In a shocking outcome the Bible of the rifle shooter “Target” has been proven wrong.
In the most recent addition of this venerable tome Jim Bailey was quoted as dispensing some fatherly advice to his son letting him know it would be at least 4 to 5 years before he could equal his Dads score.
Master Bailey responded by telling his Dad there would be no competition as Jim would have “retired to F Class” by that point!
Horror of Horrors it appears that in a cruel twist of fate, it is young Mitch who has been forced to retire… evidence of this shocking outcome is posted below!!!
Mitch retires to F Class
The 2012 AGM of the club will be held on the 8th of September 2012 after the 300m Grade.
If those officers who have reports to present could email them to the secretary of the club no later than the morning of the 2nd of September that would be appreciated so the 2011/12 Annual Report can be printed and bound.
Congratulations to the Schwebels for a sucessful badge raid south west down to Lockhart over the weekend.
Chris S in action at Lockhart
Our very only Kevin Schwebel took 4th place with 144.13, and was counted out from a range win at the second 600, one of only three 50′s during the day.
Chris Schwebel took second place in C grade and won a range outright.
Lockhart Range from 600y
Great work the Schwebel, and our club thanks to Graham Crow for his hospitality to our members and slightly smaller thanks for living up to his name after pipping our Kev on a count back to win a range!
Ladies and Gentleman, boys and girls
Contain your excitement, its caption competition time again!
This months photo is a cracker…get busy and do your worst below!
If I smile will you please please let go of them…..
Ladies and Gents, way back early this year we asked for your creative genius for this little gem…
The responses came thick and fast, however there could be only one winner….
Congratulations to “Rowdy” for…
“This time when I open my eyes there won’t be a Jim in front of me on the board”
You clearly have a heart made of ice perfect for kicking a woman when she is down!
Kudos and plus interwebs to you Mr Rowdy!
Stay tuned for the next caption competition, out later in the week!
The 2011- 2012 season has been a remarkable one for Holsworthy with trophy after trophy and win after win.
Right up there in the top of the feel good pile however has to be the crowning of Chris Schwebel as the MDRA Junior Champion of Champions.
Chris Schwebel MDRA Junior Champion of Champions 2011 – 2012
This quiet achiever has had a great year, really developing in his shooting, bouncing back from the inevitable disappointments and forging a great result.
Chris, you are a very worthy Champion of Champions and Holsworthy is fortunate to have yet another winner in our stable.
A belated congratulations to our very own Jim Bailey, top ranked rifle shooter in Australia and clear victor in the Cessnock OPM held on the 27th of May.
Jim not only won with a clean score sheet and a mountain of centres, but finished off with a resistance crushing 50.10.
Great work Jim, all of Holsworthy is very proud of you.
The 2011 – 2012 shooting season is over and the club championship is complete.
Only dropping one point through the entire year TG Jim Bailey finished the year with 99.153 winning the Club championship. He also took out the Long and Short range championships.
In second place was Eric Wilson with 993.100 and in third Kevin Schwebel with 991.106.
B/C Grade was won by Chris Schwebel with 952.054, followed closely by Mitch Bailey with 944.063
Full results can be found in the results section of this website.
It has been a fantastic season for the club with some great wins and remarkable results at all levels.
With the 2011/12 shooting season coming to a screaming close in just two weeks, there remains only 2 ranges left. With Bailey and Wilson out of action for the next range due to the National Queens in Brisbane there is still a small window of opportunity for the late blossomers!
A Grade current positions:
1. Jim Bailey 999.153
2. Eric Wilson 993.100
3. Kevin Schwebel 989.106
4. Bill Barry 984.101
5. Sue Schwebel 979.077
6. Barry Schwebel 945.066
7. Barb Bell 793.101
8. Donna Negus 392.037
9. Catherine Clark 293.027
1.Chris Schwebel 947.054
2. Mitch Bailey 944.063
3. Dennis Garland 693.028
Pat Northey 1031.026
It would appear that this remarkable year for the Holsworthy rifle club is not yet over.
Last weeked TG Jim Bailey won the hotly contested Wingham Rifle Club OPM.
It was another superbly organised weekend shoot by Messers Moon and Co, and for the first time in living memory not a drop of rain fell during the shoot. It was breathless conditions and it was all about the centres to be a winner…and a winner we got.
Congratulations Mr Bailey.
Also worth a mention was a first class performance by our illustrious captain Mr Kevin Shwebel, who came away with a PB of only 4 down for the entire shoot.
Well done all, a great result.
Just when we thought the Holsworthy 2011/12 year couldn’t get any better, young Mitchell Bailey pulls a rabbit out of the proverbial hat….
With a win last weekend at Cessnok in B Grade, Mitchell put himself firmly into A grade, thus making the transition from C grade to A Grade in less than 18 months.
A remarkable achievement in its self, but was that enough? Nope, not even close.
Following that win Mitchell received a call from the Under 25 NSW State team inviting him to be a squad member for the September team going to Adelaide to compete in the Merret cup!!!!
This caps a remarkable year for the rookie and means that Holsworthy will have 4 representatives amoungst the State teams present at the Lower Light rifle range.
Well done to Mitchell and well done to Holsworthy!!!
The 2011/12 season Grade championship finished up last weekend with the final shoot at 800 meters.
Holsworthy had a phenomenal end result with both the A grade team and the C grade team winning thier respective grades for the year.
Worth a special mention however was Jim Bailey’s achievement of going clean in the grade without dropping a single point across the year. Once again our top ranked shooter shows what a class performer he is.
BUT WAIT THERE’S MORE!
The two teams were also placed first and second for the handicapped Paramatta trophy with the outstanding C grade team beating the A grade team on a count back!!!!
All round an amazing end to the season which has seen the club win multiple queen’s team shoots, individual Queens and Grand Aggregate wins, have the top ranked Australian shooter, have 3 members of the Australian Rifle team, a member of the Australian Veteren’s team, the world ranked number 6 veteran shooter, and three members of the NSW state team.
Finally a note of recognition to the very fine show of sportsmanship displayed by the members of our little known lower north shore sister club, Mozman. Thanks for the congratulations and hand shakes, you are indeed worthy competitors and winning the championship is only made great by having such formidable opponents such as yourselves and our other fellow clubs.
In a stunning victory Barbara Bell has scooped the prestigious Grand Aggregate in the NQRA queens series 2012. In addition she picked up 1st in the lead up and 2nd in the Queens.
Barbara Bell winner of the NQRA Grand Aggregate 2012
What a remarkable achievement for the long time and much loved Holsworthy member.
Finishing on a monster 100.8, with a Queens Agg of 395.40, and an unbeatable Grand Aggregate of 595.66, Barb has once more demonstrated why she is an Australian Team Member and one of our countries finest shooters.
There are few who would argue that this must be one of the most popular winners of a Grand Aggregate in many years.
Well done Barbara, your team mates, all of Holsworthy and I dare say all of the NSWRA are very very proud of you.
PS thanks for coming Angus
Ladies and Gents,
Our mighty club and its championship are on fire at the moment with many of our top shooters now qualified.
There is an 800m, 600m, 700m, 300m and 500m range left to go. Plus two left open for cancellations.
Up to date results are as follows:
1. Jim Bailey: 999.153
2. Eric Wilson: 993.089
3. Kevin Schwebel 989.106
4. Bill Barry: 984.101
5. Sue Schwebel 979.075
6. Barry Schwebel 945.066
7 Barb Bell: 787.094
8. Donna Negus: 392.037
9. Cath Clarke: 293.027
Chris Schwebel: 947.054
Mitch Bailey: 943.063
Dennis Garfield: 691.026
Pat Northey: 1031.026
Sean Maloney: 478.017
Our own wonderful Holsworthy shooter and Australian Rifle Team member, the amazing Barbara Bell from Holsworthy rifle club has just won the NQRA Stevens – Griffiths Aggregate.
This event is billed as the lead up to the NQRA queens and is hotly contested every year.
Congratulations Barb, a truly amazing prerformance, reinforcing once again what a class shooter you are.
Ladies and Gentleman,
After a pretty gentle day at the range today, the statistition for the mighty Holsworthy club has now caught up with the results in the club championship and they make interesting reading indeed.
.....probably Bailey!!!! Again!!!!
Currently Wilson and Schwebel are slugging it out for the lead, but if TG Jim Bailey qualifies with a single 300m shoot, its going to be all over red rover for the young turks who aren’t grandfathers.
The Club championship scores are as follows:
1. Eric Wilson 987.088
2. Kevin Schwebel 985.105
3. Sue Schwebel 979.075
4. Barry Schwebel 942.065
5. Jim Bailey 899.138 (300m score needed to qualify)
6. Bill Barry 886.91 (800m score needed to quality)
7. Barb Bell 787.94 (2*500m score needed to qualify)
8. Donna Negus 392.37 (a miracle needed to qualify)
9. Cath Clark 196.2 (dont make me giggle…)
- Chris Schwebel 942.53
- Mitch Bailey 935.63
- Dennis Garfield 605.22 (needs 1* 500m, 1 * 600m and 1*800m to qualify)
The NSW state team trials concluded this weekend with two days of competition up at the amazing Lyndhurst range.
The Crest of New South Wales
Both Holsworthy and Lyndhurst Rifle club had strong representation in the trails, and following selection on the afternoon of Sunday the 15th of April, both clubs now have 3 members each of the New South Wales state team that will travel to South Australia later in the year.
For Holsworthy, the State team will see stalwarts Barbara Bell and Donna Negus back, this time joined by Eric Wilson for the trip down to the wild and rugged Lower Light range.
The NSW Waratah
Congratulations to all members of the state team, especially the Holsworthy ones, and many thanks to the Emms family and Lyndhurst rifle club for their hospitality and the use of their great range during trials.
See you in Lower Light!!!
This Saturday produced some outstanding scores at the range.
Jim Bailey, solid as ever, the highest scoring with 100.18 amoungst the possibles, but also joined by Bill Barry, Sue Schwebel and Mitchell Bailey, clocking up his first 100.
The club championship is getting tighter at the top with more and more shooters starting to qualify. Currently Kevin Schwebel and Eric Wilson are locked in battle for first place, but a 300m qualifying score by Jim Bailey would change all that.
Stay tuned for updates as soon as the lazy statistician manages to collect all the results!
Holsworthy A team put in a solid performance this afternoon at the 700m Grade.
....no one yet!
The wind started off far from easy, moving from 7.5 points right to 1 point right and back again during several of the early shoots. Jim Bailey coached superbly allowing the early shooters to get up with 69′s.
As the wind steadied to around a point left later in the day, the centre count started to rise culminating with Holsworthies only 70 of the day…a phenomenal 70.12 from Jim, coached expertly by his Australian Team colleague Barbara Bell.
This allowed the team to cut a 68 and submit all 69′s plus TG Jim Bailey’s 70. Nearest rivals, the little known North Shore club of Mosman, were unable to do better, and the gap between the two clubs at the top of the league remains at 10 points.
Holsworthy also showed its strength in depth with some very solid performances in the 2nd team. Bailey Jnr, the Bush father-son combo, Team Schwebel et al all did sterling work, keeping themselves in a strong overall second place.
After a very eventful weekend at the Lyndhurst rifle range for the ever wonderful Lyndhurst OPM, Holsworthy once again came away with some winners
Chris C grade champion at Lyndhurst OPM
In first place in C Grade Chris Schewebel showed what a great shooter this young man is becoming. In addition the number 2 spot was also taken out by a Holsworthian Derek Bush.
In A grade Jim Bailey was beaten by the wind and had to settle for second place by the narrowest of margins.
In B grade Mitch Bailey also posted a 2nd place, showing what fantastic depth the current Holsworthy squad has.
Mitch shooting for second watched by Chris preparing to win
Great work team, look forward to seeing you all for 700m Grade next week.
A big weekend coming up shooting fans…
In the blue corner next to the ocean we have a 600m club shoot, providing vital points to the club championship.
Malabar Beach (photo from the excellent Beachsafe website)
In the red corner, over in the glorious countryside of Lyndhurst we have the NSW state team trials and the NSW Ladies team trials.
The Crest of New South Wales
Good luck to Barb, Donna and Eric who are trialling for the NSW state side and Sue and Kevin who are trialling for the NSW Ladies team. (We’re proud of you Kev!)
Ladies and gentleman,
After the over whelming success of our last caption competition, I am happy to follow yesterdays big announcement of the winner and provide a new image for your creative genius….
THIS MONTHS PHOTO
Feel free to put the best of your creativity below in the comments…..
- And the winner is….
In 3rd place, Interested Shooters effort:
“If I had one more of these fury little buggers I’d have a great set of slippers”
In 2nd place because of its powers of hypnotic persuasion is Blue’s offering:
“Go to sleep-sleep-sleep” i want the whole bag of chicken jerky or i will pee on your shooting mat”
And the winner, because it of its unsurpassable creepiness is…PJ!
“Who’s Daddys girl”
Congratulations to the somewhat scary PJ, whoever you are, you are the winner of kudos, a psychiatric exam and a visit from the RSPCA!
On a beautiful Saturday afternoon the 500m grade was shot with both Holsworthy A and B fielding a strong team.
Bailey bringing it home for Holsworthy
Holsworthy A whilst not winning the day, was able to extend its lead over second placed Mosman A to 10 points.
Bill Barry, Jim Bailey, David Wright and Eric Wilson all went clean.
Barb Bell posted a solid 69.06 with solid performances from Donna Negus, Kevin Schwebel and Sue Schewbel posting 68′s adding up to a very respectable 485.34.
Holsworthy number 2 team also saw some excellent performances with Catherine Clark leading the field with 69.05 followed by Mitch Bailey on 68.07 posting a personal best in a grade shoot. Daniel Jeffrey, Chris Schwebel, Barry Schwebel, Denis Garfield and long time club favourite Dave Jaeger all provided solid support.
Great work Holsworthy
Ladies and Gents,
Its the 3rd grade shoot of the year and we expect to field two strong teams again.
Oh god, not again...
The weather forecast for Saturday at this point is:
Showers and a high of 27 degrees with a 90% chance of rain up to 10mm.
Extreme UV with a 14km wind from the South at 9am and a 18km wind from the South East at 3pm.
Bring your wet weather gear
After only a couple of shooters had got down, and after Eric’s wise prediction that it wasnt going to rain, the heavens opened.
A rainy day at the Butts
The only shooting that got done was a brief 300m session in the morning, and some useful shots through Bill’s chronograph.
Next week is the third shoot in the grade series at 500m. See you all on the range, and remember there is a practise session in the morning.
Holsworthy performed well at the Lithgow prize meeting with 3 of our members coming away with a badge.
In a stunning performance Mitch Bailey was only just denied a win in his first ever B Grade prize meeting after losing a very close shoot out. He scored 147.15 on the day. A truly amazing performance, and we look forward to seeing great things from this young shooter.
Mitch’s chauffer was also able to shoot a very respectable 149.24 to come second in A grade. Bill Barry also competed and closed with 143.11.
In C grade Chris Schwebel also continued to impress coming third in C Grade and earning yet another badge.
Contraversy strikes at Holsworthy, as the club championship board in the club shows that Kevin Schwebel continues to lead the club championship.
You see Dennis when you are the best shot in the club you get to say "Thanks for coming" alot...
In urgent news however it turns out that the board is missing a range score and in fact Barry Schwebel has now completed all the ranges required to qualify, and now steps into the lead of the A grade board.
Barry Schwebel: 931.067
Kevin Schwebel: 886.093
Sue Schwebel: 880.062
B grade stays much the same with Chris Schwebel dominating the leader board with 932.076.
The heat is on, and the race will really warm up as the A graders start to bring in their final range scores to qualify!
On what was a glorious day on Anzac range, a tricky headwind moving from left to right sorted the wheat from the chaff, the men from the boys, and the full strength Olds from the shandy…or something.
King of the Hill was the fabulous Kevin Schwebel nailing 98.012, going to show that whatever drugs they pumped him full of last week worked wonders. Nice work mate!
MMMmmm mate, your doing it all wrong....
Second out the blocks was Barbara Bell, getting her first shoot in for several months and finishing up with 98.011, closely pursued by Sue Schwebel with 98.06.
The juniors also shot well in difficult conditions with Mitch Bailey squeezing over the line first with 96.008.
The lead of the club championships has changed hands with the first A grader qualifying…stay tuned for more detail!
Weather for 800m:
30% chance of showers for Malabar
A 30% chance of possible showers with a maximum of 25 degrees and an “Extreme” level of UV exposure.
Wind at 9am will be 11 kpm from the SSE
Wind at 3pm will be 18 kpm from the SE
Its back to business as usual after the Queens and the opportunities to qualify for the club championship are getting fewer.
See you on the mound!