Club shooting:

Our new shooters on the rest continue to improve. This week Analin Sae-Jiw's 91.0 was the top shot, followed by Kate Yu's 87.0. Josh Whitehead's 92.3 led D grade ahead of a 91.2 by Wynter Tickle. Finn Ashby and Jaz Hamilton tied for top of C grade, both shooting 94.1. The tough competition continues in B grade. Stephen Thessman's 99.5 led by a point over Cassie Truscott's 98.4. David Grain led the higher grades with a 99.4 followed by Meredith Ackrill's 98.6.
 
A reminder that 9 and 16 May are break weeks in the club competition. Club competition scores can be found on the Brooklyn website (https://www.bsrc.org.nz/index.php/2015-04-27-07-32-48/10-shot) and the scoreboard at the back of the range, so check to see if you're up-to-date. By popular request, next week will feature a 90 second shoot, in which shooters attempt to shoot the ten counting shots of a 10 shot target within 90 seconds. This is a good way to practice shooting quickly and under pressure, while having some fun! 
 
NDC:
The first round of the National District Champs was held on Thursday. Wellington was in for a challenge with a double header against Manawatu and Eastern Force, teams who are consistently top of the table. We rose to the challenge, with the Open and Composite teams beating Eastern Force to gain a total win of 10 points and the Composite team beating Manawatu to gain 4 points against their total 10. Meredith Ackrill was the top shot for the Open team and Wellington overall, scoring 298.20. Stephen Thessman and Erin Little were joint top shots in the Composite team, both scoring 297.16. For Stephen this included a new 20 shot PB of 198.10 - congratulations! Cassie Truscott was top shot from Brooklyn in the Junior team, scoring 190.7.
 
Wellington v Horowhenua:
On Sunday before club shooting, 9 Brooklyn members attended the Wellington v Horowhenua shoot in Levin. Wellington had a convincing win with the 10-person team scoring 97 points higher than Horowhenua. Bex Baines was top shot with a total score of 397.15.
 
Upcoming events:
  • Wednesday 5 May, Interclub Round 1. C Grade, 7.45pm, Finn Ashby, Jack Day, Hamish Guthrey (captain), Jaz Hamilton; on call: Graham Tickle. B Grade, 8.15pm, Clive Brodie, Mark Riley, Stephen Thessman (captain), Cassie Truscott; on call: Dianne Grain. Open Grade, 8.45pm, Meredith Ackrill, Bex Baines, Erin Little, Evan Little (captain); on call: Stephen Thessman.
  • Saturday 8 May, Wellington Central Open Champs, Royal Tiger Range.
  • Saturday 15 May, Teams of Ten, Palmerston North. Team 1: Bex Baines, Meredith Ackrill, Erin Little, Stephen Thessman, David Grain, Evan Little. Team 2: Mark Baines, Cassie Truscott, Mark Riley, Dianne Grain, Inge Little.
  • Sunday 16 May, Closed Champs Round 1 due.
  • Thursday 20 May, 7.30pm, NDC Round 2. (Teams named Friday 14 May)
  • Saturday 22 May, Poroutawhao Open Champs.
The week’s shooting:

Best off the rest this week was Analin Sae-Jiw with 90.2, followed by Jemima's 84.1. The process of moving new shooters to jacket and sling began with Ewan Mirza, who scored a respectable 86.1 in his first night using full gear. 

 
In D grade, Graham Tickle scored highest with a 93.1, followed by Wynter Tickle's 88.0. Hamish Guthrey's 97.4 led C grade ahead of Finn Ashby's 93.3. It was a tough competition in B grade, with Ross Little's 99.5 beating out Mark Riley's 98.6 by one point. David Grain's 99.4 led the higher grades ahead of Erin Little's 98.7. The night's 20-shot competition was extremely close. Bex Baines' 198.13 came in a single inner ahead of Meredith Ackrill's 198.12. Congratulations to Cassie Truscott for setting a new 20-shot PB of 196.9 - 3 points higher than the PB she set last week!
 
The Club Competition:
The Brooklyn Club Competition runs throughout the season.  The format is  four blocks of five competition weeks beginning on 4 April, with gaps of two weeks between each block for catch ups and training.  The two weeks following next week (9 and 16 May) are break weeks in the club competition. The club will still run as normal, but you are encouraged to shoot practices, do training exercises (such as grouping, or practicing getting into position), or try your hand at a 20-shot target if you are up to date with your club competition cards. Talk to your coaches about what would be the most helpful exercise for you. Club competition scores can be found on the Brooklyn website (https://www.bsrc.org.nz/index.php/2015-04-27-07-32-48/10-shot) and will be updated in the next few days. Hopefully the scoreboard will be printed and displayed at the back of the club rooms next week.
 
Selection for teams:
The Wellington Association calendar has now been finalised and the dates of all representative matches can be found on the Brooklyn website (https://www.bsrc.org.nz/index.php/what-s-on/calendar). Dianne Grain is the selector for both our club and the Wellington Association. In the weeks before these events she sends out reminders for the Wellington matches and shortlists of shooters for the club matches. Please keep an eye out for these and let her know if you are not available.
 
Upcoming events:
  • Thursday 29 April, 7.30pm, NDC Round 1. Open team: Meredith Ackrill, Bex Baines, Mark Baines, David Grain, Evan Little. Composite team: Erin Little, Mark Riley, Stephen Thessman. Junior team: Cassie Truscott. Emergencies: Clive Brodie, Finn Ashby
  • Saturday 1 May, Masterton Open Champs, Masterton
  • Sunday 2 May, 1.00pm, Wellington v Horowhenua, Poroutawhao Range Levin. Team: Bex Baines, Erin Little, Meredith Ackrill, Evan Little, Stephen Thessman, David Grain. Emergencies: Mark Baines, Mark Riley, Dianne Grain.
  • Wednesday 5 May, Interclub Round 1. C Grade, 7.45pm. B Grade, 8.15pm. Open Grade, 8.45pm. (Teams named Friday 30 April)
  • Saturday 15 May, Teams of Ten, Palmerston North. (Teams named Monday 3 May)

It was a busy night at the club with Teams of Ten trials in the afternoon and a large group of visitors in the evening. Many thanks to everyone who helped out. 

Congratulations to Cassie Truscott for a new 20 shot PB of 193.9 and to Finn Ashby for a new 10 shot PB of 98.4.

Best off the rest this week was Ewan Mirza with 92.1. D grade was led by Jack Day's 94.3, followed by father-daughter duo Graham and Wynter Tickle both scoring 93.1. Finn Ashby and Jaz Hamilton continue to battle it out in C grade, scoring 98.4 and 97.5 respectively. Ross Little's 98.3 led B grade. In the higher grades, Bex Baines' 100.7 beat Meredith Ackrill's 99.8 by a point. Meredith closed the gap in the 20 shot competition with a 198.9 but Bex led on inners with a 198.12.
Open Championships are a great way to get experience in competition shooting and meet the wider shooting community. These individual competitions are held most weekends at ranges around the North Island. They are open to TSNZ affiliated members who are shooting in the sling and jacket. If you are using club equipment and would like to attend one, ask around the licenced members of the club to see if anyone is going who could transport your gear for you.
Upcoming events:
  • Saturday 24 April, Rangitikei Open Champs, Marton
  • Sunday 25 April, 4.30pm, Teams of Ten trial
  • Thursday 29 April, 7.30pm, NDC Round 1 (teams named Friday 23 April)
  • Saturday 1 May, Masterton Open Champs, Masterton
  • Sunday 2 May, 1.00pm, Wellington v Horowhenua, Poroutawhao Range Levin (teams named Monday 26 April)
Best off the rest this week was Ewan Mirza with 92.3, followed by Alisa Elshout on 86.1. Jack Day's 94.4 led D grade with Graham Tickle one point behind on 93.1. Hamish Guthrey's 92.0 was the top shot for C grade. B grade was hotly contested, but Cassie Truscott's 99.3 beat out Mark Riley (98.4) by a point. Megan Brodie's 100.4 outstripped a cluster of 97s by our other Master and A graders. 
 
Congratulations to Megan and Clive Brodie for their new 20 shot PBs of 196.8 and 193.9 respectively - a great night of shooting! Megan's score put her in second place for the 20 shot competition behind Bex Baines' 198.9. 
 
As the season has begun and more competition cards are being shot, now is the time to start keeping your grading return spreadsheet for the year up to date. This must be done by all shooters. Grading returns record all of your competition scores for the season (April 1 to 30 September). The spreadsheet will work out your average, which determines your grade for next year. It is much easier to update this each week than to try to find all your scores at the end of the season. Feel free to ask anyone at the club for help if you are confused or get stuck.
 
Upcoming events:
  • Saturday 17 April, Bulls Club Open Champs, Palmerston North
  • Sunday 18 April, 4.30pm, Teams of Ten trial
  • Sunday 25 April, 4.30pm, Teams of Ten trial
  • Thursday 29 April, 7.30pm, NDC (teams named Friday 23 April)
  • Saturday 1 May, Masterton Open Champs, Masterton
  • Sunday 2 May, 1.00pm, Wellington v Horowhenua, Poroutawhao Range Levin

It was a quieter night at the club this week with many enjoying a break over Easter. Nevertheless, the season kicked off with some great shooting.

 
Graham Tickle led D grade with a new PB of 93.3, followed by Josh Whitehead's 92.2. Jaz Hamilton scored highest in C grade with 95.3. Inge Little's 95.4 led B grade. In the top grades, Erin Little's 98.7 was inners ahead of Evan Little's 98.2. Erin also scored best in the 20-shots with a 198.8 followed by Evan on 197.9.

Upcoming events:
  • Friday 9 April, 12 noon, Teams of Ten nominations due
  • Saturday 10 April, Colyton Club Open Champs, Feilding
  • Saturday 17 April, Bulls Club Open Champs, Palmerston North
  • Sunday 18 April, 4.30pm, Teams of Ten trial
  • Sunday 25 April, 4.30pm, Teams of Ten trial