Congratulations to Amy Nathanson and Will Palmer on scoring new PBs yesterday of 95.2 and 93.1 respectively.

In club shooting the top six in D Grade this week were Anna 95.5, Melchior Meares 94.1, Will Palmer 93.1, Qiyun Goh 91.3, and Matthew Canlas and Ethan Haigh both with 91.1.  Oscar Robinson and Erin Little continue a very tight competition in C Grade with 98.5 and 98.4 respectively, followed by Amalamo Simi with 96.1.  Scores were also very close in B Grade – Mark Riley and Craig Fair both shot 96.4, Callum Osborne was an inner behind on 96.3 and Wiko du Toit recorded 96.0.  In the higher grades Evan Little top-scored with 99.2 ahead of Meredith Ackrill on 98.4.  Evan also had the best 20-shot score of 198.11, while three (Meredith Ackrill, David Grain and Dianne Grain) all shot 197.8.

Round 1 of the local secondary schools match was held yesterday at the Keene Range in Petone.  It was great to see the effort put into the match by our shooters, many achieving a score much higher than their average.  At this halfway point in the competition, Onslow 379.14 hold the lead by a mere inner from Wellington College 379.13, while Newlands 372.10 is 3rd and Marsden 370.6 is 4th.  Top shot for Wellington College was Oscar Robinson with 96.5 and equal top shots for Marsden were Amy Nathanson and Georgia Karantze with 95.2 (a new PB for Amy).  Round 2 will be held on Sunday 27 August at the Newtown range.  The top 12 Wellington shooters then form the Wellington secondary schools team and compete the following Sunday against Hutt Valley, Waikato, Manawatu and Marlborough in an email match.

The Titipounamu (which means rifleman) Trophy Match for A Grade shooters and below was held on Monday night.  The team score was considerably lower than in previous years.  Top Brooklyn shooter was Evan Little with 292.14.

In an extremely close match, Wellington were successful against Southland in the NDC semi-finals.  Southland won the open convincingly, while Wellington won the juniors convincingly, so it all came down to the composite section which Wellington won by a mere 9 inners!!  Great shooting from our juniors Oscar Robinson 198.10 (including another 100 which gained Wellington a bonus point) and Erin Little 196.12.  Top Wellington shooter was Evan Little with a very impressive 297.14.  A “false score” from Eastern Force in their semi-final gave Nelson the win, so Wellington face Nelson in the finals on 31 August.  We won against Nelson in Round 2 but Nelson have since improved, so it looks to be a very close match that could go either way.

Results from Round 3 of the Triple S secondary schools competition are now available.  Oscar Robinson continues to hold the overall lead by one point.  Brooklyn graded leaders are Georgia Karantze 5th in B Grade, Oscar Robinson 1st in C Grade, and Amy Nathanson 9th in D Grade.  Matthew Canlas and Casey Israelson are currently 10th and 11th in D Grade, within a point of Amy, so a close competition between these three.  In the teams competition, Wellington College are in 4th place, two points behind King’s High, while Samuel Marsden are 7th.  The final round is a 20-shot card, due on 3 September.

Two of our most exciting events are the Osmond Shield and Wright Cup matches, being held on Saturday 3 September at 7.30pm.  The Osmond Shield involves a team of eight comprised of at least four B Grade and below shooters, one shooter per squad in seeded order, with all eight scores counting for the team total.  The Wright Cup match involves a team of six comprised of C Grade and D Grade shooters, one shooter per squad in seeded order, with the best five scores counting for the team total.

Good luck to Meredith Ackrill in her North Island v South Island matches next weekend in Palmerston North.

Upcoming events:

  • Wednesday 16 August, Round 6 interclub, all grades.  C Grade, 7.45pm, 1x10. B Grade, 8.15pm, 1x10.  Open Grade, 8.45pm, 1x20.
  • Saturday 19 August, Interisland match, Palmerston North.  Open team: Meredith Ackrill.  Women’s team: Meredith Ackrill.
  • Tuesday 22 August, Teams of Five (B Grade and below), 8pm, 2x20.  Teams TBC.
  • Saturday 26 August, Triangular Open Match, Keene Range – Petone, 2pm, 1x10 and 1x20.  Teams TBC.
  • Sunday 27 August, 2pm, Round 2 intercollegiate match, Newtown range.  Wellington College team: Oscar Robinson, Amalamo Simi, Wiko du Toit, Casey Israelson, Matthew Canlas, Yiannis Fam.  Marsden team: Georgia Karantze, Luisa Kristen, Amy Nathanson, Qiyun Goh, Georgia Beatson, Emily Lockery.