It's been great to see a number of members attempt their Marksman's badges over the past few weeks. If you think you will be moving up a grade next year (you can tell from the shooting scores spreadsheet you're all keeping up to date!), now is the time to go for this achievement. The number of targets and score required for each grade can be found on the noticeboard at the back of the social area. Targets must be shot within the TSNZ season (ending 30 September).
Analin Rudd scored highest in the lower grades this week with a 95.2. Inge Little's 99.5 was the top B Grade score ahead of Mark Riley's 98.4. Bex Baines' 100.6 was the top score for the night. There were several impressive 20-shot scores achieved on Sunday (must have been the practice from Teams of Ten!). Erin Little's 199.15 was the highest, 3 inners ahead of Megan Brodie's 199.12. These scores were closely followed by Evan Little (198.8) and Dianne Grain (197.14).
Teams of Ten
The annual Teams of Ten match was held in Whanganui on Saturday. This is one of the most exciting matches of the season. Associations from around the North Island enter teams to compete for the Rees Scroll and the Jim Hart Trophy. One person from each team shoots on each squad so the team rankings are recorded throughout the day.
The Wellington #1 team competed for the Rees Scroll. It was an incredibly close and suspenseful match. At the halfway point our team were in the lead, 3 points ahead of Horowhenua and 7 points ahead of Waikato and defending champions Manawatu. Waikato had a strong start to the the second round. With 7 squads to go they had taken top spot and were 5 points ahead of us. But the Wellington shooters kept their nerve and clawed their way back. As the last squad went in, we were only one point behind. Our final shooter scored 3 points better than Waikato's, and Wellington took the Rees Scroll home for the first time since 2003! The team's winning score was 3901.196. Congratulations to Erin Little who was 'Top Dog' for the team with a score of 396.25, and 5th overall.
The Wellington #2 team competed for the Jim Hart Trophy. It was a tough match, with Wairarapa and Hutt Valley #2 battling throughout the day for the top 2 spots. At the halfway mark our team were placed 4th. They kept their cool and rose to 3rd place at the beginning of the second round. But Wairarapa and Hutt Valley were too far ahead to catch and the team finished the match in 3rd place with a score of 3817.128. Top shot from Brooklyn and 2nd in the team was Inge Little with a score of 388.16.