For the drought-stricken North East of SA, wind and dust has been ‘the daily norm’ for the past 18 months. So it was a pleasant surprise to have ever-so-slight breezes at Yunta’s Christmas Shoot on Saturday 8th December, 2019.
The thirty three shooters were pleased with the unseasonal pleasant conditions at the Yunta Range (between Burra and Broken Hill).
Shot on five Hexta targets, the usual program was followed: two 500mtr shoots in the morning and a 300 mtr shoot after lunch. The uniqueness of the Yunta range is that the Club has only one shooting mound – with the trailer-mounted targets being towed into place.
The Yunta Rifle Club is grateful to those who travel long distances to compete and Clubs represented included: Cyclists & Torrens Valley, West Broken Hill, Pt Pirie,
Pt Augusta, Whyalla, Mt Barker, Murray Bridge, Spalding and Yanyarrie/Orroroo – plus others.
As visitors arrived and set-up camp on Friday evening; – there was Brad Semmler (CTV) re-gassing the beer fridge (worth a trophy!), Peter Collins (Balaklava) repairing the plumbing problems – and Don Flynn (Woomera) fixing anything else needing attention, before undertaking the scoring duties. How lucky are we to have such ‘useful’ friends?!
A hearty tea of schnitzels and vegies was enjoyed in the lovely evening ambience – with the usual sensational sunset behind the range.
Shooting began on Saturday morning with the flags gently waving.
At the lunch break, William Naismith led TR with Trevor Wilkes leading the F Class pack.
The usual sumptuous lunch of cold meats (including some very valuable mutton), salads and luscious sweets was served in the comfortable air-conditioned clubhouse.
The afternoon threw up surprisingly tricky conditions with mirages dancing across the range. Few possible were shot but the competition remained close.
Overall winners were: TR, Brad Semmler (CTV) with Trevor Wilkes (Pt Pirie) winning the F Class Shield. Winning the Pairs Shoot were Brad Semmler and Warren Breeding.
Shooting finished mid-afternoon, allowing ample time for pre-dinner refreshments and the presentation of prizes.
Originally, the Yunta club offered local (dressed) turkeys as prizes, but now presents lovely leg hams, tasty turkey rolls and legs of marvellous (local) mutton, – as well as Christmas puddings – and many bottles of ‘Christmas Cheer’.
Yunta Rifle Club Captain Warren Breeding thanked all for attending, making mention of the afore-mentioned ‘tradies’ and Don and Linda Merritt who made and donated Christmas puddings. The visiting ladies were also thanked for helping Kerry and Ros in the kitchen yet again.
For those who stayed overnight, a ‘Triple Crown Affair’ was shot early on Sunday morning – before the heat, wind and dust arrived!
Yunta winners were;-
Target Rifle A Grade
|1st||Brad Semmler||Cyclists & Torrens Valley||149.13|
|3rd||Philip Bradshaw||Cyclists & Torrens Valley||147.18|
|6th||Paul Gale||Cyclists & Torrens Valley||144.10|
Target Rifle B Grade
|1st||Don Merritt||West Broken Hill||143.9|
|2nd||Gordon Harrison||Murray Bridge||142.10|
Target Rifle C Grade
F Standard A
|1st||Trevor Wilkes||Port Pirie||174.12|
|2nd||Chris Green||Cyclists & Torrens Valley||172.12|
|3rd||Nunzio Sapio||Cyclists & Torrens Valley||172.12|
|7th||Malcolm Hill||Pt Pirie||170.10|
|8th||Terry Brewer||West Broken Hill||170.8|
|9th||Luke Netherton||Pt Pirie||165.4|
|10th||Chris Harris||Broken Hill||165.1|