Mirage keeps scores down

THE Grafton Rifle Club Full Bore discipline fired from the 700-yard mound on Saturday for the first stage of the Captains Trophy.

Competitors took part in hot, bright light, with a boiling mirage and variable wind, keeping scores well down on recent weeks.

No competitor was able to record a possible on the day.

Nick Abrahall won the Full Bore Elgas Top off the Rifle trophy and the Daily Aggregate, while John Black won the F Class Elgas Trophy and the Daily Aggregate.

Conditions were some of the most difficult encountered this year because of the rapidly changing wind and boiling mirage and no competitor was able to keep ahead of the changes.

Although Nick Abrahall was able to claim the lead in his own trophy, there are still another three weeks to go before the eventual winner is known.

The club welcomed visiting competitor Steve Small from Beaudesert, who made a reasonable fist of the conditions.

Results are now to hand for last week's Summer Cup with Full Bore Target Rifle being won by Peter Brown on 297.5 points from Dennis Hilton and Nick Abrahall each on 296 points.

The F Class Summer Cup was won by Peter Drew on 354 points from John Black on 351 and John Townsend on 346 points.

Preparations continue for the annual dinner on March 25 and names and payment are required by March 19.

Anyone holding perpetual trophies should return them next week to the club secretary.

Competition will continue next Saturday at 1.15pm from the 800-yard mound for the second stage of the Captains Trophy.

The range is located at 434 Trenayr Road, adjacent to the Experimental Farm, and opposite Koppers log mill.



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