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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.
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.
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GOSFORD DISTRICT RIFLE CLUB
OPEN PRIZE MEETING 2016
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
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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
172 Mann Street, GOSFORD
Gosford Power Tools
350 Manns Road, GOSFORD
3/2 Leighton Place
LRP Solutions Gunsmithing
Matt Paroz CASTLE HILL
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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.