Entries are now being taken for the 2018 AIR RIFLE Postal competition.
Both Men and Women now shoot 3 x 60-shot matches, with results due in to the TSNZ Office by 31st August.
Medals and prize money are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for both Men and Women, plus further prize money if entries allow. Matches can be shot on both paper and electronic targets, so there's nothing stopping everyone having a go! This is a great way to compare yourself to all the other Air Rifle shooters in NZ., so get your entry in and get shooting.
(Note that the earlier version of the Entry Form still had Women as shooting 3 x 40-shot matches. Since the ISSF Rule change on 1 January, this is now 3 x 60-shots).
Day 2 of the Nationals saw the TSNZ Air Rifle National Champions decided.
The men shot first, with Owen Bennett cementing his place as National Men’s Champion with a resounding win. Grant Sharman, being the only IPC entry, was only able to shoot with the men as a training match; it would be great to see more entries in the IPC National event in the future. Lachie McNair’s qualification score gained him the Junior Men’s title.
In the afternoon it was the turn of the women, and again this was a closely fought match, with the lead changing many times in the Final. Jessica Riddle picked up the pace in the second half to come out as National Women’s Champion, and also won the Junior Women’s title with her Qualification score.
Many thanks to all the helpers at the Totara Rd range, and to the shooters who coped so well with the heat.
The 2018 TSNZ National Championships kicked off today with the 10m Air Rifle events held at the Totara Rd MSRA Range.
The Women's match was hotly contested, with Jessica Riddle taking out the win only 0.3 points ahead of Chalm Davey. The Men's match had only one entry so was shot as a training match, and in the Open Prone, Ross Mason won first place. We look forward to seeing these shooters in action again tomorrow, at the National Champs matches.
8 keen Air Rifle shooters attended the two Air Rifle Designated Matches held in Palmerston North.
The best part of the weekend was Owen Bennett shooting a Commonwealth Games MQS on both days and backing it up with two great finals.
Although numbers were down we expected that to happen, with the shoot being held shortly after the Oceania Shooting Championships.
In the Awapuni Championship the Women’s Final provided a cliff hanger when Helen Freiman was in the lead until the 23rd shot when Jess Burgess-Smith drew level with both shooters on 226.2. The last shot saw Jess taking the Final by .1 from Helen.
Manawatu want to thank those Air Rifle Shooters that took part in this year’s shoot.
Day 2 at the Oceania/CSF event saw the Women's Air Rifle Match. Our 3 teams had some amazing competition in the match, with the top qualifier setting a Commonwealth record, and another Oceania record set in the Final of the Oceania match. The NZ A-Team took out the Bronze Oceania medal, and it was good to see some shooters in the B/C teams who were very happy with their own performances. The day was rounded out with PET for the Men's 50m and open training on the 50m range.
The first day of competition at the Commonwealth Shooting Federation (CSF) / Oceania Shooting Federation (OSF) event saw the Men's Air Rifle competition. Temperatures were not quite as bad as yesterday, but it was still a strain in the Air Rifle range to cope with the heat. The Teams event Gold Medal was taken out by Australia, with their team setting an Oceania record and Dane Sampson setting an Oceania and World record score in his Final, and the NZ A-Team won the Bronze.
PET (Pre Event Training) for the Womens Air Rifle followed, with their competition to be held the next day.
Once again we ran the match at the Parafed Auckland Shooting Club fully electronic range in Mt Eden and it was great to have a good number of shooters attend.
We thank all the shooters that came from out of town to attend. Many of the weekend’s shooters will be heading off to Brisbane in a few weeks to shoot at Oceania so it was great to see some good scores.
A special thank you to all our helpers on the weekend: Grant S and Mike J from Parafed who helped run the range, Dave Sheely for his help with the calling finals, and thank you for all his photos.
Julie & Nick
Results for the weekend
Auckland Designated – 7th Oct 2017
1st Chalm Davey
2nd Jessica Riddle
3rd Helen Freiman
1st Owen Bennett
2nd Rod Hill
3rd Nick Dyde
Mt Eden Designated – 8th Oct 2017
1st Chalm Davey
2nd Helen Freiman
3rd Jessica Riddle
1st Owen Bennett
2nd John Ke
3rd Nick Dyde
This is the first time this competition has been shot since 2008, and while there were few entiries this year, it is hoped that all our keen air rifle shooters will make a point of competing in 2018.
Shooting Postal matches is a great way to compare your skill to others throughout NZ!
With the increase in numbers of Air Rifle shooters lately, TSNZ has decided it is time to bring back the Postal Competition. This was last shot in 2008, when air rifle shooters were graded or handicapped on the basis of past competition scores. This time it is being kept simple - a Men's section with three 60-shot matches, and a Women's section with three 40-shot matches. This can be shot at ANY range, on paper or electronic targets, as long as there is a witness who has measured out the proper 10 metre distance on any non-TSNZ range used. So get in and have a go - could you be the first person in 9 years to get into the TSNZ Air Rifle record books?
The combined Manawatu Air and Air Rifle Nationals event held on 27-30 January in Palmerston North saw some excellent scores shot by our Air Rifle shooters. The atmosphere was great with the ISSF-approved music playlist being used throughout, and the clapping during the Finals added to the tension for the shooters.
It was good to see the entry numbers increasing in the Men's, Women's and Junior Women's sections; let's hope that the IPC and Junior Men's section entries can also increase in the same way in the future.
A number of Air Rifle Merit Award Badges were presented at the event, well done to those shooters who have scored in the next level up to receive their next badge. Details of names and badges to come.
Congratulations to all the winners, and many thanks to the organisers and helpers during the weekend.
2017 HIGH NOON AIR RIFLE & PISTOL POSTAL MATCH
As Parafed Auckland were the host of two TSNZ Designated Matches this year, we discovered that there are lots of ISSF (upright shooters) out there and most wanted to enter our High Noon competition once they heard about it. There are also the JDS squad and several pistol clubs that have expressed interest.
So here it is. I encourage you to all register and join the fun of the competition. Entries need to be in as soon as possible because the first round is at the end of January. However remember that out of the 11 rounds, only your top 8 scores are counted. This lets you miss up to 3 rounds, so if you're away on holiday in January, it doesn't matter.
A handicap system will be run as explained in the Rules and this is for ALL shooters, including IPC. It's a fun match, and as such allows for some guess work on your part and a chance to be a top shooter.
So, Happy Christmas and before too much time goes by, (in fact now) fill out the form and email it in.
Ronan Murphy is 2017 Competition Controller so the entries need to be sent to Ronan
nd cc'd to me (Robert Berger, Parafed Auckland):
CONGRATULATIONS to the
2016 High Noon Winners:
2017 High Noon
Entry Form and Rules: