Port Augusta OPM 14th & 15th May 2011
Departing approx. 5pm on Friday afternoon and travelling with Stuart and Mike the 3.5hr drive went very quickly as Stuart and I passed on all the secrets to Mike the new chum. We arrived mid evening to find the rest of the f-Class boys from Adelaide camped in Bryan, Dave’s and Tim’s Cabin at the Shoreline Caravan Park http://www.shorelinecaravanpark.com.au
Kicking back with a few ales and a bag of prawns (thanks Bryan)
The accommodation was very reasonably priced and plenty of room for 3 people or (10). Although our cabin seemed to have some mattresses missing I guess that’s what you can expect if you arrive last.
I wonder where they might be going with those!!!
Dave and Tim discussing the finer points of f-class
The range is only about 7km from where we were staying and very easy to get to. Up at 6am load the ute and off for some breaky at the road house B & E and a large cup of tea put us in good shape to take on the day’s competition. The turn out was very good with the F-Class Open entries as large as the F-Standard.
The first 300yd range got under way at approximately 9.00am Conditions were cool overcast (hazy) and clearing with wind coming from our left it did take us a while to get a read of the flags because they are shorter than we are used to and show a lot more wind than what is there glare from the sun was also some thing that we had to deal with. The sun being low in the horizon early in the morning caused a few glare problems for some.
Those flags are running at 4-5 Km of wind
I even had to put a hat over my rest because it was shining in my eyes very distracting (one draw back about shiny stuff) mild wind condition prevailed but the occasional let up would catch people out in my experience over reading the change.
400yd was the next range after everybody had been treated to some tasty home cooked scones, cake and a hot cuppa.
The wind had come up sightly but conditions were perfect for scope shooting with a nice mirage running RL boil and LR boil and very clear air.
Everybody returned to the club house for lunch with a variety of fresh meat & salad rolls also hot pies and pasties. Time to get down and shoot 500yds, conditions were still nice and the wind conditions similar with the occasional let off and pick up.
A good day at the range
The whole day went quickly turning into a great day for shooting and the first day’s aggregate results were close.
|Name||Club||1st Day Agg|
|WALTERS, Stephen||PORT AUGUSTA||174.013|
|ROBERTS, Matthew||PHOENIX TARGET||171.010|
|HILL, Malcolm||PORT PIRIE||171.009|
|WEBB, Rachael||PORT AUGUSTA||170.005|
|WEBB, Travis||PORT AUGUSTA||168.009|
|BREWER, Terry||WEST BROKEN HILL||167.009|
|GREEN, Chris||CYCLISTS & TORRENS VALLEY||164.008|
|BURKE, Abbe||PORT AUGUSTA||164.007|
|STIRLING, Ralph||PORT AUGUSTA||162.005|
|GALPIN, Bryan||CYCLISTS & TORRENS VALLEY||158.007|
|WALTERS, Kym||PORT AUGUSTA||154.005|
|PODGER, David||PORT AUGUSTA||135.001|
|Name||Club||1st Day Agg|
|MOULDS, Bruce||CYCLISTS & TORRESN VALLEY||175.014|
|BRAUND, Richard||CYCLISTS & TORRESN VALLEY||173.012|
|BRAUND, Stuart||CYCLISTS & TORRENS VALLEY||172.012|
|HUTCHINS, Glenn||CYCLISTS & TORRENS VALLEY||171.013|
|MANNING, Tim||CYCLISTS & TORRENS VALLEY||171.006|
|WILLMENT, Michael||CYCLISTS & TORRENS VALLEY||162.007|
|ZERBE, David||CYCLISTS & TORRENS VALLEY||155.008|
There wasn’t much separating the top 4 and 5 in Open and Standard only 4 points so the competition was now looking like it was going to be a serious affair come Sunday.
Most stayed for the roast Venison and Beef meal the club prepared. Shane and Mick did a great job on the BBQ with many ladies providing salads and deserts. The trifle desert that the ladies from Pt Augusta club make is becoming legendary. All the f-Class agreed we should re-name the event the T-rifle shoot and first prize being a large bowl of that wonderful cuisine.
FIRST CLASS PT. AUGUSTA RC
Up at 7.30am and of to the range the days forecast was going to be better than Saturdays with cool and clear sky similar wind condition and more sunshine. The scores were close and any number of people were in a winning position.
Enjoying the sunshine
The difference today was we were firing 2 X 15 shot matches at 600yards unfortunately last year we were rained out and the day was cancelled. But this weekend was going to be different and all the f-class crew were looking forward to the additional 5 shot at the target.
At the end of the first round Bruce was still in the lead on aggregate from Richard by 1 point and 2X’s
Malcolm Hill had hit the front by 1 point over Matt Roberts and matt 1 X point in-front of Steve Walters.
It was not a good result for Steve who had been in the lead from Saturday.
Going into the last range things were still very close in both disaplines.The final results are below unfortunately the information I received did not have the individual results for the last range only the badge winners.
The Flinders Ranger is a fantastic backdrop to the Pt. Augusta Rifle Range
The President of the FCASA Glenn Hutchins (Hutchie) at the 600yard line in the process of winning the No.3 Badge
|1st Day||WALTERS, Stephen||174.013|
|2nd Day||HILL, Malcolm||172.008|
|Grand agg||HILL, Malcolm||343.017|
|1st Day||MOULDS, Bruce||175.014|
|2nd Day||BRAUND, Richard||174.010|
|Grand agg||BRAUND, Richard||347.022|
Congratulations to Malcolm, Matt and special one to Travis how also did a lot of the RO duties.
Well done also to Bruce (bad luck mate) and Glenn on their badge wins
The F-Class group from Pt. Augusta OPM 2011
The FCASA would like to thank once again the Port Augusta Rifle club for a well run event.
And a special thanks to the sponsor’s for their generosity in providing prize for F Open & F Standard.
Also well done to all the f-class association members for your support.
SEE YOU ALL THERE NEXT YEAR!
Article by Richard Braund for safclass.com.au