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600 Metre Access Ramp

One of the longest running projects on the Range has finally reached completion. In progressive stages, over the last five years, club members have built a disabled access ramp to our 600 metre firing mound. The project is an essential asset in providing safe access to the mound, especially for our less mobile members. A critical stage of the construction was the concreting work, which was partly funded by a Grant from the NSW Office of Sport. Our sincere thanks go to Aaron and Mick Oates for their expert assistance and also to Hills Concrete Pumping for the use of their equipment.

With a combined effort from the members, the final touch was the erection of handrails.


The completed project should serve the club well into the future.

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Two of our members competed in the 2022 NSW Queen’s at ANZAC Range, Malabar, Adrian Hall and John Weigel.
During the three days of competition, they shot in 10 Matches from 500m to 800m, against the best shooters from around the State.
In the Queen’s Aggregate, Adrian took out Third Place in F Standard A, and John won First Place in F Standard B.
This is an outstanding result, especially for John, as he was competing in his first-ever Queen’s Medal Competition.

Click HERE to fee full results.

2019 Central Coast Sport Awards

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At the recent Central Coast Sport Awards function, the 2019 Sport Organisation of the year was won by Gosford District Rifle Club

This significant award recognises the outstanding work done by our committee and members which has gone into making it a great club.
With the wide array of talented sports people, clubs and officials on the Central Coast who are recognised by Sport Central Coast, it is truly an honour
for our club to receive this award.

Award Receipt
The hallmark of the success of our club is that we foster, advise and encourage all our new members and juniors.
We also have a strong policy of inclusiveness, regardless of age, gender or physical ability.

Over the past few years our club has grown, we now have the largest membership in our discipline in NSW.

Through a lot of hard work by the members, and support from the Office of Sport, the facilities on the range have improved significantly.
All our shooting mounds are now high quality, maintenance-free, all-weather artificial turf. We now have a modern solar system and
lithium battery bank which provides a reliable electricity supply to power the clubhouse, re-charge batteries, run our electric fridge and power the security
and surveillance system.

We also have seven HEXTA electronic targets which are part of the most advanced system available in the world today (an Australian owned and run company,
the targets are made here on the Central Coast at Somersby) 

Open Prize Meeting Report 2019
In the week preceding the OPM, the forecast was for rain and thunderstorms on the day. This did not deter those who attended to help make the event a success. As it turned out, we only received a few spots of rain for about two minutes, which did not bother anyone as the entire mound and scoring area were covered by Gazebos. We received very positive feedback from participants who all seemed to enjoy the day and the fellowship of other shooters who travelled from far and wide.

All three matches were fired at 500 metres, under cover, on the large astro-turf mound. Our club is grateful for the support of the competitors, some who travelled long distances to attend.

Phill Hodder TRAPhill Hodder from Roseville won the event, without dropping a shot over the three matches, closely followed by Bill Ballantyne from Hornsby.

Gosford Club featured heavily in the overall medal tally

Range medals were awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd for each category
Aggregate Cloth Badges: 1st – 5th for Target Rifle A & B. 1st – 3rd C,
1st – 5th for F-Class Standard A & B, F-Class Open & F/TR

Medals were also awarded for:
Tyro, Top Lady, Veteran and Junior (TR, F-STD, F-OPEN)
Aggregate winners in each category also received prizes from our sponsors.

Gosford club was well represented at the 2019 Wingham OPM, with ten members entered in the two-day event

Mariette Rigby had an outstanding shoot, winning the F Standard Grand Aggregate.
She did not drop a shot during the entire competition, winning Badges, Prize Money and a brand new Lothar Walther barrel

Adrian Hall also had a great shoot, taking out second place in F Standard in the Grand Aggregate
Chris Rigby won Matches 1, 2 and 5 in F Standard and was placed third in the Day 1 Aggregate and Anne Smith won equal third in Match 2
In the Day One Aggregate, Gosford won First, Second and Third place in F Standard
As always, Wingham Club turned on a great Shoot, very well run and a friendly atmosphere, including a Trivia and Games night on Saturday
For full results Click here  For all the pictures of the OPM Click here 

Cessnock Open Prize Meeting 2019Cessnock Open Prize Meeting 2019
Congratulations to Sandile Nzimande of GDRC who won the F Standard B Competition at Cessnock OPM.
Winning Match 2, and placings in Matches 1 & 3, he managed to win the Aggregate by the narrow margin of one point in what was a tight competition.
Other GDRC medal winners were Chris Rigby (F Standard A) for a third place in Match 3 and fourth place in the Aggregate and Adrian Hall (F Standard A) for third place in Match 2.
Seven members of GDRC represented the club at what was a very successful and well run Prize Meeting. The event was run using the HEXTA Electronic Target System which is now acknowledged as the most advanced system currently available.

 Sandile Nzimande

North Shore District Champion of Champions Match
Congratulations to Tim Roberts GDRC who won the Target Rifle Champion of Champions Match at Hornsby. Tim did not drop a shot during the competition which was fired over four ranges: 300, 500, 700 & 800 Metres. He finished with an outstanding score of 200.30. This is the second time Tim has won this Match and it is a credit to his shooting ability. His previous win was in 2013 with a score of 199.22

Tim Roberts

Published on Friday, 23 June 2017
On the 20th May Gosford F Class Open team won the last match (800m) of the North Shore District Inter-club Competition at Hornsby Range. The competition was conducted in six matches (300m to 800m), which were fired over a twelve month period. In a clean sweep, Gosford team won the First Half (E.M. Nye Trophy), the Second Half (A.J. Leighton Trophy) and the Aggregate (Arn Hammond Trophy). Many thanks to our Team Captain and Wind Coach, Chris Rigby, for his guidance of the team during the competition.

Team members (L to R): Anne Smith, Chris Rigby, Bob Smith, Mariette Rigby, Ian Elliot, Bill Watt

Eleven of our members attended the Inaugural Australia Day Shoot at Hornsby Range. Ted Boreham spent the day in Stats, meticulously scrutinising scorecards against the ever-reliable HEXTA results. The rest of us enjoyed a great day on the range. Despite early forecasts of scorching temperatures, The weather on the day was perfect, the overcast sky, which threatened rain but produced none, gave us even light all day. Top Marks to North Shore District who put this event together at very short notice due to the cancellation of the Festival of Sydney Shoot. A great effort by all those who assisted. The lunch was great, Lamb Rolls and Pavlova, what more could you ask for on Australia Day!Grant Roberts (TR 'B') won first place in Match 2 and Adrian Hall (F Std 'A') took out second place in Match 3.

Range Fly Over

Several Gosford members represented North Shore District in the DRA Teams and City vs Country matches on the 2nd and 3rd of July and fared very well against some strong competition.
The DRA teams match was held at Anzac Rifle Range and both North Shore DRA Teams (F/Std and F/O) were outright winners on the day. The F/std team beat the competition by one point thanks to captain Gary Faulkner with the only F calss double possible over the 10 and 15 shot match with a 60.9 and a 90.6. Despite tricky conditions Alan Seaman’s ability to read the fluctuating wind during the day on both ranges was impressive as he hadn’t been to Malabar for 12 months.
F/O under the captaincy of Phil De la Rue, had a win with high scores and possibles being recorded by many shooters, along with Michael Singleton coaching the team to a convincing win.
Sunday saw the City Vs Country F/Std shoot won by country with a 12 point margin. Although some good shooting by City wasn’t enough to beat the more experienced team despite the efforts of some excellent coaching from Alan, we were out-gunned on the day.
F/O had no worries with Phil De la Rue and Michael Singleton steering their team to a convincing win, with Michael top scoring on the day.
All in all it was a good result by both teams with a good representation of Gosford shooters comprising of Alan Seaman, F/std coach, Michael Singleton, F/O coach/shooter, Rick Singleton F/std, Ian Elliott F/O, Terry Howell F/Std. A special thanks to Phil and Gary for their captaincy & Chris Rigby, although injured, scored for both teams on the day.

Nine club members attended the Wingham two-day Open Prize Meeting on the long weekend. As usual, the Wingham Club worked very hard to put on another great shoot, with near perfect weather. Grant Roberts won badges for a First and two Third placing's in TRB. In F Open, Anne Smith won badges for a First and Second, Mariette Rigby for two Seconds, Ian Elliot for a Third placing and Third in the Daily Aggregate and John Slack for a Third placing - Full results HERE!

Josephson shoot
Report by Terry Howell
Last Sunday 24th July saw the return of the Josephson shoot held at Hornsby range with two NSDRA teams competing against a strong field. Gosford showed it strength once again with six F/std shooters taking up positions in two teams. The shoot was held over four ranges 300/400/500/600 meters and again our team led by Gary Faulkner (Roseville) were triumphant with decisive wins over the competition.The strong winds of the previous day had subsided in comparison but still making wind reading difficult with the changing conditions throughout the day. Many shooters scored possibles on all ranges with some high centre counts to finish 17 points ahead thanks to Alan Seaman who help keep us on target with some precise scope adjustments. All in all another good representation of our club with Alan Seaman (Team Coach) Rick Singleton, Terry Howell. (Team 2 Chris Rigby, Mariette Rigby & Ian Elliot.)The strong winds of the previous day had subsided in comparison but still making wind reading difficult with the changing conditions throughout the day. Many shooters scored possibles on all ranges with some high centre counts to finish 17 points ahead thanks to Alan Seaman who help keep us on target with some precise scope adjustments. All in all another good representation of our club with Alan Seaman (Team Coach) Rick Singleton, Terry Howell. (Team 2 Chris Rigby, Mariette Rigby & Ian Elliot.)
Attached Picture: Michael Cuda, Alan Seaman, Gary Faulkner ,Terry Howell, Rick Singleton. (front) Anthony Loh and Heather Smith.

Also, Tim Roberts shot with the Hunter Valley TR Team which finished up only one point behind the winning NSDRA Purple Team

Four of our members competed in the West Wallsend Open Prize Meeting on Sunday 10th July. The 'Grasshoppers' arranged some glorious weather for the day and ran a great shoot, as they always do. There were three 10 shot matches, one at 500 Yards and two at 600 Yards. Alan Seaman and Anne Smith emerged prize winners, Alan made a clean sweep of FTR, winning each of the ranges and the Aggregate. Anne Smith, shooting F Open, took out second place on two of the ranges and third in the Aggregate.

Sporting Clays Shotgun Shoot

Six members of our club teamed up to compete in the Sporting Clays Shotgun Shoot last Saturday which was run by one of our partner clubs on the range, the CCMLH&SS Club.It was a great day and a very well run competition, attracting 125 competitors.Chris Rigby, Dale Hopwood and Darren Smith all won medals for places. Chris came second in C Grade, Dale was third in C Grade and Darren was third in B Grade.Greg Fletcher and Steve Davis shot well for their first time in a shotgun match and Bob needs more practice.
West Wallsend Open Prize Meeting

Congratulations to Michael Singleton and Alan Seaman who both won the Aggregate (Match 4) in their respective Categories of F Open and FTR at the West Wallsend Open Prize Meeting. They both also took out first place in Match 3 (600Y) and Rick Singleton, shooting F Standard 'A', took out first place in Match 2 (500Y).


W.S. Josephson Memorial Teams Match
Hornsby 19th July 2015
Report by Alan Seaman

NSDRA FS Team beat Metropolitan by 3 or 4 points, but that should have been 6 more as we lost a shot on the wrong target, despite the coach saying Tgt 5, “go on”every shot!!!  Garry Faulkner was top FS shooter, but Rick Singleton must have been close behind… I coached both but  didn’t get the actual scores.  Rick’s .223 is as good as any rifle on the range over these shorter distances.
Len Brown was shooting well but his scores were “down” until changing to one of Garry F’s rifles for the last two ranges.  The Team’s result may have been different if he hadn’t changed rifles.
It was a good experience for us all, the shooters enjoying being coached even in the very light conditions.
Our TR Team shot creditably, but was pipped by a few points by Hunter Valley DRA Team – Duncan Davies carding 200.31.  Tim shot well, but you have to be shooting very well to beat Duncan.

Wingham OPM 2015
Published on Friday, 12 June 2015 14:29
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WINGHAM OPM JUNE 2015 Eight of our members competed in the Wingham two-day OPM last week. Congratulations to place getters Tim Roberts and Chris Rigby who each only dropped two shots over the entire competition. Chris finished fourth overall in F Open against some really tough competition, with Ben Ferrara (Lithgow) shooting a 60.10 on the second day. Tim came in seventh overall in Target Rifle against some great shooters, Duncan Davies (West Wallsend) shot 50.10 twice during the competition.


NSDRA 2015 OPM (7th-8th Nov)NSDRA 2015 OPM (7th-8th Nov)
Ten of our members attended the North Shore District Rifle Association  2-Day Open Prize Meeting at Hornsby.Despite very bad weather leading up to the event, it still attracted a large field of competitors. Due to the soggy conditions at some of the scheduled ranges, all matches had to be relocated to the drier 600 and 700 metre mounds. Gosford was represented in all categories: Target Rifle, F Standard, F Open and FTR and members won medals in each category. Although the rain held off with only a few mild spits during the competition, the fluctuating wind was anything but helpful, causing grief for shooters right across the range which was reflected with some surprisingly low scores. However, it was a very well run Prize Meeting with many members of Hornsby Clubs foregoing shooting and putting in a lot of hard work to keep things running smoothly.

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NSDRA shoot 2013
NSDRA championships
Grant and Tim Roberts represented Gosford District Rifle Club at the NSDRA Championship held recently with some excellent results. Grant took out 2nd place in the aggregate scores beaten by Mal McKenzie from Port Macquarie by only two points. Grant shot a 147.14 from a possible 150 over the three stages.Tim won his third stage in the 700 metre shoot narrowly defeating Alexander Davies from Wallsend and Mark Buchanan from Roseville by one centre with a score of 50.05

Well done Gosford Target Team.
Winners of the E.M.Nye & North Shore Plaques 1. Winners of the E M Nye Shield (Off-Rifle) Target Rifle - Roseville #1 Rifle Team F-Class Standard - Hornsby RSL Blue F-Class Open - North Sydney FO Rifle Team 2. Winner of the E M Nye Plaque (On-Handicap) Target Rifle - Gosford Rifle Team 3. Winners of the Arnold Hammond Memorial Shield (Off-Rifle) Target Rifle - Roseville #1 Rifle Team F-Class Standard - Roseville FS Rifle Team F-Class Open - North Sydney FO Rifle Team 4. Winner of the North Shore Plaque (On-Handicap) Target Rifle - Gosford Rifle Team 5. Winner of the A J Leighton Memorial Shield Nil - competition not completed due to cancellation of 600M match

Alan Seaman F-TR Winner 2012 Savage Cup
Alan Seaman Tops Field The NIOA Savage Cup had as first prize a Savage F-TR rifle so it was a hard fought competition with Alan Seaman, (Gosford Rifle Club) taking the prize and the honor of being the first winner in a F-TR championship event in Australia.Alan’s aggregate score of 456.25 was well ahead of Ian Pavy, (Murray Bridge Rifle Club) and Greg Warrian, (Tumut Rifle Club) who both scored 438. Ian won second place on X-count over Greg in third place. These two shooters seesawed back and forth over the three days of competition. Alan showed remarkable wind reading skills over the three days which included winds up to 50 kph and at times heavy mirage. Alan may be wind coaching the Aussie F T/R team at Raton and from what I have seen we could not be in better hands. Alan’s score of 456.25 would have placed him third outright in F-Open. Scoring Note: The Savage Cup featured an ICFRA target with 6 as the highest ring count and a half-MOA X-ring. The Australian system of 60 points for ten shots can be equated to American scoring (100 points for ten shots) by adding 40 to each Aussie range score.

Inverell Open Prize Meeting.
Gail Roberts of Gosford Club recently won the B Grade Target Rifle at the Inverell Open Prize Meeting. Check out Photo as she`s pictured with the 'almost famous' Malcolm McKenzie of TMAC Sights. Gail won the two day Aggregate after winning three ranges on the second day. Gail's son Tim, shooting in A Grade, won a Silver medal at 300m with a 50.7!!...........very tough Competition!

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SRA MATCH 1 SRA MATCH 2 1 ST Darren Smith 60.2 1 st Dale Hopwood 47.1 2 nd Andrew Kingdom 57.2 2 nd Andrew Radford 40.0 3 RD Andrew Radford 55.0 3 RD Bob Smith 36.1 SRB MATCH 1 SRB MATCH 2 1 st Alan Cunneen 72.4 1 st Alan Cunneen 46.5 2 nd David Griffiths 52.1 2 nd David Griffiths 46.1 3 rd Bede Ireland 50.0 3 rd Bede Ireland 43.0 SRC MATCH 1 SRC MATCH 2 1 st John Skinner 55.4 1 st John Kelly 49.1 2 nd Max Johnson 52.3 2 nd Max Johnson 44.2 3 rd John Kelly 52.2 GRAND AGGREGATE SCORES SRA SRB 1 st Andrew Radford 95.0 1 st Alan Cunneen 118.9 2 nd Darren Smith 93.2 2 nd David Griffiths 98.3 3 rd Bob Smith 89.4 3 rd Bede Ireland 93.0 SRC 1 st John Kelly 101.3 3 rd John Skinner 55.4 2 nd Max Johnson 96.5