ON Saturday the local East Central District Rifle Association (ECDRA) team, with 896 points, won the McAuliffe Shield final against Nagambie 894 points, by just two points.
The results were consistent with the very strong performance by both teams all year, and belie the very difficult conditions of the match.
Although the day started in bright sunshine, by scheduled start time for the match at the Karramomus Rifle Range it had clouded over, and a strong variable cross wind had developed.
This resulted in short periods of bright clear light, returning to dark and gloomy conditions, and as the match drew to a close at 600 yards the target rifle shooters were experiencing considerable difficulty in seeing the target clearly.
The wind was constantly changing in both speed and direction as it swirled across and down the range.
From the first shot it was clear that this was a very serious match, and it was Joe Melbourne from Nagambie who posted the first 60 for the day in F class.
Joe went on to top score, in F class, with 60.6, 60.7, 59.5 for a match score of 179.18 out of a possible 180.30.