Match Report: NIOA Savage Cup in Australia
Report by Ian Pavy (aka “ThunderDownunder” in Forum)
The NIOA Savage Cup for F-TR was held in South Australia at the SARA Lower Light range on the last weekend in September 2012. The three day event covered eight ranges from 300 to 800 metres. It was a history making competition being the first time ever in Australia that F-TR was included into a State Championship, (Queens) event.
The event was part of a combined TR and F-Class State Championship that attracted 190 shooters from all over Australia. F-Class had 47 competitors in the combined classes with the rest being sling shooters. There were 12 F-TR competitors at the inaugural event. CLICK HERE for Savage Cup Results.
Prior to the event, Australian team trials were conducted under the watchful eye of the Team Captain, Linda Shehan. Next year, Australia will be sending a F-Open and F-TR team to Raton, New Mexico for the F-Class World Championships. The formation and inclusion of F-TR has been supported by the NRAA and is a great step forward for Australia’s inclusion into international F-Class events. Those of us that make it into the team look forward to meeting up with our international friends, a lot of whom we got to know through the AccurateShooter.com Forum. Look out guys the Aussies are coming over to compete!
Alan Seaman Tops Field
The NIOA Savage Cup had as first prize a Savage F-TR rifle so it was a hard fought competition with Alan Seaman, (Gosford Rifle Club) taking the prize and the honor of being the first winner in a F-TR championship event in Australia. Alan’s aggregate score of 456.25 was well ahead of Ian Pavy, (Murray Bridge Rifle Club) and Greg Warrian, (Tumut Rifle Club) who both scored 438. Ian won second place on X-count over Greg in third place. These two shooters seesawed back and forth over the three days of competition.
Alan showed remarkable wind reading skills over the three days which included winds up to 50 kph and at times heavy mirage. Alan may be wind coaching the Aussie F T/R team at Raton and from what I have seen we could not be in better hands. Alan’s score of 456.25 would have placed him third outright in F-Open. Scoring Note: The Savage Cup featured an ICFRA target with 6 as the highest ring count and a half-MOA X-ring. The Australian system of 60 points for ten shots can be equated to American scoring (100 points for ten shots) by adding 40 to each Aussie range score.
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