The Castlemaine Rifle Club was finally back in competition on Saturday, 6th November. The Club held its “ Invitational Shoot”. The first for 2 years.
A good number of shooters from around Victoria competed for some excellent badges and trophies. The first two rounds were shot over 500 yards and the third round over 600 yards. Each range consisted of 10 scoring shots for a total of 30 scoring shots.
Medals and trophies were awarded to place-getters in “Target Rifle “ (3 Grades), “F Class “ (2 Grades) and “F Open”. Conditions were pretty good with shooting finishing just as the rain came.
In Target Rifle A at the first round, Greg Tomorad from Bendigo won with 49.6. Castlemaine’s Max Elson won B Grade with 49.8. C Grade was won by Malcolm Laurence with 48.4 from Castlemaine. F Class A was won by John Bearsley with 57.3 from Castlemaine and F Class B went to Mick Goritchan also from Castlemaine with 56.1. FOpen was won by Garry Rose from Geelong with 60.7.
In the second round also from 500 yards, the winner in Target Rifle A was Peter Pearce from Kyneton with 50.3. B Grade went to Bill Poynton from Geelong with 50.6 and C Grade to Simon McCulloch from Bendigo with 49.5. F Class A was won by Clive Bodle from South Bendigo with 60.5 and F Class B went to Mick Goritchan with 56.2 from Castlemaine. F Open was won by Joe Melbourne from Nagambie with 60.8.
After the lunch break, shooting was from 600 yards.
Target Rifle A was won by Peter Pearce from Kyneton with 50.8. B Grade was won by Alan Mills from Castlemaine with 49.6 and C Grade went to Castlemaine’s Malcolm Laurence with 49.5. F Class A was won by Clive Bodle from South Bendigo with 57.5 and F Class B by Bob Pearce from Kyneton with 55.0. Bob was the oldest winner on the day being nearly 91 years of age. F Open was won by Garry Rose from Geelong with 60.6.
Aggregates for the day saw Kyneton’s Peter Pearce win in Target Rifle A with 149.15 from Bendigo’s Greg Tomorad with 147.16. Target Rifle B was won by Castlemaine’s Alan Mills with147.14 with second place going to Max Elson also from Castlemaine with 146.11 and third place to Geelong’s Bill Poynton with 144.13. Target Rifle C was won by Malcolm Laurence from Castlemaine with 145.13 from Simon Mc Culloch from Bendigo with 130.9.
F Class A went to Clive Bodle from South Bendigo with 170.12 with John Bearsley from Castlemaine second with 165.7 and third to Drew Morgan also from Castlemaine with 160.5. F Class B was won by Castlemaine’s Mick Goritchan with 166.5 from Bob Pearce from Kyneton with 159.4 and third place to Sam Swagemakers from Castlemaine with 150.3. F Open was won by Joe Melbourne of Nagambie with 179.19 with second place to Craig Weaire also from Nagambie with 178.16 and third to Garry Rose from Geelong with 178.15.
In the Teams event “The DONKR CUP” was won by Castlemaine with the “F CLASS TEAM TROPHY” going to Castlemaine also, and the F Open Team Event was won by the Nagambie Club.
The Castlemaine Club was once again very pleased to have its Patron, Maree Edwards, State Member for Bendigo West attend to present the trophies. A BBQ finished off an excellent day of shooting competition.
The Club also expresses our appreciation and thanks to our major sponsors who are so very important in keeping events like this going in the tough times that we have been experiencing.
Thanks to :-
|DONKR CASTLEMAINE||LEATON BUILDING SUPPLIES|
|DOUGLASS EXCAVATIONS||IGA MAXI|
|CASTLEMAINE FRESH – MAX ELSON||THOMPSON FAMILY FUNERALS|
|SMITHS OUTDOORS||TOM HOLINGER|
|CHRIS JOLME||GLENDA KEEL||MAL AND STAN SMITH|
The next major event at Castlemaine Rifle Club is the third match of the Victorian Precision Service Rifle Series to be held on Sunday 21st November followed by the final of the Victorian Precision Service Rifle Series to be held on Sunday 12th December.