Congratulations to our Wellington College team who finished 2nd (for the second consecutive year) at the interisland secondary schools match in Palmerston North in the weekend.  The team scored a very impressive 866.25 to finish 9 points behind Ashburton College and 1 point ahead of Feilding High School.  All three team members (Oscar Robinson, Amalamo Simi and Wiko du Toit) were then selected for the North Island secondary schools team to compete against the South Island, a match won by the South Island this year by 6 points.  Oscar Robinson’s score of 485.18 gave him a place in the New Zealand secondary schools team which shot against Great Britain on Sunday morning in which Oscar scored 198 on UK targets (Great Britain will shoot their targets early in the new year).   Oscar particularly had a great weekend, being awarded the “Top Boy” trophy – I believe this is the first time this trophy has been won by a Wellington College shooter – well done!!  Interestingly the top six individual places went to girls this year.  As usual at this match, the standard of shooting was extremely high, with an average 95 being the cut-off to make the North Island team, rising to 96.2 to get a place in the New Zealand team.

Dinner tickets for the WSRA prizegiving dinner at the Pines on 13 October need to be paid for by Tuesday 3 October.  Please make payment direct to the club’s bank account.  If you wish to attend and have not as yet put your name down, please email me urgently.  All representative badges, date bars, interclub trophies, closed champs medals and trophies, as well as the Osmond Shield and Wright Cup will be presented at this event – it would be great if those receiving awards are in attendance.

The Wellington v Hertfordshire match was shot on Thursday, with the Wellington team scoring very much the same as last year.  Top Brooklyn shooter (and second overall) was Evan Little.  Full results will be available early in the new year once Hertfordshire have shot their targets.

Thanks to everyone who has forwarded me their grading return.  If you have not done so, please do so urgently so that the returns can be collated and forwarded to TSNZ by their 10 October deadline.  It is each shooter’s individual responsibility to complete their grading return.

In club shooting, the top five D Graders were Chris Lockery 93.3, Emily Lockery 93.1, Melchior Meares 92.2, Anna 92.2 and Matthew Canlas 91.0.  Oscar Robinson had the best C Grade score of 99.6, a point ahead of Erin Little on 98.7.  In B Grade Mark Riley shot best with 98.3 followed by Callum Osborne with 97.3, and in the higher grades Evan Little top-scored with 99.7 while only an inner separated David Grain and Pratik Tailor (98.6 and 98.5 respectively).  Evan was also top-shot in the 20-shot competition with 198.12 ahead of David Grain with 198.8.

Next Sunday is the final week of club shooting.  The champion of champion match which involves each clubs’ graded champions will shoot on Tuesday 10 October.  Our graded champions will be named by next Monday.  Trophies will be awarded to each overall graded champion.

Upcoming events:

  • Tuesday 10 October, Champion of Champions match, 8.00pm C/D Grades 1x10, 8.30pm Master/A/B Grades 1x20.  Champions to be named Monday 9 October.
  • Friday 13 October, The Pines, Houghton Bay, 6.30pm, WSRA centenary prizegiving.  Tickets $40 each.
  • Sunday 15 October, BSRC prizegiving/BBQ.