Esperance Rifle Club: Donovan claims 1100 yard novelty shoot

Esperance Rifle Club members travelled to Kambalda for the Eastern Goldfields District Association prize meeting on Saturday, June 4.

The competition consists of eight ten shot competitions, two dispatches at 500 yards and two dispatches at 600 yards.

Conditions were sub zero early on Saturday morning, with the 45 competitors greeted with no wind and perfect sighting on the red stop butt.

Martin Viviers started his campaign with a perfect 60.10 with his first dispatch in the F Open.

New member Leith Hill also had a brilliant start, scoring 60.8 and following up with another 60.8 for his second effort to finish the day in second place behind Viviers.

Ray Hurley also performed well to be in third place overall.

Shane Mortimer was in Division 2 of the F Standard and was on the top of the leaderboard for the first day of competition.

Mortimer went on to take the win, just one point ahead of Bryan Hugh and a further point back to Dave Alford in third place.

Ellen Moffat finished just out of the top three, placing fourth in a competitive field.

Both Steve and Ken Mortimer contested the FTR Division, with Ken finishing in fifth place ahead of brother Steve in eighth place.

FTR was won by Dave Cole scoring 468.26, Judy Dickenson 468.25, and third place went to David Bliss who scored 465.22.

Target Rifle saw Kalgoorlie member Bill Barrett win the competition after two days of fierce rivalry with a very fine score of 394.39.

Dave Martin, also of the Kalgoorlie club, finished with the same score.

The event went to a shoot off, which Barret won by two V bull's.

Subiaco shooter Peter Watkins placed third with a score of 391.39.

The stars of the show were Esperance F Open crew.

Sunday saw Hurley record the perfect score of 60.10 at 800 yards and go on to reach second place just behind Viviers with 474.8.

Young Hill claimed third badge after a magnificent effort over the two days of competition left him with a final score of 469.8.

Monday was a novelty shoot over the extra-long range of 1100 yards, a first for the Esperance members.

Viviers, Hurley, Steve Mortimer and Graham Donovan participated in the event, which was held in almost blinding fog.

The target difficult to see from a kilometre away, putting plenty of pressure on those attempting to score well.

Graham Oats fired first in clear conditions, missing the V bull just twice for the fifteen shots.

Quick decisions were key for the event, which had to be completed in under ten minutes.

Oats had no trouble winning F Standard.

The fog rolled in and some competitors retired as they could not see the target.

Donovan decided to give it a good crack, coming away from almost impossible conditions to win the division by 9 points with a score of 72.4 after missing the bullseye just twice in 15 shots.

Hurley won the F Open in quicktime, collecting another trophy for his already bursting cabinet.