Hurley takes out top spot in elite open

Ready, shoot: Thirteen members turned up for the 600 yards competition, with competitors in the F Standard, FTR and elite F Open divisions. Photo: Supplied.
Ready, shoot: Thirteen members turned up for the 600 yards competition, with competitors in the F Standard, FTR and elite F Open divisions. Photo: Supplied.

Thirteen members turned up for the 600 yards competition.

There were four in F Standard, two in FTR and six in the elite F Open division.

The longer ranges are further up the hill and require plenty of concentration to read the conditions.

The flags are below the line of flight of the projectile and the wind can be stronger and not register on the flags.

This can make the last three ranges that little bit more difficult.

As the years have rolled on and the rifles become more accurate the size of the bull's eyes have shrunken to keep the challenge present.

After all it's not much fun if it's easy, is it?

600 yards saw difficult conditions as the scores would indicate Ray Hurley finishing with 115.11 being top score for F Open.

Second place went to the up and coming Leith Hill recording a solid hit of 114.3 followed by Martin Viviers with 112.2 Mike Welke with 111.7 Adrian Moffat 107.1 and John Stuart rounding out the class with 100.1.

FTR had Dalene Mortimer claim top rifle scoring 109.3 followed by husband Ken with 107.2.

This left F Standard and our only black powder member competing.

Ellen Moffat top rifle scoring 114.6 followed by Brian Bridges with 112.5 and a brilliant 60.3 in his second dispatch.

Well done Brian.

Next was Shane Mortimer scoring 110.6 and Terry Neville scoring 100.2.

Patrick Wrigley shot the 100 yard range and recorded 93 and 95 which is a handy effort for the old muzzle loader.

There was a visitor Maro who shot pretty well to record 53 and 56.3, well done to him.

The wrap for the day saw the handicap winners list with Leith Hill on top scoring 102, Ellen Moffat 2nd scoring 101 and Brian Bridges taking 3rd place on a count back with Ray Hurley, scoring 98 each.

Of course the 60.3 giving Brian the edge in the count back.

This Saturday will see members move back to 600 metres for two ten shot dispatches and allowing two optional sighters for each effort. Visitors are welcome and a competitive club rifle is available to use in F Standard division.

Competition will commence at 1.30pm. 

See you on the mound.