Liz and Murray bravely decided to shoot all days and seek out a masseur on the final day if bodies gave up in despair. Warrnambool is south-west of Melbourne along the Great Ocean Road. The range is right by the ocean and faces south towards the southern ocean. Normally it should have been a pleasant warm experience. Unfortunately gale force winds and cold weather (including rain) prevailed. On Day 1 the winds were so strong it blew targets clear off the frames and the shoot had to be cancelled after one range.
Liz had to have her first shoot-off when her score tied with another shooter’s (even down to super centres) on Day 3 short ranges (300, 500 and 600 y). She lost the shoot-off to Leigh Mietzke (Karamomus Club), but got second for the short range aggregate, as well as first for the 300 and 500 ranges. Murray won the 600 yard range and came overall 2nd in the 4 Day Grand Aggregate. Liz was third.
It was a real fun competition and the range offered excellent powered sites with water and state of the art amenities block. The catering was top notch (could not surpass Sandie’s though). It would have been even more perfect had the gale force winds not prevailed. Oh well, it hones up one’s wind reading skills. As a bonus, Murray and Liz also received the teams’ challenge trophy when they were included in a team with 2 shooters from Bacchus Marsh. Their names will be engraved on the perpetual trophy. The final day’s shoot was at Port Campbell OPM (about 1 hour east of Warrnambool). Unfortunately the weather gods prevailed once more and it was cancelled after 1 range due to heavy rains.
Leigh Meitzke and Liz Wilson