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Obituary

LYMER, Keith. Aged 91 years. Late of Pickett Street, Bundaberg and formerly of Avondale and South Kolan. Passed away peacefully on April 24, 2017. Beloved husband of Ivy Lymer. Dearly loved father and father-in-law of Sharyn and Malcom. Loving grandfather of Dylan.

 

Keith was a wonderful life long supporter, competitor and administrator of our sport. He and his wife Ivy were great travellers and State Team members for many decades. I first met Keith in the early 70’s when he was State Coach and travelled regularly from his home north of Bundaberg to Belmont to coach the State postal teams.   Alan Smith

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Presidents Report 2016

Presidents Report 2016

Author: Alan Smith 18/2/2017

2016 for QTS was a year of transition with significant changes and challenges.

We sadly farewelled some loved friends of our sport.

Barry Hilzinger, who tirelessly contributed right up to his passing with QTS committee work. Barry
was a formidable competitor and a wonderful helper at all levels. We also lost John Hansford from
Paramount who served his club his entire adult life. They were taken too soon will be sadly missed.

Let us take a minutes silence as we remember them.

We were proud to have 3 members representing us at the highest level at the Rio Olympics and
Paralympics. Bradley Mark, Dane Sampson and Natalie Smith all shot with distinction and are to be
congratulated for their dedication and sacrifice.

Many of our members excelled at State, national and international level with Dane having an
outstanding start to the year with wonderful results in Europe and winning in Sydney last
weekend. Great to see Bradley Lovett a close second to Dane in the prone. The ongoing
commitment from Shane Jones, Janelle Rossiter, Rod and Robyn Sampson and Jamie Webb and at
Nationals and youth nationals cannot go without our heartfelt thanks. I would also like to thank
Ann Bugden and Cynthia Jones for their continued outstanding volunteer help with the wheelies.

We currently have 3 members in Shooting Australia high performance squads.

Glenn McMurtrie
Dane Sampson
Natalie Smith
and a few more knocking on the door.

My congratulations to the RBA shooters selected for the WRABF World Cup in Slovenia in August.

Stuart Elliot, Annie Elliot, Bob Mulder, Bill Simmons, John Patzwald, Greg Schneider, Roy Muller,
and Patrick Sullivan.

With the Commonwealth Games only 14 months away we wish all those aspiring to make the
team good shooting and good luck. Unfortunately IPC events are not part of the Games. But there
are World Cups, Oceania’s and the World Champs in South Korea next year to strive for.

I reflect back to last year’s AGM where we truly expected the redevelopment of our State range to
have been completed by now. Challenges associated with the Shotgun range and approvals caused
a delay in commencement but as we can see the Jim Smith range has been transformed over the
past 6 months and now nears expected completion by the end of May.We also have a transformation
to a joint facility as the State range of Qld Target Sports and Pistol
Shooting QLD. QTS and PSQ management have been working on the structure of a new entity to
manage the facility and the formation of Brisbane International Shooting Centre BISC is complete.

We thank all those whose vision and enthusiasm to embrace such a change that has created BISC.

I have the honour of being elected Chair with Sharyn Petersen from PSQ as company secretary,
Janelle as finance director, Rex as administrator and Michele Sandstrom as co-ordinator of sub
committees.

A workshop was recently held in preparation of the formal foundation with utilisation of the
facility a key topic. I thank all those who contributed so willingly. The first sub-committee has
been formed to suggest an IT and Security framework for BISC. We have many challenges and
many opportunities to grow our sport. With a groundswell of support and an eagerness to
embrace the opportunity presented to us from members and friends of our association, we can
only hope to prosper.

Our clubs are the heart of our association and we continue to grow our base. Unfortunately
Maryborough Club is still trying to secure tenure of their range after so many setbacks. I wish
them all success. Thanks to all who continue to assist in club development through work in the
areas of, safety, coaching and enablement through workshops, demonstrations of formats that
can help make our clubs welcoming and fostering environments for current and future members. I
believe that we can work more closely with PSQ to grow our club and member base for the benefit
of both organisations. We have more in common than we realise.

The hosting of the Commonwealth Games brings with it a generational opportunity for many of
our members to be involved in what will be a truly magnificent world class event on a world class
facility.

The next 18 months are going to be probably the busiest in the history of our small association.

The programme of events is a little daunting but with help from all and combined effort, I am
positive it will also be the most enjoyable, rewarding and memorable in history as well. With
several international events on the agenda most of us will welcome the opportunity to meet and
get to know many of the international shooters coaches and officials. I can testify that life long
friendships (and even some romances) often start at these events.

I encourage you all to volunteer and embrace for what will be for many, a once in a lifetime
opportunity.

A huge thankyou to our management committee for you time commitment and support.

Especially to Janelle, Robyn and Rex who’s work ethic never ceases to amaze me. I look forward to
welcoming some new members to the committee this year and wish everyone straight shooting.

Alan Smith

Wide Bay Championships 2016

Wide Bay Championships 2016

The Maryborough Rifle and Pistol Club held the Wide Bay Championships in Gympie on the 11th and 12th of June and a great weekend was had by all who attended. The festivities started off on Friday night with all the early arrivals, approx 30 enjoying a very tasty meal cooked by Laurie Aberdein assisted by Brian Cooper and the ladies in the canteen. After the meal there was many stories to be told and many remedies for rifles that were not shooting quite right. All this happened around a good fire drum to keep the chill out.

Saturday dawned to a brisk temperature and good shooting conditions. After a good breakfast of bacon and eggs cooked by Roy Muller and helped by Laurie Aberdein it was time to get down to business. First up was an 80 shot silhouette match which attracted 33 entries.

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In A Grade Heyden Stey was the winner from Shannon Peters and John Patzwald after a hotly contested shoot off as they all ahd a perfect score of 80. B Grade was won by Kristine Crawford with 78 from Adrian Doesel 77 and Jessica Crawford 77. C Grade was won by Roy Bagust 73 from Callum Hickling 70 and Geoff Hammelswang 69. D Grade was won by Reg Morgenson 60 from Jakob Larsen 45.

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The next was the 50 metre prone match which got 22 entries. A Grade was taken out by Robert Eckel from Charleville with a score of 581 from John Patzwald from Toowoomba with a score of 572. B Grade was won by Patrick Sullivan from Gympie with a score of 581 from Alan Smith 576 from Paramount and Rachael Ross 573 also from Paramount. C Grade was won by Bob Gunner 554 from N.S.W. from Courtney Martenelli 546 from Toowoomba and Heyden Stey 544 from Gympie club. D Grade was won by Heyden Stey 544 from Gympie club.

The next match was the 50 metre bench rest sporter match. A Grade in this match was won by Neil Digweed 732 Hornets club from Roy Muller 729 from Maryborough club and John Patzwald728 from Toowoomba. This was followed by a heavy varmit match. John Patzwald was successful here with a score of 748 from Murray Cole 741 and Maria Rizzo 740 from Lismore club. The next match was light varmit. This was won by Bill Simmons 743 from his son Jack 742 and John Patzwald 741.

Saturday night saw another sumptuous meal provided by the Gympie club and two roaring fire drums to keep everybody warm. Another very sociable night with a lot of merriment and stories, some a bit taller than others.

Sunday, Bacon and eggs for breakfast and back to business with 50 metre L/V match first up and the weather throwing up very different conditions to Saturday with plenty of wind and quick wind changes. Bill Simmons was the winner with 741 from John Patzwald 737 and Murray Cole 737. Next up was a H/V match. This was closely contested with Neil Digweed 741 coming out the winner from Bill Simmons 739 and John Patzwald 737.

The weekend was finished up with a 50 metre prone match. A Grade was won by Robert Eckel 590 a very credible score under the prevailing conditions from John Patzwald 585. B Grade was won by Andrew Pape 579 from Commercial club from Patrick Sullivan 576 and Robyn Sampson 574. C Grade was taken out by Bob Gunner 566 from Heyden Stey 547 and Courtney Martenelli 534. D Grade was won by Savanna Stey 538 from Gympie.

Wide Bay Prone Grand Champion was Robert Eckel from Charleville. Junior Prone Champion was Patrick Sullivan from Gympie.

The Maryborough club would like to thank Mick Schneider for donating the trophy for the two gun event which was won by John Patzwald. The club would also like to congratulate all the winners and thank all competitors for attending, coming from Mackay, Charleville , Lismore , Toowoomba ,Brisbane ,Newcastle as well as local area shooters. 148 nominations were taken over the weekend from 61 shooters. 74 benchrest , 41 prone , 33 silhouette, THANKYOU ALL!

The Maryborough Club would like to give a big thankyou to the Gympie Club for allowing us to use your range and facilities also all the help from their members and the good food all weekend. Hopefully we will have our range back next year.

Roy Muller President / Club Captain
Maryborough Rifle & Pistol Club

Alternative Ranges for Brisbane Clubs in 2016

Due to the close of the Belmont Jim Smith Range alternative arrangements have been made at other ranges within the Belmont Shooting Complex to allow Brisbane club shooting to continue with minimal disruption.

Club Day/Time Range
West End SBRC Monday night SSAA Maden Range
Commercial SBRC Tuesday night Metro R6 and R4
Wheelies Wednesday night Metro R4
BIPC Thursday night Metro R4
Paramount Targetsports Friday night Metro R6 and R4
Brisbane SBRC Saturday morning (1st and 3rd of month) Metro R6
Hornets Sunday (as per QRA Belmont Ranges Calendar) QRA 300m Range

Notes:

  1. Club rules at Metropolitan Pistol Club are for all shooting to cease by 9pm.
  2. Clubs paymnet of range fees are due every three months.
  3. Access to armory at QTS during the construction period has been arranged
Bingera & South Kolan Prize Meeting 2016

Bingera & South Kolan Prize Meeting 2016

Author: Kerry Pagotto

Windy conditions greeted 40 shooters on the 12th & 13th March at our annual prize shoot. Although conditions were testing, some shooters shot really well.

By all reports all shooters enjoyed themselves over the weekend especially those who attended the Saturday night dinner where we were entertained by Maryborough shooter and comedian Roy Muller.

Shooters attended from Brisbane, Lismore, Maryborough, Mundubbera, Childers and Bundaberg.
We as a club would like to thank all those shooters who attended for the weekend to make it the success it was.

Placegetters for the weekend were:

Silhouettes
A Grade 1st: John Pepprell 2nd: Geoff Robertson 3rd: Ken Ogilvie
B Grade 1st: Greg Tennent 2nd: Peter Christensen 3rd: Daniel Cooney
C Grade 1st: Tim Doessel 2nd: Callum Hickling
D Grade 1st: Laura Christensen 2nd: Jeff Hammelswang
Saturday 50m Prone
A Grade 1st: Alan Smith
B Grade 1st: Rachael Ross 2nd: Frans Snyman 3rd: Derek Cassar
Silhouette Grade 1st: Joe Bonel 2nd: Terry Harrold 3rd: Peter Christensen
Saturday Bench Rest
A Grade 1st: Roy MacCarthy 2nd: John Pepprell 3rd: John Wooldridge
B Grade 1st: Maria Rizzo
Silhouette Grade 1st: John Wooldridge 2nd: John Pepprell 3rd: Anton Perk
Sunday 50m Prone
A Grade 1st: Alan Smith
B Grade 1st: Derek Cassar
C Grade 1st: Gary Stehbens
Silhouette Grade 1st: Joe Bonel 2nd: Peter Christensen
Sunday Bench Rest
A Grade 1st: John Wooldridge 2nd: Roy Muller 3rd: John Pepprell
B Grade 1st: Maria Rizzo
C Grade 1st: Bruce Quinton 2nd: Sylvia Quinton
Silhouette Grade
1st: John Wooldridge 2nd: John Pepprell 3rd: Anton Perk
Grand Champions
Bundaberg Travel Centre Trophy 50m Prone Aggregate Winner: Alan Smith.
Terry Sinnamon Silhouette Trophy and South Kolan Hotel Perpetual Shield Winner: John Pepprell.

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Comradery and the ANZAC Spirit

Comradery and the ANZAC Spirit

Author: Rachael Ross

Growing up, we’ve all watched movies that told the story of the ANZACs. On the 25th of April each year, we stand in complete silence. You can hear a pin drop. The bugle plays, flags are lowered. We pay tribute to those who gave their lives in the ultimate sacrifice. We hear of the comradery between Australia and New Zealand, strengthened by the atrocities the ANZACs endured together during the Great War.

I didn’t realise that this comradery extended beyond the history books and into our everyday lives. Earlier this month, Alyce Devlin, Tamsyn Henry and myself attended the New Zealand Nationals. From the moment we touched down in Wellington, we were welcomed with open arms. The customs officers joked with us about our ‘funny looking’ rifles, and told us to ‘shoot well, but not too well.’

As we arrived at Palmerston North, (where the NZ Nationals were being held) the view was almost postcard-perfect, with sheep frolicking in the distance as the trees waved in the breeze. We could not have asked for a better environment to compete in. It was a beautiful 24 degrees, and coming from the 40 degree Queensland summer, we were bundled up in our winter jumpers and scarves. Meanwhile, our Kiwi counterparts were in singlets and thongs, complaining about the heat.

To top it all off, the kiwi competitors treated us like we were their own. Coming from electronic targets to paper targets, meant we were not the best at setting up scopes. With no hesitation, they were on the scene and showing us the quickest way to move between positions.

Shot over 3 days, the competition was close. With scores going back and forth across the three events. The conditions for the 3P match were quite favourable; a nice constant breeze with only a few tricky changes. The air rifle range was homely and familiar, the paper targets barely changing the overall shooting experience.
Between these competitions, we dined together and shared stories, made plans for future visits. The only time things got heated, was when the origins of Pavlova was mentioned at the dinner table. I’m sure this discussion will be continued when we meet again.

The important part of these Nationals were not the results or which one of us won, it’s the rediscovered friendship between competitive shooters of our two countries that for many years seemed to be forgotten.

From South Africa to South Kolan

From South Africa to South Kolan

Author: Frans Snyman

Back in 1989 I joined my school’s target shooting team in South Africa. We practiced after school and had the occasional inter-school competition. Those were some of my fondest memories from high school – not so much the shooting itself: Spending time with friends, looking at each other’s targets and occasionally aiming at the washing pegs holding up your friend’s target.

Twenty years on I now live in Brisbane and a few years ago I joined Commercial Small Bore Rifle club and Queensland Target Sports. The shooting aspect is nice – it brings a level distraction from everyday work. Target shooting is a mentally demanding activity. Unlike the mainstream perception of associating shooting with aggression, to be good you need to be focused, calm and in control – it’s not supposed to be easy.

The best part of joining QTS though is meeting a community of like-minded people and making new friends. The Australian small bore target shooting community is smaller than I expected. It’s great to share ideas and to compete among some of the world’s best shooters.

The Belmont range is equipped with electronic targets. The new technology is great, however returning to paper targets during last week’s competition in South Kolan was wonderful. Apart from bringing back old memories, it had a fresh feel to it. The rural vibe and community at the range is nice. I was great to take a break after 20 shots, to chat with fellow competitors while walking to the targets and to see actual holes in paper again. It was easy to forget we were taking part in a competition. My average score perhaps explains that. But that doesn’t matter.

Our family made a weekend trip out of it and spent some time at Elliott Heads. We loved it. I will definitely return.

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Belmont Jim Smith Range Access.

Belmont Jim Smith Range Access.

30 May 2016

The range was closed and the final working bee held on 28/29 May.

3 March 2016

The Belmont range is still open. There will be a working bee in the future, watch this space for future updates.

Bingera and South Kolan Prize Meeting 16 - Program

Bingera and South Kolan Prize Meeting 16 – Program

Please see attached the Program and rules & conditions for the 2016 Prize shoot – bingera and south kolan program 16