7th Pacific Regional Shooting Championships - Benchrest

November 2018 - New Zealand

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by Graeme Smith, New Zealand Deerstalkers Association

Pacific Regional Shooting Championships Week 2

Back home from the events in Tokoroa it was time to move on as the Aussies and New Caledonians were arriving for the Benchrest Championships to be held at the Packers Creek Range in Nelson.  It was to be 5 days, one of Practise, two of Centrefire and two of Rimfire Benchrest.

Centrefire Championship – Light Varmint.  With Six shooters from New Zealand, Australia and New Caledonia plus 3 Individual we had a field of 21. The very experienced Australian Team was thought to be the dominant group however things were about to be turned upside down. NZ Shooter Ian Owen started the ball rolling with a .118 Group with plenty more appearing with high 1’s and low 2.s. The competition was going to be hot. By the time the first 5 groups had been completed, Owen was leading the field with a Championship record aggregate of .1852 followed by surprise, surprise, Herve Noveri of New Caledonia with NZ,s  Dougall Cameron holding 3rd place. On to 200 yards, and with conditions being very favourable to small groups and we sure saw plenty in the 3, s and 4, s. Nelsons Jude Peacock started at 200 yards with a new record small group of .138. Yes, that is 5 shots under a ¼ inch at 200 yards. It will be a long time before this record is broken. When all was tallied at the end of the day, New Caledonian Shooter Herve Noveri topped the charts for a memorable win. Add to that Noveri and Christophe Nagle taking the Team Championship – it was surely a Golden Day for New Caledonia.

Herve Noveri                     100              .264   .182   .151   .229   .332    .2316                         2

 NCL                                       200                .362   .436   .315   .560   .502    .2175       1        .2245                1

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Ian Owen                            100              .118   .166   .228   .135   .279    .1852                1

NZL                                        200               .834   .660   .577   .284   .669    .3024              11       .2438             2 

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Ean Parsons                        100              .186   .188   .386   .383   .173    .2632                 7

AUS                                       200              .519   .540   .909   .320   .415    .2703                 4         .2667                  3

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Dougall Cameron              100             .273   .238   .171   .239   .262    .2366         3

NZL                                        200             .490   .765   .518   .632   .620    .3025       12         .2696                     4

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Darren Parsons                 100             .245   .330   .233   .306   .222    .2672                  8

AUS                                       200              .812   .540   .483   .730   .370    .2935                 7         .2803               5

 

Part of the Pacific Regionals is Teams Competition, consisting of nominated 2 Person Teams – 3 Teams per country.

Light Varmint Teams Gold Medal New Caledonia, Silver New Zealand 1 (Ian Owen and Tony Titheridge) and Bronze Australia 2 (Ean Parsons and William Greer)

 

Centrefire Championship - Heavy Varmint

This event was again to provide some surprises along the way. We were blessed with fine and pretty calm weather which was sure to suit the shooters and create small groups.

Detail 1 at 100 yards and Australia’s Steve Sori kicked it off with a new Small Group record of .127, in fact all five detail small groups were in the 1, s. It was sure going to be competitive. Nelson Branch President Greg Couper showed his true colours to lead home the pack with and Aggregate of .1940 followed by Australians Ean Parsons and Steve Sori.

The afternoon 200-yard event was again to throw up some surprises. Jude Peacock turned in an outstanding 200-yard group the previous day. Well to show it was no fluke, she again dominated the event with a new Small Group record of .247 and went on to take the 200 Aggregate with a .2652. It was a great result for the home side with Couper taking the HV Aggregate followed by our own Judy Peacock.

 The Teams Championship was taken by Australia 2 (Ean Parsons and William Greer) Silver New Zealand 2 (Greg Couper and Jude Peacock) and Bronze Australia 3 (Steve Sori and Milan Morrell)

 

Greg Couper                      100         .224   .266   .137   .187   .156    .1940                           1

NZL                                        200         .509   .545   .659   .466   .638    .2817                           4                               .2379    1

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Judy Peacock                     100         .290   .236   .307   .249   .136    .2436                            4

NZL                                        200         .247   .525   .494   .902   .484    .2652                           1                               .2544     2

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William Greer                    100         .246   .355   .240   .204   .193    .2476                             5

AUS                                       200         .610   .617   .520   .465   .539    .2751                             2                              .2613     3

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Ean Parsons                        100         .228   .215   .266   .139   .230    .2156                            2

AUS                                       200         .354   .301   .887   .766   .800    .3108                            8                             .2632      4

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Steve Sori                            100         .127   .227   .346   .142   .323    .2330                            3

AUS                                       200         .289   .285   .888   .960   .594    .3016                           7                              .2673     5

 

The final Awards for the Centrefire competition was the presentation of the Medals for the 2 Gun Competition – the overall aggregate from all 4 distances

2 Gun Individual:                                                                             2 Gun Teams

1st           Ean Parsons        Australia              .2650                     Australia 2 (Ean Parsons/ Greer)               .5456

2nd          Judy Peacock     New Zealand     .2698                     New Caledonia 1 (Noveri/Nagle)              .5748

3rd           Steve Sori            Australia              .2756                     Australia 3 (Milan/Sori)                                  .5771

4th           Herve Noveri     New Caledonia .2763                     Australia 1 (Darren Parsons/Sullivan)      .5848

5th           William Greer    Australia              .2806                     New Zealand 2 (Peacock/Couper)            .5867

Rimfire Championship

A change of pace for the final two days of the championship with the conduct on the rimfire championship. This event is shot as a score event rather than groups. Over the 2 days each shooter completes 6 x 25bull targets at 50meters using standard velocity .22 ammo. It was great to have the Australian Rimfire Team here as they are very experienced with most of the Team having recently returning from the World Championships in Spain. So, NZ knew they were in for a fight.

 

Day One weather conditions were a little tricky with the breeze unstable and considerable patience was needed to get on top of it. After 3 Targets (Maximum score 750.75) late addition to the Australian Team Brian Mitchell was leading the way with 736.36 and Team Australia 1 in front of the Teams Match on 1469.68

Day 2 saw some improvement in scoring – conditions much the same but probably most shooters had come to terms with what was required.

Neil Digweed from the Australia 1 Team scored the only maximum target with a score of 250.12 as part of his winning score of 742.38, ahead of fellow Australians John Patzwald (740.43) and Paul Sullivan (740.40). When all the targets scored and final tally done Australia had taken a clean sweep of both the Individual and Teams Championship.

 

Individual Championship                                              Teams Championship

1st           Neil Digweed   Aus.         1477.70 Australia 1 (N Digweed / P Sullivan)         2951.146

2nd          Paul Sullivan                       1474.76 Australia 3 (J Patzwald / B Mitchell)          2933.140

3rd           Brian Mitchell    Aus.       1468.65 Australia 2 (J Mitchell / N Ward)                2917.122

4th           Nick Ward           Aus.       1465.68 New Zealand 1 (I Owen / T Titheridge)   2875.107

5th           Greg Couper      NZL        1452.57 New Zealand 2  (J Peacock / G Couper)  2815.87

 

So ended an excellent few days and we look forward to 2020 when we do it all again in New Zealand     

2018 Pacific Regional Rimfire Benchrest Championship

Rimfire Championship

    Team Target 1 Target 2 Target 3 Total Day 1   Target 4 Target 5 Target 6 Total Day 2   TOTAL  
1 I Owen NZL 1 243.08 230.09 232.03 705.2   244.07 246.12 244.13 734.32   1440  
2 Tony Titheridge NZL 1 244.13 233.07 241.1 718.3   235.06 241.11 242.08 718.25   1437  
3 Judy Peacock NZL2 220.04 228.03 231.03 679.1   230.06 234.06 220.08 684.2   1363  
4 Greg Couper NZL2 243.09 240.12 242.05 725.3   242.13 245.1 240.08 727.31   1453  
5 Ian Hutching NZL3 238.07 240.06 223.06 701.2   237.08 243.11 239.1 719.29   1420  
6 Dougall Cameron NZL3 233.05 228.06 235.03 696.1   230.06 169.03 217.03 616.12   1312  
7 Neil Digweed AUS 1 246.11 247.12 242.09 735.3 S 248.12 244.14 250.12 742.38 Gold 1478 Gold
8 Paul Sullivan AUS1 249.15 240.1 245.11 734.4 B 247.11 249.17 244.12 740.4 Bronze 1475 Silver
9 Janette Mitchell AUS 2 239.06 242.06 240.09 721.2   246.12 245.13 240.08 731.33   1453  
10 Nick Ward AUS2 246.11 240.09 243.1 729.3   246.14 246.13 244.11 736.38   1466  
11 John Patzwald AUS 3 246.1 240.11 239.11 725.3   246.13 248.16 246.14 740.43 Silver 1466  
12 Brian Mitchell AUS3 244.13 247.15 245.08 736.4 G 243.09 245.11 244.09 732.29   1469 Bronze
13 Carina Jackson NZ Ind 241.1 240.1 222.04 703.2   241.07 246.07 242.09 729.23   1432  
14 Steve Williams NZ Ind 217.02 213.03 205.04 635.1   221.05 220.05 200.06 641.16   1276  

Teams Championship

          Total Day 1     Total Day 2       Total  
Australia 1 P Sullivan, N Digweed   1470 G   1483 Gold     2951 Gold
New Zealand 1 I Owen, T Titheridge   1424     1453       2875  
Australia 2 J Mitchell, N Ward   1451 B   1468 Bronze     2917 Bronze
New Zealand 2 J Peacock, G Couper   1404     1412       2815  
Australia 3 J Patzwald, B Mitchell   1462 S   1473 Silver     2933 Silver
New Zealand 3 I Hutchings, D Cameron   1397     1335       2732  
HB  - INDIVIDUALS   HB   AGG Placing    
               
Greg Couper  NZ 0.2379     1st GOLD  
Judy Peacock NZ  0.2544     2nd SILVER  
William Greer AUS  0.2614     3rd BRONZE  
               
               
HB TEAMS   HB   AGG   Placing  
Ean Parsons AUS B 0.2632          
William Greer AUS B 0.2614   0.2622   1st GOLD
Greg Couper  NZ B 0.2379          
Helen Owen NZ B 0.2939   0.2659   2nd SILVER
Steve Sori AUS C 0.2673          
Milan Morell AUS C 0.2860   0.2766   3rd BRONZE
Judy Peacock NZ C 0.2544          
Steve Williams NZ C 0.3262   0.2903      
Paul Sullivan AUS A 0.2873          
Darren Parsons AUS A 0.3109   0.2990      
Herve Noveri NC A 0.3281          
Christopher Nagle NC A 0.3134   0.3207      
Ian Owen NZ A 0.3336          
Tony Titheridge NZ A 0.3198   0.3266      
Remy Amice NC C 0.4022          
Christian Jahja NC C 0.4171   0.4415      
Edio Marcon NC B 0.4399          
Francois Ductane NC B 0.4346   0.4668      

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