Competitions & Results.
Here you can find information on the many competitions that WASRA, affiliated clubs and other organisations run.
Various state records are also recorded here.
The most recent competitions are listed on this page. (See below).
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2009 Nationals From A Benchrest Viewpoint
Having just returned from TRA’s Nationals hosted by SA, I have to say that they were probably the best that Regina & I have attended. We have not been to Adelaide for some years and witnessed a lot of changes for the better. Whilst there will always be those who differ somewhat, I believe the Nationals were well organised and run with a minimum of fuss. Their shop is well stocked for all facets of our sport and very well managed by Ron Maine and it is a credit to Ron and the South Australian Association.
Other people have already reported on the wonderful results of all who were successful in the Olympic events, so I will simply add my congratulations to all and in particular, Robyn Van Nus (WA) and Thomas Versace (Qld) for having a wonderfully successful Nationals. Best wishes to all who are travelling to various parts of the World, in their endeavours as we head towards 2012 and London.
The other aspect of the Adelaide Nationals was the significance in the increased numbers of Benchrest shooters and the sophistication of the equipment used by members in their quest to achieve the perfect result. And there were a lot of perfect results achieved. There were seventeen 600’s to be exact in both 50m and 20m.
From a purely coaching viewpoint, Benchrest cements the importance of several teaching aspects. Firstly, position set-up, rhythm, technique, reading the weather conditions and lastly, having the patience to wait for the best conditions, which will give the very best result.
Bill Collaros and daughter Simone (16) from NSW were a delight to observe. Out of an aggregate total of 2400 points each, Simone recorded 2399, while Bill returned 2394. Bill, having represented Australia in Benchrest shooting, has encouraged Simone to become probably even better at the sport than he. More important though, both were extremely generous in helping others by offering suggestions regarding equipment and shooting technique.
I have no doubt that their comments to WA’s Benchrest team, contributed to our shooters going about their task quietly and recording a number of great results, including a total of 15 Personal Bests. Barry Cowburn was a season campaigner. Geraldton’s Ian and daughter Zoe Filgate (15) with Jeanette in support, together with Bob and Val Sjepcevich, all making the trip to Adelaide for their first away Nationals completed the Benchrest team. All were a standout and I couldn’t be more proud of them.
Scores 120 shot 50m Championship:
Bob Sjepcevich 583 & 573 for 1156 (PB) (23rd A Grade)
Ian Filgate 598 (PB) & 589 for 1187 (PB) (5th B Grade),
Barry Cowburn 590 & 595 for 1185 (PB) (7th B Grade),
Zoe Filgate 590(PB) & 593(PB) for 1183 (PB) (3rd C Grade, 4th Junior & 5th Women)
Scores Air Rifle:
Ian Filgate 574 (PB) (7th)
Zoe Filgate 570 (PB) (8th, 2nd B Grade, 3rd Junior)
Scores Dual Range: 20 metres 50 metres Total
Barry Cowburn 600 (PB) 596 1196 (PB) 10th/48
Ian Filgate 600 (PB) 586 1186 (PB) 35th/48
Zoe Filgate 597 (PB) 569 1166 (PB) 45th/48, 9th C Grade, 6th Junior & 9th Women
Bob Sjepcevich 576 582 1158 (PB) 8th Demonstration Class 1
Zoe turned 15 on the day of the 50m Dual range stage, when the conditions on her detail were very difficult indeed and simply beat her on the day. However, Zoe learnt a lot on that one detail. Firstly not to panic, then the procedure for permission from the range staff, to be able to come off and back on the Firing Point after talking with her coach, when things are not going well, how to assess when to make sight changes to offset any difficult mirage, to be composed and patient and finally, not to let the loveliness of a birthday detract from her performance.
It is difficult to believe that less than 12 months ago at the Northern District Championships, when I knew that Zoe was shooting out of the wrong shoulder and not performing consistently well, that she has now with hard work, turned that all around by winning The Junior category in that event, the 2008 Junior State Postal and the 2008 State Junior Championships, setting and breaking several State Records.
We continue to coach together, via email with Ian’s assistance, plus other coaching material when face to face, which will also be of assistance for her competitive swimming and academic studies. When Regina and I go up for this year’s Northern District Championship, Zoe will have the new TRA Diary to help her even further, together with perhaps some coaching notes on Prone.
Having been a former military instructor in the Theory of Small Arms Fire, for several years and involved in the coaching of all Smallbore rifle disciplines in WA for over 20 years, I do find it terribly disappointing generally, when I observe young members on the firing point at Nationals who have very little chance of performing to their true potential, simply because they have glaring Technical faults with their shooting position, because their position has never been established correctly right from the start, nor has the position been continuingly adjusted, as their young bodies develop.
Consequently, one observes and hears their body language as they try to perform well in conditions that were quite testy in Adelaide to say the least. I realize that not everyone can be privy to the exposure of the AISL High Performance programs, but it does make one wonder, what would happen if these Technical, Physical, Intellectual and Emotional faults, had been corrected at their clubs prior to venturing into National Championships.
If nothing else, it would increase our stocks of potential international representatives and allow our young members the opportunity to enjoy the experience of being selected in the very best Australian teams for International events. The irony however is, if I am present in Sydney next year, very little will have changed from what I saw this year and in years past, presuming that some members will still be active at that time.
Look things over, don't overlook things!
Was shot on the 26th of April, 2008. Was a small turnout but nice day out with the weather holding off. BBQ and raffle held after the shoot was enjoyed by all.
The main winners of each division were as follows:
Fifty Metre Prone
A Grade: Norm Abbot - Anschütz 1813 with barrel extension.
B Grade: Richard Kopp - Anschütz 1813
C Grade: Tony Breag - Anschütz 1411
D Grade: Andrew Sevelj - Anschütz 1913
Graham Jeffery - Anschütz 1407 with 18x Bushnell scope.
(More details and scores soon).