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NATIVES RIFLE CLUB TROPHY PRESENTATION DINNER 2014

Following  on from its breakup shoot on December 13, 2014 the Natives Rifle Club held its Trophy Presentation dinner at the QRA Club

NATIVES RIFLE CLUB CHAMPIONS 2014


Kim O'Loghlen - A Grade Champion (File Photo)

L to R: George Constantinou (F-Class Open), Wayne Latham (F-Class Std), Garry Henderson (B Grade), Markku Ahonen (C Grade)

The company was enjoyable and so was the food (wasn't it, Shaun)



The trophies were presented to the winners by Steve Smith's happy wife, Maree

L to R: Markku Ahonen, Emile Daniel, George Constantinou

L to R: Wayne Latham, Garry Henderson, Tom Canty

L to R: Jeff Leung, Shaun Connolly, Wendy Latham
 
L to R: Brian Pickles, Leigh Marett, John Caske

L to R: Daniel Cullen, Debbie Gauld

To top off the night, it was Captain John Menzel and lovely wife, Anne's, 39th Wedding Anniversary!

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE TROPHY WINNERS

GOOD SHOOTING TO ALL CLUB MEMBERS IN 2015
 


NATIVES RIFLE CLUB CHRISTMAS BREAKUP 2014

The Natives Rifle Club held it's traditional Christmas breakup shoot on Saturday, December13, 2014 followed by refreshments
and presentation of "Secret Santa" gifts and Christmas hams to the winners of each grade on the day.

 
Captain John Menzel reads out the scores from the day's shoot with members receiving a Secret Santa gift

 

Sorry Captain John, I don't think Shaun left anything for you (see photo above)

Well, at least the "real" Santa made it to the party again this year!
 
 




Brian Pickles is a Natives Rifle Club member
 



Don Thompson, Peter Scovell & John Caske are Natives Rifle Club members

CARINA LEAGUES CLUB ANNUAL TROPHY DINNER - November 1st, 2014

Members of the Natives Rifle Club enjoyed a very sociable evening when the Carina Leagues Club held their annual trophy dinner to honour winners in their sponsored sports

 
Left: George Constantinou - F/Class Standard;  Right: Kate Menzel - B Grade Target Rifle
 
Left: Marcia Canty - C Grade Target Rifle
Right: Daniel Adams - Encouragement Award - He really doesn't need any!

Kim O'Loghlen and Club Captain, John Menzel, present a  framed Native Club Polo Shirt to the Carina Leagues Club in acknowledgement of
the Carina Leagues Club's support in recent years.

Left: Marcia and Tom Canty;
Right: The Adams Family :)

 
Left: George Constantinou and Kate, Anne and John Menzel
Right: George Constantinou and Kate and John Menzel
 
Left: George Constantinou and Kate Menzel
Right: What's going on here?  Wendy Latham and Steve Smith getting up close and personal!!!!

 

AUSTRALIAN VETERANS TARGET RIFLE TEAM



The Australian Veteran's Full-bore Target Rifle team travelled to Camp Perry in Ohio, USA in August
to compete in the international veterans teams matches.

Australia won the Gold medal in the Commodore Perry 4 member teams match by one point from Great Britain.

John Caske (2nd from left)  is a member of the Natives Rifle Club
 

HEXTA ELECTRONIC TARGETS ADOPTED BY BELMONT CLUBS

 Saturday, October 18, 2014 was a historical day for clubs on the Belmont rifle range when a syndicate of rifle clubs, including the Natives Rifle Club, pooled their financial resources, with the valuable assistance of a State government grant, to successfully introduced electronic targets to the  range on a permanent basis.  Electronic targets purchased by the QRA have been used on the range intermittently on previous occasions but this is the first permanent adoption of electronic target systems replacing manual target marking.  A second syndicate of clubs is working to introduce more electronic targets in the near future.

The Hexta-002 target system ( www.hexsystems.com.au ) was chosen by the clubs and is a modern system which has proved very successful elsewhere in Australia.

The system basically comprises a target fitted with 8 sound sensors around the target perimeter which record the passage of the bullet and triangulates its point of impact on the target.  A CPU unit uses a dedicated wi-fi system to transfers this data to a computer server at the butts which in turn relays the data to a server at the mound and from there to monitors used by both the shooter and the scorer.  The data is depicted on the monitors as a hit on a target image while at the same time the value of the shot is displayed and announced by an electronic voice. 

A feature of the system is that the wi-fi network allows anyone with a electronic device such as a smart phone, tablet or laptop to view any of the targets from anywhere on the range.  Every shooters' score is recorded on the server and, at this early stage of the installation, the day's data is uploaded to the website at the end of the day after which it can be viewed on the website.  The Hexta system at Belmont will be capable of streaming the information live to the web by the end of this year.


Targets are up for sighting purposes only (Red flag - do not shoot!)
The targets are 8 feet wide x 6 feet tall for all ranges.


Left: Shooter's monitor - no shots yet fired.  Right: Scorer's monitor

Example of a completed shoot as displayed on the monitor (It was a tough day, Kev!)

This screen dump photo is shown at the smallest zoom. 

The shooter and the scorer can zoom to magnify the size of the image.

The shooter can view the monitors of shooters either side of him by continuously touching the "Look" icon.

As Natives club captain, John Menzel, said this is probably the most significant change to our sport in the last 100 years and probably in the entire history of the sport.

The use of electronic targets is not new.  It has been around for many years in one form or other (especially in small bore shooting) and has matured, as all new technology does.  

It is an exciting time for shooters on the Belmont range and we look forward to consolidating our experiences with the new technology and becoming more comfortable with it's use into the future.

The 2018 Commonwealth Games shooting disciplines will be conducted at the Belmont range and it is expected that the Hexta electronic target system will have proved itself robust enough to be used in the full-bore shooting competition in those Games.
 


NATIVES CLUB MEMBERS IN WINNING LADIES STATE TEAM



The Queensland Ladies Rifle Team won all the major trophies at the National Ladies Teams Matches
at the Swanbourne Rifle Range in Perth, WA on September 22 and 23, 2014.

This photo shows the happy team with the Medlands Match trophy won by a margin of 9 points from NSW.

L to R:  Helen Griffiths, Kristy Martin, Cathy Smith (Coach), Sharona Muxlow, Kate Menzel, Wendy Latham (Captain)

Sharona, Kate and Wendy are members of the Natives Rifle Club.
 

GOONDIWINDI PRIZE MEETING

September 6 and 7, 2014

Natives Rifle Club member, Brian Pickles, finished 3rd in the F-Class
Standard two-day aggregate.


Brian Pickles receives his badge from QRA President, Andrew Mayfield

CONGRATULATIONS, BRIAN
 
QUEENSLAND RIFLE ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONSHIPS - 2014

The Natives Rifle Club members were very prominent in the trophy lists at the QRA Championships for 2014 fired over five days from August 12th to 16th.


Don Thompson, Markku Ahonen & Wayne Latham with their Duncan Series Badges
(Kim O'Loghlen also won a Duncan badge)

A happy bunch of Queens Badge winners
L to R:  Marcia Canty, Sharona Muxlow, Kate Menzel, Markku Ahonen, Wayne Latham.
John Menzel, George Constantinou, Leigh Marett, Luke Baker, Jeff Leung.

Left: George Constantinou receives his F-Class Standard Queens Perpetual trophy from Governor Paul de Jersey
Right: Wayne Latham - F-Class Standard A Grade Grand Aggregate winner

C'mon flags - make up your mind, which way do you want to fly?
For much of the QRA 2014 Championships it was either like this or strong 11 o'clock winds - except on the last day when it rained!
 
 Left:  Brian (Pirate) Pickles;  Right: Tom Canty concentrating on scoring


Natives Mug Shots!  - L to R:  Peter Scovell, Luke Baker, Kevin Howlett (Aren't you on sick leave?)


Left:  Leigh Marett (what's he hidding?);  Right:  Kim O'Loghlen smiling because he hasn't shot yet!

Left:  El Capitano John Menzel;  Right:  Don "The Major" Thompson on scoring duties

Marcia Canty (L) and Markku Ahonen (R) collected several range and aggregate trophies each.
 
 Left: Kate Menzel in the grove and on the way to collect both a Duncan and Queens Aggregate badge
Right: Sharona Muxlow happily displays her Queens Stage aggregate badge and range medallion
 
Left: Sharona Muxlow B Grade Queens 2nd Badge;  Right: Kate Menzel B Grade Queens 11th Badge

Left:  John "The Peoples' Captain" A Grade 40th Queens Badge; Right: Luke Baker 3rd C Grade Queens Badge

Left; George Constantinou delivers his victory speech foe winning F-Class Std A Grade Queens
Right: George Constantinou and Kate Menzel share the love of winning Queens badges

Left: Kate the photo "bomber" and Wayne Latham protecting his trophy collection
Right:  What's this about "Friendly" club rivalry?

2014 QRA Queens A Grade Winner, Helen Griffith receives the traditional chairing ceremony on the way to the trophy presentations.  Congratulations, Helen
 

BRISBANE RIFLE CLUB PRIZE MEETING
Saturday 9/8/14


Natives Rifle Club members display their badges won at the Brisbane Rifle Club Prize Meeting.
Captain, John Menzel, centre, displays the Q-Store voucher won by the Club for the club with
most members in attendance (14 Natives members).

CRAIG MELDRUM AND BRIAN PICKLES WIN TWICE WITHIN TWO WEEKS!

Left: Craig Meldrum proudly displays his C Grade winning badge
Right:  QRA EO, Michael Denton, presents Brian Pickles with the F-Class Std A grade trophy.
 

NEW MEMBERS WELCOMED

The Natives Rifle Club is always delighted to welcome new members and father and son,  Adam and Daniel Cullen, have enthusiastically taken up the challenges of
F-Class Shooting in the last few months and they are quick learners and great assets to the Club.

Below:  Adam and Daniel Cullen
Top F-Class scorers for the Club in the 800 yards Fixtures on Saturday, July 26, 2014
Adam and Daniel also top-scored in F-Class Std on Saturday, August 2, 2014 with only a single super-centre separating their scores.



Husband and wife, Alex and Debbie Gauld pictured below, have been very recently welcomed to the Club and have already shown great potential in the F-Class discipline.  There is little doubt that their enthusiasm and willingness to learn will soon see them challenging the more established "scopies" in the Club.


Go Natives - You Rock!!!
 


IPSWICH PRIZE MEETING - June 27, 2014

Natives Rifle Club members were well represented at the Ipswich Prize Meeting and came away with a good haul of the range and aggregate prizes.

The day was a beautiful Queensland winters day but still proved challenging enough to catch the unwary with subtle changes.


The targets were bright and clear in the afternoon at 800 meters but very dark and gloomy early in the day at  600 meters.


The Natives Club won major aggregates though the great shooting of members at both ends of the experience spectrum.
Left:  Craig Meldrum, in his first shoot away from his home range at Belmont won the C Grade Aggregate.
Right:  Brian Pickles, a seasoned veteran, shot a remarkable 60.7 at 800 meters in F-Class Standard to take out that aggregate.


Line up of Natives badge winners:
L: Darryl Stewart - F-Class Std B 4th, Brian Pickles - F-Class Std A 1st, Wendy Latham - A Grade 10th,
Craig Meldrum - C Grade Aggregate 1st, Wayne Latham - F- Class Std A 5th.


L to R: George Constantinou checking his sight; Kate Menzel very happy with her 49.4 at 800 meters.

Left: Garry Henderson;  Right: Emile Daniel

 Left: Wendy Latham - First 600m range A Grade winner - 50.8
Right: Darryl Stewart - F-Class Std B 800m winner - 57.2
 


BEAUDESERT PRIZE MEETING - June 6, 2014

Twelve Natives club members travelled to Beaudesert for their annual Prize Meeting held in magnificent Queensland winter weather.


The Beaudesert Rifle Range looking a pretty as a picture

Brian and Maree Pickles (L) and Wendy Latham (R) relaxing behind the firing point.

L: John Caske ready to shoot; R: Darryl Stewart waits his turn.

Steve Smith at 500 yards
 

NRAA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2014

Late afternoon shadows on the range (Photo by Markku Ahonen)

Left: Competitors at 600 yards as viewed from the 700 yard mound presently under reconstruction.
Right:  Competitors on the firing mound.

Left: George Constantinou & Steve Smith; Right: Garry Henderson

Left: David Warland on aim; Right: Wayne Latham

Left: Leigh Marett and Brian Pickles; Right: Luke Baker and Jeff Leung

Left: Kevin Howlett; Right: John Caske

Luke Baker is rightfully very happy about his first every possible, an excellent 50.7 at 900 yards.


Left: Markku Ahonen & Garry Henderson with range and aggregate trophies
Right: Markku Ahonen and Garry Henderson with their C Grade and B Grade Queens trophies and badges

L to R: Kim O'Loghlen, Garry Henderson and Markku Ahonen display their Queens and Grand Aggregate badges

 

NATIVES RIFLE CLUB 2014 PRIZE MEETING

The Natives Rifle Club Annual Prize Meeting
was held on the Duncan Rifle Range complex at Belmont on the weekend of June 14th and 15th.


Weather conditions on the Saturday were overcast with light winds and rain threatening but which did not eventuate. 
The sun shone brightly on Sunday for the long ranges but cool winds freshened from 2.30 o'clock and changed quickly in speed and direction, playing havoc with the scores.


A beautiful day on the Belmont range in Brisbane - Why would you want to be anywhere else?

L to R:  Garry Henderson enjoying his scoring detail, Kim O'Loghlen contemplates the challenges of the day.

L to R: Bill Broome keeps an eye on proceedings, Darrell Stewart takes his turn at scoring.

L: Emile Daniel prepares his shooting bench under the watchful eye of Kevin Howlett,
 R: Peter Scovell packs up after his shoot - was he happy or not?

L to R:  Chief Range Officer, Dominic Whalan, running a tight ship over competitors on the firing mound.

Recently appointed QRA Chief Executive, Michael Denton (Middle) presenting trophies with Natives Rifle Club captain, John Menzel (Right).
Left: Mirko Teglasi (Brisbane) A Grade winner, Right: Heather Jamieson (Mungindi) B Grade winner.

Left: Jeff Leung (Natives) C Grade winner,  Right: Mark Fairbairn (Cannon Hill) F/TR winner.

 Left: Brent Noble (Ipswich) F-Class Std A winner, Right: Josh Reid (Ipswich) F-Class Std B winner.

Left:  Lindsay Crombie (Brisbane) F-Class Open winner.
Right: David Brown (Crows Nest) winner of the Keith Affleck Belt shot over 1000 yards between the top 10 TR competitors in the Prize Meeting.

Left: Natives Club members relaxing after a good day's work!
Right: Natives Club members proudly showing off their well-earned loot!

WELL DONE, NATIVES. YOU'VE EXCELLED AGAIN!  YOU ROCK!
 

TIM BERRY SECOND IN NORTH QLD QUEENS

Congratulations to Natives Rifle Club Member, Tim Berry,
who won number 2 badge in the NQRA 2014 Queens.

Tim's score of 398.36 included some fine shooting in the First Stage (150.16) and Second Stage (150.10). Tim was beaten by Jim Bailey of Holsworthy RC with a score of 399.45.



Tim Berry displays his number 2 NQRA Queens badge
 


NATIVES CLUB MEMBERS AMONGST TROPHIES AT WARWICK

Marcia Canty, was the stand-out performer for the Natives Club at the DDDRA Prize Meeting
at Warwick on May 17 and 18, 2014.



Marcia Canty displays just some of her loot from Warwick

Brian Pickles (F-Std A), Marcia Canty (B Grade) and Emile Daniel (F-Open)

Left: George Constantinou on aim; Right: Brian Pickles studies the conditions

Left: Emile Daniel prepares to shoot; Right: Wendy Latham on aim

Left: George Constantinou and Kate Menzel; Right: Marcia and Tom Canty

Left: George Constantinou and Emile Daniel keep an eye down range
Right: Emile Daniel makes himself comfortable while scoring

 

BRIAN PICKLES WINS MUCKADILL PRIZE MEETING F-CLASS STD AGGREGATE

Brian Pickles of the Natives Club won the Muckadilla F-Class Std Aggregate at Muckadilla on the weekend by two points
 on the back of an impressive seven point win in the second day long range aggregate over 800 and 900 yards.

Brian Pickles receives his trophies from QRA President, Andrew Mayfield

Brian's impressive 61.4 at 900 yards was a big help in winning both the Long-Range and Grand Aggregates

Natives Club member, Emile Daniel, was counted out into second place in the F-Class Open Aggregate


Brian Pickles and Emile Daniel display their badges at Muckadilla
 

WONDAI PRIZE MEETING


Wondai Prize Meeting Grade Winners
L to R: Brian Pickles (F-Class Std), Wendy Latham (A Grade), Kevin Howlett (B-Grade)
 

L to R: Wendy Latham happy with 50.5 at 700 yards to win the A Grade Aggregate

L to R: Brian Pickles sends one on the way to the X ring while Kevin Howlett spots the shot; Brian's 60.5 at 500 yards
 
Brian Pickles and his No.1 F-Class Std badge; Wendy Latham receiving the Gordon Islaub Perpetual trophy as A Grade winner

L to R: Kevin Howlett happy with a 49 at 500 yards; Kevin flashing his No. 1 B Grade badge, Emile Daniel & Kevin Howlett

Competitors on the mound; Wondai range looking a picture after recent good rains.

 
 

 
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