Esperance Rifle club members have been busy over the last few weeks. Eight attended the Albany Prize meeting and the Great Southern District Rifle Association Prize Meeting held over the Australia Day long weekend. Esperance featured well on the Friday, with Brian Bridges winning F Standard and Marcus Moffat winning Hunting Class, Adrian Moffat as 2nd in F Open.
The main shoot over Saturday and Sunday had 108 competitors competing in Target Rifle, F Standard, FTR, F Open and Hunting Class. Conditions were clear with a frontal fishtail breeze blowing up the range into the shooters face Combined with switching mirage made for a challenging day of competition. The State's best competitors working hard to claim top honours for the prestigious event. David Felton Albany club won Target Rifle scoring 394.43 from a possible of 400. Second had Shayne McDonald, also Albany on 391.34 and 3rd Mick Forsberg 390.38 Manjimup. Esperance local Graham Donovan finished in 7th place scoring 388.22 in a very competitive field.
The F Open had Shaun Stoffel's from Bassendean Club win the event with a great score of 474.39 from a possible 480. Missing the bull's eye just six times from 80 shots over ranges from 600 to 800 metres in very trying conditions. Brett Bunyan Boddington took 2nd at 470.30 and Bill Hallam 3rd on 470.24. Ray Hurley finished in 6th with 467.27 and Adrian Moffat 7th with 460.28. Martin Viviers was in 10th place with 458.17. Steve Mortimer finished in 6th place FTR scoring 430.10 while Brian Bridges finished in 2nd place in Div. 2 F Standard scoring a terrific number 445.19 and Ellen Moffat 3rd with 441.19 same division. Hunting Class had two Esperance members represented in Marcus Moffat and Gerry Harp. Moffat finished in 2nd and Harp 4th.
The Esperance Range cranked up again on February 1 over 500 yards to complete the first stage of the 2020 season. Graham Donovan started well with a ten shot possible 50.4 but couldn't repeat the performance second time down, was fooled by the wind and mirage a couple of times and came away with a 98.6 for the day. Top rifle F Standard Mike Welke scoring 111.7 followed by Terry Neville with 111.4 then Mike Henley 3rd scoring 110.5.F Open had Leith Hill as the top dog scoring 115.5, Ray Hurley 2nd with 115.4 and Adrian Moffat 3rd with a 113.7. Hunter's class saw Gerry Harp record 100.13 to win the double off rifle score and handicap. 102 from Graham Donovan 99 and Leith Hill 3rd 97. The best 2 of the last 3 ranges had Adrian Moffat 1st 204, Mike Welke 2nd 200 and Ellen Moffat 3rd with 198.
This Saturday will be a busy bee in preparation for the Esperance Rifle Club picnic shoot held over February 29 and March 1.