SSAA National Action Match Championships

26-27 October 2014 - Blacktown Pistol Club

[ Action Match ]

The 2014 SSAA National Action Match Championships were held at the Blacktown Pistol Club in New South Wales on October 26 and 27 in unseasonably hot conditions, with the temperature getting to almost 40C on the Sunday.

Competitors from all over Australia and New Zealand vied for the National Title. The 2014 Championship was won by Craig Ginger, with Glenn Land second and Jim Straader third, to produce a home range trifecta.

Craig also won the Metallic division, narrowly over Queenslander Nigel Gordon, who had shown great consistency over the weekend. Greg Van Borssum placed third.

The Open division and therefore the National Championships was won by Mark Blake from Victoria, who continued his excellent form from the latter part of 2014 to shoot a perfect score of 1920/1920 at the championships. “It was a tough two days with the match handing the balance between some of the best shooters in Australia,” said Mark after his win. “I now look forward to the preparation for the 2015 Bianchi Cup as part of the SSAA Australia Team.”

The Open division was hotly contested and although Mark emerged victorious, it was a very close race with only 10 points separating first and 10th place. Traditionally, the Moving Target event is the final event to be shot by the higher ranked shooters and the order of shooters is determined by their current score going into the final event in a deliberate attempt to build pressure on these competitors. Although six of these shooters were sitting on perfect scores going into the final event, and a number only two points down, a surprise emerged from the shooters in the other rotation. Ken ‘Chooky’ Fowles, a long-time senior shooter, had shot a personal best of 1918/1920 and was sitting in the box seat to take out the championships. As the High Master grade shooters commenced their final event, Chooky started to slide down the places in an unbelievable situation where a 1918 was not going to win the championships. Mark Blake, closed out the Moving Target event without dropping any points, however the others yet to shoot, including Craig Ginger and Brent Millard, from New Zealand, could still win on the X-count if they shot a ‘clean mover’. When the dust settled, Mark was victorious, with Brett Foster, Nigel Gordon, John Beck and Chooky all shooting 1918 and only being separated on the X-count. It was a great finish to a tough day of shooting.

The Ladies division, although not producing the scores the shooters were hoping for, was also a tight competition, with Cherie Blake winning the Ladies National Championship by only one point from the ‘comeback queen’ (ex Bianchi Cup and World Champion) Robyn Ginger. Tiffany Piper, from New Zealand, placed third.

These National Championships were the final shoot for selection of the 2015 SSAA Bianchi Cup Team. The team members include Mark Blake, Craig Ginger, John Beck, Steve Schrader and Cherie Blake. The 2015 National Championships will be in Adelaide and will include the Open, Metallic and Production divisions contended.

Open Class by Grade
Grade Place Name Bar Bar-X Prac Prac-X Mov Mov-X FP FP-X Total Total-X Category
High Master 1 Mark Blake 480 45 480 42 480 29 480 48 1920 164  
  2 Brett Foster 480 46 480 44 478 31 480 48 1918 169  
  3 Nigel Gordon 480 43 480 36 478 38 480 48 1918 165  
  4 John Beck 480 41 480 36 478 27 480 48 1918 152  
  5 Ken Fowles 480 42 480 29 478 28 480 48 1918 147 Senior
  6 Brett Millard 480 48 480 42 476 29 480 48 1916 167  
  7 Adrian Berthelsen 480 43 478 28 478 33 480 48 1916 152  
  8 Steve Schader 480 46 476 35 478 29 480 48 1914 158  
  9 Craig Ginger 480 46 480 44 470 32 480 48 1910 170  
  10 Geoffrey Matthews 480 45 474 41 476 33 480 48 1910 167  
  11 David Bartlett 480 46 480 37 468 20 480 48 1908 151  
  12 Brenton Hayes 476 33 478 31 474 31 480 48 1908 143  
  13 Leon Ovens 480 40 470 35 475 30 480 48 1905 153 Senior
  14 Richard Siebert 478 45 474 40 471 28 480 48 1903 161  
  15 Robert Perry 480 39 478 29 463 26 480 48 1901 142  
  16 Allan Harriman 480 44 478 36 460 23 480 48 1898 151  
  17 Tony Drabsch 478 44 480 46 469 29 470 47 1897 166  
  18 Cherie Blake 470 34 462 25 476 27 480 48 1888 134 Lady
  19 Robyn Ginger 470 40 464 34 473 33 480 48 1887 155 Lady
  20 Chris Mathiou 478 36 474 27 465 25 470 47 1887 135  
  21 Josh Sweeny 480 48 478 37 446 31 480 48 1884 165  
  22 Iain Buchanan 474 37 478 34 460 25 470 47 1882 143 Senior
  23 Greg Van Borssum 480 38 453 20 461 21 470 47 1864 126  
  24 Karl Piper 480 45 480 44 452 31 450 45 1862 165  
Master 1 Ray Pulver 480 42 470 31 470 22 480 48 1900 143 Senior
  2 Trevor Wilkin 478 40 471 28 465 29 480 48 1894 136 Senior
Metallic Class
Grade Place Name Bar Bar-X Prac Prac-X Mov Mov-X FP FP-X Total Total-X Category
Master 1 Craig Ginger 476 33 478 36 465 30 480 48 1899 147  
Master 2 Nigel Gordon 462 23 476 39 476 27 480 48 1894 127  
Master 3 Greg Van Borssum 442 18 470 25 456 25 480 48 1848 116  
Master 4 Chris Mathiou 439 21 469 24 468 14 470 47 1846 106  
Master 5 Brenton Hayes 431 20 448 16 450 12 450 45 1779 93  
Expert 6 Leon Ovens 437 13 443 18 428 14 439 43 1738 88 Senior
Master 7 Richard Siebert 460 17 411 11 426 17 429 42 1717 87  
Expert 8 John Beck 414 19 405 8 425 13 420 42 1664 82  
Sharpshooter 9 Kevin White 386 12 399 9 413 13 329 32 1518 66 Senior
Sharpshooter 10 Robert Jones 409 13 352 6 403 9 320 32 1484 60 Senior
Expert 11 Trevor Wilkin 352 14 419 13 378 11 210 21 1359 59 Senior
Sharpshooter 12 Robert Perry 447 19 380 8 429 14 0 0 1256 41  
Metallic Production Class
Grade Place Name Bar Bar-X Prac Prac-X Mov Mov-X FP FP-X Total Total-X
Expert 1 Craig Ginger 460 18 450 17 472 27 400 40 1782 102
Marksman 2 Glenn Land 426 15 424 18 457 29 430 43 1737 96
Sharpshooter 3 Jim Staader 413 12 423 17 440 19 440 44 1716 92
Sharpshooter 4 Greg Van Borssum 443 16 426 29 437 18 400 40 1706 94
Sharpshooter 5 Richard Siebert 415 11 381 12 423 13 360 36 1579 72
Expert 6 Tony Drabsch 448 12 429 14 450 18 0 0 1327 44

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