Narromine-Dubbo Rifle Club – 2020 Gunpro Unmasked Invitational Prize Meeting

A great weekend was had by The Patriarch and chief lunch-maker: Uncle Mike, Phill Hodder, El Presidente: Mark Buchanan, Dmitri Kazakov (Komrad) and Sam.

We travelled in tightly packed vehicles – Uncle Mike and Phill in Linda’s car, and Mark, Sam and Dmitri in Mark’s car.

Leaving Sydney around 12-1230 on Friday, we hit a heavy storm just outside Lithgow.  A very nice pub meal was had on the Friday evening with a few light refreshments.  Weather over the 2 days was clear, but quite hot on the Sunday.  Everyone in bed by 10pm Friday ready for competition on Sat.

As well as the overall 8 ranges at NDRC, we held our own “RRC high-stakes handicap competition” with handicaps provided by Chief Statistician Ian Palmer before departure.  Competition consisted of Sat: 800yds, 900, yds, 2x 1000yds.  Sunday competition consisted of 2x300m, 400m, and 1000 yds.  Day1 RRC handicap – Mark won 3 out of 4 ranges and the day agg.  With Phill stealing 900yds.    Conditions at 1000 were tough, and not many good scores with strong cross winds reversing directions – it was easy to get caught.  Mark was the only one in RRC to have nothing worse than an inner at 1000 on day 1.

We all enjoyed Uncle Mike’s home-made Cornish pasties, but ensured that he ate his first and had no adverse reactions as they were made on Monday….:-)

Some managed to develop quite a thirst on the Saturday night due to the dry and relatively warm day on the range.  We went to the Narromine Bowlo Chinese on the Saturday night after a few quenchers back at the ritzy Narromine Stockman motel.  Food again was delicious, and the camaraderie of course was second to none.   After a few whites with dinner, some felt that red would serve as a nice nightcap back at the ranch….There were some dusty faces on Sunday morning….

Day 2 RRC handicap Phill won the first 300m with 50.6 off the stick.  Komrad got the second 300m.  Phill got the 400m, and Mark winning the 1000yds.  Phill also got the day 2 agg.  The only prize that Sam won in the RRC comp by some considerable margin was the highest number of cross shots.  In fact he would have won this across all disciplines across the entire field!  Unfortunately this had no monetary value, only the glory and reputation.  He was however not the only name on the cross-shot hall of fame, with both Phill and Komrad also making entries on that unenviable board.

Uncle Mike had made us all nice ham, cheese and tomato sangers for Sunday lunch which went down well.

RRC comp aside, RRC did bring back a number of overall prizes:

 Mark Buchanan  Sam Houston  Phill Hodder  Dmitri Kazakov
       
800yds  Day 1 – range winner
1000yds (1) Day 1 – range winner
Day 2 Agg (Clearly Saturday nights excess did not affect performance too much!)
Grand Agg Winner
1000 yds (2) Day 1 – range winner TR(B) Sam Houston – on his first range without a cross shot!! 300m (1) Day 2 range winner
3rd in Grand Agg
Dmitri scored a nice stash of wines for all his help with database clean-ups and corrections due to people not entering the right info.

4x Hexta targets were in use, and the NDRC folks were very happy with not just the excellent technology, but also having on hand support from the inventor was very well received.

The results of the competition are HERE

Dmitri also upgraded and tested the range server software for them.

Sam Houston

Hornsby Range Program Revisions for the rest of 2020

Hi Everyone,

 I am pleased to issue a revised Range Programme for the rest of 2020. Key changes in the program are:

  • Setting catch-up dates for the 300M and 500M Arn Hammond Teams Matches;
  • Changing the remaining 700M fixtures to 400M as there will be maintenance performed on the 700M mound;
  • Confirmation of Goondiwindi ET Shoot scheduled for the 7th of November – with the details of this shoot attached.  A chance for us all to compete for badges.

The range program link has been updated.

Kind Regards,

Adrian Bonanni

Roseville Club Captain

Roseville Juniors prevail in a windy Champion of Champions match

COVID-19 has played havoc with 2020 schedules and the annual NSDRA Champion of Champion competition was no different. It was delayed…then date was reset…then days beforehand it was cancelled due to new State sport guidelines….then it was un-cancelled with extra precautions put in place…..but yes we finally got there … but only JUST. With such a lead up – it was never going to be a “routine” competition, so of course Mother Nature wanted to have her say too.

   

Our champs (Phill Hodder – TR, Angus Langsford – Jr TR, Allan Humbert – FTR, Adam Beale – Jr FS) had their work cut out for them battling Mother Nature. For many it felt like you were at Canberra with the wind gusting and howling then dropping off causing both elevation shots as well as windage shots – the centre of the target was certainly hard to find and to keep! The normally sedate Hornsby flags were all over the place and that wind was very cold despite the sunshine. But, each of our RRC champions did us proud and topped at least one range – Well done in trying to tame the beast!

At the end of the day, our two Juniors (Angus and Adam) won their division and were allowed to have a seat in the champion’s chair. Phill and Allan did an admirable job coming second in their divisions. All our Champions were well supported by RRC mates who were working on the day (no spectators allowed). Alas there was no “chairing” ceremony or BBQ or high-fives or handshakes this year – COVID preventing close contact between clubs and people. So this Champion of Champion shoot goes into the record books as one of the toughest and one of the strangest ones on record.

   

Congrats to Angus and Adam – you earned your spot in the limelight and we are all proud of your dedication to the sport and your accomplishments!

Janet Beale

GPS Competition report – RRC shines!

For the past few days the GPS Schools ran their annual shooting competition which is shot at Hornsby by the following 8 schools: Shore, Kings, Newington, The Armidale School, Sydney Grammar, Sydney High, and Scots with New England Girls school shooting but not actually able to formally compete. Shooting in this competition for Shore School were the following Roseville Rifle Club Junior members: Pat Jacombs (Captain Shore Rifle Club 2020 – yr 12), Alex Macaulay (yr 12), Angus Langsford (yr 11), and Sam Atkinson (yr 11).

Due to Covid, this was a much shortened season with the Shore boys only able to practise for 2 Saturdays plus all of last week and Monday of this week.

ALL the Shore / Roseville junior members made the Shore 1sts team – which is an 8 man team – such a tremendous outcome for our RRC junior members. The Shore 1sts brought home the Rawson Cup  (2+7 at each of 500m and 600m and beating the current record that has stood since 2014), the NRA Shield (2+10 at 600m), and they were in the lead after the first part of the Buchanan (2+8 at 300m) but on the second part of the Buchanan (2+8 at 300m in a “snap” detail) the Newington Boys inched ahead and snatched the Buchanan with Shore coming in 2nd. As a result of the above placings, Shore won the AAGPS Premiership for the first time since 2007.

While there were no RRC members in the Shore 2nds team, the school won the AAGPS Rifle Shooting Second Grade Premiership Shield (2+7 at each of 500m and 300m).

Phill Hodder has been helping as an expert coach at Shore since 2017 and has steadily built the skills of all the boys from the newest shooter to the more senior shooters and it has obviously paid dividends for Shore and ultimately for our RRC junior shooters.

The top 12 shooters in the GPS are then selected to become the GPS Combined team (normally they shoot at the Josephson “Joso” competition; but due to Covid that is not happening this year. However, Sam Atkinson was named “King of the Range” at the GPS competition over the 2 days (also taking home Shore’s Venour Nathan Shield for top shooter) and he made the GPS Combined Team; Pat Jacombs made the GPS Combined team and, as Captain of Shore (the Premiers) he also was named Captain of the GPS Combined team.

Assisting throughout the competition from RRC were: Phill Hodder (Hexta co-ordinator), Phil Jacombs (Hexta assistant + catering and organising as part of being Rifle Captain’s parent), Paul Langsford (Hexta assistant), Adam Beale (Hexta assistant), Mike Hodder (Butts Officer) and Janet Beale (Covid hygiene officer).

For more information on the shooting please view >> http://aagps.nsw.edu.au/winter-sports/shooting/ or look on HEXTA >> https://shooting.hexsystems.com.au/competition/275

Congrats to Sam and Pat for making the GPS Combined team, and congrats to Sam, Pat, Alex, Angus and Phill for winning the AAGPS Premiership.

We are all very proud of you.

Janet Beale.

Roseville Rifle Club Committee – 2020/21

Hi Everyone,
at the club AGM on Saturday June 27, a new committee was elected to run the club for the new year.
I’m very pleased to announce that the following officers were elected (unanimously):
President – Mark Buchanan
Captain – Adrian Bonanni
Vice-Captain – Rob Trodden
Secretary – Phil Jacombs
Treasurer – Stephen Tofler
Statistician – Ian Palmer
Members – Phill Hodder, Sam Houston, Richard Lund, Damien Stephen
In addition, the following delegates were elected to the representative bodies:
NSDRA – Adrian Bonanni, Phil Jacombs
NSRTSCMA – Richard Lund, Adrian Bonanni, Phil Jacombs, Rob Trodden (alternate)
Please join with me in congratulating all those elected and offering them your support in the delivery of their duties.
Regards,
Phil Jacombs

Roseville Club Secretary

Captain message. 18 June 2020. 3rd month of COVID

Good Afternoon Rosevillians,

As there is a lot happening at present, I thought I’d send an update about various matters.

This Sat 20/6 – Hornsby Range Shooting Arrangements

NSDRA had a committee meeting on Tuesday evening, so amongst the matters discussed, it was decided that Covid-19 protocols needed to continue for the foreseeable future. As such the new range calendar for 2020/21 is still being worked on, so in the interim we will be shooting in two groups. One full bore club will shoot in the morning @ 300m along with the Schools and the other three full bore clubs will shoot in the afternoon at a longer range with duties broken up into morning and afternoon sessions.

The good news is, this week RRC will be shooting in the afternoon starting @ 1pm  but we will not have any range duties –  we will be shooting along with Nth Sydney and RSL @ 800m and located in lanes 6,7 & 8.

Next Sat 27/6 we will also be shooting in the afternoon, but @ 700m in lanes 6,7 & 8 but we will be responsible for RO and BO duties from 2.30pm till finish, as well as packing up at the end of the day. Of course Covid -19 social distancing protocols will need to be observed at all times, so please ensure that your chairs are spaced accordingly. We will also be introducing a few new minor protocols on the mound, but nothing too intrusive.

As soon as we have more information about the range calendar for 2020/21, we will let everyone know.

Breach Flags

It is understood that the use of breach flags is going to become a new mandatory requirement for all NSWRA members – we believe a new rule has been introduced that will require a breach flag to be inserted into a rifle’s breach when not in use, irrespective if the bolt is in or not. We are awaiting further details and will advise accordingly.

 

 

New Member – Adrian Bonanni

I am pleased to announce that we have a new member – Adrian Bonanni, previously with Hornsby RSL Rifle Club, has recently joined RRC and bings a wealth of experience having been an active full bore Target Rifle shooter at Hornsby range for over 30 years and being a distinguished A Grade shooter for most of that time. Adrian has held a number executive roles at both a district and club level, including Club Captain, Vice Captain, Statistician, Secretary and Treasurer, so please join with me in welcoming Adrian.

 

 

 

 

Arn Hammond, EM Nye & AJ Leighton 2019/20 Results

Final results for the 2019/20 Arn Hammond, EM Nye and AJ Leighton Championship have been tabulated and it gives me great pleasure to advise that once again Roseville distinguished themselves. In the Arn Hammond series (O/R) Roseville TR 1 came 1st, with Horn/Manly coming 2nd and Roseville TR 2 taking 3rd place. In O/R Roseville also took first place in FTR, but came second in FS (I reckon due to the series bing cut short 🙁 ).

A complete wrap up including Arn Hammond H/C results, EM Nye and AJ Leighton series is contained in the attachment below – special thanks to Allan Humbert who complied this so efficiently in his capacity as NSDRA Statistician.

 

2020 AGM – Sat 27/6

Just a reminder that our 2020 Annual General Meeting is being held next Saturday June 27th, 2020 @ 10.30am at the RRC Clubhouse. Phil Jacombs sent out formal Notices sometime ago, so if you can make the meeting it would be good – as all office bearer roles will be declared open, please let either Phil J or myself know if you are interested in nominating for a role. As mentioned in my last update, I will not be standing this year, as I have to focus on my business as well as family issues.

 

Annual Awards Presentation Day

Ian Palmer has recently complied the results for the RRC 2019/20 Club Championship (thank you Ian), so we will be setting a time soon for our Annual Presentation Day. For those who have never been before it’s a great day where we present awards to all those members who have distinguished themselves at a club level in the shooting year just passed. As is customary, we will be having a big BBQ lunch, together with refreshments, so I’d encourage everyone to attend if possible.  We’ll be sending a notification about this soon.

If anyone has any queries in respect to any of the above matters, please feel free to let me know, otherwise I look forward to seeing as many members as possible this Saturday….

Cheers,
Michael 

Saturday Afternoon Virtual Drinks, the show must go on….

Whilst we are all in partial lockdown due to COVID-19, shooting has been temporarily suspended, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy each other’s company on Saturday afternoons. As you will see below, some of us have been using “Zoom” to connect to each other whilst enjoying  “Virtual Drinks” on Saturday afternoons within the comfort of our own homes.

Everyone is invited again to join us this Saturday afternoon, so we’ll send another “Zoom” invite in the next day or so – there is a caveat though, you must have a drink in your hand !!!

Hornsby Range Closure (COVID-19)

Fellow Members,

As a result of new directives from Federal and NSW Governments, Hornsby range has been closed completely due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency. The governing body that manages Hornsby shooting complex (NSRTSCMA) has advised that all shooting activities for all Clubs (in all disciplines) shall cease from March 25, 2020 until further notice.

Roseville Rifle Club has subsequently ceased all shooting and any other activities until further notice.

Of course this crisis will pass, (hopefully in the not too distant future) and restrictions will be lifted, however until such time as we advise otherwise, members are asked to refrain from visiting the range. As further developments unfold, we will update you accordingly.

If any member has any queries, please feel free to touch base with myself or Phil Jacombs at any time.

I wish everyone all the very best during this difficult time, please stay well and keep safe…

Kind Regards,

Michael Cuda
Captain Roseville Rifle Club

NSDRA OPM 2020

2020 NSDRA OPM Flyer

 

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Canberra Queens and Leadup

It was dusty. It was confusing (flags pointing one way, mirage flowing the other way). It was well organised. It was surprisingly stable at times and gusty at other times. You know it is a strange time when our bearded gunsmith from North Sydney Club who normally finishes a detail in 2-3 minutes flat lingers on the mound, gets a 3 minute warning and still pauses on his shots almost not finishing in time. Did we mention the dust? Such was the 2019 Canberra Queens!

But Roseville had some great successes as you will see

Mark Buchanan (shooting TR-A) ….

  • Rolph Series: it’s a tough day at the office when a 50.06 at 500m gets you 5th! But Mark also landed a 2nd place at 800m (74.10), a 1st place daily Agg, resulting in a 5th place overall in the leadup
  • Queens: it’s another tough day at the office when a 50.04 at 500m gets you 14th! a 3rd place at 600m (50.08!!), a 2nd place at 800m (50.06!), a 2nd place daily Agg, and a 4th place badge in the Queens overall
  • Grand Aggregate:  3rd place badge

Adam Beale  (shooting up a grade in TR-A) …

  • Rolph Series: top Junior competitor
  • Queens: a 2nd place at 500m (50.08!!), a 2nd place at 600m (50.06!), a 1st place at 800m (50.06!) and 15th badge in the Queens overall, plus top Junior competitor
  • Grand Aggregate: 10th place badge and top Junior competitor

Janet Beale (shooting FTR)

  • Grand Aggregate: 10th place and learned a lot about the fickleness of Canberra’s McIntosh range when you regularly seem to land the windy / changeable time on the mound after periods of relative calm (as commented on by John Maguire). And what about that changeable mirage!

Special congrats to Adam for achieving his first A-Grade badge in a Queens against some fierce competition!

Janet Beale

2019 Gosford OPM

Hot, steamy and 32 degrees confronted 4 Rosevilliers at the annual Gosford prize shoot. Phill attacked TR and Mike Cuda, Eva and Alan Patrick FTR.

The overall attending numbers were down on previous years with just 49 in total.

Wind and mirage playing tricky cards throughout the day with patches of little wind or disturbances to deliver some near perfect scores. Wind changed 180 degrees after lunch as has become the norm for Gosford.





Shot over 3 stages at 500M the final results delivered a clean possible result for Phill and 1st place in TR with 175.16. This win was especially special for Phill, as he used his recently acquired rifle from his mentor, the late David Hollister. And Mike Cuda pulled the rabbit out of the hat to take out FTR after crossfiring in the second stage with 202.22 (which proves that you should never give up!), with Eva 9 X’s behind to take 2nd place on 202.13 and Alan 4th place with 196.8.





A good presentation followed this OPM with the usual array of great prizes for winners. Thanks to Gosford RC who always put on a wonderful OPM and have great, friendly members. Results can be found here: https://shooting.hexsystems.com.au/competition/monitor/236

And the Gosford write up: https://gdrc.centralcoastsports.com.au/gdrc-open-prize-shoot/ops-2019


Alan Patrick

Bathurst OPM

Two weeks after the Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama,  the Bathurst Rifle range was back in operation and humming for their annual Open Prize Meeting.  Bathurst is just under 3 hours away, but that was far enough away that only two intrepid Roseville RC members made the jaunt. Mark Buchanan was shooting in Target Rifle and Janet Beale in FTR.

The day was sunny without any sign of rain clouds; not surprising given the drought. The wind started out mild and increased a bit through the day – when it was blowing it was mostly coming straight across the range from the paddock to the right; and of course there was mirage to deal with once it warmed up. It wasn’t as easy as it sounds, there was some “twitchiness” to the fickle winds/mirage and, being a country range, the flies were ever present.

There were three details to the day’s events: two of 2+10 at 500yds, and one of 2+15 at 600yds.

Congrats to Mark who came 3rd in 2 ranges (500yds and 600yds) and came 4th overall in TR-A.

Congrats to Janet who came 1st at 600yds and came 3rd overall in FTR.

Certainly our country hosts did a great job – thanks to Bathurst RC for putting on this great event.

Janet Beale

WARA Queens 2019

In late Sept, the State F-Class teams headed nearly 4000km from Sydney to the lovely city of Perth and then headed north to the slightly less scenic Pinjar Range.  The Pinjar range is unusual in that the firing point is in a constant place near the modern club house and the butts are positioned in sections at various distances. A couple of other things that are quite noticeable are that the flies on the mound are ever present, the firing point (complete with artificial grass) is nicely sloped for TR (which becomes a bit awkward for rear bags for F-Class), and the terrain is very flat with not a lot of the lush green grass we are used to at Hornsby (but the wild flowers are very pretty).  One other major factor at Pinjar is the mirage!

The National F Class Team Matches commenced with Match One being shot at 900 metres. Match Two commenced with the winds making it interesting for all teams. In the NSW representative teams were the following Rosevillians:

  • F-TR: Eva Patrick and Alan Patrick (with “Gosford Gary”)
  • F-STD: Peter Walters

NSW tried hard but the winners were the Victorian F Open Team, West Australian F Standard team and Queensland FTR Team. Special congrats to the NSW FTR team that came 2nd.

Staying on for the WARA Queens was Alan and Eva Patrick.

Roseville is very proud of our State team competitors!

Janet Beale

The NSWRA 143rd Open Championships

The NSWRA 143rd Open Championships (the NSW Queens and the McIntosh) was shot from 9th to 13th October. Numbers from Roseville this year were a bit down due to

  1. a) a lot of people having just returned from the WARA Queens & F-Class team championships and
  2. b) others who were unavailable due to work or family commitments.

The intrepid Rosevillians that started in the leadup (McIntosh) were Mark Buchanan (TR-A), Phill Hodder (TR-A), Rob Trodden (TR-B), Ian Palmer (FTR), Allan Humbert (FTR) and  Janet Beale (FS-B).

The McIntosh was challenging with strong winds from the West and rain constantly threatening. Congratulations to Mark, Phill, Rob, Ian and Allan who each got at least one 1st place range prize in the McIntosh. Below are the positions at the end of each day and the grand aggregate for the McIntosh.

Mark :  3rd day 1 / 1st day 2 / 2nd McIntosh

 

Phill : 10th day 1 / 11th day 2 / 9th McIntosh

 

Rob : 10thday 1 / 10th day 2 / 10th McIntosh

 

Ian : 1st day 1 / 2nd day 2 / 2nd McIntosh

 

Allan : 4th day 1 / 4th day 2 / 4th McIntosh

 

Janet : 4th day 1 / 1st day 2 / 2nd McIntosh

Roseville certainly enjoyed the tough conditions at the McIntosh leadup and looked forward to the next days of the Queen’s competition with Sam Houston and Michael Cuda joining the Roseville representatives.  However, the winds changed and to say they became fickle was an understatement. With winds coming up from the south, the flags full and the unpredictable “strong right wind” moving to “strong left wind” mid-shoot (and back again) the decimation was noticeable amongst the non-Malabar veterans.

Home range advantage reared its head leaving the Roseville contingent outside of most medals for Day 1 and Day 2 of the Queens. Michael Cuda unfortunately retired on Day 2 but he did not go home empty handed as he had won a 1st place range prize on Day 1. Fortunately, Day 3 of the Queens was far kinder; 800m and 1/4 min of wind with the occasional puff meant scores reverted to some semblance of normality. Congrats to Janet who won a 1st place range prize on Day 3.

Congrats to Mark and Ian who each came 2nd in the Grand Aggregate in their respective disciplines – tough conditions but they prevailed!

(Special congrats to FTR Queens winner Gary Faulkner (aka “Gosford Gary”)  who was shooting under Roseville’s colours).

Roseville entered a TR team in the prestigious Sargard Teams match and also an F Std Team, but due to the lack of any other teams entered in F Class they unfortunately couldn’t compete. This year the match was held on the last day of the Queen’s at 800m. Scores for the TR team were:

Mark 73.7

Phill 71.8

Rob 66.3

Sam 68.2

Janet Beale

 

City vs Country 2019 competition

7th of July dawned and many Rosevillian’s were competing in the City vs Country competition held at Malabar. Due to heavy fog, the day stared out with everyone relaxing and just waiting for the time when the flags and eventually the targets would become visible. Not even the whales from the previous day could be seen. As a result of the delay at the start, the competition was modified to 10+2 shots at each of 500, 600 and 800m (dropping the 700m range altogether).

The City Target Rifle team was captained & Coached by Jim Bailey (Holsworthy RC) with additional coaching by Peter Thurtell (also of MDRA) and Michael Millen (Mosman Neutral Bay RC). The team included our own Phill Hodder, Pat Jacombs and Adam Beale as reserve (oh yes there were other people there from other clubs too!). Due to illness on Phill’s part, Adam and Phill swapped places so Adam was the shooter and Phill the reserve. The team did well beating their Country competitors by 9 points, although Country had a higher centre count. This was the first time City has prevailed over Country in a long time.

The City F-Std team was captained and coached by our Club Captain Michael Cuda. They scored an emphatic victory over the Country team for the first time in recent memory. Roseville competitors in that team included Michael Cuda (Captain and Coach), Peter Walters and Alan Humbert.

The City F-TR team was captained and coached by our own Gary Faulkner. They scored a repeat back-to-back victory over the Country team. Roseville made up the bulk of the 5 person team which included Alan Patrick, Eva Patrick and Janet Beale.

The F-open City team did not have any Roseville members but for the record, the Country team prevailed in that discipline.

Everyone enjoyed the resulting sunny day; particularly the wind coaches after the lunchtime wind change which saw an on-shore relatively consistent breeze for the 800m mound. The presentation of the medals to the 3 City teams was a bonus with all Roseville competitors coming home with a medal to show for the day’s outing. Special congrats to Michael Cuda and Gary Faulkner for taking their respective teams to victory.

Janet Beale