The final shooting event of the indoor calendar, the Champion of Champions match, was held on Wednesday.  Unfortunately our D and C Grade champions, Ollie Tuohy and Neil Maddever, were unavailable to shoot on this night.  Those grades were won by Russell Mason (Wellington Central) and Tyler Green (Melrose) with 97.5 and 92.3 respectively.  Congratulations to Callum Osborne on his win in the B Grade match with 194.12 ahead of Barry Johnstone (South Wellington) and Lee Bramwell (Melrose).  Dianne Grain shot 197.5 in the A Grade match to be placed second, behind Alex Fauck (Melrose) and ahead of Andrew Shakes (Wellington Central).  Congratulations also to Pratik Tailor who shot an impressive 199.13 to win Master Grade against Neil Kinsey (Wellington Central).  Our two winners were presented with certificates and chocolate bars, and also gained much-needed points for the club for the Witcombe & Caldwell trophy.

The Wellington Association prizegiving dinner was well attended on Saturday night.  Many club members received badges and date bars for competing in representative teams; Meredith Ackrill, Jess Fair and Michael Grain were presented with trophies for their closed champ wins; and the club was re-presented with the Osmond Shield trophy, having won this match at the end of August, and were also successful in winning the Witcombe & Caldwell trophy which is presented to the club gaining the most points from the Wright Cup match, the Osmond Shield match, closed champs grade and open winners, interclub team wins and records broken, along with the champion of champions match winners.  Brooklyn’s total score of 29 was out of a possible 59 with Wellington Central scoring 22, the balance being shared among the remaining three clubs.

Many thanks to Craig and Ursula for hosting the Brooklyn prizegiving barbecue last night, which was also well attended by a large number of club members.  Congratulations to the following shooters on winning trophies or being noted as runner-up:

Ladder points: 1st David Grain 35, 2nd Ollie Tuohy and Leilani Fam 34

Handicap points: 1st Ben Cox 16, 2nd Phil Cox 15

D Handicap: 1st Ben Cox 2504.635, 2nd Summer O’Dwyer 2503.723

C Handicap: 1st Neil Maddever 2502.004, 2nd Stephen Thessman 2500.195

B Handicap: 1st Craig Fair 2501.010; 2nd Callum Osborne 2500.449

Master and A Handicap: 1st Ross Little 2500.293; 2nd Meredith Ackrill 2500.233

Most improved: Hamish Guthrey

Most improved junior: Georgia Karantze

D Grade Champion: 1st Ollie Tuohy 2343.67; 2nd Summer O’Dwyer 2329.62

C Grade Champion: 1st Neil Maddever 2392.83; 2nd Stephen Thessman 2351.56

B Grade Champion: 1st Callum Osborne 2381.80; 2nd Andrea Tuohy 2374.66

A Grade Champion: 1st Dianne Grain 2451.119; 2nd Ross Little 2434.118

Master Grade Champion: 1st Pratik Tailor 2472.160; 2nd Michael Grain 2457.136; 3rd David Grain 2457.126

Ladies Champion: 1st Dianne Grain 2451.119; 2nd Meredith Ackrill 2433.116

Most Valuable Shooter: Stephen Thessman

BCD 20-shot Champion: 1st Craig Fair 2889; 2nd Neil Maddever 2861

20-shot Champion: 1st Pratik Tailor 4944.307; 2nd Michael Grain 4943.288

Club Champion: 1st Pratik Tailor 7416.467; 2nd Michael Grain 7400.424

Outdoor 50m shooting commenced its season on Saturday morning at the Allen Range in Trentham.  Olympics, Commonwealth Games, World Cups and Oceania Champs are all shot on 50m outdoor ranges.  Shooting conditions vary between matches, with wind usually being the most challenging aspect along with sun and mirage.  A good deal of stamina is required for this shooting discipline as a match is 60 shots plus unlimited sighters and shooters have an hour to complete their targets.  Michael Grain, Ross Little and Jess Fair have all been selected to shoot for New Zealand at the upcoming Oceania Champs in Sydney at the end of November and we wish them all the best.

Thanks to everyone who will be attending the centenary dinner on Saturday at The Pines.  Your support of this milestone event is much appreciated.

Well done to everyone who has forwarded me their grading return.  There’s just a few more to go, and then we’ll be able to complete the end of season paperwork.

There’ll be a number of club events over the next few months with a rifle cleaning session, working bees at the Bell Road building, and a social shoot in December.  Please come along and help out at these events – the more involved you are with the club, the more enjoyment you’ll get from shooting.

Upcoming events:

  • Saturday 17 October, BSRC Centenary Dinner, The Pines, Houghton Bay, 6.30pm, tickets $45.  All past and present members, as well as family members are invited to attend.
  • Wednesday 2 December, social shoot.