Last week the NEGS Rifle Club team arrived back at school after twelve days training and competition against the seven GPS schools.
For the first time in many years a complete team of eight, comprising Captain Alex Patten, Anna Campbell, Brydi Holmes, Sophie Sutherland, Ruby Loosemoore, Piper Beaton, Emi Hasegawa and Ella Holmes, converged on Wingham Rifle Range for the annual pre match training camp.
Supported by coach Mr Andrew Cameron and Camp parents Rob and Sue Holmes, the older girls worked on established while Piper, Ella and Emi faced the daunting task of moving from smallbore to full bore shooting within the week. Essentially this involved using the rifle off a sling rather than a rest, and mastering a much more powerful bullet.
The team then travelled to Sydney for the first match, the five-a-side Fiona Reynolds Memorial All Schools Match against nineteen other school teams at ANZAC Range Malabar.
Shooting at 500 and twice at 600 metres in the usual windy headland weather at Malabar, the NEGS team of Alex, Anna, Brydi, Sarah and Ruby achieved 14th position from 19.
Unfortunately the team was unable to retain either the Honner Shield and Burl Trophy from Shore, in the concurrent matches between the two schools.
Action then moved to Hornsby Rifle Range for the AAGPS Rifle Shooting Premiership.
There followed a day’s official practice, then two days of competition with the Rawson Cup and NRA Shield on Tuesday, the 2nds Match Buchanan on Wednesday, shooting against the seven GPS schools whose members are mainly selected from Years 11 and 12.
In the individual aggregate scores, from a total of 75 shooters, Brydi finished 23rd overall, followed by Sophie in 34th place, Anna in 38th and Alex in 40th.
All the girls put in maximum effort and as always the NEGS team continued to “punch above its weight”. That Team NEGS was held up as an example to others as the model of efficiency on the range, was just some of the gratifying feedback.
After the matches the ceremony and social events piled one upon the other, first the GPS official presentation (Newington College winning everything!), the wonderful SHS hosted afternoon tea with TAS, and the annual Shore Rifle Club Presentation Dinner.
Thanks to our coach Andrew Cameron, supporters “Team Holmes” and the Sutherlands for their huge effort supporting the girls over such a long excursion!
Mr David Rose