Perfect conditions at the range for Wingham Rifle Club members

Max Purnell is striking form at the right time in Wingham Rifle Club's championship year.

Max Purnell is striking form at the right time in Wingham Rifle Club's championship year.

A GROUP of Wingham Rifle Club members have travelled to Sydney to compete in the NSW Rifle Association State Championship, (the Sydney Queens).

While they were battling high winds in Sydney, the remainder of the club members enjoyed light cloud cover and slight breezes on the Wingham range.

Given the almost perfect shooting conditions, it was not unusual to see some high scores across the board. Target rifle A-graders, Tony Moon and Jim Blackmore both topped their grade with identical scores of 98 and 11 centres.  Moon won on a centre count back.

Despite missing some of the opening rounds in this year’s championship Max Purnell is very quietly making his way up the leader board.

He is currently second in target rifle B-grade. Purnell only dropped two points on Saturday and finished with a score of 98 with eight centres, only three centres behind the A-grade shooters. With many ranges still to shoot in this year’s comp, Purnell is coming into form at just the right time.

Meanwhile, in F standard B-grade, the tussle continues between Ean Heaney and junior shooter Ronan Moon, who are currently sitting in position  first and second on the leader board. 

Both are putting in solid performances on a weekly basis. Declan Heaney was the winner of the handicap event, while Suzi Laurie was last week’s winner.