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NATIVES RIFLE CLUB HONOURS STALWART

At the Annual General Meeting of the Club on Sunday, February 17, 2019 the members wholeheartedly endorsed a motion by Club Captain, Luke Baker, to install Past Captain and long-time member, John Menzel, as a Honorary Life Member of the Natives Rifle Club for outstanding service to the Club over many years.

John's energy and enthusiasm for the sport of fullbore target rifle shooting, and the Natives Rifle Club in particular, has helped progress the Club to be the largest in Queensland.  His strong leadership whilst Captain produced a cohesive and formidable membership and provided a solid financial basis to enable the Club to move forward with confidence.  John has been extremely generous with his time and financial support for the Club and to several of it's fledgling members. 


Honorary Life Member, John Menzel, acknowledging his new status.

CONGRATULATIONS, JOHN

 


LATEST NATIVES RIFLE CLUB SCORES

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16/02/2019 - 900 Yards

17 Members and Guests in attendance

Conditions: Sunny, warm, moderate to strong winds quickly changing from 11.30 to 9.00 o'clock
 
    Date: 16/2/19
    Range:  900
  Name: Grade  
  Pratt, Joshua A 104.08
  Baker, Luke A 97.06
  Mueller, Rudi A 97.06
  Spence, James A 97.06
  Howlett, Kevin B 97.05
  Menzel, John A 95.06
  Halpin, Michael B 93.05
  O'Loghlen, Kim A 88.04
  Latham, Wendy A 78.06
  Spence, Teddy C 78.01
  Errington, Ian C 75.03
  F-Class Standard: Scope  
  Latham, Wayne FS 110.05
  Blair, Wayne FS 107.03
  Pickles, Brian FS 105.00
  Morley, Scott FS 104.01
  Craick, Gordon FS 92.01
  F/TR Scope  
  Pratt, Craig F/TR 115.04
       

 


INTERNATIONAL LONG RANGE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS (ILRWC)

These Championships were held on the Trentham range in New Zealand as part of an extensive program which commenced on January 25, 2019 with the NZRA Championships and concluded on February 10th with the International Palma Teams matches.

Competitors representing New Zealand, Australia, the USA, Great Britain, South Africa, Canada and the Channel Islands were participating in these Championships which indicates the world-class level of fullbore target shooters involved.

Included in the program was the World Veterans Teams Championships, the World Under-25 Teams Championships and the World Under-21 Teams Championships.  The Australian Teams displayed their awesome talents by winning all of these Championships.  Natives Club members John Caske was manager for the Veterans Team and Josh Pratt was a shooter in the Under-21 Team.

In the individual IWLRC, Natives Club members displayed their skills with Don Thompson winning the Gold Medal for the 1000 yards match on Day 1 while Tim Berry won the Gold Medal for the 1000 yards match on Day 2 as well as the Gold Medal for the 800 yards match on Day 3.

Josh Pratt was the standout performer when the 15 year old again showed his brilliant skills by finishing 16th in the ILRWC and won the Under-21 Aggregate.  Just remember that this was against the very best fullbore target shooters in the world!

The final event on the ILRWC program was the prestigious Palma Teams matches contested by teams of 16 from each of the countries mentioned above.  The Palma consists of 15 shots at 800, 900 and 1000 yards fired on each of two consecutive days.  The Palma match originated in the USA in 1876 as a celebration of the independence of that country and is now held every four years with one of the competing countries hosting the event.  The Palma was last held in Australia at the Belmont range in 2011.

Australia won the Palma Teams match this year in convincing style by 77 points from arch-rivals, Great Britain, with the USA a further 19 points back.  This result is the culmination of the efforts put in by the team over recent years in preparing for this major competition!

Results from all the NZRA, International teams and ILRWC matches are available on the NZRA website at https://www.lrwc2019.nz/results-2/



Josh Pratt (Left) shooting on the Trentham range

Josh Pratt, 16th in the International Long Range World Championships

  Left: Don Thompson; Right: Shaun Connolly
 
John Caske and his Veterans Team Gold Medal

Australian Veterans World Champion Team 2019


Australian Under-21 World Champion Rifle Team 2019
Josh Pratt, back row, second from right.
(Photos compliments of Vicki Pratt and John Caske)

Left: The fabulous Palma Trophy; Right: The Palma Inscription

Australian Palma Team shooters and coaches on the firing mound
 
Australia, The World Long Range Champions 2019!
(Photos from Facebook)

 


NATIVES CLUB MEMBERS WINNERS OF OZ DAY PRIZE MEETING

A Two-Day Prize Meeting to raise funds for the development of junior shooters was held on the Belmont
range on Australia Day, Saturday, January 26th and Sunday, January 27th.

Natives members were prominent in the prize list with Ian Errington (C Grade), Wayne Blair (FS-A) and Craig Pratt (F-TR) winning the First Day Aggregate in their respective grades.  On Day Two, Rudi Mueller (B Grade), Ian Errington (C Grade) and Brad Ruthven (FS-B) were aggregate winners.

In the Grand Aggregate for the two days, Ian Errington had a clean sweep in C Grade while Wayne Blair (FS-B) and Craig Pratt (F-TR) took home the winners' medallions.

Hot and windy conditions over the two days proved very challenging for the competitors and lends extra kudos to these great wins.

Congratulations All Round!!!

  QRA JUNIORS - AUSTRALIA DAY PRIZE MEETING  
                       
  Summary of Natives Club Members' Results    
                       
  Saturday, January 26, 2019   Sunday, January 27, 2019  
  (500 Yards and double 600 Yards)   (1000 Yards and double 900 Yards)  
                       
Aggregate:           Aggregate:        
A Grade: 1st Geoff Grant, Brisbane Mariners 147.11   A Grade: 1st Joshua Turner, Bunderberg 140.13  
    Natives Scores:         Natives Scores:    
  2nd Kim O'Loghlen 146.16     2nd Kim O'Loghlen 139.13  
                       
B Grade: 1st Nikk Ellis, Crows Nest 145.13   B Grade: 1st Rudi Mueller, Natives 127.10  
    Natives Scores:                
  2nd Rudi Mueller 143.07   C Grade: 1st Ian Errington, Natives 114.06  
  3rd Kevin Howlett 140.12              
            F/Std-A: 1st Andrew McKillop, Bundaberg 165.03  
C Grade: 1st Ian Errington, Natives 123.04              
            F/Std-B: 1st Brad Ruthven, Natives 153.04  
F/Std-A: 1st Andrew McKillop, Bundaberg 178.16       Other Natives Scores:    
    Natives Scores:       2nd Wayne Blair 151.05  
    Wayne Latham 161.08       Scott Morley ??  
                       
F/Std-B: 1st Wayne Blair, Natives 166.09   F-Open: 1st Craig McGowan, Brisbane 171.09  
    Other Natives Scores:                
  3rd Brian Pickles 166.06   F/TR: 1st Frans Knox, Brisbane 166.03  
    Scott Morley 153.06       Natives Scores:    
              2nd Craig Pratt 157.07  
F-Open: 1st Peter Broom, Beaudesert 178.08              
    Natives Scores:                
  3rd George Constantinou 175.12              
                       
F/TR: 1st Craig Pratt, Natives 173.08              
                       
  Two-Day Grand Aggregate  
                       
      A Grade: 1st   Joshua Turner, Bunderberg 286.23    
        2nd   Kim O'Loghlen, Natives   285.29    
                       
      B Grade: 1st   Nikk Ellis, Crows Nest   270.19    
        2nd   Rudi Mueller, Natives   270.17    
        3rd   Kevin Howlett, Natives   265.16    
                       
      C Grade: 1st   Ian Errington, Natives   237.10    
                       
      F/Std-A: 1st   Andrew McKillop, Bundaberg 343.19    
                       
      F/Std-B: 1st   Wayne Blair, Natives   317.14    
                       
      F-Open: 1st   Josh Reid, Ipswich   343.20    
                       
      F/TR: 1st   Craig Pratt, Natives   330.15    
                       

A full list of scores are available on the Hexta website - click here


L to R: Craig Pratt, Ian Errington, Wayne Blair, Brad Ruthven - Winners All!

QRA Past President, John Johnstone, presents medallions to Ian Errington and Wayne Blair
 
Craig Pratt and Brad Ruthven looking very happy to receive their medallions

 

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