Weather fools usual suspects

THE Grafton Rifle Club Full Bore discipline fired from the 800-yard mound on Saturday afternoon for the second stage of the Captains Trophy.

Overcast conditions and a threatening sky saw a somewhat reduced number of starters take advantage of the good sighting conditions, light mirage and moderately variable winds to tackle the more challenging ICFRA targets.

A double possible was shot by Ian Griffiths and Peter Brown recorded one in his second stage.

Ian Griffiths won the top off the rifle and the Daily Aggregate in Target Rifle while John Black won both the top off rifle and the Daily Aggregate in F Class Standard.

Heavy overnight and morning showers which did not appear to be going to ease coupled with soggy conditions underfoot meant that quite a few of the usual suspects decided to give it a miss on this occasion.

But once again the weather gods were kind to us and the rain fell elsewhere for the duration of the afternoon.

For those that waited, the shooting conditions were much better than has been experienced over the previous two months.

This gave shooters the chance to find out just how their gear was performing.

Ian Griffiths fired a very nice 100 with 11 right in the centre half of the bullseye.

This should give him a confidence boost as he heads off this week to contest the Tasmanian Championships (Queens) at the Campbell Town Range.

Preparations are well under way for the annual dinner on March 25.

Members are reminded that bookings are required to be made by March 19.

Anyone holding perpetual trophies should return them now.

Competition will continue next Saturday at 1.15pm from the even more demanding 900 yard mound.

This will be the third 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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