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Can you believe that it is mid April already, it only seems a couple of weeks ago we were playing with our new toys from Santa...
A few things have happened since our last email, the Presidents 1200 Air Rifle competition has come and gone, the 20m State Postal has been completed, Frankston and Stawell shoots and the TRV State Champs are all finished. The Nationals have been shot and the 50 metre prone pennant season has come to a close. Please read on for more information about these events.
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TRV Congress is scheduled for Saturday the 15th of June at the Kilmore Library. It is really important that you ensure your club is represented and has voted on people for the new council. Our current president Trevor Drage has fulfilled his term as President and has to step down this year. Also Ern Mulchay has fulfilled his term as councillor and also will step down this year. It is also rumoured that our Secretary will step down this year due to other commitments. So this means we have some very import positions that require filling, so please if you or someone you know is interested, please nominate for these or any other positions on council. Without our council we won't have a sport to enjoy, the more people that help out the easier it is and better our sport can be. All nominations for positions must be received by the TRV Secretary no later than the 4th of May, for more info and the nomination forms please click here
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Wangaratta is holding the Jim Brock Memorial Competition this weekend (20th and 21st April), 50m Prone and Bench both days, Sunday Bench is a Sharp Shooter event, this is even and Air Rifle event! For more info click here
Jim Brock Memorial Prize Meeting
Saturday 20th April, 50m Prone and 50m Bench
Sunday 21st April, 50m Prone and 50m Bench (SS)
Air Rifle either day, for more info click here.
Warren Potent and Graham Lawler Round 1
Saturday 4th of May, shot at MISC, 9am Start.
$75 Prize to the top handicap score in prone
$75 Prize to the top handicap score in air
MISC 58th Anniversary Open
Saturday 18th May, 50m RBA Bench, 25m RBA Bench Air, 10m Air, 3x20
Sunday 19th May, 50m Prone (MM) and Bench (SS)
For more info click here.
TRV Coaching Weekend
Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th of May, shot in Shepparton, covering prone, bench, 3P and air for more info please check the website closer to the date.
Warren Potent and Graham Lawler Round 2
Saturday 1st of June, shot at MISC, 9am Start.
$75 Prize to the top handicap score in prone
$75 Prize to the top handicap score in air (12pm start)
North West Victorian Championships (Mildura)
Saturday 8th June, 20m Prone, 50m Bench (SS), Air Rifle and 3x20
Sunday 9th June, 50m Prone (MM) and 20m Bench
For more info click here.
Frankston Peninsula Prize Meeting
Frankston held it's annual prize meeting on the 16th and 17th of February. Saturday was the 50metre Bench Sharp Shooter competition, with Annette Rowe once again proving her dominance of Bench rest to eclipse her fellow competitors with an outstanding score of 600.51, fantastic shooting Annette. The rest of the field of 25 shooters were quite close with a lot of people on same scores with only the centres separating the place getters.
On the Sunday James Daly stepped up to win his first prize meeting producing a personal best score of 591.32, this has only proved to be the beginning of some fantastic shooting from James. The remaining field of 25 shooters enjoyed shooting on the target changing machines that Frankston has, making the 60 shot match a good test of endurance. Sue McCready (Lott) won the Air Rifle competition, although her score was quite lower then her average, maybe she had wedding plans running through her mind instead of tens?? For a full list of results please click here.
Stawell Prize Meeting
Stawell held it's first ever prize meeting on the 16th and 17th of March Shooters enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and great company of the Stawell club members during the two day competition. Saturday involved a 50 metre Master marksmen event, a 50 metre Sharp shooter event as well as an air rifle event.
Then Sunday offered a 90 metre event for both prone and bench shooters, a distance that only a small number of clubs can offer. The weather was perfect for the first days shooting with some nice scores produced by the bench shooters. Vin Anderson was having some difficulties until this barrel tuner fell off, teaching Vin a good lesson to always check your equipment!
Everyone enjoyed a fantastic meal at the trotting track on Saturday night, then back to the club Sunday to do battle with the 90 metre range. Sunday presented some challenges with the wind pushing the bullets in all sorts of directions and varying strengths making it difficult to pick the best time to fire the shot. This caused some problems for Dan Croatto who managed to crossfire not once, but twice while sbooting bench, this gained him the NASA award (Novelty Accredited Shooter Award), so Dan will be looking out for someone to pass it onto at the next competition!
Annette Row once again came out on top of the results list for 50m Bench, but this time Stewart Bailey from Portland was nipping at her heels. Annette and Stewart both shot the possible 600, Annette collecting 45 of her centrals to Stewart's 44 centres, they don't get any closer than this! A similar thing happened in the 50m Prone competition, with Mike Jarrad and Chris Lott both scoring 586, but Chris pipped Mike by 1 centre to take first place.
David Ball proved that we could read the wind quite well on Sunday to win the 90m Bench competition. Gerhard Maya was only 1 centre behind David, once again creating a very close competition, although as David is from Hamilton he probably is used to shooting in the wind! Reg McCready proved to be a bit of a dark horse as well to shoot a very nice 593.13 in the wind to place him in third overall, well done Reg. Local Stawell shooter Daniel Crawford did quite well at the 90m Prone distance to shoot 567.03 and finish in third position outright, well done Crawf!
Sue McCready (Lott) found her air rifle form again to score 589, some 43 points of her closest rival (and husband!) Chris Lott.
For a full list of results please click here
The Stawell club members should be congratulated on holding a very successful and enjoyable weekend of shooting.
This years nationals was held at Belmont Shooting complex in Brisbane, some 27 Victorians made their way up to compete with some excellent results produced. Bill and Cheryl Knight were there, both helping out with official duties as the regularly do, this Nationals was one of over 20 that Bill and Cheryl have made!
Dean Romanoff also made the journey to Brisbane, taking two of his girls with him, and generously gave up his time to be chief range officer of the entire Nationals. Without people like Dean and the Knights we may not have any competitions to enjoy, so a special thanks to them and others who contribute their time. James Daly had an outstanding first nationals, shooting consistent high scores for all his prone matches to win the open dual range championship as well as overall open prone champion, well done James! Annette Rowe also did our state proud to shoot a brilliant 600.51 on the first day of the Jim Smith, and backing it up with a 599.48 on the second day, this gave Annette the 50 metre Australian Bench champion title. Darren Nicholson also did very well to win the IPC SH1 Prone Air Rifle competition after a thrilling final where Darren shot 209.3 to pip fellow Victorian Natalie Smith by 0.3! All Victorians enjoyed a seafood BBQ Friday night with trivia and challenges enjoyed by all. This was a very successful and enjoyable Nationals, lets hope that Adelaide can be as much fun next year, hopefully even more Victorians can head across to enjoy the competition and social side of things, especially the Victorian BBQ dinner!
50m Prone Pennant
By now all clubs should have completed shooting the 50m prone pennant series. So far we only have unofficial results for four of the six sections, with the following winners;
Section A - MISC Wins with 40 points - Warren Grennes top score with 1773.100
Section C - Frankston B wins with 36 points - Dan Croatto top score with 1763.105
Section D - Stawell wins with 36 points - David Coupe top score with 1741.72
Section E - MCC B wins with 36 points - Anton Wurfel top score with 1729.59
Hopefully all final results will be collated and made official soon, please check the website for updates.
5 Minutes With..
Name: Sue Lott (pretty one on the left)
Club/s you are/have been a member of?
Essendon, Ararat, MISC, Shepparton.
How did you get started in shooting?
Mum and Dad were avid shooters along with my older brother and I wanted to beat him!
What disciplines do you shoot?
Prone, 3P and Air Rifle.
How often do you shoot?
These days - usually club nights and when I have postal competitions on, also we shoot in all the Graham Lawler and Warren Potent matches in MISC. I was lucky enough to get an scholarship at the AIS during 1998 to 2000, at this period I consistently trained for at least 4 hours per day and 5 days per week!
Winning a gold medal at the 1998 Commonwealth Games in Langkawi (Malaysia), and a silver medal at the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
Most memorable moment?
Winning the International Wettkamp Air Rifle Competition in Munich, this is the biggest air rifle competition around with over 200 competitors! I ended up in a shoot off for the first place and was lucky enough to win it after the second shot.
What is the furthest you have travelled to compete?
A place called Lahti in Finland, this included way too many flights!
What do you enjoy most about the sport? All the great people you get to meet and the personal satisfaction of shooting a good score.