Thanks to Mark Robinson for organising college shooters’ photos on Sunday, and for so many taking up this opportunity.

A 90-second novelty shoot was held with extremely good results achieved.  Of note Meredith Ackrill 97.4, Ryan Day 93.1, Bex Gibbs 92.1 and Erin Little 92.0.

Many also took advantage of the final night to fill in blanks on the scoreboard.  Congratulations to our 2019 club graded champions who will now compete against other clubs’ graded champions on Wednesday:

  • D Grade: Stephen Thessman
  • C Grade: Casey Israelson
  • B Grade: Dianne Grain
  • A Grade: Evan Little
  • Master Grade: Meredith Ackrill

There are still a few outstanding grading returns.  Please ensure if you have not yet returned your grading return that you do so THIS WEEK as these all need to be collated and forwarded to TSNZ.  It is the responsibility of every shooter to compile their own individual grading return from all competition scores shot between April and September each year.

Top scores achieved this week were recorded by D Graders Jaz Hamilton (new PB 99.5), Cassie Truscott 97.3 and Josh Whitehead 92.1, and in C Grade Inge Little 97.3 and Emily Lockery 93.2.

A final reminder that our club barbecue prizegiving is being held from 4.30pm on Sunday 13 October at 1 Shoal Place, Whitby.  Please advise Dianne whether or not you will be able to attend.  If you haven’t already indicated which food you are bringing, desserts would be preferred.  Family members are very welcome to come along as well.  Let’s get together to celebrate the club’s successes as well as individual achievements.

Upcoming events:

  • Wednesday 9 October, Champion of Champions match, 8.00pm C+D Grades 1x10: Casey Israelson, Stephen Thessman; 8.20pm Master+A+B Grades 1x20: Meredith Ackrill, Evan Little, Dianne Grain.
  • Saturday 12 October, 6pm, WSRA prizegiving dinner.
  • Sunday 13 October, 4.30pm, BSRC prizegiving barbecue.

As the grading season has now been completed, please forward your Excel spreadsheet grading return to me this week for collation and on-forwarding to Target Shooting New Zealand.

Next week is our final club night for the 2019 season.  If people are interested, we could organise a couple of novelty shoots.  This is also a last opportunity to fill in the gaps on the scoreboard.  The graded champions to shoot in the champion of champions match on Wednesday 9 October will be determined following next week’s scores.

Please remember to contact Meredith to purchase tickets to the WSRA prizegiving catered dinner being held at the range on Saturday 12 October at 6.30pm.  Tickets are $40 per person and family members are welcome to attend as well.  Payment can be made direct to the WSRA bank account (BNZ  02 0500 0025335 00 - include your name as the reference with the code: dinner), or you can order and pay via Meredith.  The deadline is Friday 4 October.  Come along and celebrate our club’s and our members’ successes.

Our club barbecue prizegiving is being held from 4.30pm on Sunday 13 October at 1 Shoal Place, Whitby.  Please advise Dianne whether or not you will be able to attend, and whether you will be bringing meat, salad or a dessert that is not ice cream.

No PBs this week but highlights from club shooting were all in D Grade: Cassie Truscott 97.1, Jack Day 95.6, Stephen Thessman 95.4, Mike Williams 93.1 and Daniel Johnson 92.1.  Casey Israelson also shot consistently in C Grade achieving two 96s.

Full results are now available for the interassociation matches.  Congratulations to the Wellington D Grade team which included Stephen Thessman, Cassie Truscott and Josh Whitehead on their 3rd placing and to the Wellington Women’s team which included Meredith Ackrill, Bex Gibbs, Dianne Grain and Erin Little on their 2nd placing (ahead of Manawatu!!).

Upcoming events:

  • Sunday 6 October, final club day.
  • Wednesday 9 October, Champion of Champions match, 8.00pm C+D Grades 1x10, 8.20pm Open+A+B Grades 1x20.
  • Saturday 12 October, 6pm, WSRA prizegiving dinner.
  • Sunday 13 October, 4.30pm, BSRC prizegiving barbecue.

Many thanks to all of you who helped with cleaning the range on Sunday – your efforts were really appreciated.

It might be getting near the end of the season but for some of you that means you’re getting even better.  Personal Bests were achieved this week by:

  • Ethan Haigh who scored a brilliant 99.5 on his first competition card of the night (highest D Grade score of the night)
  • Maia LaPointe (D Grade) who scored an impressive 95.4 on her competition card (second highest D Grade score of the night)
  • Erin Little (B Grade) who shot a sizzling 199.14 on her competition 20 shot card (highest 20 shot card of the night).

Craig Fair topped the higher grades with a 98.6 on his 10 shot competition card.

Attached are the results for the Final Ten shoot of the Wellington Closed Champs. Congratulations to the four Brooklyn shooters who made the Top Ten – Meredith (2nd place!!!), Erin (4th place), Evan (6th place) and Dave (10th as he was unable to make the final shoot).

With only a few weeks to go of the grading season, please ensure your grading spreadsheet is up to date.  These will be collected, collated and forwarded to Target Shooting New Zealand in early October.

Please direct any queries during September to Inge Little.

Any errors in this email are entirely the fault of Mark Robinson who is nowhere as good as Dianne at writing these updates, but he’s trying his hardest anyway!  😊

Upcoming events:

  • Saturday 28 / Sunday 29 September, Interisland Secondary Schools match (Royal Tiger range).
  • Sunday 6 October, final club day.
  • Wednesday 9 October, Champion of Champions match, 8.00pm C+D Grades 1x10, 8.20pm Open+A+B Grades 1x20.
  • Saturday 12 October, 6pm, WSRA prizegiving dinner.
  • Sunday 13 October, 4.30pm, BSRC prizegiving barbecue.

It was a busy night at the Keene Range on Friday the 13th … congratulations to Casey Israelson, Hamish Guthrey, Inge Little, Cassie Truscott, Maia LaPointe and Ethan Haigh who represented Wellington and were in the victorious team that shot against the Hutt Valley in the C Grade shoot.   For the record, Wellington scored 1898.54 against the Hutt Valley’s 1853.51.  Well done to Brooklyn’s Open Team (Bex Gibbs, Mark Baines, Meredith Ackrill and Evan Little) who beat Wainuiomata by 23 points (and 11 inners, but who’s counting???!!!).   Brooklyn’s C Grade Team (Hamish, Casey, Inge and Cassie) shot well but were beaten by Wainuiomata’s C Grade Team.

Smallbore shooting is a very slow, deliberate sport… breathe slowly, relax, gently squeeze the trigger… but the Hertfordshire Match takes slowness to an entirely new level.  Meredith Ackrill, Bex Gibbs, Erin Little, Evan Little and Mark Baines shot well in the Wellington team’s postal shoot against Hertfordshire (UK) on Monday night, but the results won’t actually be known until March 2020 when the Hertfordshire Team shoot their targets (one NZ target and one UK target for each of the 10 shooters in the team).  Now that’s patience!  😊

The Wellington team at the Titipounamu shoot (they still shoot cardboard targets, not birds) finished well to be in the top third of the field, however it was Taranaki who took a fine win to defeat the mighty Waikato who had won 4 of the last 5 years.

Yesterday afternoon Evan ran a well-attended open training session for Brooklyn club members concentrating on the foundations of shooting – the shooter’s setup routine and position.  It included a practical shooting exercise that really challenged those attending to hone their ability to “nail” that first shot.  It’s all too easy to get into the routine of just shooting practice cards and never asking yourself the question “exactly what aspect of shooting am I going to practice this time” so this session provided a great opportunity to really concentrate on one crucial part of shooting and to do it well.  Please let Evan know if you have any comments, thoughts or questions arising from the session and I’m sure he’ll be happy to answer them or perhaps can address them in a later training session.

Stephen Thessman continued shooting well to top D Grade this week with a 98.4 followed up by a 97.6. Clive Brodie and Ethan Haigh were hot on his tail with a 95.2 and 95.1 respectively.  In C Grade Casey top scored with an impressive estimated 98.6.  In the higher grades, Erin Little shot an estimated 99.5 for a Marksman’s badge, but stepped up her game to then shoot an estimated 99.7 for another Marksman’s badge.  Meredith Ackrill shot a 198.11 to lead the 20 shot shooting for the night.  Great stuff!!! 

Brooklyn are responsible for cleaning the range and social area during September.  This will be undertaken on Sunday 22 September at 7pm.  Regular shooting will commence 30 minutes earlier at 6pm on this day to allow time for the clean.  Could all members please ensure they add this date to their calendars as the more hands available to do the work, the quicker it will be done.  Also please bring along cleaning equipment – vacuum cleaners, mops, buckets, cleaning cloths.

With only a few weeks to go of the grading season, please ensure your grading spreadsheet is up to date.  These will be collected, collated and forwarded to Target Shooting New Zealand in early October.

Please direct any queries during September to Inge Little.

Any errors in this email are entirely the fault of Mark Robinson who is nowhere as good as Dianne at writing these updates, but he’s trying his hardest anyway!  😊

Upcoming events:

  • Tuesday 17 September, Wellington Closed Champs Final 10, 8.15pm, 1x20.
  • Saturday 21 September, North Island Open Champs, Palmerston North.
  • Sunday 22 September, 6pm start to allow cleaning at 7pm.  Please bring vacuum cleaners, mops, buckets, cleaning cloths.
  • Saturday 27 / Sunday 28 September, interisland secondary schools match.
  • Sunday 6 October, final club day.
  • Wednesday 9 October, Champion of Champions match, 8.00pm C+D Grades 1x10, 8.20pm Open+A+B Grades 1x20.
  • Saturday 12 October, 6pm, WSRA prizegiving dinner.
  • Sunday 13 October, 4.30pm, BSRC prizegiving barbecue.

Congratulations to Erin Little and Dianne Grain who were in Wellington’s Number 1 team that won the Inter-association Teams of Five B Grade Competition (a pretty good result considering that 20 other teams were also competing for it!).

Wellington had a narrow (but well-earned!) win against the Hutt Valley in the Open and Women’s matches shot on Friday night. The matches are shot over a 10 and a 20 shot target and Wellington scored 3492.152 to the Hutt’s 3491.155, so if not for that one point edge then the Hutt would have won on inners.  Brooklyn members (Mark Baines, Bex Gibbs, Erin Little, Evan Little, Stephen Thessman, Mark Riley and Craig Fair) made up half of the Wellington Team so well done them, and especially to Bex for high-scoring for the team with a 100.8 followed up with a 198.11.  In the Women’s match, Wellington romped home with a 34 point win over the Hutt Valley – excellent shooting from Bex Gibbs, Erin Little and Inge Little.

The Wellington Smallbore Rifle Association is having its Annual Prize Giving Dinner/Social on Saturday 12th October, 6pm, at the Royal Tiger Range.  Please see Meredith to purchase your tickets.

It might be late in the season but last night’s club shooting still provided a range of learning and improving opportunities for our shooters.  It’s often easier to “keep plugging on” and not risk making changes, but Clive Brodie took time out to adjust his shooting glasses on his first card last night (a 52.0 which he didn’t complete), but after making those changes and settling back into his rifle he shot a 91.2 on his second card.  A really great step forward! 

In the hotly-contested D Grade, Stephen Thessman would have lead again… if Maia LaPointe hadn’t beaten him by 2 inners (95.4 to 95.2)!  Jaz Hamilton and Ryan Day also shot well in the 90’s.  But do not weep for Stephen – he got revenge (in his usual understated manner, of course) by beating Maia’s 20 shot 187.7 with a 190.5.  😊

C Grade was closely contested as well, with Emily Lockery shooting a 97.3 to narrowly beat Inge Little’s 97.1 – great shooting from both of you.  Casey was Mr Consistent, shooting 96.1 and 96.5.  In the higher grades, the battle raged on – Erin Little shooting a 97.4 then being beaten by her father, Evan, with a 97.5 but both of them trailing Bex who continued her fine shooting form, posting a 100.7Evan Little and Mark Baines both tied on 197.8 in the 20 shot targets, but again were beaten by Bex who shot a brilliant 199.11.  Marvellous competition!!!

A date to add to your diaries: Brooklyn have booked the range for a training session at 2pm on Sunday 15 September.  The session will assess shooters’ position and set-up, followed by a number of shooting drills.  This is a great opportunity to train and analyse.  If you are using a scope, come along and have a go.

Brooklyn are responsible for cleaning the range and social area during September.  This will be undertaken on Sunday 22 September at 7pm.  Regular shooting will commence 30 minutes earlier at 6pm on this day to allow time for the clean.  Could all members please ensure they add this date to their calendars as the more hands available to do the work, the quicker it will be done.  Also please bring along cleaning equipment – vacuum cleaners, mops, buckets, cleaning cloths.

With only a few weeks to go of the grading season, please ensure your grading spreadsheet is up to date.  These will be collected, collated and forwarded to Target Shooting New Zealand in early October.

Please direct any queries during September to Inge Little.

Any errors in this email are entirely the fault of Mark Robinson who is nowhere as good as Dianne at writing these updates, but he’s trying his hardest anyway!  😊

Upcoming events:

  • Monday 9 September, Wellington v Hertfordshire, 8.00pm + 8.30pm, 1x10 NZ + 1x10 UK.  Team: Meredith Ackrill, Bex Gibbs, Erin Little, Evan Little.  Emergency: Mark Baines.  On call: Mark Riley.
  • Friday 13 September, Wellington v Hutt Valley C Grade, 7pm, 2x10, Keene Range, Petone.  Team: Hamish Guthrey, Ethan Haigh, Casey Israelson, Inge Little.  Emergencies (do shoot): Cassie Truscott, Maia Lapointe.
  • Friday 13 September, Wellington v Hutt Valley interclub winners, 7pm, Keene Range, Petone.  C Grade, 2x10: Hamish Guthrey, Casey Israelson, Inge Little (captain), Ethan Haigh; emergencies: Cassie Truscott, Maia Lapointe; team manager: Craig Fair.  Open Grade, 1x20: Bex Gibbs, Meredith Ackrill, Evan Little (captain), Mark Baines; on call: Mark Riley.
  • Sunday 15 September, 2pm training session.
  • Tuesday 17 September, Wellington Closed Champs Final 10, 8.15pm, 1x20.
  • Saturday 21 September, North Island Open Champs, Palmerston North (poster attached).
  • Sunday 22 September, 6pm start to allow cleaning at 7pm.  Please bring vacuum cleaners, mops, buckets, cleaning cloths.
  • Saturday 27 / Sunday 28 September, interisland secondary schools match.
  • Sunday 6 October, final club day.
  • Wednesday 9 October, Champion of Champions match, 8.00pm C+D Grades 1x10, 8.20pm Open+A+B Grades 1x20.
  • Saturday 12 October, 6pm, WSRA prizegiving dinner.
  • Sunday 13 October, 4.30pm, BSRC prizegiving barbecue.