Archive for 2009

2009 Sargard Teams Match at Malabar

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

Text and photos – Phill Hodder

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2009 QLD Queens, Belmont Rifle Range, Brisbane

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

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

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USE VETS and NSDRA competition

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

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

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

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

Text and photos – Phill Hodder, D Kazakov

2009 North Shore District Champion of Champions Shoot

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

End of the Rosseville Rifle Club 2008-2009 shooting season

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

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

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

2009 North Shore District Open Prize Meeting 22 Feb

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

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

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

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

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