event. The KRC thank the encouragement we’ve received for the works done on the facility, the work to be done, and the pledges for the coming September OPM. All shooters will be made welcome.

Regards, Dave Waters.

 

Tasmanian Grand Championship and Kings Prize 2024

Most of you will have heard, as good news travels fast, that Phill Hodder won both the Kings Prize and the Grand Aggregate in TR/A Grade shot at Campbell Town Range Tasmania over 7 to 11 March 2024. Not only that, but Nigel Russell won the B Grade Kings with a convincing performance as you will see from the table below.

It must be a unique occurrence for two members from the same Club to win a Kings Prize in both A Grade and B Grade at the same competition. Go Roseville!

Phill Hodder and Sam Houston shot the Lead-Up Priory Ridge Wines Series as well as the 1,000 Yard Tasmanian Championship to gain experience for the main event. Phill finished in Third Place in TR/A Grade and Sam finished in Second Place in TR/B grade.

In the 1,000 Yard Championship Phill came 4th shooting in difficult wind conditions with 68.4/75, only 3 points behind the winner.

Match Phill – A Grade Sam -B grade
500 Yards 48.5 47.2
600 Yards 49.4 – Third 47.4 – First
700 Yards 48.6 43.1
800 Yards 48.6 46.4
900 Yards 50.6 50.3 – First
1000 Yards 48.4 46.4
Aggregate 291.31 – Third 279.18 – Second
1000 yard Aggregate 68.4 – 4th A 60.1 – 2nd B

Nigel Russell and Tim Walter entered for the Kings Prize Series only.

The First Stage of the Kings was shot over 500, 500, 600, and 600 yards. Conditions for the first two ranges were reasonable with some cloud cover keeping the temperature down a bit but became more difficult after lunch for the two 600 Yard ranges.

Phill signaled his intentions by opening with 50.3 and a 50.6 at the 500 yards ranges to win the second range. At the 600 yards ranges Phill did not let up, scoring 48.4 to place third at the first 600 yards range and a 49.5 to again win the second 600 yards range. This gave Phill a score of 197.18 to win the First Stage of the Kings Prize!

In B Grade, Nigel shot a fine 49.6 to win the first 500 yards range with Tim just behind on 48.5 and Sam on 48.4. Nigel was consistent, scoring 47.2 at the second 500 yards range to finish third and a 47.2 and a 46.3 at the 600 yards ranges finishing in second place at both ranges.

Sam picked up second place at the second 500 yards range with a 48.4.

Day 2 was hotter and provided all competitors with the most difficult wind conditions of the competition over the 700, 700, 800, and 800 yards ranges. Conditions were not too bad for the first 700 yards range.

Phill showed perfect form to win the first 700 range with a staggering 50.9 followed by a 49.6 to maintain his high scoring consistency. At 800 yards the wind was coming from the right with shooters needing up 7 points of wind, but Phil managed a 48.5 at the first 800 yards range. Phill’s main challenger, Michael Millen from the Mosman-Neutral Bay Rifle Club, threw down the gauntlet at the second 800 yards range with a 50.7, which could have been a tipping point, but unfazed, Phill replied with a 50.7 of his own finishing the shoot with a 5 to finish in the range third place. This gave Phill a score of 197.27 to finish in third place in the Second Stage Aggregate. At this stage of the competition Phill was equal leader in A grade with Michael Millen, both on 394/400, but with Phill having a handy lead of 9 central bulls.

Meanwhile, Nigel continued to wreak havoc in B Grade, shooting 50.3 to win the first 700 yards range, 47.3 to win the second 700 yards range, 50.5 to win the first 800 yards range and 48.3 to come third at the second 800 yards range. This gave Nigel a 10-point lead over his nearest competitor in B Grade, David Phippard from Murwillumbah. I don’t think Nigel was worrying too much about his 5 central bull lead! Not surprisingly, this gave Nigel First place in the B Grade Day 2 Aggregate.

Sam shot a 48.2 at the first 700 yards range to finish second and Tim shot a 46.2 at the first 800 yards range to finish third.

We all packed up just before it started to rain, which continued moderately through the night.

Day 3 dawned cloudy and overcast with a few drops of rain. At least it was cool and there was little in the wind.

At 900 yards Phill was heard to say he was going to do what he enjoyed and proceeded to post a 50.8 to win the range! At 1,000 yards Phill kept his cool to shoot a 49.4, unfazed by an inner on the 7th shot. This gave Phill an aggregate of 99.13, sufficient to win the Day 3 Aggregate by 2 central bulls. It also gave him the Kings Prize with 493.58 and the Grand Aggregate with 784.89. A truly momentous win! To say well done Phill is an understatement!

Back in B Grade, Nigel shot a 48.4 to win the 900 yards range and Sam shot a 48.3 to finish second.

Tim shot a 47.2 to finish third, dropping his last two shots which he need not have fired if he had set his elevation correctly giving him sighters of 0 and 1! A 50 gone begging!

At 1000 yards, Nigel shot a 47.4 to come second at that range and to win the Day 3 Aggregate with 95.8. This gave Nigel the B Grade Kings Prize with 479.35. Altogether, Nigel won 5 ranges, came second in 3, and third in 2, thus placing at every range. Nigel also won the Day 1, Day 2. and Day 3 Aggregates in B Grade. Well done, Nigel!

Sam shot a 47.3 to come third at 1000 yards.

 

Match Phill – A Grade Nigel – B Grade Sam – B Grade Tim – B Grade
500 Yards 50.3 49.6 – First 48.4 48.5 – Third
500 Yards 50.6 – First 47.2 – Third 48.4 – Second 42.2
600 Yards 48.4 – Third 47.2 – Second 43.3 42.1
600 Yards 49.5 – Second 46.3 – Second 40.1 41.1
Day 1 Agg 197.18 – First 197.18 – First 179.12 173.9
700 Yards 50.9 – First 50.3 – First 48.2 – Second 46.4
700 Yards 49.6 47.3 – First 44.3 42.2
800 Yards 48.5 50.5 – First 45.2 46.2 – Third
800 Yards 50.7 – Third 48.3 – Third 48.3 44.2
Day 2 Agg 197.27 – Fourth 195.14 – First 185.10 178.10
900 Yards 50.8- First 48.4- First 48.3 – Second 47.2 – Third
1000 Yards 49.5 47.4 – Second 47.3 – Third 39.4
Day 3 Agg 99.13 – First 95.8 – First 95.6 Second 86.6
Kings Agg 493.58 -FIRST 479.35 – FIRST 459.28 437.25
Grand Agg 784.89 – FIRST

It was a great honor and pleasure to Chair Phill to the presentation with bagpipes played through an iPhone as there was no Piper!

Nigel, Sam, Tim, Bill Ballantyne, Tony McGuigan and Bill Naismith formed the Chairing party. Don’t miss the Video!

A most unforgettable and enjoyable time was had by all.

Tim Walter.

The lifeblood of the club shoots on Saturdays

The lifeblood of any club is the membership. While some of our club members choose to go to various competitions and are recognised in the website writeups, quite a few don’t do competitions or they take a break from competitions. But, whether you compete or don’t compete, we all have one thing in common, the Saturday afternoon shoot at Hornsby. It is not mandatory…. so we do it for the fun of it, to seek a personal best, for load testing, to learn new skills/disciplines or really any other reason. But what really keeps us at Roseville are the friendships and comradery; particularly in the clubhouse after a day of shooting on a Saturday whether it happened to be hot / cold / wet / windy.

So looking at this year’s club shooting, according to the stats, we have 20 shooting in Target Rifle (equally split in A/B/C grade), 7 in F-TR, 6 in F-Standard (A or B) and 6 in Sporter Hunter. But, as Mark Twain once said “Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable”. By which we mean:

  1. at least 7 people shoot in 2 disciplines so are double counted in those numbers
  2. not all of these are regular shooters in that discipline
  3. we have some club members who were unable to attend in the first half of the year but who are looking to come in the second half of the year
  4. we have some regular visitors who may not be counted in those numbers because they have not yet taken out a membership.

Overall we have a good healthy mix of males / females / U25s / veterans / long-time members / new members / stalwarts and occasional shooters. Basically a good bunch of people who are at various stages of their shooting career.

We are the “Duty Club” this month which means covering the duties of range officer / butts officer / set up / knock down for the full bore range. This is where the club spirit shows the most. Thanks to everyone in the club that pitches in to help make sure the range is set up and runs (almost) like clockwork. Everyone helps when they can – and we appreciate the time people give to the club particularly in “Duty Club” months.

So lets talk about this week’s shoot which was a typical Saturday afternoon with this week’s distance being 500m. It was hot, dry and sunny so we put up the tents to help relieve the heat on the mound for shooters and scorers alike. Overall we had only 17 shooters completing their normal details of 2+15 and 2+10 (noting unfortunately some others didn’t complete both details due to various reasons). There was a bit of wind and some changeable mirage which took a few people by surprise. But some people showed their mettle sending in some solid scores and some Personal Bests (looking right at you Christie Verney!).

To show how the afternoon changed, we had only 2 “possibles” (75/75 or 90/90) in the first detail, but we had 5 possibles (50/50 or 60/60) in the second detail. There were also 2 possibles in the training part of the day. We had 2 highly coveted pin-holes this week (Phill Hodder and Ian Palmer) in the business end of the shoot. For something a little bit different, the range officers had a good chance to practice their “cease fire” drill as a late-in-the-day gust of wind took 2 tents on a bit of a ride (tents were secured at the front but in the haste of putting them up, the rear anchors were not properly secured – oops). But this slight inconvenience was well handled by our trained range officers.

Associate member Michael Cuda (aka “The Baracuda”) dropped in for a visit but couldn’t be convinced to shoot – so, as the saying goes “he didn’t drop a shot all day”.

For those that stayed to the end, Phill Hodder and Adam Beale did a Bisley shoot where there are 2 shooters on the same target doing shot by shot one after the other. Talk about a nail biter –> 49-5 to 50-4 with only one dropped shot between the two of them and unfortunately that one was the last counting shot for Adam. Well done to Phill – the coach prevails!

 

See you next Saturday!

Janet Beale

NSWRA 148th Open Championships (The NSW Kings)

McIntosh

Two Roseville competitors (Mark Buchanan in TR-A and Janet Beale in FTR) decided to compete in the McIntosh (2 day leadup) at the picturesque ANZAC Rifle Range at Malabar. Day 1 was an early finish on a hot day after having shot 2+10 at 500 twice and 2+10 at 600 twice with 100 competitors across 10 targets. Too bad one of the Konsberg targets acted up with stray “1”s appearing, meaning first 4 people on Target E9 (Janet’s target) had to reshoot the first 500m over on F block on a hastily set up new target. On Thursday (2+10 at 700 twice and 2+10 at 800 twice) there was a bit of a southerly around lunch time that eased up in the afternoon.

On the 2nd day of the leadup Mark was on fire, scoring 50.8 @ 800m, 50.7 @ 800m and 50.9 @700m.  It is not surprising Mark came home with the Day 2 daily aggregate 1st place prize as he was the only one in TR-A who went clean for the day. Huge congratulations to Mark Buchanan who won the leadup in TR-A having only dropped one point. He scored 399.54 beating 2 other competitors (C Schwebel and M Shepherd) by one “V’. Talk about a close finish!  Overall, Mark came home with the McIntosh 1st place, and two 1st place range prizes.

Janet’s best placing was 4th on Day 2 of the leadup and two 2nd places (600m and 800m). It is easy to see that taking nearly 6 weeks off shooting doesn’t help! Proof: oops, Janet put a shot (it was a “6”) on the wrong target turning what would have been a 59-1 into a 53-1. This one mistake meant she came 6th in the McIntosh instead of 2nd (and, for the record, she would have come 3rd in the Grand aggregate instead of 6th).  Lesson learnt!

The NSW Kings

Eight Roseville competitors representing 4 families (Buchanan x1, Beale x2, Patrick x2, Russell x3) took on the heat of Australia Day at Malabar.  Roseville had 3 in TR-A (Mark, Adam and Alan), 2 in TR-B (Nigel and Paul), 1 in TR-C (Skye) and 2 in FTR (Eva and Janet).

I think the weather won the day.  It was very very hot, even the breeze was hot. Everyone tried umbrellas and plenty of water, but it got hotter, and hotter. The breeze kicked in a bit more, and then it got interesting. Everyone wilted in the heat but then the southerly buster lived up to its name delivering the cool change and reversing the direction of the wind. Alas, that meant three targets were broken in the strong wind, so the 600m shoot was paused for safety and resumed 2 ½ hours later and the 700m detail was cancelled outright. What an interesting day.  In the carnage of the day, our best Roseville placing was Skye Russell who, having retired from the first detail due to the extreme heat she managed a 2nd for one detail.

Day 2 of the Championships was completely different. The day started in a fine light hint of rain on a cloudy day courtesy of the previous day’s southerly buster. For the rest of the day, the cool change stayed put and the winds were far lighter but occasionally fickle. It can be hard to read the flags when they aren’t doing anything and there is no mirage yet the bullets are moving from the X ring to a 5 for no apparent reason. SOMETHING is happening. A puff? A whiff? Just enough to make a difference sometimes…or not. And sometimes the breeze was just enough and consistent to land a terrific score to too many people. Just ask people who scored great 50’s only to see their hopes and dreams dashed…try scoring a 50-8 and coming 14th (Alan) or a 50-5 and coming 37th (Adam) or a 50-7 and coming 24th (Mark) – Target Rifle A grade can be cruel on days like that. But we did have a range prize go to Paul Russell scoring 50-7 at 500m in TR-B. Well done Paul!

Day 3 was only 2 details at 800m. The sun had returned but without the big heat. Sun means mirage, but it wasn’t too bad. The early shooters had the advantage of the day as the wind continued to pick up successively every hour.

The most notable outcomes from the 3-day Kings competition for each of our Rosevilleans:

  • Adam Beale: 2 possibles, 6th on Day 3 in TR-A, plus 7th at 800m, won the ADF trophy
  • Mark Buchanan: 2 possibles, 8th in the Grand Aggregate TR-A
  • Alan Patrick: 2 possibles, best placed Rosevillean in the Kings (top half of the TR-A field)
  • Paul Russell: 2 possibles, 6th on Day 3 in TR-B, plus 6th at 800m, won the very unofficial Russell Family competition beating Dad (Nigel) and sister (Skye)
  • Skye Russell: 3rd on Day 3 in TR-C, plus 3rd at 800m
  • Janet Beale: 1 possible, 6th in the Grand Aggregate FTR
  • Eva Patrick: a pair of 59’s at 500
  • Nigel Russell: a 4th place at 600m and a 5th place at 800m

Maybe next year…..?

Thanks to Christian and Ross who showed up for club moral support on day 3. Also thanks to Phil Beale and Heather Beale for coming to watch Janet and Adam on Day 3.

Janet Beale

Armidale Prize Meeting 25-26 November 2023

The Armidale Prize Meeting was originally scheduled for 4-5 November but it was postponed to 25-26 November due to a forecast of heavy rain.

On the way to Armidale

Alan and Eva Patrick, Dmitri Kazakov, Tim Walter, and Nigel and Skye Russell attended the shoot.

Our Hornsby cousin, Bill Ballantyne also attended, shooting F Open for a change but with a sling attached to his jacket to confuse people!

Day 1 was in initially fine but drizzle soon developed throughout the day.

Day 1 was shot at 500 yards, 500 yards, 600 yards and 600 yards (but at night.)

There were only four targets, but unfortunately, quite a few shooters managed to put a shot on the wrong target at the first range, including Dmitri and Nigel.

After that, we all took great care in making sure we were on the correct target, a task made harder by constantly changing wind conditions, from left to right and varying in strength in between as well as shooting on a strange range layout which was basically shooting from the mound to the targets across a gulley with most flags below the line of sight.

Dmitri opened at 500 yards in A Grade with a 45.6, with a X on the wrong target, but then shot a brilliant 50.8 at the second 500 yards to finish in second place, and a mighty 49.8 at the first 600 yards to finish in third place and then an equally mighty 49.8 in the night shoot at 600 yards to finish in fourth place. This gave him a Day 1 Aggregate of 193.30 to finish the day in 6th place and with the highest central bull count.

The night shooting was an interesting experience as once you found your target, you could not see your rear sight in TR and you just had to hope you were looking through the middle of the rear sight. The actual sight picture through the front ring was good. I don’t know what it was like for Eva in F Class.

Alan opened at 500 yards with a 49.6 and at the second 500 yards he finished third with 50.8. At the first 600 yards he finished with a fine 50.7 to win the range and in the night shoot at 600 yards, although he finished with a 50.3, he was counted out to fourth place. This gave him a Day 1 Aggregate of 199.24 to finish the day in 3rd place in A Grade.

Nigel opened at 500 yards in B Grade with a 42.2 with a V bull on the wrong target, and at the second 500 yards he finished with a 44.03 before coming good at the first 600 yards with a 48.03 to finish in second place followed by a brilliant 50.5 to finish in first place in the night shoot in B Grade at 600 yards!

Apparently, his experience as a night pilot informed his decisions. This gave him a Day 1 Aggregate of 184.13 to finish the day in 3rd place.

Skye opened at 500 yards in B Grade with a 46.1 to finish 3rd and at the second 500 yards she finished with 48.4 to finish in second place. At the first 600 yards Skye scored a very creditable 48.3 to finish in equal 3rd place, however, in the night shoot at 600 yards Skye was scoring some unusual inners at the beginning of her shoot which were explained a little later when her foresight fell off just as she fired her first bullseye at that range to finish with 38.02. This gave her a Day 1 Aggregate of 180.10 to finish the day in fourth place, the loose foresight proving costly, however, she shrugged it off with a shrug and a smile.

Tim opened at 500 yards in B Grade with a 45.00, no misses, but plenty of inners! At the second 500 yards Tim finished with 47.3, but at the first 600 yards he could only make 44.2 with a 45.0 in the night shoot at 600 yards. This gave him a Day 1 Aggregate of 181.05 to finish the day in 5th place.

Tim working hard…

Eva opened at the first 500 yards in F Standard A with a 57.02 followed by a 57.03 at the second 500 yards range. She scored a 54.03 at the first 600 yards and a 55.03 in the night shoot at 600 yards. This gave her a Day 1 Aggregate of 223.11

Day 2 saw the rain disappear and we were greeted with sunshine and warm weather, but also more wind.

Dmitri opened at the first 700 yards range with a 48.6 followed by a blistering 73.8 at the second 700 yards range to win the range.

This gave him 121.14 to finish 2nd in the Day 2 Aggregate and 314.44 to finish 5th in the A Grade Grand Aggregate.

Yes, I did say 314.44 Central bulls, which was the highest central bull count in A Grade and 8 centrals (9 with X on the wrong target) ahead of the A Grade winner, Jack Picton, with 322.36.

Of course, Dmitri’s shot on the wrong target on Day 1 cost him second place in the A Grade Grand Aggregate, but he was more than happy with the way he shot and the way he read the wind.

Alan opened at the first 700 yards range with a 45.1 followed by a 68.04 at the second 700 yards range, an indication that the wind was indeed tricky. This gave him 113.05 to finish 7th in the Day 2 Aggregate and 312.29 to finish 6th in the A Grade Grand Aggregate.

Nigel opened at the first 700 yards range with a 46.2 followed by a 67.03 at the second 700 yards range. This gave him 113.05 to finish 4th in the Day 2 Aggregate and 297.18 to finish 3rd in the B Grade Grand Aggregate.

Skye opened at the first 700 yards range with a 45.01 followed by a fine 70.04 at the second 700 yards range to finish the range in second place (and beat Dad)! This gave her 115.05 to finish first in the Day 2 Aggregate in B Grade, what an achievement (and also to again beat Dad!) and 295.15 in the B Grade Grand Aggregate.to finish 4th. What a pity about that loose foresight Skye!

Tim opened at the first 700 yards range with a 42.01 which was demoralizing, but he came back with a 68.03 at the second 700 yards which lifted his spirits somewhat. This gave him 110.04 to finish in the Day 2 Aggregate in B Grade and 291.09. in the B Grade Grand Aggregate.

Eva opened at the first 700 yards range with a 54.01 followed by a 78.01 at the second 700 yards range. It wasn’t easy! This gave her 132.02 in the Day 2 FS/A Aggregate and 355.02 in the FS/A Grand Aggregate.

The shoot was conducted on HEXTA Electronic targets which not only gave us their usual superior accuracy but did the statistician’s job and the record keeper’s job as well. For full results please go to the HEXTA Website

Armidale Rifle Club conducted the meeting very efficiently, especially considering the wet weather on Day 1, and in a relaxed manner filled with humour and ridicule, as well as showing us true country hospitality by having a professional coffee machine in operation and providing cooked lunches on both days.

One could see that there were many local shooters and their partners providing voluntary assistance throughout the Meeting for which all participants were truly grateful.

All in all, it was a very enjoyable prize meeting and there were smiles all round at the Presentation in which Roseville members (apart from your dear correspondent) featured prominently.

Tim Walter.

ACT Grand Championships – 15-20 November 2023

Mark, Nigel, Paul, Phill, and Tim arrived in Canberra on Tuesday 14 November ready to shoot the Rolph Aggregate. Paul was taking part in the GPS Swimming Championships over the following weekend, so he and Nigel were unable to shoot the Kings. Sam arrived on Thursday night to shoot the Kings.

Phill set up his tent behind the 800m mound and Tim, Mark and Sam camped at the Eagle Hawk site.

Generally, the weather was pretty kind. Still some mornings, before shooting started that is, cold one other morning and warm and breezy on other days. Still, no rain throughout the shoot.

In the Rolph Series, Paul and Nigel usually finished in consecutive places in the top ten of the B Grade shooters on Day 1. On Day 2, Paul came third at 700m and Nigel came fourth at 700m scoring 50.7 and 50.6 respectively.
At 800m Paul scored 49.4 at 800m to again finish in fourth place and he scored 70.7 at the second 800m again finishing in fourth place.

This resulted in Paul coming third in the Rolph Day 2 B Grade Aggregate with 169.13 with Nigel a little further back in ninth place with 164.15.

Overall, Paul came 4th in the Rolph B Grade Aggregate with 338.31 and Nigel ninth with 332.37.

Well done to both shooting on a range with very tricky wind conditions which we at Roseville are not used to.
In The A Grade Rolph Aggregate Phill finished in twentieth place with 341.26 and Mark in twenty fourth place with 338.31.
In the Kings A Grade, Phill, started at 500m with a 49.8 and Mark a 49.4. In B Grade at 500m Tim scored 48.3 and Sam 45.1, however at the second 500m Sam made up for this with 50.5 to finish second in B Grade with Tim back at eighth place with 49.3. Mark decided to donate a bull to another shooter at 600m to finish with 67.5!
Overall, not much more to report for Day 1!

On Day 2 Phill scored 50.7 at 700m to finish 16th in A Grade which shows the strength of the competition. Sam shot a very creditable 49.8 to finish 7th. Tim shot on the wrong target to finish last in B grade with a 43.3! Scores in A Grade in Stage 2 ranged for 151.8 to 175.20! In Stage 3 of the Kings I guess we were all feeling a bit tired, however Marked opened with a 50.5 at 600m having changed his butt place and Phill a 50.4.

The wind got nastier at the second 600m and Mark closed with a creditable 73.4 and Phill a 70.5. Tim finished with 65.4 after a bad start and Sam was unfortunate to plonk one on the wrong target for a 60.0. The Great Ben Emms won the Kings finishing with a 75.6 for 474.51 his 5th Queens/Kings. The rest of us were a little behind that!

However, Mark won second prize in the Calcutta after Ben Emms decided that he really needed to buy at ticket! I am sure we all learned a bit down there and good times were had at dinner especially at the Chinese restaurant in Dixon. I attach a table with a summary of the Roseville members results plus a former club mate I used for comparison purposes.

Range Sandy Tim Mark Sam Phill Nigel Paul
Rolph 47.7 48.2 48.6 49.0 48.5 49.4
500m 47.1 39.1* 47.5 50.7 48.1 48.2
600m 73.8 72.7 75.7 74.5 72.6 72.7
700m 50.4 48.2 49.4 49.5 50.6 50.7
800m 46.4 46.3 47.5 49.5 45.3 49.4
800m 68.3 63.4 72.4 70.4 69.6 70.7
Aggr 327.28 316.19 338.31 341.26 332.37 338.31
Kings
500m 48.4 48.3 49.4 45.1 49.8
500m 46.2 49.3 47.3 50.5 48.2
600m 74.5 67.4 67.5* 72.3 72.7
700m 49.4 43.3* 47.4 49.8 50.7
800m 46.5 46.4 46.2 46.2 48.6
800m 64.4 61.2 73.4 68.4 71.6
600m 46.5 46.2 50.5 47.3 50.4
600m 71.2 65.4 73.4 60.6* 70.4
Aggr 444.30 425.25 452.31 437.27 458.45
Grand Aggr 776.51 741.44 790.6 799.71

* Means a shot on the wrong target or in Tim’s case at 500m in the Rolph his peep coming loose.

Tim Walter

Phill Hodder almost claims another title – Bathurst OPM 22nd October 2023

The last Bathurst OPM was held in 2019 – so the Central West shooters were pleased to be able to return to the Bathurst Range to compete. The announcement of the Bathurst OPM meant a compulsory return to the range for Phill to try and defend his title from 2015. Phill, Adrian and Ross met at midday on Saturday on the Bathurst Rifle range for the Saturday afternoon practice at 600 yards. The winds were a very strong 12 to 16 MPH coming in from the left and sometimes dropping and swinging to come in from 1 oclock.

After meeting old friends in the Club House and signing in – the Roseville members joined the Bathurst Club members for a Saturday afternoon shoot. Club Champions Steve Williams and Graeme Bright both set an ominous tone – telling us the wind at this time of year is really tricky and that they were lucky to post 95 or 96 in recent Club shoots. Having never shot on Bathurst Range – Adrian surprised everyone and posted a 50.3 for his first practice shoot – watching the flags intently and making wind corrections that saw him move from 1.5 right out to 5.5 right during the shoot. Phill posted a credible 48.5 losing one left and one right and Ross posted a 44.0 with one of the best water lines you will ever see – but the wind getting a hold of him.

In the second practice match – Adrian experimented with the wind and posted a 44.1, while Phil improved on his first practice to post a wonderful 50.5. Ross had another tough time of the tricky cross-wind again shooting good elevation but shots drifting out the left hand side.

The Saturday afternoon practice was done by 3:30pm and it was a hot day. The Bathurst Council won’t allow visitors to camp on the rifle range – so Ross, Adrian and Phill headed to a beautiful free-camping site called Flat Rock Creek 19km out of Bathurst. The boys arrived at Flat Rock Creek at 4:15pm and a swim in the river was in order followed by a cool crisp Ginger Beer. There were plenty of camping groups set-up in the camp ground – showing how popular this spot near O’Connell is. As the sun went down – Adrian cooked up dinner of Franks and Beans before we turned in for the night.


The next morning the sun came up and the campsite was quickly packed up as a beautiful day beckoned. The intent was to be on the rifle range by 8am for a wonderful day of shooting. Nigel Russell joined Phill, Adrian and Ross to represent the Roseville Rifle Club.
There were only 3 Electronic Targets for the competition and due to popular demand the Bathurst Rifle Club increased the entry to 40 shooters. With this in mind – the competition organisers made the decision to change the programme and shoot 3 matches at 600 yards. Adrian was drawn first down – and the wind was even stronger from 3 o’clock than the day before. He chalked up a 48.2 in the first match was proved to be quite competitive in TRA. Phill posted a 48.2 as well – with Nigel taking the match in TRC with a 47.4 and Ross posting a credible 51.3 – much improved on the previous day.

The wind got tricker at the second match with “holes” showing up in the flags dropping down the pole and the wind turning to 1 o’clock. The smart play was not to fire when this happened – those that got caught chalked up a guaranteed maggot.

Adrian shot first as the order rolled through and posted a 47.3 which again proved to be quite competitive given the conditions. Phill stepped up with a 49.2 – and excellent shoot under the conditions and one that got him on the podium in TRA. Nigel forgot to check his target number and put a centre bull on the target next door – in a shoot that would otherwise have won him the 2nd match. The wind got the better of Ross and he posted a 48.

The final match was a 15 shot match – and Adrian experienced something very strange. In gusty 16 mile an hour winds – his first 3 shots were a clover leaf in the inner 4 ring at 1:30. It was unbelievable and he stopped shooting and protested that the Target was not calibrated properly after the lunch-time repairs made to the target face. The next shooter on the target was called up – an F-Class shooter – to put a couple of shots on the target to test it. His two test shots were a bull at 7:30 and a V-bull at 9 o’clock. The Range Officer requested Adrian re-commence his match – and with on scoring shot on the card there were no sighters. Adrian settled in and shot a quick-fire 71.6 – again posting quite a competitive score in the conditions. Phill shot next and chalked up a 71.3 to hold in 2nd place in the aggregate and keeping his two point lead over Adrian. Nigel won the 3rd match posting a 69.4 and Ross also posted a 69 to finish his day.

The final standings on the day were: Phill Hodder 2nd TRA 168.7, Adrian Bonanni 6th TRA 166.11, Nigel Russell 2nd TRC 157.10 and Ross Webb 3rd in FSB 168.3.
It was a very challenging day – a real rifle shooters day – where supreme wind reading skills were needed to hold the bulls eye. here was not one possible shot in TR over the entire days competition – and the winning score posted by David Brown of Narromine Dubbo was 170.11. It was a great weekend and you can see all the shooters plots here: Club Scores – Plots 2023 | Bathurst Rifle Club Inc. (brc.org.au). We will definitely be going back next year.

The trip on the way home was filled with mis-adventure with Phill channelling his inner Brockie and taking a corner too fast on the way back to O’Connell to end up spinning off the road and ending up in a ditch. His trusty Toyota survived the ordeal, and apart from being a bit shaken – Phill was able to call Ross and Adrian for assistance and to organize a tow truck to haul him out of the ditch and drive back to Sydney. We are glad he survived that one – he lived to tell the tale!

Adrian Bonanni

President’s Match and National King’s Prize 2023 at Belmont

So who would be crazy enough to drive 900km to shoot in Brisbane in late October in temperatures of 30-36c for a King’s competition where 45% of the counting shots are from 1000yds – a distance Roseville Rifle Club members never get to practise on? Oh and did I mention the sweeping field requiring four columns of flags (sometimes pointing in all different directions with irregular 180 degree changes) where even the top order people who have won Queens/Kings in the past were leaking points like mad in the tricky conditions. So who is THAT crazy to do the trip? Three RRC target rifle shooters: Mark Buchanan, Dmitri Kazakov, Tim Walter and one FTR shooter: Janet Beale.
Our people tried hard, but things didn’t always work out to plan … We are happy to report that the final results attest to the mettle of our people to withstand the punishment of Belmont:
Dmitri (TR-A): possible at 800yds … 94% accuracy in leadup and 95% in the King’s

 

Mark (TR-A): possible at 600yds and 800yds, first place at 600yds…93% accuracy in leadup and 95% in the King’s

 

Janet (FTR): possible at 800yds, second place at 800 yds… 93% accuracy in lead up and 92% in the King’s.

 

Tim (TR-B): second place at 600yds… 87% accuracy in Lead up and 87% in the King’s
 
There was a distinct home range advantage for those based in Belmont, and an advantage for Queenslanders in general with 60% of people who ended up in top 5 scoring positions coming from Qld. As for our club members, all four (Mark, Dmitri, Tim and Janet) joined the “miss” club by donating at least one counting shot to another target – and each did it at 1000yds…such an easy way to leak valuable points.
Ah well, certainly could tell we weren’t at our lovely home range.  At least there were Koalas to be seen, an evening fire pit and much comradery.
Special thanks to Dmitri who was super helpful getting gear on and off the mound.
Janet Beale

Gosford OPM 2023

Gosford is just 45 minutes away and is clearly a favourite for Rosevillians as it is the closest OPM to our home range. So it was on Sunday 15th Oct that 14 Roseville competitors took their chances at Gosford’s 500m range (3 details of 10, 10, 15). Highlights (other than the great company, ample food, prizes on offer, and lack of rain)
included. Unfortunately not everyone could come home with prizes, so these were the Roseville winners and grinners:

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Phill Hodder who decided rather than drive up on the day he could camp out…in the “no camping zone”. But camping must have worked as he scored a 50-7 on his first detail. TR-A: one 1st place medal.

Dmitri Kazakov who decided he had places to go and things to do so left early.

Janet Beale who didn’t stay to collect her loot instead kicking on to Brisbane once she had finished shooting. FTR: two 1st place medals, one 2nd place medal, 1st overall, top lady, top vet, won a door prize

Chris Sefton who did an amazing 49-8 in TR-C: two 1st place medals, one 2nd place medal, 1st overall

 

Mark Buchanan who scored 2 possibles but no glory on the podium

The Russell clan doing their own mini family competition – who can beat Dad? Skye Russell who, having only been shooting TR for less than 5 weeks and using her new TR ladies jacket for the first time, came 3rd in TR-C: one 2nd place medal, 3rd overall. Paul Russell. TR-B: one 1st place medal, 3rd overall Nigel Russell. TR-B: one 2nd place medal.

Christian who proved the force is with him in FTR – so watch out people (especially Janet who lost out on countback!!). FTR: one 1st place medal, one 2nd place medal, 2nd overall.

Sam Houston

Alan Humbert. F-STD: One 2nd place medal, 3rd overall

Adrian Bonanni and Nicholas Bonanni who looks like he has grown a foot in the past week and is almost hard to recognise in the cool shades. TR-C: two 2nd place medals.

We hear that Gosford is moving their OPM to earlier in the year next year because of the potential for fire danger closure….so watchout Gosford, Roseville will come again to steal as many prizes as we can in 2024.

Janet Beale

WS Josephson Shield – 2023

The WS Josephson Shield (the Joso) is {almost} always held the Sunday after the GPS Schools competition so that the GPS Combined team (top 12 school shooters) can compete.

This year at the start of the competition, they handed out the medals from last year. Those winners were Metropolitan District (MDRA) in Target Rifle (TR) and the NSDRA F-class “Jacaranda” team. Now why would we tell you about last year’s medals in this year’s story? Well, I am glad you asked. Last year, due to inclemant weather, it was 3 details at 800m (2+10, 2+15, 2+15). In TR, 4 of the 5 MDRA people were shooting in Bisley and couldn’t shoot the Joso this year, opening up the possibilities a bit. And in F-class, Roseville’s Eva Patrick and Janet Beale took home their medals from last year.

Now what about this year? We were told a 60% chance of rain in the afternoon. Quick, get as many ranges done before the rain! So we did 2+10 at 300m, then 2+10 at 600m, then 2+10 at 700m before breaking for a half hour lunch. We finished the day with a 2+10 at 800m with the sun getting low but no rainclouds looking out towards buts.

Joso winners were Hunter Valley District Rifle Association in TR and North Shore District Rifle Association Green (Emerald) team in F-class.

Janet’s Joypod arm broke mid shoot

  • Fun fact #1 – in TR at 700m there were 29 possibles out of 47 TR competitors.
  • Fun fact #2 – every one of Roseville’s TR competitors (all 6 of them) scored possible’s at 700m. That would be Dmitri Kazakov (50-9), Phill Hodder (50-8), Nigel Russell (50-7), Adrian Bonani (50-4), Sam Atkinson (50-3) who counted out Angus Langsford (50-3).
  • Fun fact #3 – Dmitri’s 50-9 at 700m placed him 4th for that range….what’s a guy gotta do? Geez its tough at the top!
  • Fun fact #4 – in TR the top score at a detail was a 50-10 at 700m by Chris Schwebel (MDRA & new manager of Aus U25), last year it was 50-10 by Mitch Bailey (MDRA & new Aus U25 wind coach).
  • Fun fact #5 – in F-class, this year Alan Patrick was the only one of our 3 Roseville reps that was on the winning F-class team (so he will get a medal), but as his wife Eva also just got her medal for last year, the Patrick couple have evened things up. Next year might just have to be a tie-breaker for the Patrick’s. That is, if you exclude 2017…..
  • Fun fact #6 – Janet’s Joypod arm broke mid shoot at 800m, Eva (wind coach) had to unscrew the joypod arm, then go and get the arm from her Joypod and come back and screw in the replacement arm. Next counting shot was a “6” – phew disaster averted because rifle and shooter didn’t have to move. Thanks Eva for saving the day
  • Fun Fact #7 – because of Eva’s great wind coaching, Janet came 2nd in F-class as an individual shooter. But alas, 2nd gets diddly squat!
  • Fun Fact #8 – Alan Patrick was on the NSDRA Green (emerald) team but he partly coached the NSDRA Jacaranda (purple) team thus pulling off some impressive scores for both teams. Now that’s bi-partisan commitment!

Thanks to the many Roseville crew that helped support the event without shooting….we appreciate you!

Janet Beale

After the Floods – Returning to Eugowra – June 2023

Five Roseville Rifle Club members and two family members made the trip out to Eugowra on the June Long Weekend. Tim Walter and his son Ian left Sydney early on Friday the 9th of June, and Dmitri, Ross, Adrian, Chris and Lucas met at Ross’ place to hitch up the A-Van, and Camper Trailer and head west.

It was a beautiful day to drive with the sun shining on one of those crisp clear winter days and the forecast was for amazing weather all weekend.
When we entered the township of Eugowra in the late afternoon – it was easy to see the devastation that the floods had on this beautiful part of the countryside. There were many houses boarded up, and it was easy to see the height that waters got to with grass and debris stuck on the top strand of barbed wire on many fences.
The re-build of the 130 houses that were destroyed by the flood was progressing and there were many demountable houses and caravans set-up for residents to live in while the re-build was underway.

The Roseville Rifle Club base-camp on Eugowra Rifle Range

We made the Rifle Range by 4:15pm on Friday afternoon – enough time to setup camp before sunset. Alan Noble – the Eugowra Rifle Club President was there to greet us, and make us feel at home, with the camp shower, generator and hot water on the boil.

The Eugowra Rifle Club coat of arms

We set about getting the Caravan, Camper Trailer and tent set up, and Tim and Ian’s swag set in place, before sunset and then it was time to have a couple of drinks and light the fire in the Clubhouse.
Ross cooked Apricot Chicken and Rice for dinner which we washed down with a beer or two and a couple of wines. The banter after dinner was so good that we did not finish until midnight – by which time it was chilly outside and we scurried to our respective tents and swags.

The next morning was stunning – sunny and not a cloud in the sky. A quick trip was made into town to buy some beautiful scotch fillet for BBQ dinner from the local butcher who thankfully is back up an operating, as is the local grocery store. Those missing the Café’s of Sydney were able to get their fix at the Old Post Office coffee cart who does a roaring trade.
Saturday afternoon was the Eugowra Practise shoot – at 600 yards. All of Roseville’s shooting contingent shot a couple of stages to get atuned to the wind and sight picture and check elevations. Some good scores were shot giving our members confidence for the following day. Chris Sefton changed ring sizes between the first and second practice match and went from a 47.1 to a 47.6 – proving that the new ring size was right for 600 yards. Dmitri was able to upgrade the Eugowra Rifle Clubs HEXTA Software to the latest version and check one of their targets – which the Club appreciated.

The next morning – 25 competitors were on-hand to enter the Eugowra OPM. The first match was at 500 yards. Tim Walter found his form early and posted a fine 50.3 – and Dmitri posted a credible 50.7. Ross Webb got out of the blocks with a 59.3 to win the first match in FSB and Chris Sefton posted a 47.2. Adrian Bonanni shot a 48.6 – a good centre count but a couple of dropped shots early.

Down-range from the 500 yard mound – not much wind in the flags

Back at 600 yards – the wind got a little tricker and the 1st 600 Yard match proved the undoing of many competitors. Only one possible was shot in Target Rifle – by Brett Macauley from Lyndhurst. The scope shooters had a better time of it with many possibles being posted. Ross maintained his momentum coming 2nd at the 1st 600 Yard match posting a 57.1. Our target rifle shooters all dropped points, but Dmitri and Adrian had good centre counts.

The final 600 yards did not really ease-up and there was some movement on the leader boards after the final match. Tim Walter and Chris Sefton won TRB and TRC respectively, and Ross Webb was unlucky to be pushed into 2nd place in FSB by a fast finishing Ian Barrett who shot the highest score of any scope discipline in the 2nd 600 yard match.
Lucas Bonanni had a fun day running the cards for the event and chatting to everyone.

Chris Sefton – 1st TR C grade

Tim Walter – 1st TR B grade

Ross Web – 2nd F-std

The final results – Roseville did well taking out TRB, TRC and 2nd in FSB.

Dmitri and Adrian finished outside of the podium, but Adrian got bragging rights over his arch-rival Josh Gordon by beating him at both the 600 yard matches.
The sun went down on a glorious sunny day and after the presentation the Roseville members went to the Bowling Club with Alan and Marie and their son Marcus for dinner. It was a wonderful weekend, well worth doing again, and it was a good opportunity to support the local community of Eugowra who had been through so much.

Adrian Bonanni

Lockhart Fundraising OPM

Ross and Adrian support our U/25 Australian Rifle Team – Lockhart Fundraising OPM.
The date was set for the Explorers Rifle Club in Lockhart to host a fund-raiser to support our U/25 Australian Rifle Team as they prepare to head to South Africa next year for the Long Range Championships – the weekend of the 20th and 21st of May 2023. The Lockhart Rifle Range is a lovely 900 yard rifle range in the heart of the Riverina – south east of Wagga. The township of Lockhart is a must see for anyone travelling through the area – with old post and rail shop fronts lining the main street and plenty of murals and art installations – it really is a pretty as a postcard. Better yet the 900 yard rifle range is one block back from the town centre so it makes it easy to head into town for a relaxing dinner or a couple of refreshing drinks after a day of shooting.

Mal Sharp rocked into the Commercial Hotel for Friday night drinks and dinner

Ross and Adrian needed no further encouragement and so they hitched up the A-Van and headed south on Friday the 19th of May. The weather was mostly fine on the drive and after leaving at 10:30am they pulled into the Rifle Range at 4 oçlock with just enough time to set-up the campsite. Then is was off to the local pub for dinner – and who should roll up to the bar? None other than Mal Sharp and his wife Donna who were down from Lyndhurst for the shoot. The four of us shared a lovely Friday evening meal and a couple of beers, and then it was back to the campsite for a good nights sleep.

Saturday morning was time to relax in sunshine – with nothing more to do than read the paper, and listen to the local radio which was going around the grounds with the latest AFL competition up-dates. The friendly fold at the Explorers Rifle Club showed up and set-up a BBQ at the 900 yards mound and provided a sausage sizzle lunch which was most welcome as the wind had come up and it was getting a bit cold. After lunch the 800 Yards Bisley match commenced – with 19 shooters being grouped into 3 shooters – and the target system set to the Bisley Match scoring format. The competition was 2 stages of 2 sighters and 15 counting shots. Adrian was grouped with two F-Open shooters and this was somewhat of an advantage because when they drifted out of the 6 ring – it was a good warning to watch what the flags were doing. For those who don’t know how a Bisley match is run – the 3 shooters each take turns to fire their scoring shot – with the shooter who has just shot scoring for the shooter about to fire and the third shooter getting ready to fire their shot. Each shooter has a 45 second time period to fire their shot or else they have a point deducted from their score. Adrian and Phill Hodder had recently been practicing this type of shooting on the Hornsby range – and so the approach to the match and the set-up for it was familiar. This experience helped a lot – in managing the match and making sure that a good shot was fired in under 45 seconds. The wind was tricky at 800 yards with a head on wind swinging between 11:30 and 1:30 – so you needed to know your zeroes.

The 800 yard Bisley match – wind flicking between 1:30 and 11:30

At the conclusion of the Bisley Match it was good news for the Roseville members – who both placed in the medals. Ross Webb won F-Std B-Grade with a score of 72.2 + 79.1 = 159.3 and Adrian Bonanni came second in TRA with a score of 72.5 + 74.2 = 146.7.
The presentation of prizes was held before dinner at the Lockhart Ex-Services Club where Scott Brindley thanked everyone for coming and congratulated the winners.

Roseville takes home medals!

After a good Chinese meal at the Club – it was back to Range for a couple of drinks around the fire and then a good nights rest.

Winners are grinners – Emma Brindley presents Ross Webb with his trophy.

The next morning saw around 40 competitors show up for the U/25 Australian Rifle Team fund-raiser OPM. The programme started at 700 yards for 2 x 10 shot matches and then back to 900 yards to finish with a 15 shot match. Buoyed by the success of the previous day – Ross Webb started brightly with a 51 at the first tricky 700 yards. Adrian had a couple of low shots and posted a 47.1 getting caught on the wind once. At the second 700 yards the wind picked up and started swinging making it tricky (and cold). Ross posted a 45.1 but still placed 3rd in FSB, and Adrian had a 46.4 getting caught on a couple of occasions. No possibles were scored in TRA which was an indicator of the conditions.

Back at 900 yards in the afternoon – and the wind swung through 180 degress and started coming in hard from the left, with gusts. This really challenged the competitors – but Ross held his nerve to come 2nd at 900 yards with a 77 nearly winning the match. Adrian had a target failure as the Silver Mountain targets failed to record his sighters – and when moved onto the neighbouring target with no change to sights – he shot a inner 4 at 3 oçlock for his first scoring shot. There were a number of target failures experienced at the 900 yard match – which put a downer on what was otherwise a good competition.

In the end Ross was the stand-out for Roseville taking 3rd place in FSB and coming 2nd at the 900 yard match. He was presented his prizes and the grin on his face says it all. The money raised from the U/25 Australian Rifle Team Fund-Raiser will help our fellow Club members Adam Beale and Pat Jacombs get to South Africa next year for the World Long Range Championships – and we wish them all the best.

Caption: Winners are grinners – Emma Brindley presents Ross Webb with his trophy.
If you want a good weekend away – get down to the Explorers Rifle Club Open Prize meeting later this year. You won’t regret it.

Adrian Bonanni