Last week we had a very nice surprise visit from Andrea Logan (now Andrea Tuohy) and husband Ollie. Andrea was one of the original Marsden shooters, and the inspiration behind switching from pay per visit to pay per term for college shooters. When Andrea moved to Christchurch for family reasons a number of years ago she was an A Grade shooter who had shot in the New Zealand secondary schools team. Now Andrea and Ollie are back in Wellington, having bought a house in Stokes Valley, and are keen to get back into shooting. Already there is a bit of competition developing as both scored the same score on their first card, but Ollie scored higher on the next card ...

Top shot in the college training squad this week was August Gould with 92.1. Samantha Jordan, Matthew Canlas and Bex Amos also recorded scores in the 90s. Neakiry Kivi top-scored in D Grade with 94.4 followed by Luisa Kristen with 92.3. In C Grade Jialin Sae-Jiw shot the best score of 96.1, followed by Callum Osborne with 95.3, and in the higher grades, top scores were recorded by Sergey Kladnitski 99.5, Ross Little 100.7 and Michael Grain 100.7. Meredith Ackrill finished an inner ahead of Dianne Grain in the 20-shot competition, scoring 196.9 which included a 100.7.

Provisional results from Round 3 of the Triple S competition are now available. Sergey Kladnitski is 2nd in both the B Grade and open competitions, a mere inner behind the leader. Callum Osborne has moved up to 5th overall, and 2nd in C Grade. Jamie Yee and Neakiry Kivi are tied in 10th place in D Grade (though countback rules place Jamie ahead of Neakiry). In the ungraded section Matthew Canlas is 5th, and Elena Torres and August Gould are 8th and 9th. Wellington College 1 remains 2nd in the teams competition, Wellington Girls are 10th, and Marsden have dropped from 6th to 11th as only three shooters completed their targets by the deadline in this round. Round 4 targets need to be shot by Sunday 7 September.

Ross Little was top shot for Wellington in the Titipounamu match on Tuesday, scoring 295.18. The four Brooklyn shooters involved in this match all finished in the top five places in the team - well done! However the team result was only moderate, finishing between the scores achieved in the previous two years.

Unfortunately Wellington lost the NDC semi-final to Marlborough. While having a 46-point win in the open section and the highest score overall, the composite and junior sections both lost their matches. Marlborough also gained a bonus point, so Wellington scored 6 against Marlborough's 8, and Marlborough will now contest the final against Taranaki. So Division 2 again for Wellington next year.

Congratulations to Michael Grain, 4th in Master Grade with 298.23, and Dianne Grain, 3rd in A Grade with 295.12, at the Horowhenua Open on Saturday. This was the final match in the Wellington Provincial Champs series, the results of which will be announced at the North Island Open in September.

Yesterday Round 1 of the local secondary schools match was held at the Keene Range in Petone. Brooklyn shooters were involved in teams from Wellington College, Samuel Marsden and Wellington Girls. For many, this match was their first real competition, so it was really pleasing to see some very good scores achieved. At this halfway stage, Wellington College are 2nd, Marsden 4th and Wellington Girls 8th. Onslow are in the lead, while previous years winners, Taita, are in 6th position. Sergey Kladnitski recorded the highest score (99.5). Round 2 is on Sunday 24 August.

Good luck to our many club members competing in the North Island v South Island match next weekend in Blenheim: Michael Grain, Pratik Tailor, Alexandra Woodwark, Dianne Grain, Meredith Ackrill, Jess Fair, Ross Little, Callum Osborne, Erin Little. It's great to have such a large number being selected for the North Island team.

Upcoming events:

  • Wednesday 13 August, 8.00pm, Interassociation D Grade match (2x10). Team: Neakiry Kivi, Luisa Kristen.
  • Friday 16 August to Sunday 17 August, Interisland match, Blenheim. Open team: Michael Grain, Pratik Tailor. Women's team:Alexandra Woodwark, Dianne Grain, Meredith Ackrill, Jess Fair. Junior team: Ross Little, Jess Fair, Callum Osborne, Erin Little.
  • Sunday 17 August, deadline for Round 5 closed champs targets.
  • Monday 18 August, Teams of Five Match, 8.00pm (2x20). #2 team: Maor Ben-Shahar, Callum Osborne. On call: Jialin Sae-Jiw, Craig Fair, Mark Riley.
  • Thursday 21 August, Round 6 Interclub. Teams to be named next Sunday; please advise if you are unavailable.