Wingham Rifle Club news April 12, 2017

Wingham Rifle Club member Malcolm McKenzie is a possible contender to compete at the Commonwealth Games next year and has just returned from an excellent campaign in the Victorian Queens Event in Bendigo.

Wingham Rifle Club member Malcolm McKenzie is a possible contender to compete at the Commonwealth Games next year and has just returned from an excellent campaign in the Victorian Queens Event in Bendigo.

Club championship competition and Victorian Queens results, April 8

This week’s competition round was at the 800-yard distance in near perfect conditions resulting in some very impressive scores.

With only one week left to shoot in the annual club championship only F Standard B Grade is still in doubt and will be decided at the 800-metre distance between Christina Adams and Declan Heaney. Adams, who increased her lead on Saturday, now has a 12-point buffer over Heaney, however, there is still scope for young Heaney to claw back those points on the last shoot in two week’s time. Good luck to both of them.

Mal McKenzie was the standout performer on this range this week. McKenzie, who has just returned from success at the Annual Victorian Queens event in Bendigo, shot a double possible of 125 with an impressive 15 centres in Target Rifle A Grade this week.

Club captain, Jim Blackmore was the clear winner in the Target Rifle B Grade event, only dropping one point to finish with a combined total of score of 124 with 15 centres.

Long time club member Chris Barnard won F Standard A Grade whilst Ean Heaney posted an excellent score to take home the win in F Standard B Grade and also the handicap event for the second week running.

Meanwhile, club members Barry White, Mal McKenzie and Robert Bartlett spent last week representing the club and competing in the Victorian Queens and run up events in Bendigo. This consists of a two day run up event,The David Syme, followed by the Annual Queens Match which runs over three days.

While temperatures in Bendigo were pleasant, the winds were gusting which made shooting, particularly at the long distances, challenging for the best of the best.

In long events, consistency is crucial and Mal McKenzie was unwavering at every range finishing on the podium in second place for the Queens in Target Rifle A Grade. This was an excellent lead-up for Mal, who will shortly compete at the Commonwealth Games trials.

Meanwhile, the Mighty Whitey (aka Barry White) had an excellent event and came home with a swag of medals and prizes. White was a podium winner in many of the individual ranges, including wins at the 1000 yard, 900 yard and overall Day 3 Aggregate wins.

Next weekend there is no shooting at the club, however many members are travelling to Inverell to compete in Open Prize matches.

Full results for this week’s round were:

  • Target Rifle A Grade: Mal McKenzie 125.15, Tony Mood 120.9
  • Target Rifle B Grade: Jim Blackmore 124.15, Peter Bell 103.3
  • Target Rifle C Grade: Jon Knight 109.4
  • F Class A Grade: Chris Barnard 138.6, Phil Costa 133.7
  • F Class B Grade; Ean Heaney 144.10, Christina Adams 142.7, Declan Heaney 140.8, Max Purnell 136.4, Barry White 121.2
  • F Class Open: Duncan Robinson 139.7.
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