Branch Spotlight: Coffs Harbour – NSW State Score Championships

Local junior, Alex McMillan.

SSAA Coffs Harbour branch held the NSW State Score Championships from 6-9 March 2021, with122 shooters competing over the four days.

Some outstanding scores were shot. Local junior and Bishop Druitt student, Alex McMillan, won the Gold medal in the HB Centrefire event scoring 250.22 at 100yds and 250.12 at 200yds. Alex beat shooters who are in the Benchrest Hall of Fame and shooters who have represented Australia overseas!

In the Rimfire LB Glenn Seaman from West Wyalong broke two Australian records the first being 250.3 at 100yds the Grand Agg. This, combined with 250.14 at 50m broke a second record. Amazing when you consider only a 6x scope is allowed!

In the HB Rimfire, local shooters Steve Morton (250.21) came in second and Bill Buchanan (250.19) took third place. In his first major shoot, Bernie Axford came in equal fourth. Finally, Paul Sullivan shot an almost perfect score in the HB Rimfire 50m with a 250.24 and Kevin Birse, 250.24 in the 100yds HB Centrefire. 72,250 patches and 7,500 were awarded during the weekend which indicates the standard of competition. Consensus was that everyone enjoyed the whole weekend and the rain managed to hold off to only fall at night.

Congratulations to all who won medals and patches and all those who competed!

LB Rimfire

50m:
1. Glenn Seaman 250.14 (new record).
2. David Jenkins 250.13.
3. Bill Simmons 250.12.
4. Neil Digweed 250.10.
5. Janette Mitchell 250.9.

100 yds:
1. Glenn Seaman 250.3.
2. Keith Smith 249.5.
3. Paul Sullivan 248.4.
4. David Jenkins 248.3.
5. Bill Simmons 247.2.

Grand agg:
1. Glenn Seaman 500.17 (new record).
2. David Jenkins 498.16.
3. Keith Smith 498.15.
4. Paul Sullivan 497.19.
5. Bill Simmons 497.14.

HB Rimfire

50m:
1. Paul Sullivan 250.24.
2. Steve Morton 250.21.
3. Bill Buchanan 250.19.
4. Kim Cosstick 250.18.
5. Bernie Axford 250.18 (on countback).

100 yds:
1. Simon Schultz 250.3.
2. Janette Mitchell 249.7.
3. Bernie Simmons 249.6.
4. Neil Digweed 249.4.
5. Robin Cox 249.2.

Grand Agg:
1. Simon Schultz 499.22.
2. Bernie Simmons 499.20.
3. Janette Mitchell 499.17.
4. Paul Sullivan 498.30.
5. Kim Cosstick 498.25.

LB Centrefire

100 yds:
1. Peter Duncan 250.20.
2. Barry Nicholls 250.19.
3. Bill Jupp 250.17.
4. John Garland 250.17.
5. Paul Sullivan 250.16.

200 yds:
1. Peter Duncan 250.6.
2. Bill Jupp 249.9.
3. Ean Parsons 248.10.
4. Kevin Birse 248.6.
5. Local shooter Gary Hunt 248.3.

Grand Agg:
1. Peter Duncan 500.26.
2. Bill Jupp 499.26.
3. Ean Parsons 498.25.
4. Gary Hunt 498.18.
5. Paul Sullivan 497.23.

HB Centrefire

100 yds:
1. Kevin Birse 250.24.
2. Rodney Richardson 250.23.
3. Alex McMillan (Jnr) 250.22.
4. Paul Sullivan 250.21.
5. Mitch Calcutt 250.20.

200 yds:
1. Ean Parsons 250.12 (on countback).
2. Alex McMillan (Jnr) 250.12.
3. Rodney Richardson 250.9.
4. Paul Sullivan 250.8.
5. Bill Jupp 250.6.

Grand Agg:
1. Alex McMillan (Jnr) 500.34.
2. Rodney Richardson 500.32.
3. Paul Sullivan 500.29.
4. Ean Parsons 500.27.
5. Bill Jupp 500.21.

2-gun

Rimfire:
1. Paul Sullivan 995.49.
2. Bill Simmons 994.34.
3. David Jenkins 993.35.
4. Robin Cox 992.32.
5. John Patzwald 992.32.

Centrefire:
1. Bill Jupp 999.47.
2. Ean Parsons 998.52.
3. Paul Sullivan 997.52.
4. Local shooter Gary Hunt 997.39.
5. Kevin Birse 996.55.

4-gun

1. Paul Sullivan 1992.101.
2. Bill Jupp 1985.82.
3. Kevin Birse 1982.79.
4. Ean Parsons 1980.84.
5. Greg Schneider 1980.62.

This article was featured in the latest issue of the NSW Shooter magazine. Click here to read the June 2021 edition.

Rod Madeley is the President of SSAA Coffs Harbour Branch