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Teams vie for McAuliffe Shield

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June 09, 2017

Nagambie Rifle Club hosted East Central District Rifle Association shooters on May 27 for round two of the McAuliffe Shield.

Nagambie Rifle Club hosted East Central District Rifle Association shooters on May 27 for round two of the McAuliffe Shield.

Both teams arrived early, eager to get stuck into the grudge match.

The conditions were good, with a slight varying wind making the coach’s job a little difficult.

Two 500 yards and one 600 yards were shot on the new ‘hexta’ electronic targets.

The ECDRA left victors by 15 points, ECDRA 887.42 d Nagambie 872.38.

Only three possibles were shot on the day: Joe Melbourne, Des Coulter and Geoff James (on a borrowed rifle).

Nagambie travelled to Nathalia on Saturday to shoot against Shepparton-Nathalia Maroon.

Conditions were calm until competitors started shooting.

A slight breeze began to build before changing directions, which caught a few shooters out.

The two 500 yards had Nagambie on an electronic target and Shepparton-Nathalia Maroon on a manual marking target, before swapping at 600 yards.

The highlights were David Black’s 150.20 and Tony Barker’s 150.13 out of 150.30; the top scorers for Shepparton-Nathalia Maroon.

Steve Falla (TR) and Joe Melbourne (F Std) were the two top scorers for Nagambie.

Nagambie lost by just five points.

This long weekend there is a prize shoot at St Arnaud.

In a fortnight, the Goulburn Valley will shoot against Ovens and Murray at Glenrowan.

All members welcome — the more the merrier.

— Joe Melbourne

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