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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

Roseville flies its flag at Wingham (literally)

There were 9 Roseville RC members who did the trek north to fly the flag at our favourite regional prize meet at Wingham RC. The two day event is not to be missed and this year did not disappoint. The early morning start was doable but you did need to be dressed warmly for the 3oC temperature. Brrrr. Gloves and warm jackets were definitely needed. Layers were necessary because by lunch time it was warm and jackets and jumpers were ditched.  Wingham is an interesting course because you shoot up hill and the targets are in shade except for mid-day due to the tree cover.  There is also the issue of the SSAA range “up front” near the butts that adds some interesting swirls to catch you off guard.

We had a good mix of Roseville people in 5 divisions (TRA/TRB/TRC/FTR/FSB) ensuring we spread our chances of coming home with some prizes. Phill was also helping the extra Shore boys that Roseville adopted for the competition (Jasper, Billy and Hugh).

Wingham is renown as a tough gig in TRA with 27 top level competitors. Imagine that at 400yds, a 50-7 (Mark) means 8th place in a detail and 50-6 (Phill) means a 10th place. Those are awesome scores unless you are shooting at Wingham against all the other top A graders. There was more of the same at 500yds when 50-7 (Pat and Phill) meant 10th and 11th for the detail. You certainly have to be on your A-game.  Pat showed he will be a force to be reckoned with in South Africa landing three 50-8 over the 2 days. The leader board going into the last detail had 2 Roseville people (Pat and Phill) in contention but the final detail of 2+15 at 600yds meant it was near impossible to go clean so only Phill ended up in the top 10 in TRA.

However it wasn’t just about TRA.  Paul was holding his own in TRB (12 competitors) and Nigel was a force to be reckoned with in TRC (22 competitors). Skye, our solo competitor in FSB did very well showing everyone that a .223 can compete against a .308. But there was an interesting story in FTR because this was the first year FTR was officially offered at Wingham. So our Roseville contingent made up 37% of the FTR entrants! Great way to make the odds in Roseville’s favour and we did well coming 2nd/3rd/5th in the Grand Aggregate with lots of range prizes.

So here is how our competitors did & the prizes they took home

  • Phill Hodder (TRA): 99.99% day 1, 98.85% day 2.
  • Pat Jacombs (TRA): 99.33% day 1, 98.28% day 2.
  • Mark Buchanan (TRA): 99.33% day 1, 97.14% day 2.
  • Paul Russell (TRB): 97.99% day 1, 94.28% day2. 3rd at 500yds, 3rd at 600yds
  • Nigel Russell (TRC): 97.33% day 1, 91.42% day 2. 1st at 400 yds and 500yds, 2nd at 500 yds, 1st for Day 1, 2nd in Grand Aggregate
  • Skye Russell (FSB): 99.43% day 1, 96.01% day 2. 1st at 500 yds, 2nd for Day 1, 3rd at 600 yds
  • Janet Beale (FTR): 97.76% day 1, 98.07% day 2. 2nd at 500yds, 2nd at 400 yds, 3rd at 600 yds, 3rd at 600 yds, 2nd on Day 2, 2nd in Grand Aggregate
  • Alan Patrick (FTR): 98.88% day1, 96.15% day 2. 2nd at 400 yds, 2nd at 500 yds, 2nd on Day 1, 3rd at 400 yds, 3rd in Grand Aggregate
  • Eva Patrick (FTR): 98.32% day 1, 95.19% day 2. 3rd at 400 yds, 3rd on Day 1, 2nd at 600 yds

Notice the pattern – Roseville competitors were, across each of the days, scoring over 90% and taking home a heap of prizes.

Janet Beale

Cessnock OPM

The weather report said rain until 10am then clearing; but that didn’t deter 7 Roseville Rifle Club members from making the 140 km trip to Cessnock for their Open Prize Meeting that started at 9am on Sunday 21st May …yes that is the same day that others went to Lockhart for a different competition. At Cessnock, the rain held off and the clouds cleared but the wind decided to be a little challenging thus keeping the centre count extremely low across the board. Before jumping into the scores, a shout out to 2 Roseville members who were, yet again, doing double duty as shooter and expert – that would be Dmitri Kazakov on Hexta and Phill Hodder as Shore shooting coach. Both of you help the overall shooting community with your skills – thank you!

There were 3 details of 2+10 at 600 yds spread across 7 targets using our favourite HEXTA system. It was a joy not to have to pack the car and move to a different mound. It was also a joy to have the catering and facilities block so near to the competition. Now, if we could just improve the temperature a tiny bit and decrease that wind a little……ah well, maybe next time.

Overall there were 69 competitors in the various disciplines/grades but Roseville was represented in just three categories:- TR-A; TR-C; FTR. As you can see below, Roseville competitors were well represented in the various podium finishes.

  • Alan Humbert (FTR) – scored 98.8% accuracy and was 3rd overall (plus 1st and  3rd in two details)
  • Janet Beale (FTR) – scored 97.7% accuracy and was 3rd in one detail
  • Eva Patrick (FTR) – scored 97.7% accuracy and was 2nd in one detail
  • Dmitri Kazakov (TR-A) – scored 99.3% accuracy and was 3rd overall (scoring 2 possibles).
  • Phill Hodder (TR-A) – scored 97.3% accuracy
  • Allan Patrick (TR-A) – scored 96.7% accuracy and was 2nd at one detail (scoring a possible)
  • Nigel Russell (TR-C) – scored 91.3% and was 3rd overall (plus a 1st in one detail).

Nigel was in the largest shooting cohort in TR-C thanks to a large number of school boys attending. He proved to everyone he will be a force to be reckoned with in the Shore Parent-Son competition which comes up shortly. He is also on the cusp of moving up to TR-B. Keep going Nigel!

Janet Beale

 

Bendigo. VRA Kings 2023

You prep the ammo. Pack the car. Get in the car. Drive 860 kms. Stop 3 times, maybe 4 times. Then 10+ hours after setting out you are in Bendigo. To some, Bendigo is a gold rush boom town & home to the mid-1900s Central Deborah Gold Mine. To those of us in shooting it is home to Wellsford Rifle Range, which this year held its first VRA Kings Competition in over 70 years.

You know you are at Wellsford when you see kanagroos on the mound at the end of the day or crossing the line of fire while you continue shooting (they hop well below the bullets).  Weather was near perfect for Bendigo but hard for shooters. For the majority of details, most of the light breeze came from the right – unless of course when there was no breeze – or when there was a tail wind.  If you haven’t been to Wellsford Range before, you mistakenly watch the side flags and don’t understand what the heck is going on. If you have been there before, you know to watch the central flags, the butts flag and the dust at butts after a shot – and yet sometimes you still wonder what the heck is going on. What can I say – flags lie!

This is one of the last places you can shoot a major competition (“Kings”) with paper targets. It is fascinating to watch people readjust to binoculars after being pampered by electronic targets elsewhere. (We love Hexta!!). And interesting to hear the proverbial “Range Officer – Challenge value on Target B4” or “Range Officer – Pull target C3”. And the anticipation of waiting for that target to come back up ever so slowly. Congrats to Mark Buchanan and Nigel Russell who did a fantastic job in their disciplines/grades coming home with lots of bling. Special call out to Paul Russell who showed everyone he is getting really ready to take on the GPS schools comp!

But how did our Roseville reps really do at the Kings? Well let me tell you….

  • Mark Buchanan (TR-A) – accuracy 99.24%  in the Kings and 99.32% in Lead-up.…. 2nd in the Grand Agg, 4th badge in the Kings, 2nd in Day 2 Kings, 1st at 1000 yds, 5th in the Syme
  • Dmitri Kazakov (TR-A) – accuracy 96.73 in the Kings and 96.29 in the Lead-up..… didn’t cross fire once! Was clean on day 1 and scored 4 possibles
  • Paul Russell (TR-B) – accuracy 95.47 in the Kings….. 4th in Kings (TR-B), 1st in Day 3 Kings, 2nd at 800 yds, 3rd at 1000yds & 900yds,
  • Nigel Russell (TR-C) – accuracy 91.70% in the Kings.….1st in the Kings (TR-C), 1st in Kings day 1-2-3, 1st at 500yds (twice) & 600 yds & 700 yds & 900yds & 1000yds (be sure to ask him about his last counting shot at 1000!)
  • Janet Beale (FTR) –  accuracy 98.49%  in the Kings and 96.22% in Lead-up (ok so the load for the 185’s didn’t quite work!)….most notable was a 3rd at 600yds and 2nd in one of the daily aggregates.

Say the good-byes then pack the car. Get in the car. Drive 860 kms. Stop 3 times, maybe 4 times. Then 10+ hours after setting out you are back in Sydney and time to prep some ammo for the next competition (if you have any projectiles, powder, primers, brass ….)!

Janet Beale

Roseville members representing Australia

The National Rifle Association of Australia (NRAA) announced the Australian teams going to South Africa in 2024 to contest the World Long Range Championships for Target Rifle. Initially the match had been scheduled for March/April 2023 but was postponed to 2024 due to COVID.   Roseville Rifle Club had quite a few nominations for the various teams showing the strength of target rifle within the club. Roseville is very proud to have 3 people selected as shooters within 2 of the 3 Australian teams.

Australian Veteran’s team (here), including from RRC:

  • Mark Buchanan

Australian Palma team (here)

Australian Under 25’s Team (here), including from RRC:

  • Pat Jacombs
  • Adam Beale

Pat Jacombs and Adam Beale

Mark Buchanan

These 3 individuals also represented Australia at the previous World Long Range Championships held in new Zealand in 2019 (pre Covid) where they each came home with team medals and where Mark also came home with an individual prize as the top Veteran shooter. RRC are very proud that these individuals’ skills are being recognised by the selectors and we wish these RRC members well on their medal quest in South Africa in 2024.

Janet Beale

Sargard, Mackintosh (lead-up) and Kings NSWRA 147th OPM

Sargard and the Emms

First day of the NSW Open Competition is the time for the Teams Matches – The Sargard (TR) and the Emms (F-class). The competition is at 600m and is a 2+10 for 5 shooters. Conditions were blustery from the right shoulder straight across the field – watch those pickups and drop offs! The wind coaches and shooters could tell they weren’t at Hornsby!

Who won the Sargard (TR)? No it wasn’t Holsworthy – shock horror – it was “The Left Overs” (Jeremy Chan, Damon Livermore, Alex Hoffmann, Nick Hocking, Matt Shepherd). Alas, the winds got the better of the TR team and they managed the wooden spoon. Thanks to our Roseville representatives of Mark Buchanan, Angus Lansford, Adrian Bonanni, Adam Beale and Alan Patrick (the top shooter for the team). Guess we need some practise in heavy wind! But the team was competitive, just 3 points behind the main pack.

Who won the Emms (F-class)? It was “Accuracy Matters” with Roseville’s Eva Patrick as part of the team alongside of Daniel Galea, Jacinta Bradley, Marty Kelly & Darren Bradley. Well done Eva for being second highest scorer in the team!

The MacIntosh (2-day lead up competition to the NSWRA 147th Open Championships / King’s Prize)

The move of the King’s Prize (formerly Queen’s) event from its traditional September date meant more competitors and new challenges at the MacIntosh (lead-up) held at Malabar on 25/26 January.. It was hot. It was sunny. Sun-cream and sun-umbrellas were at the ready and lots of water seemed to define the MacIntosh this year. Did we mention the Projectile shortages, Lapua case shortages, primer rationing, and lack of 2206h powder? Hmm, the shortages are starting to hurt – the NSWRA shelves are distinctly lower in stock than previously, unless you want a glove for the “other” hand. Oops, back to the event….Because of when it was held, the MacIntosh coincided with Australia Day so there was a Navy helicopter towing the Australian flag, and lots of people out and about for the pickets to watch out for. Malabar’s location was also a good viewing point for the Australia Day sailing competition that was just off the coast. However, one of the neighbours complained “why do you have to shoot up at this end (ie 800m), it is so noisy and you have all that space down there (waving towards the 600m and 500m mound). Cant you do it down there?” Obviously the neighbour did not understand how important the 800m range is to these competitions and he/she did not understand that previously this was the traditional date for the “Festival of Sydney” shoot.  We didn’t set out to ruin their Australia Day.
Of our five Roseville competitors, Janet Beale (FTR) came home with the only silverware from the MacIntosh. Mark Buchanan (TR-A), Adam Beale (TR-A), Adrian Bonanni (TR-A), and Ross Webb (FSTD-B) had some very good individual shoots but alas, came home empty handed. It’s a tough day at the office when, in TR A-grade, that a 50-7 means you might come 15th and a 50-2 means you might come 23rd in that detail. Tough day indeed.

So here is how the Mackintosh lead-up played out for our Rosevillians:

  • Mark Buchanan (TR-A): 99.55% accuracy
  • Janet Beale (FTR): 98.32% accuracy, first place medal at 500m with 60-7; first place medal at 700m with 60-9
  • Adam Beale (TR-A): 97.33% accuracy
  • Adrian Bonanni (TR-A): 96.66% accuracy
  • Ross Webb (FTSD-B): 88.31% accuracy

Great weather, maybe a sun burn or two, but despite our Roseville competitors no winning a lot (they obviously all shot well), any day at the range beats a day in the office or at home.

NSWRA 147th Annual Open Championships 2023 (The King’s)

It is January and the 5-day NSWRA 147th Annual Open Championships for 2023 kicked off on Friday the 27th. All up, there were 189 competitors over 8 classes/divisions with 47% in Target Rifle, 45% in F-class and 8% in Sport/Hunter. Roseville had 6 entries in Target Rifle (TR) and 2 in FTR. Such was the depth of talent pesent that there were 57 competitors in TR-A.
King’s Day 1 was a shocker. Cloudy, and very gusty from the west. The details were two 2+10 at 600m then a 2+15 at 700m. By the end of the day, we all missed Hornsby! Alan Patrick (TR-B) had the most notable outcome – coming 2nd at 700m. Mark Buchanan had a terrific score of 74-9 at 700m but dropping any points in TR-A moves you into the 26th+ position for a detail. At the end of Day 1, Chris Sefton was running 6th in TR-C, Alan Patrick and Angus Langsford came 4th and 5th in TR-B and the rest of the Roseville squad were in various lower places in their respective packs having had trouble reading those nasty winds that were coming in from the right hand side.
King’s Day 2 was sunny and humid (great sun-umbrella weather) – and lots of water needed all around. Winds were from the east this time (off the water) and relatively softer causing some mild mirage – favouring those of us from Hornsby. It was a jam-packed day of 2+10 at 300m, 500m, 500m, 800m. By the last detail we were all exhausted, hot, and no longer much in the mood – but some survived better than others. During the day, Janet Beale came 1st at 500m in FTR, Chris Sefton had a phenominal 50-8 at 500m coming 1st in TR-C (note that this was an A-grade competitive score and it was only his second ever possible!). Our “Patricks Marketing” duo did very well with Alan Patrick coming 1st in TR-B at 500m, and the beautiful Eva Patrick coming 1st in the daily aggregate for FTR! Roseville certainly preferred day 2 of the King’s over day 1.
King’s Day 3 started off very overcast with mild winds from the east, but, by mid morning, the sun had mostly come out as did the sun-umbrellas. The early shooters had the best time of it, but as we were all squadded, for the most part people were shooting at the similar time to others in their division. It was a short day with only two details, a 2+10 and 2+15 at 800m. Some very high scores were posted by Roseville throughout the day but for many, it was too late after the carnage from day 1. Call out to Mark Buchanan who scored a 75-13 but came 3rd in TR-A (such are the competitors in TR-A).

So here is how the NSW King’s 2023 played out for our Rosevillians:

  • Mark Buchanan (TR-A): 98.39% accuracy; 3rd at 800m in TR-A;
  • Adam Beale (TR-A): 97.59% accuracy;
  • Adrian Bonanni (TR-A): 96.66% accuracy;
  • Alan Patrick (TR-B): 98.59% accuracy; 2nd in the King’s TR-B, 2nd in the second and third daily aggregates (TR-B), 1st at 500m (TR-B), 2nd at 700m (TR-B), 2nd at 500m (TR-B), 2nd at 300m (TR-B);
  • Angus Langsford (TR-B): 96.39% accuracy, 3rd at 300m (TR-B);
  • Chris Sefton (TR-C): 93.39% accuracy; 4th in the King’s TR-C; 1st at 500m (TR-C);
  • Eva Patrick (FTR): 97.13% accuracy; 1st in the second daily aggregate (FTR);
  • Janet Beale (FTR): 96.29% accuracy, 1st at 500m.

We congratulate Roseville past alumni Gary Faulkner and Peter Walters for winning the King’s in their respective disciplines! Mitch Bailey from Holsworthy scored a phenomenal 500.80 to beat his dad Jim Bailey in TR-A so well done Mitch!

Janet Beale

The National Veteran’s Teams Match

While it was planned to be held in Sept 2022, Covid meant a postponement of the National Veteran’s Teams Match. So it was that on 23 January 2023, just days before the NSWRA 147th Open  Championships / Kings Prize, that two of our Roseville stalwarts, Mark Buchanan (TR) and Janet Beale (FSTD), represented NSW in the TR and F-class Veteran’s teams. The blazers and shirts may say 2022, but the hat bands and calendar says 2023….who is confused?

Due to the 4 month delay, there were fewer states represented at the comp, but that does not mean the effort or will to win was diminished.

Day 1 was the “Masters” in Target Rifle and the “Earnie Mace Match” in F-Standard (both competitions are shot at 800m as a 2+15 shoot for each of 5 shooters). Conditions meant the wind coaches had their work-hats on to glean every point they could out of the fickle Malabar winds. In F-Standard that also meant shoot as fast as possible to catch the right moment.  In both classes, NSW prevailed and took home 1st place medals – congrats to Janet and Mark (ok – yes – and the rest of their respective team-mates) on their win – particularly also congrats to their wind coaches who pulled out mini-miracles. Mark Buchanan was also the top shooter for the day in TR and therefore took home an additional prize medal.

Day 2 was the “Don Cook Match” in TR and the “Rob Richards-Mousley Match” in F-Standard. These were details of 2+10 for each shooter, at distances of 300m, 600m, 700m and 800m. NSW was the “hands- down” winner in TR leaving the other states in the dust. In fact, NSW TR veteran’s team, won at each and every distance meaning they won the “Don Cook Match” and the “Kosi-Ford Trophy” for the 2 day aggregate. Well done to Mark and his team mates. In F-Standard, just before lunch, things were a little more interesting as there was an equipment (scope) failure by a NSW team member and therefore a mid-detail swap-in of Janet’s rifle & ammo for that team-mate after a string of wild scores at 600m. Then, after lunch, at 800m a different team member had problems with his sighters meaning a quick trip to the paper target to get things squared away.  Needless to say, NSW didn’t win the 600m range or the day’s “Rob Richards-Mousley Match”. However, despite not winning day 2, NSW F-Standard team managed to win the Combined Aggregate for the 2 days by a single point. Phew. That was close. Janet also won the team’s “best team member” unofficial award.

NSW Vets wrap up: Mark came home with 3 medals and an individual prize, Janet came home with 2 medals and an individual unofficial prize. Well done to our Rosevillians and their NSW team mates, wind coaches and captains!  Great team effort by all.

FTR team
T-Rifle team

Janet Beale