Shooters aim for success

ZONE IN: Angus Earle aims for a bullseye whilst training at Spring Ridge ahead of next weekend’s inter-schools’ championships.
ZONE IN: Angus Earle aims for a bullseye whilst training at Spring Ridge ahead of next weekend’s inter-schools’ championships.

WITH a steady hand and a sharp eye, rifle shooters from The Armidale School are focusing on success at inter-school championships over the coming week where they will compete in a range of full bore disciplines.

For three days last week, a squad of 16 shooters were at a training camp at Spring Ridge Rife Range under the eye of coaches Mark Morton and Queensland representative Rob Bondfield.

“The conditions were perfect for shooting, and every day the shooters fired at three hundred, five hundred and six hundred metre ranges as well as gaining some ‘snap’ practice. The camp went well, thanks to the generosity and support of Spring Ridge Rifle Club and Spring Ridge Country Club,” TAS Shooting MIC Mr David Lawrence said.

On Tuesday the action moved to the Hornsby Rifle Range for the annual AAGPS championships against The King’s School, Sydney Church of England Grammar School (Shore), Sydney Boys’ High School, Scots College, Sydney Grammar School and Newington College.

The first event will be the Rawson Cup competition, shot at a 500m and 600m stage, and later in the day, the National Rifle Association Shield, a deliberate shoot over 600m. The following day will be the Buchanan Shield over 300m, which has both deliberate and ‘snap’ style event in which shooters have five seconds to aim and fire at targets that are raised and lowered.

“There is some good depth across the team with many shooters having competed at this level before, so they are looking forward to the competition,” Mr Lawrence said.

New England Girls’ School also took a team of shooters.