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CWDRA Open Championship 2022

Attendees

TR F-Class
Mark Buchanan Christian Le Moy
Phill Hodder Ross Webb
Andrew Martin
Angus Martin
Sam Houston
Tim Walters

Ross Webb setup camp early and awaited our arrival, unfortunately the big C got in the way and Adrian could not make the trip.
Phill Hodder shot on Saturday at Hornsby and before we knew it was ringing us from Lithgow well on his way.
Tim travelled solo on Sun a big trip for one day
Sam &Chris travelled together on Sun (Sam did most of the driving while Chris slept)
Mark, Andrew and Angus travelled up on Sun together.

Congrats to all attending Rosevilleans almost a quarter of all entries!

32 entries in total during CoVid Times – including 8 from RRC.
Congratulations Ben Em’s and the team for such an excellent OPM well organised and run.

Conditions:

Hot & Steamy – with tricky winds and plenty of Cows to shoot over the top of.

Results:

Sam won each range and the aggregate in TR B with aggregate of 146.13. An excellent effort well done mate.
Andrew got second in each range, and aggregate in TR B. Another excellent effort
Angus finished with a possible 50.6 – the only possible from a Rosevillean during the day. Very nice Angus well done.

Prizes:

The prize ceremony was fast and efficient which travellers were happy with. Only prizes for first place in ranges/ aggs which meant folks could get on the road sooner for the long trip home.
Sam took home a stack of great prizes including – Camp Chair, Charcoal BBQ, LED Rechargeable Spotlight, and a Dash Cam
F Class
Christian Le Moy
Ross Webb

Full results at https://www.results.nraa.com.au/central-west-district-rifle-association-open-championship-2022-nsw-results/

Sam, Phill and Chris.

Gosford OPM 2021

Dear Gosford Rifle Club

Thanks for hosting so many of us from Roseville Rifle Club at your OPM on 5th December. All 9 of us (Adam, Mark, Phil, Dmitri, Angus M, Sam, Andrew, Christian, and Janet) had a great time shooting on your Hexta targets. We were grateful for the pre-registration system allowing RRC to represent nearly 14% of all registrants. We were interested to see the split of disciplines at your competition (32% TR, 29% FSTD, 20% FOpen, 10% FTR). Thanks for pushing the date back due to COVID and we appreciated the work you did to make sure we were all vaccinated and well looked after (including making the presentation outside but under cover).

Yes the weather was very cloudy with some light drizzle at times, but that added to the challenge as the winds still needed to be reckoned with so we all watched the flags across the gully. But RRC all appreciated that you anticipated this weather and had covers for the mound + for the chalkboard attendants + undercover places for everyone’s gear (Frankly, I think we preferred that almost rainy weather to 40+ degrees and heavy mirage so thanks for arranging such suitable weather in December so that we could all score so well).

At the end of the day, we were thrilled that all but one of our RRC members took home prizes; you gave us lots to clap about at the ceremony. We certainly appreciated the comment from the Master of Ceremonies when he said “I think we need to go to train with the people at Roseville – they are doing very well!”.

Lots of love, see you at next year’s 75th Gosford OPM….

Your friends from RRC

Adam and Mark were stoked to go clean on the day (150 out of 150) on your range and they will forgive Damon Livermore (Sydney Rifle Club) for his 50-8, 50-10 and 75-15 because it was so good to watch someone do a PB. Christian wants to thank you for understanding this was his first ever OPM and for letting him score a possible (90-8) in the last detail. Janet is sorry she messed up the first detail, but was glad to show you that yes she really can shoot. Despite not going home with any prizes, Angus M was happy to participate using factory loads to give everyone else at the competition half a chance of beating him. On your behalf, Angus will give his dad Andrew some ribbing over Andrew’s donation to the next door target in the first detail.

For the record – here are the prizes taken home by RRC members:

TRA:
Adam Beale: three 2nd place range prizes, and then 2nd in grand aggregate, top Junior in TR
Mark Buchanan: two 3rd place range prizes, and then 3rd in grand aggregate, top Veteran in TR
Phill Hodder: one 3rd place range prize
Dmitri Kazakov: 5th in grand aggregate scoring a badge

TRB:
Sam Houston: one 1st place and one 2nd place range prize, and then 2nd in grand aggregate
Andrew Martin: one 2nd place range prize

FSTD-B:
Christian Lemoy: one 1st place and one 2nd place range prize, and then 4th in grand aggregate, top Tyro FSTD-B

FTR:
Janet Beale: one 1st place and one 2nd place range prize, and then 2nd in grand aggregate

More photos here: https://1drv.ms/u/s!AuryNbs88GBf1nn5GRbPsVfLqt6S?e=cbvW93

Competition results are here

Janet Beale. Photos Phill Hodder

Explorers OPM 20-21 November 2011

Roseville Rifle Club Members traveled afar with generosity in their hearts, ammo in their bag and equipment aplenty. Members, no not just any member, but our esteemed Captain Adrian Bonanni, Ross Webb, Phill Hodder and Alan Patrick drove that great distance from Sydney to Lockhart in the Riverina. A glorious geographical location with a bit of rain, mud, wind and wind. Wind from the left, wind from the right, wind from the front and no wind. But rest assured there was wind, and did I mention mirage, but we’ll get to that later. And have you ever been on a range with 5 targets but number 5 never appearing and when was target 1 ever called zero?

The countryside looked a picture and after so long in lockdown it was a pleasure to escape the city and head south to regional NSW.

Well, the generosity of all shooters was clear from the start. Following the tradition of that intrepid group who unselfishly shared as many shots as possible with their fellow competitors in Armidale our group did their best, but the wind would not let that overwhelming generosity be shared. It did not matter what we tried the shots remained on the target. But then that is what happens when wind blows here and there and then no where and then repeats itself. So, it is my melancholy duty to let everyone know that we failed to share a shot with any other competitor. To this extent we apologise but the silver lining is everyone had a remarkably great time and full scores were recorded

From the moment the first shot was fired we progressed through five ranges. There was 500, 600, 700 800 and 900 yards not metres. The mounds were new, and the range had been repositioned to ensure full compliance with all sorts of rules and problems. This unfortunately meant they (we) have lost a 1000 yards range.

Day one on Saturday saw 500 yards given a good workover. Adrian posted a solid 75.6, Phill a credible 73.8 in TRA, Ross Webb an 81.4 in F Standard B and Alan an 87.7 FTR. This was almost Ross’s first competition. Conditions were testing with wind and a bit of rain.

Second match at 600 yards – The Lockhart – saw Phill and Adrian tussle with conditions posting scores that did not show how hard they tried. Both competitors tried to share shots but did post a the odd 3 and 4’s. Ross showed how to put in an X in the middle of his shoot just to show Adrian how it was done and finished 4/7 for the day. Alan finished the day with an 87.6 which concluded with a 4th for the day 5 points behind.

The weather was always on everyone’s mind for day 2 but before that Explorers Club put on a great dinner and presentation on Saturday night with the day’s award for wins announced. TR always seems to take the highlight and the shoot off for target rifle between father and son Jim and Mitch Bailey could not be determined so the result was finally announced after a darts comp between the two happened in the Lockhart Ex-Servicemen’s Club. Jim won conclusively. Jim scored a 25 off 3 darts and Mitch put up 18 off 3 darts which only draws us to the conclusion both should stick to long range target shooting.

Day 2 saw commencement before 8.30 am as we had three ranges to get through with about 74 enrolled competitors.

At the 700 yards range – The 61st Battery – was conducted in cloud and sun with a mirage to make a grown person cry. The wind went a minute one way and then a boil and then the other way all in a flash with everything in between including sun, cloud, global warming symptoms soon to be thrown at us. But our intrepid group were not giving up. Phill posted a 47.3 to jump to 16th and Adrian a 48.3 for 14th place. Ross in F standard B stamped his mark with a 48.0 to place 3rd just to show everyone how it is done. Alan shooting FTR posted a 58.6 to head off 9 others to place 1st at this range. Alan was clearly not in a shot sharing mood.

At 800 yards – The Ex Servicemans – saw the jockeying between TR shooters was tough. Phill was not to outdone and put up a well earned 49.4. Adrian posted 44.3 but he was just trying to share his last two shots being Captain. Ross in FSB made sure his 46.0 kept him competitive. His first shot was again another sharing opportunity gone wrong and his 2 was not good enough to share with anyone else. Alan was toweled up with a 56.3 leaving him at 7th and his last shot although a valiant attempt to share with his nearest competitor was not good enough for them to accept.

At 900 yards – The Explorers – the weather was hot, the wind was taxing, and the 4 intrepid members had their heads down, their butt’s up and were ready to attack this always difficult country range stage. Phill and Adrian went neck and neck. Phill put up a very good 48.6 (13/22) and Adrian a 47.3 (15/22).

Ross Webb made his mark with a 54.0 (2/7). A great result.

Alan shot a 54.2 (4/9) with more 5’s than he cared to remember.

Day 2 AGG saw Phill with 144.13 at 14th, Adrian 139.9 at 19th, Ross with 148.0 at 2nd and Alan with 168.11 at 2nd.

The Grand Aggregate gave us the final picture after a taxing two days, 2 cars, one caravan and four keen competitors shooting in a part of heaven’s own country.

On a final note all competitor’s worked well together, the target system delivered it’s best to deliver the results expected including phantom shots which made us appreciate home on the range.

 

For all the results go to https://www.results.nraa.com.au/explorers-rifle-club-open-prize-meeting-2021-nsw-results/

But here is all you need to know.

Phill Hodder TRA – 289.30

Adrian Bonanni TRA – 283.18

Ross Webb FSB – 310.7 and 4th

Alan Patrick FTR – 342.24 and 2nd.

Adrian Bonanni

The NRAA Nationals Queen’s competition 2021

2021 and Covid was at bay long enough for the comp to go ahead. It was sunny for 4.5 of the 5 days with a thundershower disrupting day 2 of the leadup. Very very cold in the mornings, sunny and warm in the middle of the day, and very long shadows at the end of the day which comes early this close to the winter solstice. Winds varied from very light to 24km/hour. Distances over the Leadup and Queens comp were 300yds x 2, 500yds x 3, 600yds x 3, 800yds x 2, 900yds x 4 and 1000yds x 3 (i.e. 17 details of 2+10). As one person puts it, all the other ranges just creates the handicap for the 1000m where anything can happen….and anything did happen.

Janet had a trigger failure, got caught mid shoot when the thunderstorm struck and then had a wet breach at the next range. Dmitri copped an earful from a disgruntled shooter who blamed his bad shoot on Hexta when it was in fact a few seconds delay due to maximum capacity of the network being used (3 monitors at each of 22 firing points). Adam tried out the “lets bleed over one eye” trick (due to rear sight)…an eventful time.

Overall, it was a talented field of 180 competitors (70 in TR-A! and 25 in each of FTR/F-STD/F-Open). The State teams TR competition coming just after the Queens ensured that most of Australia’s top TR shooters were present (including a large percentage of the National TR teams
(Palma/Vets/U25/U21) and a large percentage of the National FTR and F-Open teams were in town for a team practise.

Our RRC representatives did well in this very talented field.

In TR-A:
• Adam Beale scored 6 possibles, and took home a 20th place badge in the 3 day Queens with a 98.1% accuracy over the 5 days of competition
• Dmitri Kazakov scored 4 possibles with a 97.8% accuracy over the 5 days
• Mark Buchanan scored 3 possibles with a 97.2% accuracy over the 5 days

In FTR
• Janet Beale took home 3 first place range medals and a 3rd place daily
aggregate medal with a 96.1% accuracy over the 5 days

Lovely NRRA Queens Badge – Adam Beale

A bag of medals – NRAA Queens June 2021

Congrats to our associate member Gary Faulkner who took home 3 first place range medals and a 1st place daily aggregate medal and 2nd place in the 3 day Queens.

The Roseville Gang enjoying Pizza June 2021

Roseville’s good friends Ben Emms and Matt Paroz won the Queens (TR and F-Open respectively) and we congratulate them both.

Adam Beale and Michael Cuda both podium at the ANZAC Range on ANZAC Day

It was a glorious Autumn day on the ANZAC Rifle Range on Sunday – with 88 competitors turning out for the annual MDRA ANZAC Day OPM.  Roseville had a contingent of 7 Club Members who entered and competed, with myself, Phill and Adam in Target Rifle, and Bobski, Allan, Janet and Michael in F-Class.

Bobski enjoying the sunshine

Bobski enjoying the sunshine

Allan relaxing while he waits.

Allan relaxing while he waits.

There was a dignified Service of Remembrance held at the Memorial Gates outside the NSWRA Headquarters.  Each entrant in the OPM is provided with the details of one of our fallen soldiers with their cards.   My Entry featured Private Robert Poate – from 6 Battalion Royal Australian Regiment who was killed in Afghanistan on the 29th of August 2012.  Lest we forget.

After the service – all competitors proceeded to the 600M mound to be greeted by quite a challenging southerly breeze.   T

Phill and Adam share a joke.

Phill and Adam share a joke.

he wind was quartering from 1:30pm, switching to 2pm and would strengthen and then drop quickly.  There was not much of a “prevailing” wind and in this scenario – only one possible was shot in the first match across all disciplines by –  you guessed it – Jim Bailey of Holsworthy who posted an incredible 75.9.   I would love to take him out for a beer and pick his brain on how he did it.    There were no fantastic scores from our Roseville gang – but Michael Cuda came 2nd in FTR

with an 85.3 and Adam Beale came 5th in TRB with a 72.6.

The beginning of the second match served up much the same tricky conditions – although the wind started to push around to 12:30 and sometimes crossed over to 11:30 just to make it interesting.   It must have been an easier match – because 4 people out of the 88 competitors, myself included, posted a possible

Michael Cuda takes aim in the late afternoon sunshine

Michael Cuda takes aim in the late afternoon sunshine

score.   I was definitely the beneficiary of shooting late in the day – when the wind was only switching between 11:30 and 12:30 – so if you held well you would still clip a bullseye at either 3 or 9 o’clock if you were out of step with it.  I was pleased to get up with a 75.7.

Adam Beale put a good performance in to record a 74.7 and this put him into 3rd place in Target Rifle B-Grade with an aggregate score of 146.13 – the top score in TR for Roseville.  Michael Cuda was Mr Consistency – posting another 85 which put him into 2nd place in the Aggregate for FTR – with 170.8 – 4 Super Centres behind Alexina Bunt from Hornsby Manly TRC.

As for the rest of our Club Members:

Janet was cheering on Adam – a proud mum

Janet was cheering on Adam – a proud mum

  • Janet Beale picked up 4th place in FTR with 164.5;
  • Allan Humbert came 6th in FTR with 158.6;
  • Bob Kozminski came 7th in FTR with 157.6;
  • Adrian Bonanni came 10th in TRA with 144.12;
  • Phill Hodder came 16th in TRA with 139.5
Adrian B

Adrian B just doing nothing 🙂

 

It was a wonderful day on the range – learning how to read the tricky wind at Malabar.   Michael Cuda was commenting after the shoot that it would be great for us all to get more experience at Malabar in conditions like that – to enhance our chances of success in major tournaments there.   I fully agree – and I will also be inviting Jim Bailey over for a steak and a bottle of shiraz sometime soon!

 

For more information on scores – go here: https://www.results.nraa.com.au/anzac-day-open-championships-2021-nsw-results-2/

Written by Adrian Bonanni, Photos by Phill Hodder

Vic Queens 2021

Last year, due to Covid, the 2020 Victorian Queens was postponed from Easter to end of 2020; then it was cancelled due to yet another Covid outbreak, but four RRC members (Mark Buchanan, Tim Walter, Adam Beale and Janet Beale) travelled to Wellsford Rifle Range at Bendigo to compete in the Victorian Queens 2021. It’s a pretty range that the kangaroos enjoy as if they were also shooters. The Roo’s think nothing of hopping across the field of fire (mid shoot) at 4pm when they think it should be their range…and no the shooting does not cease – we just have to shoot over their heads.

This is apparently the last place in Australia that you can still shoot a Queens on paper targets.

There were 151 competitors that made it to Bendigo despite Covid restrictions on some areas of Queensland.

The first morning shooters contend with sun (like 4pm in winter at Hornsby); and there are unexpected wind changes with flags & mirage not necessarily telling you what is going on. When one of the very big names in TR (who normally shoots 50-9) is shooting a pair of wild 3’s in what looks like relatively mild conditions (scoring 44-4) and he cant explain it, well you then have to wonder how us mere mortals could even hope to read the range. Most often you get to the firing position to shoot and hope it goes somewhat in your favour.  You know it is changeable when “Speedy Gonzales” Adam Beale gets a 3 minute warning and has to do his last shot in the final seconds of his 17 minute round.

So how did our RRC competitors go?

  • Adam Beale (TR-B) spent the most time on the podium coming home with a handful of medals of all varieties. He won 3rd place in the Queens TR- B and 2nd in the Grand Aggregate TR-B. He top scored in TR-B a couple of times (600yds and 900yds). Overall accuracy was 94.97% in the Queens
  • Mark Buchanan (TR-A) also made a podium position coming 3rd at 700yds with a 50-6 and scored quite a few 50’s. Overall accuracy was 95.72% in the Queens
  • Tim Walter (TR-A) didn’t return with any medals but he had an overall accuracy of 93.21% in the Queens
  • Janet Beale (FTR) also didn’t return with any medals but her overall accuracy was 93.13% in the Queens.

What a challenge this range is. Congrats to our RRC competitors for giving it a go. Congrats to Jim Jeffery (Lyndhurst RC) for winning the Queens and Mark Horsnell (Werribee RC) for winning the Grand Aggregate – they triumphed at a very tough competition.

NSW Ladies Team 2021

It was late 2019/early 2020 when the NSW Ladies State Team was being selected with the aim to compete in Bendigo at Easter 2020. This was to be the first composite (mixed discipline) NSW ladies team competing for the inaugural Shepherd Trophy (4 ranges 300y, 600y, 900y, 1000y  with each of 5 shooters having 10 counting shots). The competition was trialling the MCSI scoring system that does an equivalence between the various disciplines. Team Captain was Rebecca Shepherd, Wind Coach was Maureen Shepherd, and shooters were Alexina Bunt, Linda Sweet, Isabelle Cameron, Emma Kent, and Janet Beale (the sole Roseville RC rep on the team). Renee Hooper was the Reserve.

But due to Covid, things didn’t go to plan. Firstly, it was Easter 2021 when the 2020 match was actually held in Bendigo (which meant some substitutions to team members). Secondly, due to a last minute covid-hot spot definition, Queensland was unable to attend the competition, but the competition did proceed.

The wash up: ‘Victoria Blue’ won the competition on their home range, NSW came second due to some great wind coaching at 1000yds by the very experienced Maureen Shepherd. So how did our Roseville competitor do? Janet Beale was the top shooter in the NSW team (using the MCSI equivalency) and she was both the top scorer at 1000yds and top F-STD shooter across all teams.

Roseville RC looks forward to 2023 when some of our other lady shooters may also represent the State in Queensland.

Report from Glenrowan

“Spend Easter at Glen Rowan” (Victoria) the poster said…so two intrepid Rosevillians did just that driving the 7 hours to do so. Janet Beale and Adam Beale competed at the one-day Ovens and Murray District OPM and the one-day Wangaratta Prize meeting which is shot on the same range therefore they also have a combined two-day aggregate. A picturesque range running 3 Hextas and 6 paper targets with a good tree line on each side and a large treed hill as the backstop.  It was sunny both days with a light mirage and some interesting flags that sometimes couldn’t decide which way they wanted to fly.

There were 72 competitors on day 1 and 63 on day 2 of which 11 competitors came from NSW (not the usual faces either!) with a good mix between TR and F-Class (biggest class was F-Std) So how did RRC do?

Adam (shooting TR-B) scored 2 possibles (one on each day); and took home

  • 4th place badge on day 1;
  • 2nd place badge on day 2;
  • 1st place two day aggregate badge and prize money
  • Top Junior Target Rifle cash prizes for each day

Janet (shooting FTR) scored 2 possibles (one on each day); and took home

  • 2 range prizes – one of these was a nail-biter 90-5 and the other was a phenomenal 60-9.
  • 4th place badge on day 1;
  • 4th place badge on day 2;
  • 4th place two day aggregate badge (only 3 points behind the winner)

The presentation speakers said this is the best country prize meeting in Victoria and the Beale’s agreed that it was up there with Wingham as a competition worth the drive for.

Janet

NSDRA Presentation 2019-20

Saturday 27 Feb 2021 and the NSDRA Arn Hammond participants gathered on the lawns to celebrate the previous shooting year 2019-20 in the much anticipated – but COVID delayed – presentation BBQ.  We were lucky that the weather was amenable and the NSW Covid safety protocols were relaxed the night before to allow the BBQ to go ahead.

Our first winners to be announced were the Roseville Target Rifle Team #1 (Mark B, Adam B, Dmitri K, Angus M, Stephen T, Patrick J, Rob T, Phill H). They took home 3 prestigious and very old range prize trophies and the overall 1st place in the Arn Hammond 2019/20. They were 5 points ahead of Hornsby/Manly.

Our F-Standard was next up to the podium (Peter W, Adam B, Dmitri K, Allan H, Michael C, Graham C, Janet B). They also took home 3 range prize trophies and the overall 2nd place in the Arn Hammond 2019/20 just 5 points behind Gosford.

Our FTR team (Allan H, Robert K, Ian P, Rob T, Janet B, Adam B, Eva P, Alan P, Michael C) also took home 3 range prize trophies and the overall 1st place in the Arn Hammond 2019/20 and dominating the field.

It is interesting to see how many of our shooters above were in more than 1 team. This shows a broad range of skills in the club. Unfortunately Roseville did not leave a lot of team trophies on the table for other clubs or the other Roseville teams. But our congrats go to Gosford TR for their range prize; Gosford FSTD for winning the division and taking home a range prize; and, Hornsby/Manly for their range prize.

Special congrats go to Dmitri who received the trophy for the top-off-rifle score fired over the duration of the Arn Hammond Teams match – recording 296.30 over the four stages that were able to be completed.  Given the number of competitors and the high calibre of shooters this was a well-earned award!

The district’s Proficiency Award which was well earned by our own Allan Humbert. He earned this for his shooting, his support of the club and, the support of the district. Well done Allan!

Finally, there was the recognition of champion of champions. Roseville had two great outcomes in this individual category – Angus Langsford the Target Rifle Junior Champion for the district and Adam Beale the F-Standard Junior Champion for the district. Well done to our junior champs! Thanks should go to Phill Hodder who continues to support our junior shooters.

The camaraderie (and the snags) were terrific. Thanks to all that had a hand in bringing the day together.

Janet Beale

Cessnock OPM 2019

On Sunday May 18, the Roseville contingent of El Presidente Mark Buchanan, El Capitano Michael Cuda, Uncle Mike Hodder, The King Of Hexta Dmitri Kazakov, Phill Hodder, Gary Faulkner, Allan Humbert, Janet Beale, Adam Beale, Alex Macaulay, Pat Jacombs and the support crew of Andrew Macaulay and Phil Jacombs, gathered at the Cessnock range for their annual OPM. The weather was warm (unseasonably so!) and the breeze was practically non-existent. So shooters really only had to worry about mirage and the scores reflected this.
Numbers were down about 20% on last year’s turnout (I blame the election), but the camaraderie and hospitality were as good as ever and a great day on the range was had by all concerned. And, of course, the Hexta targets performed flawlessly. So the day ran smoothly and efficiently. The competition consisted of 3 matches, each of 10 counting shots at 600 yds. 

Overall, the Roseville crew performed well, with range prizes being won by Dmitri (silver) and Adam (silver) in TR-B, Allan (2 x silver) and The Captain (silver) in F-Std A, Janet (silver and 2 x bronze) in F-Std B, and Gary (a full set of Gold) in F-TR.

Left-to-Right: Mark Buchanan, Adam Beale, Mike Hodder, Janet Beale, Michael Cuda, Phill Hodder, Allan Humbert, Dmitri Kazakov, Alex Macaulay, Phil Jacombs, Gary Faulkner, Pat Jacombs

There was no surprise in the aggregate prizes, with Gary taking all before him in F-TR, Allan taking second prize in F-Std A and Janet winning 3rd prize in F-Std B. The Beales won the “most medals in a family” award with 5!

Phil Jacombs

Second World War: the other side of story

Saturday night saw another first for Roseville Rifle Club. Professor Mikhail Prokopenko delivered an informative and personal summary of the WW2 events in Ukraine during June – September of 1941, including a very large encirclement of Soviet armies after the Battle of Kiev. . It was an insight into the rarely spoken loss of over 500,000 Soviet soldiers (killed, captured or missing) in what was a terrible and terrifying fighting over a relatively short period of time in the vicinity of Kiev. Mikhail’s very personal account of the steps he has undertaken to uncover the path of his Grandfather and the 48th Engineering battalion his Grandfather served was a story of persistence, persuasion and administrative management in both the Russian and German governments.
Mikhail unveiled the steps he personally has taken to forensically unravel the steps of so many soldiers who in the majority perished as a result of this conflict. His research is ongoing and as he says “I might never know my Grandfather’s burial site but I am finding the likely place”.

Mikhail showed the detailed photos and maps of the battlefields, soldiers and equipment that revealed the human endeavours, equipment and terrain that confronted everyone who found themselves locked in conflict. Official documents from the German and Russian side including declassified information like papers, promotions of rank amongst others plus individual photos.
Stories of survival by Russian soldiers in the face of diabolical adversity were riveting.
The details that Mickhail provided was clearly just a glimpse of the personal journey that he has committed himself to in his endeavours to uncover the mystery of his Grandfather’s final resting place.
Although time did not permit Mikhail from revealing even more information everyone listening was engaged with his dramatic account.
Below are some links to Mikhail’s articles which are available on the web (google translated)
https://translate.google.com.au/translate?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fsekretno.org%2F48-oib.html
https://translate.google.com.au/translate?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fsekretno.org%2F48-oib-Zhuk.html

The evening was completed with a gourmet diner of lamb stew, vegetables, sausages and vintage wine and drinks.
Thanks to Mikhail everyone is the wiser about this event and his ongoing search for the truth.

Alan Patrick

Champion of Champions Shoot, 18 July, 2016.

I woke on Saturday morning to a dismal and cold rainy day. Not a good start! Arriving at the range a couple of hours later and opening the club house, I found a note from Dmitri asking for help down in the butts. Headed off to meet him, only to see him returning having doing some maintenance by himself. I was too late.

Range Offcie on dutyAs Roseville is still duty club there’s plenty to be done. Time to put the rest of the flags out. Thankfully the school boys were practicing at 300M so those four flags were up already. Others helped with getting both our normal club equipment to the mound and butts and also the District gear in place as well. Ian Palmer did the first Butt’s Officer to be relieved by Allan Humbert. A boring, but necessary job.

By noon, the weather had cleared and although cold, there was a gentle wind and there were long glimpses of sun. As there was 16 competitors they were divided in to two squads. Unfortunately Gosford were unrepresented in target rifle. Each Club Champion shot on their club’s targets at each of the four ranges. Roseville represented by Phill Hodder (TR Senior), Angus Martin (TR Junior) and Graham Coote (F Standard).

Despite everyone’s best efforts shooting started by DRO Doug Bowen on time at 1pm!

300M. There were signs of first range jitters amongst the Senior shooters with dropped points and uncharacteristic large groups. Leading the charge was Richard Jones (Manly) 49.5, Geoff King (Hornsby) 49.4, John Alp (North Sydney) 49.3, Phill 48.4 and Adrian Bonanni (Hornsby RSL) 47.3. Juniors were headed by Angus 46.3 from Calum Mansfield (Manly) 40.1.

Now to F class. Standard: Graham blitzed the field with a well executed 60.5 (58.8mm group) followed by Adrian Siebel (Hornsby RSL) 58.5 (89.5), John Leask (North Sydney) 57.5 (115.1), Terry Howell (Gosford) 57.3 (80.7) and Alan Ashworth (Hornsby) 56.3 (94.5).IMG_3566a

Standard Junior: Harry Brotherhood (Hornsby RSL) 56.3 (120.9) ahead of Mariette Rigby (Gosford) 52.1 (175.7).

F-Open: Alan Bowyer-Tagg (Hornsby RSL) 60.4 (58.8) leading by a count back from Phil de la Rue (North Sydney) 60.4 (59.0).

500M. Targets are intermittently in and out of shadows making sighting difficult. Despite that the shooters seemed to settle down to business. Phill kept two bull sighters (coincidentally his maximum grouping) and a dodgy line cutting ninth shot resulted in him leading with 50.7 (227.8) from Geoff 50.6 200.5, Adrian 50.5 (194.3), Richard 49.4 (259.9) and John 49.3 (200.8). Calum 48.3 (291.7) leading Angus 47.4 (313.3).

F-Std: Terry 60.6 (107.8), Adrian 60.5 (with a marvellous 82.1!), Graham 59.5 [caught by wind?] (124.1), John 59.3 (138.6) and Alan 55.1 (204.2).

Junior: Harry 57.4 (162.8) just beating Mariette 57.2 (206.1).

F-Open: A reversal with Phil’s 60.5 (95.1) beating Alan 59.7 (128)

700M. The sun is getting lower now and often at this time of year it is a real problem, particularly at longer ranges. Thankfully this year there is a large cloud covering it. Clapping was heard from the left most target when John put in a fantastic 50.10 (199.1). Phill cut a bull sighter, thus improving by ending on a super centre for 50.8 (228), Richard 50.6 (425.6), Geoff 50.5 (392.9) and Adrian 49.4 (399.6). Angus fired a fine 50.6 (325.7) beating Calum who lost one to the wind 49.5 (367.1).

F-Std John took out this range 60.7 (190.6) from Adrian who had the tightest group 60.6 (156.4), Graham 60.6 (202.6), Terry 60.5 (207.1) and Alan 58.5 (265.6). In the Juniors it was Mariette’s turn 58.5 (238.5) followed by Harry 56.3 (332.7).

F-Open: An extremely tight group by Phil gave him the range with 60.6 (154.3) while Alan had troubles including an expensive miss 50.2.

This is how everyone went in to the final range:

300 500 R/T 700 R/T
Geoff 49.4 50.6 99.10 50.5 149.15
Phill 48.4 50.7 98.11 50.8 148.19
John 49.3 49.3 98.6 50.10 148.17
Richard 49.5 49.4 98.9 50.6 148.15
Adrian 47.3 50.5 97.8 49.4 146.12
Graham 60.5 59.5 119.10 60.6 179.16
Adrian 58.5 60.5 118.10 60.6 178.16
Terry 57.3 60.6 117.9 60.5 177.14
John 57.3 59.3 116.6 60.7 176.13
Alan 56.3 55.1 111.4 58.5 169.9
300 500 R/T 700 R/T
Angus 46.3 47.4 93.7 50.6 143.13
Calum 40.1 48.3 88.4 49.5 137.9
Harry 56.3 57.4 113.7 56.3 169.10
Mariette 52.1 57.2 109.3 58.5 167.8
Phil 60.4 60.5 120.9 60.6 180.15
Alan 60.4 59.7 119.11 50.2 169.13

A pretty tight competition in Target Rifle and F Class Standard with several in each class within striking distance of the leaders.

800M. The heat is on. This will test each of the shooter’s ability in keeping calm and concentrating on just the current shot. Phill keeps two bull sighters, a good safety move. Part way through and Ian Palmer whispered in my ear that Geoff had dropped two inners! That meant that he was in with a chance, but so were others. In the end Phill prevailed scoring 50.3 (455.6) and third at that range. Richard first at 800M 50.4 (416.7), John also 50.4 (406.5) Geoff 48.4 (388.1) and Adrian 48.0 (534.9). Angus showed his true colours with a magnificent 50.8 (339.5) from Calum 48.2 (439.0). A terrific way to finish.

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F-Std: Graham cemented his lead with a terrific 60.6 (an extremely small 138.5), then Terry 59.5 (206.9), Adrian 58.3 (273.2), John 57.4 (353.2) and Terry 55.2 (317.7). Harry gained a further point on Mariette, 56.4 (376.3) and 55.0 (348.5) respectively.

F-Open: Phil topped with a great 60.8 (169.2) with Alan 7 supers behind 60.1 (237.8)

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Don't worry, he survived..

Don’t worry, he survived..

The final table looks like this:

300 500 700 800 TOTAL
Phill 48.4 50.7 50.8 50.3 198.22
John 49.3 49.3 50.10 50.4 198.20
Richard 49.5 49.4 50.6 50.4 198.19
Geoff 49.4 50.6 50.5 48.4 197.22
Adrian 47.3 50.5 49.4 48.0 194.12
Graham 60.5 59.5 60.3 60.6 239.22
Adrian 58.5 60.5 60.6 58.3 236.19
Terry 57.3 60.6 60.5 59.5 236.19
John 57.3 59.3 60.7 57.4 233.19
Alan 56.3 55.1 58.5 55.2 224.11
300 500 700 800 TOTAL
Angus 46.3 47.4 50.6 50.8 193.21
Calum 40.1 48.3 49.5 48.2 185.11
Harry 56.3 57.4 56.3 56.4 225.14
Mariette 52.1 57.2 58.5 55.0 222.8
Phil 60.4 60.5 60.6 60.8 240.23
Alan 60.4 59.7 50.2 60.1 229.14

Thanks to all those who helped set-up and take-down the range, manned the butts, acted as scorers and supported all the Club’s Champions. Thanks also to Dmitri and others who ensure our targets are in top condition, to the NSDRA for hosting the event, and to Adrian, our District Statistician.
IMG_3589aIt was a shame that there wasn’t a bigger attendance from all clubs to witness a great contest by all shooters and to celebrate the winners and all competitors.

I am proud to be a member of our club, the winners of three prestigious grades and particularly proud of my son. Well done Phill, Angus and Graham.

Uncle Mike

94th Mudgee DRA OPM

Roseville Rifle Club brings home the bacon …..

Five intrepid Roseville members made the annual pilgrimage to Mudgee to compete in the 94th Mudgee District Rifle Association Open Prize Meeting.

 

Phill Hodder, Allan Humbert, Dmitri Kazakov, Michael Cuda and Tim Walter together with Tim’s son Ian and his partner Kris, enjoyed each other’s company and the hospitality that the beautiful town of Mudgee had to offer.

 

Day 1 on Saturday at 500yds started well for Phill in Target Rifle A Grade, shooting strongly in all stages with 50.6, 50.5 and 50.6, the last match coming 3rd as well as finishing clean in 3rd position in the daily aggregate with 150.17.

 

Dmitri unusually dropDSC_0648aped a few points with 48.4 followed by 50.6 and 47.2 and finished with 145.12.

 

Tim performed well in Target Rifle B Grade with 48.2, 47.0 and 46.2, coming 3rd in both the first and third matches and finishing with 141.4.

 

In F – Standard A Grade Michael shot 59.6, 57.4 and 60.3 coming 3rd in the first stage, 2rd in the last stage and 2nd in the daily aggregate with 176.13.

 

Allan stole the show in F-Standard B Grade shooting 60.6, 60.8 and 59.3 taking 1st position in all 3 matches and easily winning the daily aggregate with 179.17.

 

 

Day 2 at 600 yds on Sunday proved a more little tricky, especially later in the afternoon when the winds picked up.

 

Phill shot 49.7, 50.7 and 47.3 taking 2nd place in the second match and finishing the weekend with 296.34 in the grand aggregate and wining a badge.

 

Dmitri scored 49.4, 50.4 and 48.4 finishing with a total of 292.24 for the weekend.

 

The great Duncan Davies (West Wallsend) won the grand aggregate with 299.42 which was particularly impressive after also taking 1st place last year.

 

 

 

In Target Rifle B Grade, Tim recorded 47.4 in the first match taking 3rd place, 48.2 taking 2nd place and 46.2 to finish in 2nd place in the last match and in grand aggregate with total of 282.11.

 

In F-Class A Grade Michael took 3rd place in the first match with 59.1, followed by 57.3 and 53.2 and finished 3rd in the grand aggregate with 345.21.

 

Once again Allan blitzed F-Class B Grade despite blustery winds recording 59.3 taking 1st place followed by 51.4 and 58.2 to take 2nd place and finishing in 1st place in the weekend grand aggregate with 347.26.

Lithgow Rifle Club’s Brett Bond took 1st place in F-Standard A Grade in the grand aggregate with 355.31 proving his dominance in “Forky Stick” – as with Duncan Davies, he too won last years aggregate, making this a back to back win.

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Once again Roseville Rifle Club brought home the bacon with lots of badges being won and a good time had by all….

Mike Cuda

NSDRA Championships 7/8 November 2015

Mark Buchanan, Dmitri Kazakov, Rob Trodden, Andrew Martin, Angus Martin, Tim Walter, Gary Faulkner, Michael Cuda, Alan Humbert, and Robert Kozminski, all attended the NSDRA Championships on 7/8 November 2015. Phil Hodder and Steve Tofler shot on Saturday only. Recent heavy rain changed the programme somewhat and Day 1 saw shoots at 600m and 700m.

600 metres.
Mark started off with intent, winning A Grade with 50.8. Angus Martin won B Grade  with 49.2 with Tim in 3rd place with 48.3.November 2015 - Tim

700 metres
Phil Hodder came 2nd in A Grade with a fine 50.8 to a hot Malcolm McKenzie with 50.10. Mike Hodder  came 2nd in B Grade with an excellent 49.8. Alan came 3rd in FS/B with 58.3

Day 1 Aggregate.
Mark topped A Grade with 100.13. Angus came 2nd in B Grade with 98.5 with Tim in 3rd place on 97.5. Alan Humbert came 3rd in FS/B with 113.6.

Day 2 was shot over 600m, 600m and 700m.

600 metres – 1
Mark came 3rd in A Grade with 50.7, Angus came 2nd in B Grade with 48.6 and Mike came 3rd with 48.2.

600 metres – 2
Mark dropped a point on his second last shot for 49.5. Angus came 3rd in B Grade with 47.3. Gary came 2nd in FS/A with 58.5 and Michael Cuda came 3rd with 58.4.

700 metresMarks rtesult
Tim won the range in B Grade with 50.5, with Angus 3rd with 50.4. Gary won FS/A with a beautiful 60.7. Alan came 3rd in FS/B with 57.3.

Day 2 Aggregate.
Mark came 5th with 149.18, Angus 2nd in B Grade with 145.13 and Tim 3rd with 143.12. Gary came 2nd in FS/A with 176.17.

Grand Aggregate.
Mark finished 2nd with 249.31, just overtaken by Evan Jones who finished with 50.9 to win the championships with 249.34.
Angus came 2nd in B Grade with 243.18 and Tim came 3rd with 240.17.
Gary came 2nd in FS/A with 290.22, a point  behind Alexina Bunt on 291.22.
Alan came 3rd in FS/B with 280.15

Masters Match
Mark fired a fine 50.9  but amazingly, was beaten on count back by both Jim and Mitch Bailey.

Teams Matches.
The Roseville TR team of Mark, Dmitri, Angus and Rob won the TR teams Match with 197.23. The Roseville FS team of Gary, Robert, Michael Cuda and Alan were unfortunate to finish 2nd, with 226.10, just one point behind the winning team.

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A good weekend was had by all and it was a welcome return to the 2 day format for the Championships.
Rain threatened, but mainly stayed away. One fancy vehicle became bogged after the shoot, but it was extricated by some kind hands on rescuers!

Marks carCongratulations to the NSDRA organisers, particularly Kathy and Adrian, Grumpy, Len and Jeff, and others who gave up their chance to shoot to help run the meeting.

Tim

Camp Perry, USA, 27 July to 19 August, 2015

The following is a brief summary and impressions from the three weeks Angus (Shooter), Mark (Shooter) and Mike (Manager) spent as members of the Australian Under 25 and Veterans’ Teams at Camp Perry (Cleveland Ohio) for the USA, World Individual and Teams shoots including the Palma match.

Crack of dawn Monday saw Mike and Mark at Border Control (previously Australian Customs Service), Mascot. Clearances made despite Mike forgetting his Firearms’ Licence. On to United’s counter for check-in. An hour later and we were aboard our B777 for the 15 hour flight to LAX. (Angus made his way with the Under 25 team)

Arriving on time, we thought that our three hour transfer time would be adequate. We were so wrong! Luggage hall is gigantic with our main cases arrived on a carousel at one end, our rifle from a hole in the wall at the other end. Then a very long walk from Terminal 1 to T7 taking our cabin bags and rifles, only to be confronted with more chaos and lines (sorry, queues) eventually getting to our planes gate for the onward flight to Cleveland. Our plan for everyone to meet and board the same flight didn’t work as over a dozen of our group missed the connection. {A note of caution, when flying to USA, try to enter USA in almost any other port than LAX. It’s the pits!!!}

A 4 ½ hour flight saw us arrive early evening. While collecting our luggage we noticed that all our groups’ luggage had arrived – without all passengers! Arrangements were made for those who were delayed to be safely stored pending their arrival. We collected our rental cars and drove 90 minutes to our Port Clinton hotel arriving around 7pm. A quick meal and drink and off to bed.

Next morning we found the rest of the group. They had checked in at 2 am – and we thought we’d had a long time away from a bed. Our team of 12 shooters, captain, manager and coaches and four partners spent the next few days were spent recovering from jet lag, visits to the range, sight-seeing, shopping and trying to find (unsuccessfully) healthy food. A highlight was a visit to a nearby South Bass Island’s Put-in-Bay where we saw the Perry Peace Memorial, 317 feet (97m) high and a delicious lunch on Lobster Bisque followed by more lobster.

We also made a day trip back to Cleveland we visited the Crawford Auto Aviation Museum http://www.wrhs.org/research/crawford well worth the visit with several hundred cars, bikes and planes amongst the exhibits. Next door is a mansion turned in to a museum with a large number of great exhibits.

General observations: -This part of Ohio is a huge flat area on the Northern side of Lake Eire (currently suffering from green algae), the shallowest in the Great Lakes Chain. The lakes are the largest inland fresh water in the world. As such, they have their own climate and while we were there mostly benign. However, we did experience a couple of spectacular thunderstorms with heavy rain which caused flooding and power outages. There have been thousands of ships wrecked on the lakes, many of which were extremely large. Around the roads lakeside are a series of warning sirens mainly for storms.

Camp Perry is a pleasant 20 minute drive along the foreshore from our hotel.

Impressions of Camp Perry: – It is huge, 642 acres (250 hectares) in area. Boasts to have the largest outdoor range in the world. Two main full-bore ranges with about 300 targets up to 1000 yards. With no butt-stops, bullets end up in Lake Eire on the Northern Boundary. It is training camp for National Guard, home of The Civilian Marksmanship Program. Also small-bore and pistol ranges to give a total of 15 ranges, most of which can be used simultaneously. The Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station is about 10 miles away from the range. The 150 metre cooling tower is clearly visible on the left of the range and from the foreshore near our hotel. There is a huge wind turbine next to the range, but this was inoperative while we were there.

Every morning there is the Colors (sic) Ceremony. Following a count-down, the canon is fired and the National Anthem is played throughout the range. Everyone stands to attention and service and ex-service personnel salute, even if not in uniform. There is a roll call before shooting starts every morning. At the start of every range, there is a recitation of safety rules, standing orders and match rules. Blow off shots are allowed each morning. The sound of several hundred shooters firing three or four shots aver a short period of time was deafening.

Shooting: – For the first 4 days, there were other competitions going on which unfortunately didn’t involve us. We finally got to fires some sighters at 300 yards on Saturday 1st August around 5pm. It made a long day waiting around due to program delays and we didn’t get back to the hotel until after 7pm. It was however good as it got us in the habit of early rises and long days.

Each day were involved in shooting, we were at the range before 7am and usually back to the hotel between 5 and 6pm. Twelve hours to shoot 60 counting shots (over in about 30 minutes!). We were in large squads as the organisers could only get markers for around 70 targets.

Sunday was a free day with the “Meet and Great”, finger food and drinks in the evening. The next three days were the USA Individual Championships with three 15 shot matches each day over 300, 600, 900 and 1000 yards with our “Veterans’ Dinner” on Tuesday 4th August. Here Matt Pozzebon from West Wallsend Rifle Club came out victorious following Ben Emms; success last year. Mark was 23rd in the Veterans.

Thursday and Friday were the Veterans WC Teams and Tony Loughnan Memorial Teams matches each four 10 shot matches over 300, 600, 900 and 1000 yards. The Australian teams were placed 4th and 3rd respectively. Angus picked up the bronze in the Under 25 individuals. A great effort.

Saturday 8th saw practice in the morning and a 15 shot match at 800 yards to start the WILRC. Followed by three more days with 15 shots at 800, 900 and 1000 yards culminating with a final ten shooting off at a 1000. Benn Emms won the event with after a nail biting final with Nigel Ball (GB) and Matt 2nd and 3rd. A great way for Mike to celebrate his 68th birthday with Mark participating in some sleight of hand with greetings from those left behind in Sydney.

Wednesday was a practice day for the Palma Teams. We did some chores including a much needed trip to the Laundromat. That evening we had our team dinner at Brandy’s Steakhouse, great food and drink and fellowship after an exhausting fortnight’s shooting.

Thursday and Friday (13th and 14th August) had the Palma Teams match. 15 shots over 800, 900 and 1000 yards each day. Australia started well each day but faded badly particularly at the longest range where Great Britain with consistent shooting and great coaching showed the other teams how to do it.

We took Steve and Carolyn Williams (Bathurst) to Toledo late Saturday morning and visited the new maritime museum http://www.inlandseas.org/museum . It is an amazing set-up with interactive exhibits as well as memorabilia. Anchored alongside is the Col. James M. Schoonmaker, a 613 foot (200 metres) lake freighter built in July, 1911. We spent some time clambering over and around this fine old vessel. Then we had a late seafood lunch on the riverside and off to our hotel.

Sunday, our last whole day before flying home was spent doing last minute washing and packing. Monday was an early start with Mike taking Steve and Carolyn to the airport at 3am. Then back to the hotel for a rest. Then the long trip home started with a delayed flight back to LAX and onwards to Sydney, arriving early Wednesday morning and the joy of long queues at Boarder control and home.

Lasting impressions: – The real honour of representing Australia in the world competitions; the friendship and acceptance of the Veterans Team; the cohesive nature of our team and their traveling spouses (particularly with scoring duties, and luncheon supplies); support and continuous encouragement from family, friends and club mates; meeting old friends; making new ones; camaraderie, particularly with the Great Britain Veterans who were at the same hotel; being ragged about the cricket results; the helpful volunteers and staff of the NRA; daylight from 4:30am until 8pm; hot and humid conditions; massive rain storms; willingness of the Palma Team Members to assist us, particularly during our team events; seagulls by the hundreds so far from the sea; and last and not least – our green golf cart, decked out with Australian flags, ever ready to transport team members and their gear to and from the range, ably driven by Mark and Mike, together with several team members, and of course John Schafferius.

 Uncle Mike