Top shooters converge for South West’s Annual Open Rifle Championships

George Wittorff and Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Mark Milentis was all smiles as he claimed the prestigious Coolilup Cup.
Camera IconMark Milentis was all smiles as he claimed the prestigious Coolilup Cup. Credit: George Wittoff

More than 40 of the State’s top marksmen and women attended the Coolilup Rifle Range at Capel over the Easter weekend to compete in the South West’s Annual Open Rifle Championships.

Despite the threat of strong wind and rain, shooting began on Good Friday with the Coolilup Cup – which is fired over 300m, 500m and 600m.

Manjimup’s Mark Milentis, with a score of 148 from a possible 150 and 13 centre bullseyes, won the target rifle section.

These scores were then used to formulate divisions across the two day prize shoot event.

Simenon McGorlick won the Sporting/Hunting class and Julian Davey took off the Service Rifle section.

Saturday and Sunday’s shoots progressed over seven ranges, from 300m to 900m. Despite a difficult mirage and cross winds, three records were recorded over the two days.

John Moore of Leonora won the Target Rifle section with a perfect score of 350 from a possible 350 – which included 44 central bullseyes.

Busselton’s Graham Oates also created a match record with a total of 418 from 420.

His score included 38 central bullseyes, while club teammate Bryce Day, who was shooting F Open, also attained a record score of 418 with 36 bullseyes.

INSET: John Moore shot a perfect 350.
Camera IconINSET: John Moore shot a perfect 350. Credit: George Wittorff

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