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Five out of Six Roseville Members on the podium at Cessnock OPM 2024

Ross and Adrian headed north on Saturday the 18th of May to get some practice on the Cessnock Range at 600 yards ahead of the Open Prize meeting the next day.   The A-Van was hitched up and as they headed north the weather looked threatening around Hornsby – with showers forecast – but improved slightly as we headed further north.   The truck and van pulled into Cessnock Range just on midday after a smooth 90 minute drive, and after the A-Van was set-up and connected to mains power – it was time to make ourselves known to the duty Club and register for the Saturday afternoon practice.

It was cold and overcast – and while it did not rain – it was some of the most wicked wind ever seen on Cessnock range.   Some friendly faces from West Wallsend Rifle Club welcomed Ross and Adrian, and we duly fell in to shoot with them on target 5.

In the first practice match – Adrian shot a 69.5 over 15 shots, and Ross posted a 48.1 over 10 shots.   The wind was gusting from 9 oçlock but would quickly stall and come in from 1:30 so knowing your zero and firing quickly on the conditions you favoured was the order of the day.

At the second practice match – Adrian posted a 67.1 after cutting two bulls eye sighters and finishing on a maggot and a bull.  69 in the conditions would have been a credible score – with Duncan Davies posting a 68.4 – proof of just how challenging the conditions were.   Ross posted a 43 getting totally tossed around by the wind.

After being challenged by the conditions Ross and Adrian were happy to get their elevations right for the comp the following day, and pleased to not be troubled by any rain.  After shooting – it was time to relax and think about heading into to town for dinner at the local pub – always a favourite activity on shooting trips.   Ross and Adrian were back at the campsite for an early night.

Shooting on HEXTA Targets – Skye gets ready to compete in the first match at 500 yards

The next morning was a completely different weekend – with light winds, sunshine and a decidedly warmer temperature.   The wind was a gentle 4-6 miles per hour coming from 1 oçlock and sometimes straightening a bit to 2-2:30.  Fellow Roseville members Nigel, Skye, Alan and Eva entered the fray for the Cessnock OPM.   It was a different format this year with two 15 shot matches only – one at 500 yards and one at 600 yards.

The curse of the cross-fire struck Adrian at the first match – when he duly put a super-centre on target 6 for his 11th shot.  His day was done with a 66.7.  Nigel fared well with a 73.5 (2nd in TRB) posting the highest TR score across the Roseville contingent in the first match with Alan posting a 72.4 (3rd in TRA) and Skye posting a 71.5 (2nd in TRC).

In FTR – Eva was one point behind Gary Faulkner with an 88.4 to come second, and in FSB Ross came 3rd with a 73.2 after some trouble finding the target due to his scope being knocked off zero overnight.

At the second Match the ground warmed up, the sun was brighter and there was a bit of mirage to read so having your spotting scope handy was imperative.   Adrian used the mirage to hold the centre bull and he posted a 73.11 (2nd in TRA).  Alan posted a 73.7 (3rd in TRA) as did Nigel (2nd in TRB).  Skye was unlucky not to win the match in TRC posting an equal 73.3 with the winner – but beaten on countback.

Alan takes Number 3 badge in TRA

Nigel takes out number 2 badge in TRB

Skye takes out number 2 badge in TRC – from a field of 22 shooters!

In FTR – Eva could not get around Gary and came second with a 86.4 while Ross came 3rd in FSB with a 75.2.

At the end of the comp – 5 out of our 6 Roseville competitors finished on the podium in the Aggregate.   Special mention was for Skye’s effort in TRC – coming 2nd in a field of 22 shooters!

Ross was pleasantly surprised to take out 3rd Badge in FSB

Eva takes 2nd badge in FTR

The Cessnock shoot was very well run, and all Roseville members had a pleasant day out in the sunshine.  We are all determined to compete next year and move up a step or two on the podium.  Go Roseville!

P.S. Cessnock has HEXTA targets so you can see the full competition results here:  https://shooting.hexsystems.com.au/competition/monitor/497

Adrian Bonanni

Townsville Marksmen OPM and NQRA Kings 14-19 May 2024

A Shooting holiday Odyssey for Mark, Sam, Dmitri & Tim

Dmitri got up to Townsville early to provide ET support for the National TR Teams event in Townsville before the shooting for the mere mortals started.  The NQRA team provided Dmitri with accommodation on site in the ‘snake pit’.  Townsville range is very scenic but is renowned for less than friendly native wildlife with at least two known hospitalisations for snake bites occurring on the range.  ‘Dmitri’s shed’ as it became known was delightful – full of garden equipment, geckos, bats and the occasional Ross River Mossie.

Mark took his time driving up arriving on the Monday just in time to pick Sam up from the airport on Monday.  Mark was kind enough to carry some of Sam’s gear and some of Dmitri’s ammo.  They went early to wonderful accommodation on The Strand at ‘Magnetic Views’.  The cleaner was still cleaning the apartment, so Mark took Sam on a 12km walk in his new thongs.  Deep blisters ensued, and Sam is still walking with a limp.

Dmitri wanted to try the electric scooters that are ubiquitous in Townsville and for Sam to provide a lesson as he had used them on his last trip.

Unfortunately, Sam now exceeds the weight limit for the scooters so he could not provide the lesson. Scooter says “No”.  Dmitri did have a short trip by himself which he enjoyed.

The events were massive – bigger than anyone can remember – partly due to the TR Teams event, but also lots of southern staters wanting some winter sunshine and warmth.

175 entries in the Kings, with the Wilson only 10 or 12 less.

Weather was mostly hot and fine.  There was a shower late on Wed – but all Rosevilleans had finished by that stage.

Mark, Dmitri and Sam attended Townsville OPM.

The results were as follows:

Range Dmitri Mark Sam
700m 50.2 50.6 50.7- 1st in B Grade
800m 48.5 50.7- 1st in A Grade 50.3- 1st in B Grade
900m 50.4- 1st in A Grade 49.3 43.4
AGG 148.11 –4th in A Grade 149.16 – 1st in A Grade 143.14

Mark won the 800m match and the A Grade Aggregate.

Dmitri won 900m in A Grade and Sam won 700m and 800m in B Grade.

Well done, Roseville!

A late entry and traveler, Tim arrived on the Tuesday.  He had found a bargain flight on Virgin, but on arrival at the airport learned that the fare did not include baggage.  So another $240 for baggage – it worked out not as cheap as he first thought.  Travelling light with most gear taken by a friend from Malabar, Tim still needed some baggage.  After some effort finding the parking, Tim joined the others for a feed and maybe a glass of Shiraz.

Dmitri took the opportunity to move closer to the night life action on Tim’s arrival.  We call this move – ‘Dmitri moves from the snake pit to the flea pit’, as Tim and Dmitri’s shared accommodation was less than salubrious.

The Rosevilleans had pizza on the verandah of Magnetic Views on Tuesday night. The quality of the pizza was such that Dmitri and Tim thought that Mark and Sam were trying to poison them! The red wine was good though!

Wednesday night, we all ate at the C Bar on the strand – joined by Rob Sandlant and his wife Pamela – good friends of Mark’s from Victoria.

Friday night was meant to be Roseville steak night at the pub – but the queue for the bistro was out to the street.  After a search we found another pub and had meat and wine…all enjoyed with just a little wine spillage.

Sat night was a Chinese and Indian combo back on the apartment verandah.

Tim went home on the Sunday, and Sam, Dmitri and Mark went to the Longboard and had a lighter meal with some wine.  Another terrific venue.

Dmitri, Mark, Sam, and Tim attended for the Wilson lead up and the Kings.
Shooting was done on brand new HEXTA Targets and there was very little in the wind for most of the competition apart from occasional pick-ups and drop offs and the last 900m was tricky.

The results were as follows:

 WILSON Day 1

Range Dmitri Mark Sam Tim
500m 50.3 50.7 50.4 45.2
600m 49.2 50.6 42.2 46.2
600m 50.6-2nd 50.4 46.3 42.1
Day 1 149.11 – 2nd 150.17 138.09 133.5

Poor Sam put a shot on the wrong target at the first 600m! (only to keep the Club tradition of course).

WILSON Day 2

Range Dmitri Mark Sam Tim
800m 49.4 50.5 49.6 40.2
800m 49.4 50.2 49.7 47.4
900m 48.7 0.00 48.7 43.1
Day 146.15 100.7 146.20 130.07
WILSON 295.26 – 3rd 250.24 284.29 263.12

After winning the OPM and going ‘clean’ on the 5 stages of the Wilson with his No 2 rifle, Mark decided to up the ante, and move to his first No 1 rifle with Bergers to hopefully gain some centres and finish in the medals.  However, this rifle had had its barrel removed and re-attached – with the front sight not so level. A less than desirable outcome ensued.

When Tim told Dmitri that Mark was not happy with his misses, Dmitri thought Tim meant that Mark was having marital difficulties, but realizing the confusion, Tim explained the difference between Mrs and misses! English is a difficult language.

KINGS Day 1

Range Dmitri Mark Sam Tim
500m 50.6 – 3rd 49.8 49.6 47.2
600m 49.4 – 3rd 49.4 47.3 45.1
600m 49.4 48.4 46.3 43.1
Day 1 148.14 – 2nd 146.16 143.14 135.4

Comrade starting to flex his muscles.

KINGS DAY 2

Range Dmitri Mark Sam Tim
700m 50.8 – 2nd 49.6 50.6 45.1
800m 46.4 50.5 46.6 47.0
800m 50.6 – 2nd 48.5 50.5 – 3rd 46.4
Day 2 146.18 146.16 146.17 138.5

Comrade strikes again but with an unfortunate score at the first 800m.

KINGS DAY 3

Range Dmitri Mark Sam Tim
900m 48.4 47.4 49.2 42.2
900m 44.3 46.1 44.2 39.0
Day 3 92.7 93.5 93.4 81.2

 

Kings Aggregate

KINGS Dmitri Mark Sam Tim
Score 386.39 – 4th B 386.37 – 40th A 382.35 – 7th B 354.11
GRAND 681.65 – 4th B
636.61 – 41st A 666.64 – 9th B 617.23 – 21 B

Great results for Dmitri and Sam who both won Kings badges!

Dmitri, Mark, Sam, and Tim had dinner together on all but one night and it was a great experience to enjoy the camaraderie of the occasion.  While there may have been the odd glass of red, it didn’t seem to impact performance too much when shooting with a known rifle and on the right target!

Tim Walter and Sam Houston

Malabar MDRA City of Sydney Championships

End of April means ANZAC Day and, for some, an extra long weekend. This provided the potential to shoot for 3 days at Malabar in 3 separate but conjoined competitions. First was the ANZAC Day OPM (25th) where Roseville had 6 entrants, then the City of Sydney OPM (26th) where Roseville had 2 entrants, then the City of Sydney Long Range Championships (27th) where Roseville had no qualifying scores but 1 entrant (Janet paid for entrance but did load testing at 800m and didn’t submit her score).

After the solemnities at the ANZAC gates, the Roseville crew gathered for a photo proving we had 3 in attendance for Target Rifle (Alan (TR-A), Adrian (TR-B), Chris (TR-C)) and 3 in F Class (Ross (FS-B), Eva (FTR) and Janet (FTR)). The first day of competition (2+10 and 2+15 at 600m) commenced under reasonably nice conditions with wind over the right shoulder. Roseville’s best showing was Chris Sefton gaining a Bronze medal for the day (TR-C) and Janet also getting a bronze for the day (FTR) despite the fact she was load testing and changing powder weights mid-shoot. Special commendation to Alan Patrick who only dropped 2 points (TR-A) but had a high centre count and was unfortunately out of medal contention.   Overall, at the end of the day, all the Roseville competitors had top 10 placings in their respective disciplines / grades (Chris and Janet 3rd, Ross 5th, Alan and Eva 7th, Adrian 9th) showing the strength of our club shooters against people who were mostly on their home range.

The second day of competition was a holiday for some and a work day for others. The competitor numbers were therefore quite different to the previous day; but then so was the wind which decided to carve up the field somewhat. The competition was 2+10 at 500 twice and 2+10 at 600 twice but it wasn’t easy.  Roseville was down to only 2 competitors: Adrian managed a 1st place and 3rd place in two of the details (TR-B) and Janet, still load testing, also surprisingly had two 3rd place details (FTR). Adrian finished the day in 4th place (TR-B) just out of medal contention.

The final day of competition was at 700m, 800m and 800m with very nice mild flags. The day was not without an interesting event:- the police closed the range for a period at lunch time while they searched for someone in the bushland on the side of the range and on the headland. Even a police helicopter checked things out.  Everyone was instructed to stay very close to their rifles in case the person being sought appeared. But after an extended delay, with no additional drama, the police left and the shooting commenced.  No Roseville competitors had scores recorded because Janet was our sole representative there doing one detail of load testing at 800m but without submitting her card.

Janet Beale

Victorian Rifle Association 2024 Kings Series

Tim Walter was Roseville’s sole representative at the Victorian Rifle Association 2024 Kings Series held over 10 to 14 April 2024.

Tim stayed at the Happy Wanderer Motel as usual and had the company of Graeme Bright from Bathurst, Don Thompson from Natives and Cedric May from Canberra.

The weather was fine, around 7 or 8 degrees in the morning, but becoming quite warm during the day. Conditions for Day 1 of the Syme were blustery all day over 500, 500, and 600 Yards.

It was not a good day for Tim who distinguished himself in the wrong way by coming last at each range in B Grade!

Day 2 of the Syme saw calmer weather for 700, 900 and 1,000 Yards.

At 700 Yards Tim continued to place last, but at 900 Yards Tim was able to shoot a 49.5 to win the range in B Grade!

1,000 Yards proved trickier and for once Tim did not finish last!

Day 1 of the Kings was shot over 500, 500, and 600 Yards.

A sling adjustment before the first range made a difference and Tim shot 48.4 and 49.4 at the 500 Yard ranges, finishing in 3rd place in the second shoot.

600 Yards saw Tim finish with 46.2 giving him a Day 1 Aggregate of 143.10 finishing in 7th place in B Grade and feeling a lot better about his shooting.

Day 2 of the Kings was shot over 700, 800, and 900 Yards and many shooters were hopeful of some big scores at these ranges, however, the mirage liked to reverse itself on occasions, usually while a shooter was on aim, and magpies were not unusual.

Tim shot 45.3 at 700 Yards finishing in 8th place, and 46.2 at 800 Yards finishing in 9th place.

At 900 Yards, Tim opened with a miss to finish last again with 39.2, an outer 2 for his second last shot not helping the score. This gave Tim 130.7 on Day 2 to finish in 12th place.

Day 3 of the Kings was shot over 900 and 1000 Yards.

Tim was shooting early at number 3 and sighting proved difficult for him, scoring 42.1 with another outer 2.

At 1,000 yards and shooting last, sighting was again a challenge, and although the wind was light it was drifting up and down. Tim dropped 4 points in 6 shots but finished 2,4,4,4, for 40.0, but in 10th place, not last!

Not the desired outcome, but an improvement on the lead-up and with a plan to see the Optometrist very shortly, which may hopefully eliminate some sighting issues.

The Kings A Grade Target Rifle winner was Duncan Davies of West Wallsend Rifle Club with a score of 396.49 two centers ahead of Geoff Grenfell of Bendigo Rifle Club.

Jim Jeffrey of Lyndhurst Rifle Club, for whom I had the pleasure of scoring during the Kings, was most unfortunate to drop his last shot for 49.5 at 1,000 Yards to finish with 396.47. A bullseye would have won him the Kings!

On the social front, our Hostess, Melissa, cooked us all a great meal on the Tuesday night and on the other night’s Cedric, Don, Graeme, and Tim walked down to the Tyson’s Reef pub for a meal, Melissa joining us on the Thursday.

The usual outing to a restaurant on the Saturday night did not occur, but four tired shooters had a Chinese takeaway at home and had an early night, apart from Don, who continued to Watch “Oklahoma” on TV!

Tim W. 17 April 2024.

2024 Inverell RSM OPM

Dmitri and Phill decided to spend the Easter Long Weekend at Inverell for their annual OPM. They both went there last year and really enjoyed the experience. Phill left from Sydney and Dmitri travelled south from QLD after doing some important Hex Systems work.

The guys arrived in time on Friday to have a practice at 600y. Phill had arrived a little earlier and spent time getting his campsite set up with his new camper trailer. Dmitri had a dilemma to work out. According to the NRAA Grading he was B Grade, and he was considering entering that as he knew there were lots of ”Hot Shots” competing in A Grade, including the Picton’s (fresh from their South Africa Palma and U25 campaign), and some bloke that just won the Tas Kings! But when he found out that there were only 2 C Graders entered and they would have to compete in B Grade, he unselfishly decided to go in A Grade!

Dinner that night was served at the campsite consisting of marinated chicken and pan-fried potatoes, and the guys enjoyed relaxing and solving the world’s problems.

Saturday’s course of fire was a double 600y then a 15-shot match at 500y. The morning started off cool with little wind. Both guys took advantage, Phill shot a credible 50.7, and Dmitri a 49.5. As the day progressed the wind and mirage started to play up. Phill didn’t have his spotting scope, so Dmitri graciously let him use his. This was very helpful as often the flags were still or pointing in opposite directions, but the mirage seemed to be true. Dmitri was unlucky in the last 2 details, dropping 1 point in each. Phill realized that his recent luck wasn’t holding up, nor was his mental game and dropped 3 and 4 points. Dmitri finished in 5th for the day, and Phill dead last!

Dinner that night was at the well-appointed clubhouse. Various Inverell and Armidale members cooked a magnificent feast of beef, chicken, lamb, vegetables and salads. Virtually all the competitors stayed and enjoyed the great food and company. A fun time was had by all.

Sunday dawned and the Easter Bunny had paid a visit, dropping off Easter eggs to all that stayed on the range! Sunday’s ranges were a reverse from the day before, with a double 500y then a final 15 shot match at 600y. The boys started off well with Dmitri shooting a 50.6 and Phill 50.5, and for the second stage they both dropped 1 point. By the last range Dmitri decided that using his spotting scope would be an advantage as the conditions dictated it, he finished the stage shooting a 73.4. Unfortunately, Phill ran out of puff and grit and decided to retire near the end of the match.

Dmitri finished the comp in 5th place, which was very commendable considering the caliber of shooters there. This made his decision to enter A Grade the correct decision.

Dmitri decided to leave for home that afternoon before the presentation. Soon after his journey began, he realized that Google Maps probably needed some enhancements, as it led him down some scary dirt roads in the middle of nowhere. Also, his decision not to fill his car with fuel before he left made the trip more worrying than it needed to be. But not to worry, he found a very helpful farmer in the middle of nowhere that directed him to the nearest fuel station before he needed to use his reserve jerry can of fuel. Phill left the next morning after packing up camp. Google Maps also led him in a similar direction, but he persevered and finally made it home, albeit with a bent jockey wheel handle after going through a deep dip on the dirt road.

The annual OPM at Inverell is a must. The club members are very friendly and accommodating and it’s always a fun time, put it in your calendar for next year.

Phill Hodder

Phill Hangs Up his Roseville Hat

One of Roseville’s long-standing members, Phill Hodder is hanging up his Roseville hat and leaving Roseville Rifle Club for fairer shores….and that would be Tasmania? Yes!  Phill has been a Roseville member since 2000 – so that is easy maths – it is 24 years. What a 24 years it has been. Lets cover off some of his accomplishments:

  • Moved through the ranks ending up in Target Rifle A-Grade (TRA)
  • Multiple wins at various distances at OPMs across the state
  • Roseville Rifle Captain, re-elected unopposed for many years until he chose to step down (leaving big shoes to fill!)
  • Coached 3 of our junior shooters so well that they ended up at the World Championships representing Australia (Angus Martin, Pat Jacombs, Adam Beale)
  • Coached Shore Rifle Club so that they went from last place to champions within a couple of years (and incidentally helped grow the RRC membership as a result).
  • Regular Arn Hammond shooter / coach in Target Rifle and, this year, also in F-Standard.
  • He has been Roseville’s top TRA shooter and NSDRA District Champion.
  • Tasmanian Kings Champion 2024 (Target Rifle A Grade)

 

We could go on, but you get the gist. He is very good shooter, a very good wind coach, and a very good performance coach.

More importantly, Phill has been generous with his time; a mentor to many of our shooters and P650s Try-Shooters; and a friend to everyone. It is because of people like Phill that Roseville has become the success it is. We have a huge mix of ages and skills across many disciplines including novices, intermediate shooters, and seasoned shooters. We are probably the most successful club on the Hornsby Rifle Range. A large part of the Roseville success-formula has been Phill.

Our loss will be Tasmania’s gain. We are excited for him in his new “overseas” adventure. We will watch and cheer him on to new heights from a distance. To help send him on his way, Roseville came together for an evening at the Curry House in Thornleigh. He was presented with a parting gift and notification that he was made an Honorary Member of Roseville.

Before he goes, Phill has some unfinished business, the last Arn Hammond of the shooting year and maybe (hopefully) representing Roseville again as our top TRA shooter to compete at the District Championships.

Adieu Phill, but not goodbye – you may hang up your “Roseville Hat”, but you will forever have Roseville DNA.

Janet Beale

Roseville at the World Championships

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

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

In the 3 teams matches:

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

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

Highlights for our Roseville competitors:

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

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

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

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

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

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

Janet Beale

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

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

Adrian waits to shoot at the first match

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TRA Scores

TRB Scores

FSB Scores

Adrian Bonanni

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

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

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

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

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

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

Looking downrange from the 500 yard firing point at Aberdeen.

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

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

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

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

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

Nigel on-aim during the second practice.

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

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

Adrian Bonanni

KATOOMBA RC OPM 2024

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Paterson course of fire was:

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

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

Saturday placings for the Paterson Cup were:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Peacock course of fire was a repeat of Saturday:

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

Sunday aggregate for the Peacock Cup placings were:

PEACOCK Target Rifle

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

PEACOCK  F-Class

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Regards, Dave Waters.

 

Tasmanian Grand Championship and Kings Prize 2024

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sam shot a 47.3 to come third at 1000 yards.

 

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

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

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

A most unforgettable and enjoyable time was had by all.

Tim Walter.

The lifeblood of the club shoots on Saturdays

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

See you next Saturday!

Janet Beale

NSWRA 148th Open Championships (The NSW Kings)

McIntosh

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

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

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

The NSW Kings

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maybe next year…..?

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

Janet Beale

Armidale Prize Meeting 25-26 November 2023

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

On the way to Armidale

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tim working hard…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tim Walter.

ACT Grand Championships – 15-20 November 2023

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tim Walter