3DAAA NSW State Series
The weekend of the 14th and 15th July 2018 will be remembered for years to come, officially Dubbo recorded it’s coldest ever day with -5.8C, the first ever sanctioned shoot for Dubbo 3D Archers and the first Castlereagh 3D Championship, hosted in Mendooran, NSW.
The weekend saw 91 shooters come to Mendooran for a winter shoot on excellent grounds. The weekend started with nominations at the Royal Hotel, Mendooran on Friday night, with old friends and newbies enjoying the country hospitality and some cracking meals. The freeze set in on the Friday night, some would say it was ‘chilly’ others would say ‘Antarctic’. Unofficial records had the range opening to the balmy temperature of -8.2C. The cold start was offset by amazing clear and windless days, plenty of warm food from the canteens and the warm friendship and camaraderie displayed throughout the weekend. The ranges were a fantastic mixture of hills, dense forest, gully’s and flat open shots, challenging the skills of ranging and shot execution.
Saturday had another first of Jenette Harvey shooting her first 100 round. With some other mentionable days, particularly for Ethan Wilkinson only dropping 6 points for the day shooting a 294/300 for Saturday. This tremendous results were capped off by the Top 10 shootoff, which was given approval to be shoot in town, across the road from the Hotel to across the creek, Alex Elvin got to choose the target and went for the jugular, setting an alligator at 41m for the shot to beat. This played out well for him, as Alex was the eventual winner of the shoot off.
Saturday night was a Pig on the spit at the Hotel and a great night had by all.
Sunday morning was slightly warmer, starting the day at -4C. Four more shooters were added to the 100 round sheet with Ian Summers, Jamie Bradshaw, Julie Evans and Norm Sager shooting perfect rounds for the day. The scores rolled. Culminating in close scores and a fantastic turn out to the presentation in the warm sunshine at the Royal Hotel, Mendooran. The results were strong with Ben Doyle coming out on top in MBO and Jo Moffitt taking FBO, the other hotly contested categories had Jamie Gilroy taking out Hunter Class and Norm Sager taking out MSR.
Dubbo 3D Archers would like to thank all our sponsors for their support, especially Caltex, the Royal Hotel, Mendooran and Butchers on Macquarie, Dubbo. Being our first shoot we are exceptionally grateful for all the words of support and advice given, and we are especially thankful
Thank you to all the travelling shooters and we look forward to our next shoot.
Photos by Spellbound Photography