On the ninth of September the school hosted the latest match between the school shooting team and the Veterans’ Rifle Club. It was a fine and sunny day which meant the temperature inside the rifle range was easily thirty five degrees celsius, upping the difficulty level significantly. Having competed for the veterans in the last match Dave Pollock, the CCF contingent commander, elected to shoot for the school this time creating a team of seven while the VRC had ten marksmen available. It was decided that the first seven VRC to shoot would constitute the team with the other three using the shoot as a practice. Due to the unavailability of the VRC .22 rifles the school air rifles were pulled out of storage and the match commenced.
The course of fire was five shots grouping, five slow shots scoring, five high speed shots scoring and finally five shots each in a two second window. Each team had two firers per detail until everyone had shot. The scores were as follows,
|Chloe Hall||103||Mat Coombs||112|
|Jacques Coley||129||Mark Beckett||136|
|Zac Allaway||130||Martin Miller||98|
|James Blackie||144||Jono Williams||146|
|Kasia Carter||123||Simon Holt||117|
|Heather Easy||130||Duncan Gray||91|
|D J Pollock||128||Andy Gray||141|
The other VRC shooters were Dave Pote, Harry Ayers and our new club president Terry Curtayne. Harry and Terry had to contend with malfunctioning air rifles (I quote, “what are the chances the air rifles will run out of air today” - DJP). Undoubtedly the trick shot of the day went to Terry Curtayne who managed to send a pellet 25m down the range, bounce it off something, have it come 25m back up the range and end up sitting next to his pot of ammunition ready to use again.
The final scores were WBSVRC 841 and the school 887, with captain Chloe Hall accepting the trophy on behalf of the whole team. The highest score on the school team was by James Blackie, a deserved winner of the cup. It was really good to see two recent school leavers, Jono and Harry back competing for the VRC, hopefully a portent of things to come.