NSW 2015 Championship Weekend
With a slight chill in the air but clear blue skies the 2015 Country v City kicked of this morning with the District Chamoions match. In a close tussle in the A grade Senior event the lead changed a couple of times but the skills of Andrew Wilson and Duncan Davies made sure we were going to have a thrilling finish.
Andrew finally came out on top after the two tied score at 200.25 and had to shootoff.
In the U25 event Alex Davies fired a great round to be 3 down and 3 points clear of Lynton Thurtell. Jeremy Westblade had the crowd on his side after a disaster at the first range with a crossfire. Not to be out done he then put in a brilliant 50.9 at 700mhis old Omark showing all and sundry skill counts more than expensive gear. Jeremy finished with the highest centre count along side club mate Graham Crowe who also had highest centre count in the Senior Target Rifle.
In F Class standard on manual targets Ralph Garlick from Lyndhurst only dropped two to win F Class from Darren Bradley from Riverina while in F Open Matt Paroz showed he is not only a top gunsmith but still pretty handy with the gun as well.
After lunch came crunch time for the DRA Teams. Weather still fine but fickle conditions a problem if you were not watching closely. This time it was MDRA's turn to take honours with a classy display under Palma Master coach Rich Ashton.
F standard event was won by Blue Mountains and F Open By Illawarra.
This year the inaugural U25 Challege was held for teams including juniors in thier ranks. Riverina took honors from New England however credit was given to New England for fielding a team of 4 newcomers. This was acknowleged at the presentation and members encouraged to give juniors as much support as possible to allow them to shine at future NSWRA Championship events.
CITY V COUNTRY Results
Again another clean sweep for Country after some very close and high scoring matches.
With the TR Senior squad the lead and margin alternated and some tense moments at the final range when a misfire occured. Despite this the Country Team rallied and came out winners by 5 points.
Some incredible scores were recorded and conditions were the best seen in Sydney for at least 30 years.
In the U25 match it went down to the wire with scores having to be rechecked before the winners were announced and Country prevailed by a mere point. The Juniors learnt a lot and enjoyed the camraderie with their fellow team mates. Hopefully these guys and girls also keep up the passion for what is the major annual teams event held in Sydney.
On the manual targets the F Class teams also enjoyed the winter sunshine and calm waters off Maroubra when not actually shooting. Scores were high as friendly rivals tried getting that slight advantage but Country proved too good on the day and made a clean sweep taking F Class and F Open.
At the presentation of trophies we were honoured to have young Mitchell Bailey as guest presenter. Mitch flew back into the country yesterdayvfrom the smallbore World Championships which were held in Suhl Germany. Mitch Bailey which he came 10th out of 600 competitors from 40 countries. Mitch also shot today and was one of the 50.10 scorers. Mitch is a great ambassador for our sport and we wish him all the best in his future competitions.