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Trentham 2019 Report

In late January, 4 Roseville members (Mark Buchanan, Angus Martin, Adam Beale and Pat Jacombs), supported by Mike and Phill Hodder, Janet Beale and Phil Jacombs, arrived in New Zealand to represent Australia over 18 days of a truly extraordinary World Championship adventure at Trentham. Mark was a member of the Veterans team, Angus a member of the U25 Team and Adam and Pat members of the U21 team.

Located about 30 km north of Wellington, Trentham is renowned as one of the most difficult ranges on which to shoot, due to the vast fluctuation in its wind conditions. Almost all the Australian U21 team members were experiencing Trentham for the very first time.

The first competition was the U21 Teams World Championship (this being the inaugural running of this competition). Pat was very proud to be selected as one of the 5 shooters and Adam was selected as Master Coach. The competition was shot over 4 distances: 300, 600, 900 and 1000 yds, with each shooter having 10 scoring shots. Australia came second behind a strong local team of junior Kiwis. Pat shot exceptionally well, recording the top score in the Aussie team and was the 4th highest scorer in the whole competition. Adam’s coaching was the key factor in the team’s performance and his dedication to the role was clearly demonstrated by his state of physical and emotional exhaustion that was visible for all to see at the end of the shoot.

In conjunction with the U21 Teams World Championship, there were U25 and Veterans International matches. The U25 teams competed for the Haddon Donald Trophy and the Veterans competed for the Tony Loughnan trophy. Angus and his team-mates won the Haddon Donald trophy from the Great Britain team and the Veterans won the Tony Loughnan trophy in the tightest of contest with the Great Britain team (1,895.138 to 1,895.133)! Mark made a strong contribution to the win, being the 3rd highest scorer for the Aussie team.

The next competition was the New Zealand National Championships, which also doubled as the World Individual Championships for U21, U25 and Veterans shooters. Shot over 3 days, at 300, 500, 600, 900 and 1000 yds (each distance twice), this was another test of endurance. Mark performed brilliantly in this competition to be crowned Veterans World Champion. The Australian U25 team members really shone, taking 5 of the top 10 places in their Championships. Australian Chris Schwebel was crowned World Champion and Angus was placed 8th. In the U21 Champioships, Pat was very pleased with his 8th place. Adam also shot in this event and was placed 28th.

The Veterans and U25 Teams World Championships were next on the agenda. The Aussies continued their winning ways in both contests. Mark and Angus and their team-mates brought home the trophies with wins over the Great Britain teams to retain their World Champions status. The Vets prevented another heart-stopping finish by winning by 8 points!

Another international U21 teams match followed, competing for the Haddon Donald Trophy. This time the Aussies prevailed over the Kiwis, with Pat again making a strong contribution to the team’s success, being the 2nd top scorer in the Aussie team, with the 3rd highest score in the overall competition.

From there, the competition moved onto the Long Range World Championships (another individual competition and recognised as the World Championship for Individual Target Rifle Shooting). Over the course of 3 days, competitors shot three times at 800, 900 and 1000 yds It was during this competition that the infamous Trentham winds made their presence felt. In the often-treacherous conditions, shooting at 1000 yds is not only a test of endurance, but of mental strength. Adam and Pat found the conditions incredibly challenging, as did so many of the other competitors and their scores reflected this. Angus showed great patience and determination to finish in 44th place in a field of over 300, Mark was117th, Pat was 136th and Adam was 186th. Steve Negus from Australia won the competition to be crowned World Individual Champion, with Mitch Bailey in a close second place, by one point.

The final event of the competition calendar was the Palma Match. This prestigious teams competition was inaugurated in 1878 and is one of the oldest international competitions in sport. Shot at long distances over 2 intense days, it is held every 4 years and to describe the rivalry between competing nations as fierce would be an understatement, especially as the Great Britain team had not been beaten for the last 28 years.

The “Roseville 4” were not members of the Palma team so had the chance to be spectators/supporters. This was not to last for long. During the 2nd range of Day 1, two members of the Channel Islands team had to withdraw from the competition. As they had no reserves, the team could no longer officially compete. However, match officials made the generous decision to allow them to shoot on, if replacements could be found. Pat’s team manager grabbed him and another Aussie U21 team member and asked if they were willing to step in. Of course the immediate response was “yes” and suddenly Pat was recruited to unofficial Channel Islands citizenship. Thus Pat achieved a life-goal of shooting in the Palma Match (probably at least a decade before he thought he could ever be eligible). To top if off, he ended up being the Channel Islands top scorer for the match, earning not only the respect of his new “team” but their enduring friendship. The whole situation demonstrates why shooting is a wonderful sport, with a true sense of community.

By the way, the Aussie team delivered on their undoubted potential and romped away with the Palma Trophy, with the Great Britain team in second and the USA third.


Across the course of the various competitions, Australia won:

Veterans Teams World Championship

Veterans Individual World Championship

U25 Teams World Championship

U25 Individual World Championship

Long Range World Championship (Individual Open World Championship)

Palma Match (considered the Teams World Championship)


The “Roseville 4” achievements were:

Mark Buchanan – Veterans World Champion, member of the Veterans Team World Champions, member of the Tony Loughnan Trophy winning team

Angus Martin – member of the U25 Team World Champions, member of the Haddon Trophy winning team

Adam Beale – Master Coach of the U21 Team Silver Medal World Championships

Pat Jacombs – member of the U21 Team Silver Medal World Championships, member of the Haddon Trophy winning team, top shooter for Channel Islands Palma team

A great adventure and an opportunity of a lifetime.

Phil Jacombs

ACT Queens

On Wednesday November 14, 3 Roseville representatives (Mark Buchanan, Adam Beale and Pat Jacombs) ventured onto the Canberra rifle range for a taste of their notoriously tricky wind conditions, shooting in the R A Rolph leadup event for the 2018 ACT Queens. Fortunately, for the first 2 days conditions were mostly favourable, which led to some good scoring. However, that was definitely the calm before the storm and the Queens event delivered everything that the pundits had predicted!

Pat’s NRAA ranking prior to the event had moved him into A Grade, so he was feeling a bit of extra pressure to perform, now that he was joining Mark with the “Big Boys”! In the lead-up event there were 38 competitors in A Grade and 23 in B Grade. Adam competed in B Grade.

The notable results in the leadup were:

Mark – 1st place in the first match at 500m with 50.9
Pat – equal 2nd in the second match at 500m with 50.8
Adam – 1st in the third match at 600m with 73.8
Adam – 2nd in the Day 1 aggregate with 170.19
Adam – 1st in the fourth match at 800m with 74.8
Mark – 1st in the fifth match at 800m with 75.9
Mark – 3rd in the Day 2 aggregate with 149.22
Adam – 1st in the overall aggregate
Pat – 7th in the overall aggregate (his first A grade badge), just 2 points behind the winner
Mark – 10th in the overall aggregate
Pat – top junior Target shooter

On Friday November 16, Mark, Adam and Pat were joined by Tim Walter (TR/A), Peter Walters and Michael Cuda (F Std/A), and Gary Faulkner, Eva Patrick and Alan Patrick (FTR/A) for the Queens event. 69 competitors lined up in TR/A Grade, 32 in TR/B Grade, 56 in F Std/A and 18 in FTR/A. Conditions weren’t too demanding for the start of the day, but things were about to start heading south! On Saturday, the wind really started to make its presence felt, swirling in from the south-west and moving around like a washing machine as it moved up the range. The flags were regularly facing opposite directions to each other. The more experienced shooters were better placed to handle these vagaries and the less-experienced shooters found the going really tough. The loss of a target during the morning session meant very slow progress on the mound and then a brief storm at lunchtime forced the 2 x 10 shot 800m matches to be reduced initially to 1 x 15 shot match, and then to a single 10 shot match. Sunday was about to put the icing on the cake with some truly bizarre wind conditions for 2 final matches at 600m.

Notable results from the 3 days of the Queens were:

Mark – 3rd in the first match at 500m with 50.8
Mark – 1st in the third match at 600m with 75.11
Mark – 1st in the Day 1 aggregate with 175.26
Adam – 1st in the fifth match at 600m with 50.4
Adam – 1st in the Day 2 aggregate with 144.11
Adam – 1st in the seventh match at 600m with 49.4
Michael – 1st in the seventh match at 600m with 60.4
Gary – 2nd in the seventh match at 600m with 56.2
Michael – 2nd in the Day 3 aggregate with 145.7
Alan – 3rd in the Day 3 aggregate with 140.6
Adam – 3rd place badge for the overall aggregate
Mark – 10th place overall
Michael – 10th place overall
Gary – 5th place overall

In the Grand Aggregate, Adam was placed 2nd (just one point behind the winner) and Mark was placed 3rd.

On a side note, Phil Jacombs discovered a family connection to the Bungendore Rifle Club that has been unknown for over 100 years. If you have a few minutes, ask him about it!

Phil Jacombs


The NSDRA OPM was shot on 3rd and 4th Nov. Roseville had a stellar turnout of 8 target riflers and 6 F-Class shooters for the favourite shooting competition of the year. Interestingly

  1. RRC fielded over half of all the TR-A competitors (Mark Buchanan, Dmitri Kazakov, Phill Hodder, Steve Tofler represented RRC).
  2. On Day 1 TR-B was 100% Roseville (Pat Jacombs, Mike Hodder, Adam Beale represented RRC) although a couple of more from outside joined in TR-B fun on day 2.

It was also good to see new member Sam Houston shooting in C-Grade – well done Sam! In F-Class, we had a strong FTR showing with Gary Faulkner, Alan Patrick and Eva Patrick; in FS-A Peter Walters and Michael Cuda were stars; and Janet Beale had fun in FS-B (thanks to loan equipment from Jon Marriott). The weather obliged, it was hot and sunny with mirage and a slight breeze to contend with.

Every single shooter from RRC took out at least a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place in their respective class/grade for a detail. Well done to all our shooters who showed how strong and supportive a club we are!

Notable 1st or 2nd placings for Daily Aggregates:

Day 1 Agg: Mark was 1st (TR-A), Mike was 1st (TR-B), Pat was 2nd (TR-B), Sam was 2nd (TR-C), Michael was 2nd (FS-A), Gary was 2nd (FTR)

Day 2 Agg: Mark was 1st (TR-A), Pat was 1st (TR-B), Peter was 2nd (FS-A), Gary was 1st FTR

Notable 1st, 2nd or 3rd placings for the two day Grand Aggregate:

Mark was 1st (TR-A), Pat was 1st (TR-B), Adam was 2nd (TR-B), Mike was 3rd (TR-B), Sam was 2nd (TR-C), Michael was 2nd (FS-A), Peter was 3rd (FS-A), Janet was 3rd (FS-B), Gary was 2nd (FTR), Alan was 3rd (FTR)

Special congrats to Mark Buchanan who took home the prize of a new barrel for being the top shooter!

Also, congrats to Pat who took home top Junior Shooter and who now moves to A grade in the NRAA database just in time for the Canberra Queens!

And a big thank you to Allan Humbert who spent the two days inputting all the stats on the NRAA score system, thanks Allan!

(thanks to Phil J for being photographer)

Janet Beale

Gosford District OPM 2018

Sunday 21 Oct was the Gosford Open Prize Meeting, comprising three details at 500m. Roseville had strong competitors with Dmitri Kazakov and Mark Buchanan competing in Target Rifle A; two of our juniors Pat Jacombs and Adam Beale in Target Rifle B; Peter Walters in F-Standard A; and Gary Faulkner, Eva Patrick and Alan Patrick in F-TR. Despite the heavy rains overnight, and the mud in the carpark, the weather held out and there was hardly a drop during the shoot. The mound was well protected with cover just in case which everyone appreciated.  Roseville had an excellent day with an excellent centre count as you will see below…

In Target Rifle:

1st Detail: Dmitri 50-9; Mark 50-8; Pat 50-7; Adam 49-7

2nd Detail: Dmitri 50-5; Mark 45-7 (“X” in wrong target!!!); Pat 50-10 !!! (his first probable!); Adam 50-6

3rd Detail: Mark 75-13; Dmitri 74-10; Pat 75-12; Adam 75-11

In F-class:

1st Detail: Peter (FS/A) 60-5; Eva (F/TR) 60-5; Gary (F/TR) 59-6; Alan (F/TR) 57-4

2nd Detail: Peter (FS/A) 59-4; Gary (F/TR) 60-5; Alan (F/TR) 60-5; Eva (F/TR) 54-5 (shot in wrong target!!!)

3rd Detail: Peter (FS/A) 90-9; Alan (F/TR) 89-7; Eva (F/TR) 88-6; Gary (F/TR) 88-6

Yes, you read that right 8 possibles and a probable out of 12 details in Target Rifle and 5 possibles in F Class! Really great shooting by Roseville!

So how did Roseville place? Our members took home a lot of range prizes for each detail and in aggregate they did very well indeed…..

  • Dmitri Kazakov – 3rd in TR A Grade Aggregate
  • Mark Buchanan – 5th in TR A Grade Aggregate
  • Pat Jacombs – 1st  in TR B Grade Aggregate, overall King of the Range, top Junior Shooter
  • Adam Beale – 2nd in TR B Grade Aggregate
  • Peter Walters – 2nd in F-Std A Grade Aggregate
  • Gary Faulkner – 1st in FTR Aggregate
  • Alan Patrick – 2nd in FTR Aggregate
  • Eva Patrick – 5th in FTR Aggregate

What a great outcome for Roseville; and our Gosford hosts were very generous with the various medals, badges and prizes on offer.

Well done all; and special congrats to Pat for his “King of the Range” and probable!

Janet Beale

DRA/City v Country weekend

Roseville had some busy shooters this weekend (15-16 July)… and before going into the details I want to thank Mike Hodder who did all the hand-loads for some RRC junior shooters (due to the factory ammo shortage). We also want to send hearty congratulations to Angus Martin who was also selected for the NSW State Team and received his numbered cap! Well done Angus!!!


NSW Rifle Association’s District Rifle Competition team shoot (5 per team) was held at Malabar in the afternoon (with a bit of a breeze blowing) with 2+10 at 700m and 2+15 at 800m (max score of 125.15 TR and 150.15 F-Class) on manual targets. Roseville had a huge contingent with 11 representatives in the various NSDRA Target Rifle and F-Class teams. Our Rosevilleans did very well:

o   Angus Martin (TR Gold team) : scored 125.15
o   Phill Hodder (TR Gold team): scored 122.9
o   Adam Beale (TR Gold team): scored 119.8
o   Pat Jacombs (TR Green team): scored 119.6
o   Mike Hodder (TR Green team): scored 117.7
o   Gary Faulkner (FTR): scored 147.13 <<<  part  of winning team!
o   Alan Patrick (FTR): scored 144.10 <<<  part  of winning team!
o   Eva Patrick (FTR): scored 142.10 <<<  part  of winning team!
o   Michael Cuda (F-Std): scored 143.7
o   Allan Humbert (F-Std): scored 137.5
o   Peter Walters (F-Std): scored 149.7

While the NSDRA teams shot admirably, it was only the NSDRA FTR team who came home with winners prizes. Congrats to Gary, Alan, Eva and the rest of their NSDRA team!


NSW Rifle Association’s City vs Country match was also held at Malabar starting in the morning (brrr very cold!) with 2+10 at 500m and 600m, and finished in the afternoon with 2+10 at 700m and 800m using manual targets. As you will see below, Roseville had a lot of representatives there which shows what a great, vibrant and active club we have.

The day had its issues (e.g. Pat lying down to shoot on a colony of ants and being bitten and having to move, Adam having only a few minutes to do his first detail due to team running out of time, mechanical target D6 was not working properly affecting Dmitri’s shoot etc) but overall everyone enjoyed themselves.

Despite it being a teams’ event, listed below are the individual results from RRC members (max score of 200.40 in TR and 340.40 in F-Class):

o   Angus Martin (City TR) scored an impressive 200.24…..and was top scorer of the day!
o   Dmitri Kazakov (City TR) scored 195.22 with 50.9 at 500m, getting the bull after his rifle cheek-piece had to be removed to replace a misfired round…
o   Phill Hodder (City TR) scored 195.12
o   Adam Beale (City TR) scored 194.19
o   Pat Jacombs (City U25 TR) scored 184.11 <<<part  of winning team (despite the ant bites!!)
o   Angus Langsford (Country U25 TR) scored 182.12
o   Gary Faulkner (City FTR): scored 236.16  <<< part  of winning team!
o   Alan Patrick (City FTR): scored 230.17 <<< part  of winning team!
o   Eva Patrick (City FTR): scored 221.6  <<< part  of winning team!
o   Michael Cuda (City F-Std): scored 225.14
o   Peter Walters (City F-Std): scored 224.11
o   Bob Kozminski (City F-Std): scored 220.15
o   Allan Humbert (City F-Std): scored 211.9

All in all the RRC members did a great job in their respective teams – well done to one and all with special congrats to Angus M, Pat, Gary, Alan, and Eva for making it to the podium and coming home winners.

Janet Beale


World Veterans Teams Match 15 OCT 2011

The Australian Veterans Team have come away winners in the World Veterans Teams Match held yesterday at Belmont Rifle Range QLD, shot over 300,600,900 and 1000 yards.

Shooting with very stiff competition they sealed the victory with a combined score of 1947-171 from the USA on 1936-167 and third was Canada with 1933-145. The day was hot and humid thanks to the early morning thunderstorm which struck about 3am. All the team should be very proud of themselves.


2011 World Long Range Shooting Championships QLD

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Day 1: 11th Oct 2011

Well Mike and I arrived intact and mostly with our baggage. After we received our precious cargo,and waiting at the prescribed area we had to proceed to another ill informed area to collect the remaining baggage.

We arrived at the Belmont Rifle Range to organise our caravan, which was more spacious than anticipated. Then we went to get supplies for the remaining 14 days or so, I imagine we will need to gain more supplies later on.

The main presentation had already been sorted by the time we got down to the venue, prizes were handed out, lots of clapping etc.

Had a lovely dinner at the range cafe come restaurant. Lots of great food.

Now time for bed and dreams of the days ahead.

2011 Coonabarabran OPM 1-2 Oct

Phill and Fernando headed off to Coonabarabran on Friday afternoon looking forward to a big 5+ hour drive to the country. They stopped at Lithgow Workers Club for a well earned meal and continued on to their destination arriving just before midnight.
Coonabarabran Pub
It was easy to find their lodging at the Coonabarabran Hotel/Pub as there are only 3 pubs in town and they are all on the main road. They tried unsuccessfully to gain entry as all the doors to the pub were closed and the publican wasn’t going to let anyone else inside, especially two obvious non-locals, Fernando had to call the female owner to explain they were outside waving at them, and needed to get the keys and get some sleep.

The room/closet was just big enough to fit two kid-sized single beds, one small 1940’s sink and a bottle opener. That was OK because they only wanted a roof over their heads and somewhere to freshen up.

The loud swearing and yelling stopped about 45 minutes after the 3 pubs closed, and the locals found their way back to where they came from, after drinking and gambling their dole cheques. A very exciting welcome to Coona township.

The guys were able to sleep in and grabbed some breakfast and coffee at the nearby coffee shop. On arrival at the Rifle Range, which was on one of the club members property’s, they saw the large barn shed which was the clubhouse, and many people who were camping on the range.

They weather looked menacing, and rain and some hail made it possible to only shoot 800m, the officials decided to try and shoot 4 ranges the following day depending on weather.

Phill managed to shoot a 49.2 (needing 3 sighters) for 3rd place, and Fernando shot a 43.3 in B Grade for 3rd place also.

A bush tucker dinner was on the menu for those staying around, consisting of lamb on the spit and veggies cooked in the camp ovens.


The following day it was decided to shoot 3X 600m, have lunch then if the weather agrees to shoot 1000y. The gods were with the shooters and the rain held off, but strong, freezing and gusty front on wind prevailed during the course of the day, causing scores to lower as the day went on.

Phill managed a 48.5 in the first 600m for 2nd place, and Fernando shot a wonderful 49.5 in the last 600m for 1st place.

At the conclusion of the two day shoot Phill was lucky to gain 4th place, and Fernando 2nd place. All and all this was an excellent prize shoot and the country shooters showed their hospitality and mate ship to make it a very enjoyable experience for all.


Roseville Rifle Club Annual Presentation

This year’s presentation was held under a sunny fine sky. We had a special guest to help with the day, Irene Marquette attended to unveil 2 special items. In memory of Gordon Marquette we had one of Gordo’s trusty Omark’s mounted in the club house.

In memory of Gordon Marquette we had one of Gordo’s trusty Omark’s mounted in the club house.

Also a plaque was mounted to the BBQ wall next to Jan Wikstrom’s.

The prize giving was held on higher ground due to the recent rain making the area outside the clubhouse too soft. The Club Champion Ian Hutchinson collected his hoard of prizes and thanked everyone for letting him beat them. Congratulations to all the winners and good luck next year.


After the prize giving we all moved to a shadier location and sat down to a feast of steaks, snags and salads. There were also some liquid refreshments to wet the whistle.

Hutcho Club Champ

MMM Steak

Roseville Rifle Club new website

Dear Members and Visitors

We would like to introduce the new website, which is also based on the new hosting.

Apart from the new format/look there is a forum available where Roseville members can register then log in and have access to discuss and comment about current club and other matters.

Unregistered users can see all the website except the forum.

Registered user can see forum except Club Member internal forum, which is accessible by Club Members only.

Users can submit the request to be registered on the website and then will be approved by administrator.

All posts and comment to the posts are approved by administrators and moderators.

The policies are flexible and can be changed.

Please feel free to add comments about any issue you think needs discussing or informing other members.

Any questions please don’t hesitate contacting Phill or any of the Club Committee.

Important anouncement from HEX Systems Pty LTD

Sundays Doug King Masters Invitational Shoot using HEXTA-001 electronic targets

HEX Systems Pty Ltd had the following announcement on their website:

HEX Systems Pty Ltd is proud to announce that at 9am on this Sunday, 26th June 2011 at Hornsby Rifle Range, Hornsby Rifle Club will host the Doug King Masters Invitational Shoot using HEXTA-001 electronic targets. This will be the world’s first shooting competition in which the results are automatically published and available for viewing online, world-wide, live and in real time!
Please stay tuned! The link will be announced on HEX Systems website ( on Saturday.
Note: You will need to use only FireFox or Google Chrome browsers as it does not work with Internet Explorer yet.

HEX Systems Pty Ltd website is hosted by USA corporation IXwebhosting

Today at about 5pm IXwebhostic published an announcement which states that their web server web403 is down. They can not give an indication as to when it would be restored. (see announcement and progress)

This problem will not affect the functioning of the electronic targets on the range. All spectators monitors, which will be connected on the range will not be affected. Read the rest of this entry »

The Champion of Champions Shoot 2011

The Champion of Champions shoot was shot on 4th June in near perfect conditions on a clear and sunny afternoon. The wind only came up slightly in the last 2 ranges.

Mathew did an outstanding job in F Class and scored two 60 possibles at 500 and 700m to finish with 232.12. This is the first time Matt has shot a 60, a great achievement. He was narrowly beaten by Dennis Smith from Gosford RC with 236.18.

Alex did very well also, shooting 182.8, to come second in the juniors behind Evan Jones. Alex has only recently started using a new rifle and he has showed some early promise with it, good luck Alex for next year.

2010-2011 Season Final results: Full Bore

Title: Full Bore 2011 final results

2010-2011 Season Final results: F-Class

Title: F-Class 2011 final results

Online results section is implemented on the Web Site

From today the Roseville Rifle club shooters will be able to see and print the shooting session online.

Currently the system is being tested with the Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome. The HEX Systems Engineers have been working to achieve the compatibility with Opera web browsers.

The page is very familiar to the shooters using the HEXTA-001 electronic targets terminals, which are working in the slave (scorer/spectator) mode. In this mode they can switch online between the targets (button “Target”) and between the current and the previous sessions (“Back” and “Forward” buttons).

“Zoom” button allows to zoom the scoring sheet in exactly the same way as on the range terminals. A user using touch screen devices can use the screen buttons to control the scoring system.

Members can print out these scoring sheets using their browser’s built in print function.