FIVE members of the Tumut Branch of Sporting Shooters Association of Australia recently attended the “True Grit” competition hosted by Southern Highlands Branch at the Range in Belanglo State Forest with an impressive showing by two of its junior members, Brooklyn Randall and Rebecca Dean.
The first day of competition was Pistol Calibre and Brooklyn had only shot the event once before, achieving an A Grade classification.
This time she was using a borrowed rifle, a .22 calibre Magnum and therefore her scores of 20, 25 and 28 are to be commended.
Rebecca shot with a .357 calibre Marlin rifle and her scores of 30, 31 and 33 were all Personal Bests, giving her an aggregate of 94 to win AA Grade and moving her to AAA the next time she competes. Rebecca came first in the under 18 Juniors and also third in the OPEN class.
Day two was the Smallbore competition and both girls used Gold Plated Winchester 94 Cheyenne rifles. Brooklyn, competing in AA Grade, scored 22, 25 and 28 for a total of 75/120 and earning her first place in under 15 Juniors.
Rebecca shot 33, 29, 24, giving her a final score of 86/120 and winning Under 18 Juniors. Rebecca tied in third place for AAA grade requiring a shoot off with fellow Tumut shooter Paul Schuhkraft. Paul won the shoot off with Rebecca, taking fouth place.
The other three members of the Branch who attended were Brett Randall, Graeme Whatman and Paul Schuhkraft.
Their scores were:
Graeme 34, 29, 27 = 90/120 third in M Grade
Brett 26, 35, 20 = 71
Paul 27, 20, 13 = 60
Graeme 33, 37, 32 = 102/120 second M Grade
Brett 33, 34, 33 = 100/first AAA Grade
Paul 26, 28, 32 = 86/third AAA Grade
Three members of the branch achieved top 10 placings in the True Grit Championship
Graeme Whatman 192/240 3rd
Rebecca Dean 180/240 fifth
Brett Randall 171/240 seventh
Once scores were added for the two days, Brooklyn was presented with the first place trophy for Under 15 years Junior with a score of 148/240.
Rebecca’s final score for the two days was 180, gaining her the Under 18 Junior Trophy and a final placing in the Open Class of fifth overall.
Tumut Branch is extremely proud of these two juniors and will watch with interest as they continue to improve.
“Her (Rebecca) first place in the open class was exceptional. Her older sister Melissa has been a representative of Australia over in America and their mother was a representative of both Australia and New Zealand in shooting.
“There is definitely talent in the families, Brooke’s father Brett has represented Australia in shooting, so they both have the pedigree,” Whatman said.