The day started off with some pretty heavy rain while some of us had our last cup of tea and others were already on the road to attend the Memorial/MacGillivray Match on the Batouche Range at CFB Gagetown. By the time we were all gathered at the range, however, The rain had stopped, the clouds were breaking up and the sun was beginning to shine. This progressed throughout the day to become a steady sun with only few clouds and temperatures easily approaching 20C. All in all, a perfect day for a match.
The wind was a bit of a different story - it blew and blew! Most left to right but sometimes down range. Some of the flags would be consistent while others gave a very different indication. One flag blew loose while another became wrapped around the pole.
This Match, under the capable direction of Match Director, Don Coleman, who was also the RSO, was attended by 14 shooters who came from many areas in the province. Bouctouche, Shippegan, the Moncton area, the Fredericton area, the Saint John area and even Grand Manan Island. A big "welcome" to Matt Lambert on his first day out.
The Match consisted of one relay at 800m and 2 relays at 900m. The 800m and the first 900m ranges were shot under "Coached" conditions, while the
last 900m was an individual match for score. We paired up to coach for wind and elevation - a "serious excercise in what the . . was that?" or "I sure didn't see that change". We learned a lot about calling difficult wind conditions and the poor shooter had to tolerate large groups.
But such is the learning experience.
We did much better, we thought, in the individual match where we controlled our destiny - at least we had to take "credit" for our wind calls and scores. We thought our groups were smaller at least.
INDIVIDUAL MATCH RESULTS -- TR CLASS:
Don Coleman - 70V5
Mike Lutes - 69V4
Mark McMullin - 67V3
INDIVIDUAL MATCH RESULTS -- FO/BR CLASS:
George Cook - 51V0
INDIVIDUAL MATCH RESULTS -- FTR CLASS
Adam MacDonald - 66V3
Matt Wolf - 65V1
Matt Lambert - 65V0
Paul Bastarache - 63V2
Ron Mason - 61V1
John McCluskey - 60V4
Bert deVink - 59V2
Francis Bezeau - 59V1
Gordon Holloway - 58V0
Harrison Brown - 44V1
|L>R: Don Coleman (TR) Adam MacDonald (FTR)|