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VRA News - 2013

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Sudden passing of Frank Metzke

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the sudden passing of lifelong VRA member Frank Metzke on Saturday 24th August.

Memorial Service of Frank Metzke

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Arthur Wynne Obituary

 

Arthur Wynne

13/2/48 - 20/8/13

Arthur was born in Stoke on Trent in 1948, the only child of Bert and Doris Wynne. The family migrated to Australia in 1952, and after spending some time in a migrant hostel in Bonegilla near Wodonga and later they settled in Montrose.
Arthur attended Kilsyth Primary School, and Croydon High School. One of his earliest character building moments was when he found £20 whist doing his paper round – a princely sum in those days.  Against the advice of his peers, Arthur elected to hand in the money at the Police station. After a few months the money was returned to Arthur as no one had claimed it.  Honesty is the best policy Arthur decided, and he passed that philosophy along with his strong morals and principals on to his family.
He met his wife Anne whilst working at Black and Decker in Croydon, and they were married on New Year’s Eve in 1976. Their son Evan was born in 1981. Arthur was good with his hands, and after retiring in 2010 he was able to fully embrace all of his many passions and hobbies.
Arthur was a keen sportsman. He played cricket for Emerald, Yarra Glen and Healesville, but also became involved with football at Montrose as well as soccer. He took up basketball, coaching Evans team as well as playing, refereeing and serving on the committee and tribunal. He was a keen golfer and fishing was another favourite pastime. He also learned to fly!
Arthur loved nothing better that quiet time in the bush reading with Ann after they had enjoyed a picnic BBQ. He loved simplicity and did not like fuss. He had an eclectic taste in music, enjoying Opera, Brass Bands and Edith Piaf. He also had a love of poetry and ‘My Country’ by Dorothea Mackellar was his favourite. This embodied Arthur’s love of Australia.
Arthur took up shooting again with the Diamond Valley Upper Yarra Rifle Club in 2008.  He also joined a pistol club and the Military Rifle Club, where he served President. Like all things in his busy life, Arthur wasn’t just a member of these sporting clubs. As with his earlier sporting activities, Arthur gave back to everything he was involved with.  Always the first one to put up his hand, he contributed a lot to the clubs he joined and never sat idle.
Over the years Arthur had faced a number of health issues, battling them all and always bouncing back. In early July he underwent a knee reconstruction, and not long after, his health deteriorated swiftly. He passed away peacefully on Tuesday 20th of August with his family by his side.

Arthur was a very strong, brave and principled man, who displayed strength and dignity. He is survived by his wife Ann, son Evan and fiancée Brooke, and cherished granddaughter Emmy.

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Bacchus Marsh is a great Club to be a Junior

Bacchus Marsh Rifle Club has shown it is keen to develop a youthful foundation by recruiting a new Junior member Liam Hall to join Rian Smith.

Liam is 12 yo year seven student and is a member of B.M.R.C. He turned 12 in March and got his juniors Shooting Licence soon after. Liam when possible will shoot on Saturday with B.M.R.C and when he can, on a Sunday will go to Sth Bendigo and will shoot with them.

Liam likes to travel to different Rifle Clubs and try different ranges. He has shot at Werribee, Nagambie, Nathalia, Castlemaine, St Arnaud, Warracknabeal , Lang Lang and Glenrowen. Lang Lang is where Liam shot his first 60 and will always remember it.

At his first comp at Glenrowen Easter shoot he managed to win a range at the Veterans PM on the Friday.
At the St Arnaud comp in June in FB Liam managed to come 4th. In July at the Warracknabeal Prize meeting Liam managed to win FB.

Liam got his rifle a Neilson 600 0.308 for Xmas and it has been getting a good workout.

Liam has been getting lots of help and advice from some of the best shooters in the state that have no problem answering his questions and giving help.

Liam has a Goal to one day represent Australia.........

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James wins Bisley Queens

James Corbett won HM The Queen's Prize with a score of 297.46

A real gun claims Ashes of shooting to restore Aussie pride

"The only way to start this final match report is by saying "Good Morning Australia", with the news for you that James Corbett of Benalla, Australia has just won HM The Queen's Prize over on Stickledown Range. "

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Victorian shooter leads Glasgow games qualifiers

 

James Corbett.

Victorian rifle shooter James Corbett from Benalla is on target to represent Australia at his sixth Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year.

The 2010 Delhi Games silver medalist holds a commanding lead on 340 points after the penultimate qualifying trial in Brisbane. (June 24).

He is one of three shooters still in contention for the two full bore rifle shooting positions in Glasgow going into the final trial which will be held in Adelaide on October 8.

NSW marksman Jim Jeffery, a member of the Lyndhurst Rifle Club, is on 314 points and remains within striking distance.

The Commonwealth Games qualifying system involves a series of Australia Cup matches shot over ranges from 300 to 1000 yards. Points are also allocated for placings in Queen’s Prize shoots.

The Games selection process is coordinated by the National Rifle Association of Australia.

Jim Jeffery closed the gap on the top two shooters in Brisbane, but will need a strong performance in the South Australian Queens Prize and final Australia Cup match to be a chance of qualifying for Glasgow.

The Australia Cup match on Monday was narrowly won by Jim Bailey from Holsworthy in Sydney with Ben Picton from Mungindi, NSW, second.

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Warragul Drouin RC has been without a rifle range since the 1980's, so has relied on the good relationships that it has with all Clubs in the Central & West Gippsland DRA, along with the Grantville and Lang Lang clubs.

For the first time in many years, we have manged to have enough members to fill a Pennant team! Since Ian Gordan joined way back in 1982, we have never won the pennant. So really, this moment has taken 30 plus years to achieve. I think the motto, "Never Give Up" has some real meaning here!

When you have a small club, it has a certain level of camaraderie from its members. While we have a mix of shooting levels within our club, and a limited number of shooters to choose from for the team, it is the effort that each member brings that has led to a great outcome. And I think the expressions on everyone's faces says it all, we did our best.

I must admit, there was some talk in the weeks leading up to the last pennant. That really was around having everyone available to shoot the last pennant. As it was at Moe's home range, and they were in second place, they really had the best chance to take it out. I think that's what helped us to focus and do the best we could as a team.

The outcome, we took out both Scratch and Handicap events using Target Rifle B and C graders, and 2 F Class Open shooters, of which Nick Waites was in his first year.

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VRA Chairman Geoff Evans presenting Bryan McGuren with a VRA certificate of appreciation for his work crafting the new honour boards.

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A Rifle Shooter at Last!

Rian under the watchful eye of a proud Pop

What do you do when you’re only ten years old but desperate to start rifle shooting? Ask young Rian Smith and he’ll tell you that in Victoria you just have to wait until you turn twelve. And that can seem like a    l  o  n  g    wait.

In the meantime Rian has been soaking up the atmosphere on a number of rifle ranges travelling with grandfather (Pop) Roy Ryder to team shoots and prize meetings. Following in the footsteps of his Pop, he has also been serving a very valuable part of his shooting apprenticeship at the club including helping out at working bees and assisting with stats at prize meetings. Some of the important things that make a good club member.  

But at long last the day arrived, the first Saturday after his twelfth birthday. With the pressure of being surrounded by family and fellow shooters at 600 yards, Bacchus Marsh Rifle Club’s newest member fired his first few shots on the last Saturday of 2012 ........ and they were all in the black! A just reward for someone who has waited so patiently for so long.

It’s one of life’s real pleasures to be a spectator when someone has a dream come true. So to Rian, welcome to the wonderful, satisfying, precise, frustrating, rewarding, challenging, puzzling and genial world of rifle shooting.

 

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