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Gosford Open Prize Meeting 2017

Report: Bob Smith
Pictures: Linda Smith

Like the ‘Ancient Mariner’ it was “water water everywhere”.
Gosford OPM this year proved to be a real drought-breaker. After months of drought, the showers started on Saturday and continued through the competition on Sunday.

In the valleys of the surrounding National Park there were pools of white fog. The grey steely sky sent down light showers for most of the day. Shooting conditions in the early matches were also hampered by mist drifting across the range, limiting target visibility at times. The weather certainly contributed to the lower than normal attendance numbers.

Despite the conditions, forty six hardy entrants hit the firing line and enjoyed the shoot in relative comfort, under cover, on the newly rebuilt and enlarged astro-turf mound.

Considering the poor weather conditions, there were quite a few exceptional scores recorded during the competition. Matthew Shepherd (Endeavour TR-A) shot a perfect score in the 15 shot Match 3 and Darren Smith (Gosford FO) also shot a perfect score in match 2.

Local shooter Tim Roberts (Gosford) emerged the winner after battling some tight competition. Tim is still in good form after winning the NSDRA Champion of Champions Competition this year, his second Champ of Champs win.

Aggregate Results
Target Rifle A Grade: In a very close finish, Tim Roberts (Gosford) 175.25 followed by Adrian Bonanni (Hornsby RSL) 175.22 and Matthew Shepherd (Endeavour) 174.27

Target Rifle B Grade: Damon Livermore (Sydney) 174.17 just four centres ahead of Grasshopper Bob Phillips (West Wallsend) 174.13 and Dmitri Kazakov (Roseville) 173.13

Target Rifle C Grade: Sean Villis (Gemfields) 166.13, Kevin Muffett (Aberdeen) 166.10 and Wayne Bunting (West Wallsend) 156.11

F Standard A: Alan Ashworth (Hornsby) 207.18 just one centre ahead of Jeff Eppleston (Bathurst) 207.17 and Mariette Rigby (Gosford) 207.15

F Standard B: Peter Walters (Roseville) 209.20, Allan Humbert (Roseville) 206.19 and Garry O’Dwyer (Gosford) 204.12

F Open: Darren Smith (Gosford) 210.30, David Avery (Cessnock) 210.26 and John Peters (Cessnock) 210.25

F/TR-A: Geoff Willis (Bathurst) 206.19, Alan Bowyer-Tagg (Hornsby RSL) 206.12, Gary Faulkner (204.12)

A full list of results is at this link:

Once again the Hexta Target System performed faultlessly throughout all matches, giving accurate and instant results which were even available via the internet for those who couldn’t make it to the competition.

The event could not have been run without the tireless work of many members and their families, before, during and after the competition. Special thanks to Mark (RO), Jill, Kim, Kara and Greg (Canteen), Ted and Karen (Stats), Gail and Anne (Entries), Linda (Entries & Photography).

The club is grateful to the visiting competitors who made the effort to attend our OPM, some travelling long distances and also those who helped in packing up after the range after the event.

A big thanks to our sponsors. Without their generous support we would not have had the wide range of quality prizes on offer.

Although not our biggest OPM, it was still a significant one, this is our 70th anniversary at Kariong Range (1947-2017). Rifle shooting is one of the oldest competitive sports on the Central Coast, having had it’s beginnings at North Gosford in 1885. The range Committee has just signed a new licence which extends our tenure for another twenty years.

In striving to improve this event, we welcome competitor feedback, so if you have any suggestions please Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (sorry, we have no control over the weather).

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Another successful Prize Meeting. Initially the un-seasonal wind played havoc with the scores of some of the 77 competitors but as the day progressed the average scores began to climb. All three matches were fired from 500m under cover on our Astro-Turf mound. Once again the HEXTA target system proved it’s worth, providing accurate and faultless results. Ted Boreham did a great job on Stats, monitoring all the scores and cards. Thanks also to John Slack who entered all the scores on the NRAA Results database.

We had a great team working to keep the things running efficiently, in the Canteen it was Jill, Kim, Karen, Stuart, Kara & her daughters. On the mound: Mark, Dale & Darren. On Stats: Ted. Entries: Gail & Linda, Ticket Sales: Stuart & Linda. Many other members baked and prepared all the excellent cakes and slices. In the lead-up, Sarah did a lot of work hunting up sponsors and picking up prizes and banners. 

As all clubs are aware, these events could not be run without the tireless work of members who helped in preparing the range, the setting-up on Saturday and pack-up on Sunday.

A big thanks to all the competitors who supported our OPM, many of whom travelled long distances to be there. Thanks also to our sponsors and the many members who made generous donations of cash and prizes which were so important to the success of the event.

First place in the Aggregate for TR’A’ was a tough competition between Father and Son ‘Grasshoppers’, Duncan and Alex Davies, with Duncan emerging the winner by a margin of one point and five centres. Third was Tim Roberts (Gosford).

TR’B’ was won by Andrew Martin (Roseville), with Bob Phillips and Alan Matthews (West Wallsend) in second and third place.

TR’C’ was won by Mark Trewhella (Cessnock) with Peter Mitchell and John Maguire (West Wallsend) in second and third place.

F Standard 'A' was won by Mariette Rigby (Gosford), second was Dennis Smith (Hornsby RSL) and Dale Hopwood (Gosford) in third place.

F Standard 'B' was won by Paul Teichert (Hornsby) followed by Declan Heaney and Robert Bartlett (Wingham) in second and third place.

F Open was won by Steve Rigby (Rail & Tram), second was Bill Watt (Gosford) and Matt Paroz (Nth Sydney) third.

F/TR was won by Gary Faulkner (Roseville), second was Alan Seaman (Gosford) and David Avery (Cessnock) third.

Top Juniors: TR- Alex Davies, F Std- Declan Heaney, F Open- Alison Rigby

Top Ladies:  TR- Gail Roberts, F Class- Mariette Rigby

Top Veterans: TR- Rex Waite, F Class- Dennis Smith

For full results: Click here

500 meters 20th October 2013 Prize Shoot 2013 Scores
Weather: Fine, sunny and light winds.
Name 1st Stage 2nd Stage 3rd Stage Total
TR-A Grade        
Duncan Davies 50.007 50.007 75.014 175.028
Jim Bailey 50.008 50.005 75.013 175.026
MarkBuchanan 50.007 50.008 75.011 175.026
Jim Dixon 50.004 49.003 75.008 174.015
Mal McKenzie 50.006 49.007 74.011 173.024
Tim Roberts 50.006 49.006 74.009 173.021
Tony McGuigan 50.006 48.005 74.006 172.017
Fernando Gregorio 49.004 50.008 73.004 172.016
Adrian Bonanni 50.003 48.004 74.004 172.011
Tom Doxford 50.006 46.002 75.01 171.018
Dmitri Kazakov 49.005 47.004 74.009 170.018
John Kril 48.004 49.003 73.008 170.015
Tim Walter 49.004 49.004 72.006 170.014
Mitchel Bailey 50.005 48.005 72.002 170.012
Bill Ballantyne 48.002 49.004 73.003 170.009
Varuna Wijetunge 48 48.003 73.006 169.009
Alex Davies 49.006 46.002 73.006 168.014
Gail Roberts 47.003 47.003 74.007 168.013
Doug Cable 49.006 49.005 69.002 167.013
Robert White 47.005 47.001 72.006 166.012
Grant Roberts 48.003 45.003 71.01 164.016
Ken Whitford 48.005 48.002 62.003 158.010
Mark Rea 44.002 41.001   85.003
TR-B Grade        
Bob Phillips 48.004 49.001 73.007 170.012
Alexina Bunt 48.003 49.004 71.006 168.013
Kevin Moffat 50.004 48.003 66.001 164.008
TR-C Grade        
Allan Patrick 48.001 48.003 71.008 167.012
Peter Hannaford 46.002 45.002 69.004 160.008
Wanye Donohue 44.002 41 68.001 153.003
F Class A Grade        
Gary Fualkner 59.004 57.002 89.007 205.013
Ken Eppleston 59.006 58.004 87.006 204.016
Dennis Smith 56.001 55.002 90.007 201.010
Peter Duncan 58.002 56.003 86.005 200.010
Allan Humbert 58.001 55.001 86.004 199.006
Mariette Rigby 59.004 55.001 84.004 198.009
Rob Sperring 57.005 53.001 82.004 192.010
Michael Singleton 58.002 54.002 75.002 187.006
F Class B Grade        
Dale Hopwood 60.004 55.001 83.006 198.011
Rick Singleton 56.003 54.003 85.006 195.012
Terry Howell 56.002 54.001 84.007 194.010
Bruce Campbell 56.005 57.004 80.001 193.010
Kevin Doohan 52 54.001 77.002 183.003
Greg Taylor 55.001 49.001 76.001 180.003
Harry Brotherhood 53.002 46 77.004 176.006
F Class Open        
Matt Paroz 60.009 60.005 90.005 210.019
Ben Ferrara 59.003 59.001 89.007 207.011
Paul Brown 59.006 57.004 90.008 206.018
Steve Rigby 59.005 57.004 89.007 205.016
Andrew Beavis 58.005 57.002 89.01 204.017
David Dobson 59.004 59.003 86.008 204.015
Alison Rigby 60.005 56.003 87.006 203.014
Graham Phillips 58.005 56 87.005 201.010
Les Rozsnyai 57.005 59.004 83.002 199.011
Jeff Shuttleworth 56.003 55.001 87.004 198.008
Chris Rigby 56.001 54.001 86.004 196.006
Barrie Cuthbert 55.002 56.003 81.002 192.007
Chris Hodges 46 56.003 86.006 188.009
Mike Henry 58.005 51.001 59.001 168.007

GDRC Open Prize Meeting

Everyone in the club is gearing up for our Open Prize Meeting on Sunday the 20th of October. The OPM last year proved very popular and was the first time the event was staged using electronic targets. This year is shaping up to be even bigger and better. We have a record number of Sponsors who have generously donated some really exciting prizes. We will be operating six wireless HEXTA electronic targets and all matches will be fired from 500 metres under cover. We will have three large Marquee’s on the mound and another two behind the mound, so the event will go ahead regardless of weather.

A big Thanks to our Sponsors:

Recreational Car Accessories
1/6 Frances Parkes Close

Lock n Load Firearm Supplies
U16/ 9-11 Willow Tree Road

Hex Systems Electronic Targets

Central Coast Leagues Club
Dane Drive, GOSFORD

Mannings Sports,
172 Mann Street, GOSFORD

Gosford Power Tools
350 Manns Road, GOSFORD

Adhesive Engineering
3/2 Leighton Place

LRP Solutions Gunsmithing

Gosford District Rifle Club Open Prize Meeting 18/10/2015

Grey and threatening skies did not deter the field of 63 competitors who attended the Gosford District Rifle Club Open Prize Meeting. Thankfully the rain held off during the entire competition.

The gazebo’s over the firing point proved popular again this year and with all matches shot at 500m, there was no need to move gear up the range.

Some competitors travelled long distances to attend, they came from Coonabarabran, Nowra, Lithgow and Aberdeen. The club was grateful for the support of our event.
Rob Avery from Cessnock triumphed on the day in Target Rifle, just three centres ahead of Mark Buchanan of Roseville. A regular visitor to Gosford from West Wallsend, Grasshopper Rex Waite, showed some form to take top spot in the B Grade TR. Justin Pogson from Hornsby RSL won the C Grade TR.

F Standard A was won by the ever smiling Gary Faulkner from Roseville, three centres ahead of Eva Patrick from Mosman-Neutral Bay. Our man from Head Office, John Leask of North Sydney took top place in F Standard B while the F Open was taken out by local shooter Michael Singleton of Gosford

In a steadily growing field of FTR competitors, David Avery from Cessnock top scored, just one point ahead of Dennis Smith of Hornsby RSL.

Top Lady TR was Gail Roberts of Gosford and Top Lady F Class was Eva Patrick of Mosman Neutral Bay. Top Junior in TR was Angus Martin of Roseville, F Standard was Mariette Rigby of Gosford and F Open was Alison Rigby of Railway & Tram
In the Canteen, our small band of workers, Jill Brennan, Kim Hopwood, BBQ Bob Stanborough, and Stuart Scott, fed the hungry hordes and quenched their thirst. The scotch fillet steak sandwiches were very popular.

Our perennial and efficient statistician, Karen Boskos, did a marvellous job churning out results in rapid time while RO Mark Rea kept things running smoothly by supervising proceedings at the mound.

The Major prizes were presented by the Club Patron, Kathy Smith MP, State Member for Gosford. As a young girl Kathy used to shoot those wonderful old .303 rifles.

2017 Gosford District Rifle Club