History made on Kaituna range

Kaituna wind coach Malcolm Dodson adjusts the setting on junior shooter Clinton Whyte's rifle during Monday's team shoot. Photo: Peter Jones.

Victoria McMurdo created history at the Kaituna Rifle Range over Labour Weekend.

The Wellington shooter made light of testing conditions to become the first woman to win the Marlborough Long Range Rifle Shooting Championships.

Her total of 474.36 was 3 points clear of runner up John Snowden from Ashburton with 471.44.

Andre Doyle from Petone was third on 470.33 and local marksman Malcolm Dodson was fourth with 469.37.

The conditions troubled all of the competitors, especially a strong blustery nor’westerly on Sunday. Holding the rifle steady was difficult in the buffeting wind and many shooters lost points from this.

Victoria McMurdo’s smile says it all. Photo: Peter Jones.

McMurdo almost led from start to finish after winning the first range. Some of her closest rivals kept pace for a while but only Snowden stayed in touch until the last range.

Dodson was playing catch-up over the whole weekend after a poor first range score of 43.

The B grade was a very tight competition with only centrals separating the top three.

Jack Cavanagh from Palmerston North won with 460.37, from Daniel Alexander from Malvern on 460.33 and local Clinton Whyte with 460.30.

All three were members of the New Zealand junior teams that contested the World Long Range Championships held in February at Trentham.

Local shooter Jacob Morriss took out the C grade with 431.17.

The FTR class for scope rifles was won by Murray Cook from Asburton with Geoff Smith from Masterton second.

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