2021 TSNZ Outdoor National Championships
22nd - 27th February 2021, in Christchurch
Scroll down for daily reports from the Outdoor Nationals - Day 1 is at the bottom, Day 6 at the top.
Pictures from the Awards Ceremony will be coming soon.
Day 6 (27th Feb), the final day of the 2021 Outdoor Nationals in Christchurch again hit us with drizzle and still conditions. While we enjoyed the still (unusual for Christchurch), the low light that came along with the drizzle made sighting hard for some. The day started with the Slazenger team shooting, all 22 of them at one time. The 10 Wakefield members were also part of this group, and the scores from these matches will be shared with our opponents in Australia (for the Slazenger) and the UK (Wakefield) for them to shoot their scores during their upcoming outdoor season (hopefully, Covid allowing).
The 7 Juniors who were not in these teams but were part of the Junior Drew teams against the UK came next, and this was followed by the Association Team shoot. This one is always a bit of fun, with the 3 members scoping each other and plenty of banter involved.
The event was topped off by the Awards Ceremony and Dinner at the Hornby Club. Congratulations to all those who won or were placed in their events – there’s nothing quite like going home with a medal or a trophy to make a shooter want to come back again!
Many thanks to Canterbury Outdoor Target Shooting members whose hard work made the 2021 Outdoor Nationals possible, and to all the other shooters who pitched in with anything from marking to scoping to target changing when asked.
We look forward to seeing everyone again at the 2022 Outdoor Nationals in Trentham (north of Wellington).
Photos of the Awards Ceremony to come.
Day 5 (26th Feb) gave us the one version of the weather we had been missing so far. It rained. OK, it only drizzled, but it was still wet. The Randle Trophy shoot was a real team effort, and a huge thank you goes to the range builders, the targets hangers, the shot spotters and the NZDA range officers. The Women’s team has again posted an outstanding score, helped by the still conditions, with Denva Wren taking out the top spot with 400.34. The total is being kept under wraps for now as our overseas opponents from USA and UK will shoot later in the year.
The Mens Qualification match was being shot at the same time as the Randle, with light conditions switching both ways that had more effect than expected. Ryan had another great shoot with 625.4. The Final also had some great shooting – congratulations to new shooter Dave Thompson who took out the 24 shot elimination final by 0.3 points ahead of Ryan. Dean Fincham also had an outstanding final, coming in third.
The day finished up for the Prone shooters with the North vs South match. Congratulations to the North Island for their win by 44.2 points. Top scorer was Janet Hunt with 617.0.
The Benchrest shooters also finished up their competition today, with Russell Henshaw winning the event with an outstanding score of 1587.117 from a possible 1600.160. It was great to see so many competitors in the Benchrest competition this year.
The last day of the Nationals tomorrow will see the Slazenger, Wakefield and Drew matches being shot, along with the Association Teams match. We finish up with photos, dinner and presentations in the evening.
Day 4 (25th Feb) at the Outdoor Nationals and the temperature dropped down to more normal levels. The wind was still with us though and continued to be challenging for many. The Womens Championship Match was shot first today, congratulations to Shania for another winning performance.
The day continued with the Men’s two Elimination Matches. The top ten scorers from each of these matches progress onto the Men’s Qualification match tomorrow morning.
During the afternoon the women who qualified for the Randle team made their way to the NZDA range to sight in for the 50 yard and 100 yard distances that they will be shooting tomorrow - thanks to all those who helped out with that interesting exercise.
With the Graded and Championship matches now complete, team selection for the Island, Slazenger, Wakefield and Drew teams is now possible. Don’t forget to check if you’ve made a team, and to be there to shoot if you have.
The Benchrest scores continue to astound the prone shooters - how on earth can anyone score 399.29 in those conditions? Fantastic shooting by Russell Henshaw on Day 3 of the benchrest competition.
Day 3 (24th Feb). OK, perhaps yesterday saying we would have no more dust storms was tempting fate. The wind really got up again today, the crazy flags and dust flying over the range resulted in some pretty traumatised shooters, and we hit 35 degrees by going home time around 3pm. There was still some fantastic shooting, with Ryan and Shania again showing us all how it should be done.
With today being the second of the two Graded Matches, we now also have the Graded Aggregate scores available. Island and National team selections are based on this plus the National Champs match scores which will be shot tomorrow.
The Benchrest shooters also suffered in the wind today. Back from an enforced break, Craig O’Brien started the day with 100.9 and 100.6 – what a great way to return to the sport!
Day 2 (23rd Feb) started off cold and calm, and by the time the 3rd squad had shot it was hot (32 degrees) and windy, with the added challenge of dust storms blowing over the range from the Pistol building site next door. We're happy to hear that the trucks will now be staying away for the rest of the week, so hopefully there'll be no repeats of this.
The first part of the Graded Match was shot today, along with the start of the Benchrest competition. There was also some hard work going on behind the scenes over on the NZDA range to set up targets for the Women’s Randle Match – many thanks to Martin, Robbie, and Murphy for taking this on.
Day 1 (22nd Feb) of the 2021 TSNZ Outdoor Nationals hosted by Canterbury Outdoor Target Shooting Club in Christchurch has started well - the weather was kind, the programme ran to time, and there were lots of willing helpers during the day.
The 3P match was first up, with Owen Bennett setting a cracking pace to score 1150 in the Qualification round – only 6 points shy of the National record that has stood since 2006 (David Grummitt, set at the Ardmore Nationals). He followed up by winning the Men's Final, ahead of Ian and Shaun. Jess Burgess-Smith topped the Qualification in the Women’s 3P, with Helen Freiman taking out the Final.
Prone shooters had their first match today, with the Badge Match squads running either side of the 3P Final. Conditions were good with a consistent north-easterly and just a bit of mirage. Grade winners were Ryan Taylor in A Grade, David Thompson in B Grade, Jolie Thompson in C Grade and Ryan Booth in D Grade.
PRE- EVENT INFORMATION:
Update 18 February 2021
Wasn't that great news last night that Auckland moves to Alert Level 2, and the rest of the country to Alert Level 1!
We can now revert back to our planning and running of the TSNZ Nationals under much more 'normal' conditions. When you are here next week, you will still see several standard COVID controls in place, QR code/contact tracing, sanitiser etc, but thankfully the physical distancing, daily health check etc are now not required to be fully implemented.
Just in case we have the Alert Level change at all whilst we are together, we will have additional controls 'at the ready' in case we need to deploy them.
We still request that you do not travel or attend if you are unwell with any COVID or flu like symptoms. Stay home and contact Healthline for advice.
I know many of you are keen to see the mound draw for the week, please find this attached. If you find any obvious issues - like 'I'm not squadded, but entered the event...' OR 'my grade is wrong'... please let me know so that we can make any amendments.
The final mound draws will be posted on the wall at the range during the week - which will incorporate any mound shuffles due to equipment breakdowns; if we have missed any athletes or have late entries.
For the bench rest shooters, you are able to 'self-squad' and this will be done at the range, the squad sheets will be available from Monday for you to do this near the bench rest mounds.
Safe travels everyone, and see you next week (or some as soon as Sunday).
Update 15 February 2021
Canterbury Outdoor Target Shooting Club are able to still run the 2021 TSNZ Outdoor Nationals safely whilst the area operates at Alert Level 2. There will be sufficient controls in place to create a safe event. There may need to be additional information that goes to the competitors, but we will wait to see what the updates are over the coming days. If there is the need to ament any events and/or mound draws, competitors will be advised.
Entrants can be confident that they can still travel from all Alert Level 2 locations to compete. For those in Alert Level 3 locations, their further specific restrictions must apply.
It is now extremely important that if any one has any COVID like symptoms, that they remain at home, self isolate and contact Healthline.
Any and all updates will be placed on the TSNZ website as soon as they are available.
Please get your entries in to the Canterbury Outdoor Target Shooting Club by 5th February 2021 - entries after that date will incur a late fee.
Note that while all efforts are being made to held this event as planned, it is possible that Covid-19 requirements may mean changes are needed.
If this does happen, as much notice as possible of any changes will be given.