South Coast Fly Championships

The weekend of 12-13 October saw SSAA NSW Batemans Bay Branch host the South Coast 200m and 500m Fly Championships. To set the scene we had almost 300mm of rain and gale force winds on teh Wednesday and Thursday before the event and snow blocked roads around Goulburn and the Blue Mountains. Some competitiors were stuck in snow and didn't arrive until after midnight on Friday and unfortunately some others couldn't make it at all. But those who were able to make the trip were greeted with a weekend of great competition.

The difficult weather conditions kept competitors on their game.

There were 32 total entries for the 500m event on Saturday (13 heavy guns and 19 light guns) and 18 entries for the 200m rimfire on Sunday.

Centrefire highlights include a new range record best target shot by Michael Bell in light gun with a -58.04. Michael also achieved 7 flies in the match which is another record.

Rimfire highlights included Les Fraser shooting a new Australian record small group which has been confirmed at 1.045" and Barry Tucker winning in difficult conditions with the lowest winning score we have seen in the last couple of years at 193 with one fly. Second place was a tie between Anthony Hall and Glen Seaman with the position going to Glen on a count back.

Outright placings for the 500m centrefire:

1st Michael Bell 271.07
2nd Anthony Hall 242.04
3rd Dave Groves 226.01

Heavy Gun

1st Dave Groves 226.01
2nd Glen Seaman 224.02
3rd Les Fraser 218.06

Small Group - Glen Seaman 2.157
Best target - Glen Seaman 57.02

Light Gun

1st Michael Bell 271.07
2nd Anthony Hall 242.04
3rd Mick Easton 213.02

Small Group - Michael Bell 1.219
Best Target - Michael Bell 58.04

Overall Two Gun

1st Anthony Hall 428.06
2nd Glen Seaman 410.04
3rd Les Fraser 401.06

Junior - Tori Colls 304.01

Rimfire

1st Barry Tucker 193.01
2nd Glen Seaman 186.02
3rd Anthony Hall 186.02

Small Group - Les Fraser 1.045"
Best Target - Glen Seaman 49.01
Junior - Emily Seaman 184.01

Tori Colls was the best placed Junior with a total of 136.

The organisers would like to thank Pete van Meurs for taking the role of scorer for the weekend. The Batemans Bay club did a great job of hosting, with first class canteen facilities and volunteers.