Congratulations to Alaina Wilks on her new PB of 92.2.

Pratik Tailor was on fine form, shooting seven cards, the lowest of which was 99.6 – very impressive!  Pratik top-scored in the 20-shot competition this week with 200.13 while Michael Grain was highest in the 10-shot Master Grade competition with 100.7.  It was close in A Grade with Jess Fair scoring 99.7 to beat Ross Little by an inner on 99.6.  Craig Fair was highest in B Grade with 98.4, and Erin Little top-scored in C Grade with 96.3.  The best five scores in D Grade this week were shot by Summer O’Dwyer 97.3, Luisa Kristen 95.2, Dave Wilks 94.2, Ben Cox 93.3, and Ollie Tuohy 92.3, with four more also scoring in the 90s.

Congratulations to Michael Grain on being the 2015 Wellington Closed Champs champion.  The Final 10, which included seven Brooklyn shooters, shot on Thursday.  The championship is decided by the aggregate of the six rounds and the final.  Michael’s 597.34 in the rounds placed him highest going into the final and he succeeded in holding onto top spot with an overall score of 793.42.  Pratik Tailor closed the gap, finishing a point behind Michael on 792.52.  Meredith Ackrill, however, achieved the best score on the night of 199.13, moving her up two places to finish 4th overall.

The inter-island secondary schools match was held last weekend.  With 22 teams of three shooters competing from around the country, as well as coaches, managers, and parents, the social area was about as full as it can possibly get.  Many thanks to all those who assisted in setting up and running this major event.  The shooters thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to compete shoulder to shoulder with other college shooters.  The top three colleges were all from the South Island: Nelson Girls, Rangiora and Darfield.  Wellington Girls finished in 11th place, six inners ahead of Wellington College, while Marsden were 15th.  Congratulations to Summer O’Dwyer and Stephen Thessman on being selected for the North Island secondary schools team – Callum Osborne was unlucky to miss the cut by a mere three inners, with an average of 95 being required to make the team.  The South Island scored a 12-point win over the North Island.  The New Zealand secondary schools team was selected on the aggregate scores of the five cards shot on the first day, and Summer O’Dwyer missed selection by just one point, having shot 479.19, while Stephen Thessman shot well in the North Island team with 192.7 to give him a total of 477.14.  It was interesting to see the top quality equipment being used by most of those making it through to the New Zealand team – being able to fully adapt a rifle to best fit a shooter certainly improves the chances of success.

On Sunday, the plate match took place for everyone not involved in the New Zealand v Great Britain secondary schools match.  Summer O’Dwyer was top shot in this match, scoring 196 on UK targets.  This impressive score would have placed her equal second highest in the New Zealand team.

The Wellington Association prizegiving dinner is being held on Saturday 10 October at the Royal Tiger Range.  Trophies, medals, and Wellington representative badges and date bars will be awarded at this event.  Please advise how many tickets you would like ($30 each) so that numbers can be determined for catering purposes.  Friends and family are welcome to attend.  The club’s prizegiving function will also be held in October, date to be advised shortly.

Grading returns should now be emailed to me for collation into the club’s return.  Thanks to Luisa for her very prompt return.

Next Sunday is the final club competition day, a chance to fill in any gaps on the scoreboard.

We have a social shoot booked in for Wednesday 2 December – a request for assistance with running this evening will be sent out closer to the time, but please pencil this into your calendar in the meantime.

Upcoming events:

  • Sunday 4 October, final club competition day.
  • Wednesday 7 October, Champion of Champions match, 8.00pm C/D Grades 1x10, 8.20pm M/A/B Grades 1x20.  Champions named Monday 5 October.
  • Saturday 10 October, WSRA prizegiving dinner, 6.00pm, tickets $30.  Awards evening for trophies, medals and Wellington representative badges and date bars.
  • Saturday 17 October, BSRC Centenary Dinner, The Pines, Houghton Bay, tickets $45.  All past and present members, as well as family members are invited to attend.
  • Date to be advised, BSRC club prizegiving.
  • Wednesday 2 December, social shoot.