The last few weeks have been busy for the Esperance Rifle Club.
At the Merredin Prize meeting, 800 yard practice and the Queen’s Birthday week seven members tested their skills on the biggest stage for rifle shooting in WA, starting with the Ray Miles Club competition.
Esperance had an F Standard team: Ray Hurley coach, Rene Drew first shooter, Michelle Hurley second shooter, Jim Dunne third shooter and Graham Donovan acting captain and last shooter.
Just two dispatches including two optional sighters plus 10 scoring shots.
The team started well at 500 metres recording several 60 results and a 58 plus X counts.
The second range was over 800m and, with the sun up and clear sky, the mirage was active.
The scores not so flash the second time, however the combined scores resulted in a good win for the club.
Clear by four points from Manjimup in second and Busselton a further five points away in third; 14 clubs were represented, the strongest field for years and a wonderful achievement for the South Coast Club.
The members contesting the WA Queens prize were as follows: Ray Hurley F Open, Jim Dunne FTR, Steve Mortimer FTR, Shane Mortimer F Standard, Rene Drew F Standard and Graham Donovan Target Rifle.
The Australian Championships were held earlier in the week, and many National team members stayed on for the Duke and WA Queens.
The standard of competitors was exceptional with the influx of the State team members from all over Australia.
Mixed results saw Hurley finish in third place for the Duke of Edinburgh.
Drew had a competition to remember.
Contesting his first Duke and Queens, his results were outstanding, finishing first in Division 2 for F Standard and fifth overall, in challenging conditions.
Mirage and wind changes were terrifying and total patience was necessary for a good result, and Drew had both.
Shane Mortimer won the first match in F Standard recording a 60.5 and one of the few possible’s managed at the 400m range for his division.
Steve Mortimer another to do well in the Duke, finished in sixth place shooting the FTR Division.
Jim Dunne and Graham Donovan were not at the pointy end, however were enjoying the many challenges that came along over the five days of shooting.
Drew continued his good form into the Queens and finished with his name on the leaderboard in seventh place overall. Steve Mortimer was right on the pace finishing the Queens in fourth; a brilliant effort.
Steve Mortimer had success in the Grand Aggregate finishing in fourth place for FTR; Drew had a brilliant result in the Grand Aggregate finishing in fifth place and taking home some 15 medals for the five days of shooting.
Winning Division 2 F Standard for the Duke, Div. 2 Queens and the Grand Aggregate Div. 2 and fifth overall; an amazing effort.