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2015 Competition Reports


VIC Police Open Prize Meeting 2015

2 x 1000 yards on 21st November

Delighted winners with their Anzac Rifleman figurines captured after a hard fought battle with difficult weather conditions.

Rodney Mahon - F/TR, Peter Maher - TRA, Bob Pedersen - FSA, Neil Draffin - FSB, Norm Nelson - FO, Wayne Muller - TRC, Owen Henry - TRB


DRA Teams and Championships 2015

Results on Results page and Winners photos here


ECDRA VRA Medal and Spoon 2015


A group of very happy marksmen after a very exciting and challenging match at the Violet Town Range. Left to right Doug Moser, Matt Frazer, Geoff James, Vaughan Murphy, Andrew Braden, Graeme Kerr (with the Terrible Tankard ) and Jack Muir. The score board shows the scores at 600 yards. The X (F Class) and V (Target Rifle) scores indicate shots that landed in the very middle of the target.

Matt Frazer wins the VRA Medal, Graeme Kerrtakes the VRA spoon Terrible Tankard 
Matt Frazer , at his first shoot as a member of the East Central District Rifle Association, with 40.3, 42.3, 39 =121.6 took the ECDRA Victorian Rifle Association Medal at a tight match at Violet Town range on Saturday. 
Graeme Kerr with 41.2, 41.2, 42.3 =124.7 took the Terrible Tankard and the East Central District Rifle Association VRA Spoon.
The brilliant spring day was matched by some good shooting, even with the now notorious fickle Violet Town wind.  The format of the VRA Medal Shoot reflects the history of rifle shooting and involves seven scoring shots at 300, 500 and 600 yards and on the modern ICFRA targets makes the maximum score possible in F class 24.7 per range or a grand total 126.21  and in Target Rifle 35.7 per range and a grand total of 105.21. 

The Terrible Tankard is awarded to the best score for the VRA Medal shoot  in any class. The Tankard is a memorial to the Merton Rifle Club and the Range at Merton where many of the ECDRA members learnt the skills of the sport of precision long range target shooting. The match got off to a great start with Graeme Kerr shooting 41.2  just ahead of Jack Muir 41.2 on a count back and in Target Rifle Robert Chaffe 34.4  led the way.   Tension built as the match progressed to 600 yards when the match could have been won by anyone of five marksmen.  It was the last shooters for the day that decided the match with both Vaughan Murphy 42.1 and Graeme Kerr 42.3 and Robert Chaffe 35.1 scoring maximum points.  Regrettably for Vaughan he got off to a slow start at 300yards and for Robert who had a rough patch at 500 yards so they were out of contention. 

The consistency of the scores was a feature of the shoot with only three points separating the top 6 shooters. 
The results in F Class Graeme Kerr 41.2, 41.2, 42.3 =124.7, Jack Muir 41.2, 41.2, 41.2 =123.6, Vaughan Murphy 39.1, 42.3, 42.1 = 123.5 (the only double possible score for the shoot) Doug Moser 41.1, 40.1, 42.1 = 123.3, Geoff James 40, 41.3, 41.3 = 122.5 Matt Frazer 40.3, 42.3, 39 121.6, John Read 37.1, 39.1, 40.2 = 116.4 Norm Linehan 38.2, 39.1, 35 = 112.3. 
In Target Rifle Robert Chaffe 34.4, 27.3, 35.1 = 96.7 and Andrew Braden 28 at 300 yards then Andrew was forced to retire with ammunition problems. 




Victorians competing in the QRA Championships


Queensland Queens Results

James Corbett, Benalla was just pipped at the post and finished 2nd to Peter Thurtell, Wingham by 3 centres . Other Victorians to win badges in TR were Wayne Boschetti & Brett Thurtell.

F Std B was won convincingly by Di Jonker, Wangaratta.

Badge winners in F Open included Mike Waites. In FTR Michael & Liam Hall both received badges.

Following the F Class State Teams competition F Class entries in the Queens exceeded TR entries for the first time

Results can be found on the NRAA website.


Photo: Di Jonker is presented the Day 3 Queens Aggregate Trophy by QRA Board Member Kay Skelton


Queensland Duncan Results


Day 2 over the long ranges and many Victorians produced excellent scores to lift them high in the aggregate placings. Brett Thurtell, Wodonga, VRA Exec Officer finished 2nd today and 3rd overall in TR. Kay Eland, Fitzroy Caulfield was 1st today in F Std B and 2nd overall & Liam Hall, South Bendigo was 3rd today & 3rd overall in F/TR. Other Victorians to receive badges were Norm Nelson & Geoff Krake in F Open.
All scores are available on the NRAA website




Vic Vets Handicap PM

A cold breezy day didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of Victorian veterans who competed in the annual handicap Prize Meeting which was held at Stawell on Friday 15th May this year.

Cliff Jones Memorial Aggregate Winners
Target Rifle – Frank Horgan, Colac Morrie Jackman, President VVTC, F Class – Alan Wright, Lang Lang

Bert Beverley Memorial 3 Day Aggregate
F Class – Alan Wright, Lang Lang & Target Rifle – Wayne Boschetti, Marong


Stawell Rifle Club - 2 Day Prize Meeting a great success

Results can be found on the VRA and NRAA websites.

Stawell hosted the Victorian Veterans Rifle Club to hold their annual Prize Meeting last Friday, 15th May and was won by Frank Horgan from Colac using a handicap system. 
This was a lead up event to the local Club’s Prize Meeting held over Saturday and Sunday in perfect weather conditions on the two days.

An excellent entry of 57 shooters from all over Victoria and South Australia competed in target rifle and F Class disciplines over 4 distances of 300, 500, 600 & 700 yards on Saturday and 3 of 800, 900 & 1,000 yards on Sunday.  The fine sunny conditions produced a gentle active breeze and mirage difficulties for the shooters to contend with, allowing a very closely contested competition.

Competition from the 900 yard mound.

Grand Aggregate winners were :

A Grade – Keirin McCamley, Shepparton/Nathalia 345.29 who also won the competition last year.
B Grade – Peter Hulett, Geelong 336.24
C Grade – John Aldrich, Moe City 328.21
F A – Daniel Sandford, Hamilton 408.38
F B – Di Jonker, Wangaratta 399.22
FO – Geoff Krake, Bendigo 416.38
F/TR – Leo Stigger, Stawell 393.18.

The Stawell Rifle Club was well supported by local businesses with sponsorship for gold medallions for winners of every range shot, daily aggregate and grand aggregate trophies. 

(Back Row) Peter Hulett (B Grade), Keirin McCamley (A Grade), Daniel Sandford (FA)
(Front Row) Geoff Krake (FO), John Aldrich (C Grade), Leo Stigger (F/TR)
Absent : Di Jonker (FB)


Winners from the Syme L/R - Nicholas Simms in TR C, Barbara Schwebel in TR A, Jenni Hausler in F Open, Kay Eland in F Std B, Alan Seaman in F/TR,

Len Igoe DFO, Gordon Harrison in TR B, Paul Gustafsson in F Std A

More Queens series photos here - Queens 2015


Victorians enjoy success at Tasmanian Queens

The 2015 Tasmanian Queens series held at Campbell Town provided an enjoyable experience for Victorian competitors.

Susie Ryan from Wondoga won the F Standard A Grade Queens Aggregate with a score of 552.31.

Gary Hunt from South Bendigo won the Davis, The Queens and the Grand Aggregate in F/TR.

L/R : Susie Ryan - F Standard A, Nathan Patterson - F Open, Neville McKinnell - F Standard B, Mark Walters - TR A Grade,

Gary Hunt - FTR, John Hope - TR B Grade.

South Bendigo competitors with an impressive haul of trophies.

L/R : Gary Hunt, Cheryle Dolman, Rod Dolman, Rodney Mahon


Wellsford Rifle Range Classic shoot

THE Wellsford rifle range's annual VRA Classic rifle shoot went off with a bang on Saturday, with people of all skill bases testing their accuracy.
This year people were able to put themselves in the shoes of their ancestors, by firing seven shots from a traditional World War 1 weapon, the .303.The latter was organised as part of a new event, the ANZAC Centennial Shoot.

Full story : Bendigo Advertiser