Maryborough Masters Games 2015

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Author: Roy Muller

The Maryborough Masters Games for 2015 was held on 10 & 11 October at Childers Smallbore rifle range. The weekend started on Friday afternoon with the early arrivals being greeted with some very heavy showers of rain. Spirits were high and the rain did nothing to dampen them. The early arrivals soon pitched in to help Roy & Marg to unpack everything and get the gazebos erected before the next lot of rain, this help was much appreciated. Friday night saw a delicious meal with Marg’s delicious homemade pea and ham soup as an entrée followed by a sausage sizzle and some homemade tartlets and cream for sweets also provided by Marg and a few social drinks just for health reasons.

Saturday dawned with a clear sky early and no wind, things went downhill from there. The sky stayed clear but the wind came up and blew from every direction and changing very quickly which made for some very interesting shooting and also brought scores down with many shots being fired by top shooters and the next comment would be WHAT THE **** how did that get there? Neil Digweed said he had heard rumours about wind etc. on Childers range and he can now go back and tell them they are not rumours.

There were shooters from Lismore, Charleville , Sunshine Coast, Gympie, Bundaberg , South Kolan , Woodgate , Munduberra , Brisbane , Childers and Maryborough with quite a lot of new faces who have said what a great weekend and they will be there next year.

The silhouette match saw John Pepprell take the A grade win with a perfect score of 80 and Ken Ogilvie come in second ahead of Hayden Stey after a countback with a score of 78. B grade was won by Peter Bowring with 77 with Mark Brown second 76 and Jimmy Wardell third 74. C grade was won by Robert Milne 77, second was Tim Doessel 68 and third was Ann Bruton 57. D grade was won by Reg Morgansen 60 from Arron Marsden 47 and Shanae Doessel 26.

In the prone match Saturday Patrick Sullivan 568 took out 1st place in the U35 with Heyden Stey 537 coming second. Brandon Kemp 579 came 1st. in the 35-44 age group. Shane Jones 571 came 1st. in the 45-54 age group with Jason Kettle 567 second. In the 55-64 age group Derek Cassar 560 came 1st. with Matt Murillo 549 coming second. In the 65+ Barry Sturgess 568 came 1st. with Greg Tennant 557 coming second.

The benchrest matches were shot on R.B.A. targets. The benchrest match on Saturday was won by Neil Digweed 725 from Barry Sturgess 723 and Roy MacCarthy 719 in 65 years+. The 55-64 age group was won by Stuart Neale 725 from Ann Bruton 702 and Alan Braford 688. The 45-54 age group was won by Bill Simmons 720 from Peter Bowring 606 and Fay Bowring 511. The 35-44 age group was won by Miriam Blythe 646. Under 35 was won by Patrick Sullivan 699 from Hayden Stey 507.

Saturday night was a really good social night of a BBQ with apple pie, custard, fruit salad and cream followed by a lot of yarn spinning, laughing and a lot of shooting information shared.

Sunday was nearly a rerun of Saturday, only with some mirage thrown in for good measure.
The prone match on Sunday saw Patrick Sullivan take out the U35 age group from Heyden Stey, Brandon Kemp won the 35-44 age group, Jason Kettle won the 45-54 age group from Shane Jones. In the 55-64 age group Derek Cassar won from Kevin Barden with Matt Murillo third. The 65+ age group was won by Barry Sturgess form Robert Milne.

In the Sunday benchrest match 65+ age group Barry Hilzinger took out 1st. 733 from Neil Digweed 728 and Roy MacCarthy726. In 55-64 Ann Bruton 715 was 1st. from Stuart Neale 714 and Kevin Barden 662. In 45-54 Bill Simmons was 1st. 717 from Fay Bowring 588. The 35-44 age group was won by Miriam Blythe 672, and the U35 was won by Patrick Sullivan 663 from Heyden Stey 588

Remember the Masters Games is not about winning or losing , it is an event to bring the people who love the sport of shooting together for a fun weekend of friendship and camaraderie and this weekend certainly showed that.

The Maryborough club would like to thank the Childers club for the use of their range and facilities, the shooters who travelled also the helpers on the weekend and hope to see you all next year for a bigger and better Masters Games.

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