There were mixed fortunes for Marlborough's top smallbore shooters last week as they won their annual clash with North Canterbury, but lost their National District Championship promotion/relegation match against the Taranaki Tigers.
On Sunday, Marlborough performed well to score a comfortable 18-point win over North Canterbury at the Kaikoura High School gym. Teenager Bradley Palatchie led the way for the winning 10-person team, firing a total score of 295.15.
Meanwhile, the news was not so good on Thursday last week when the Marlborough Suns were beaten 11-4 by Taranaki in their NDC promotion/relegation encounter.
The result means Taranaki will compete in division one next year, while, after a disappointing 2012 NDC campaign, Marlborough are relegated back to second division.
Marlborough came out on top in the composite section, but Taranaki's comfortable win in the open section and a narrow two-point victory in the juniors saw them prevail.
An outstanding 299.16 from Malcolm Dodson made him the best of the Marlborough open section shooters, while Richard Sampey had a creditable 296.19. Herman Jansen van Vuuren led Marlborough to the composite win with 292.13 and Palatchie was the best of the Marlborough juniors with 197.9.
Marlborough face Nelson in Nelson on Saturday in the annual grudge match for the coveted Hadfield Shield.
Marlborough v North Canterbury, Sunday, September 2
Marlborough scores: Bradley Palatchie 295.15, Leon Griebel 294.15, Regan Cowe 294.12, Val Wadsworth 293.14, Simon Senior 290.15, Kim Bishell 289.13, Richard Sampey 286.9, Sue Cresswell 286.7, Dave Dick 285.10, Nicole Irvine 281.8. Total 2893.118. Emergency: John Chauval 292.10.
North Canterbury: 2875.128.
Top individual: Sarah Stackhouse (Nth Canterbury) 298.20.
NDC promotion/relegation match, Thursday, August 30
Open: Malcolm Dodson 299.16, Richard Sampey 296.19, Kim Bishell 296.18, Regan Cowe 295.16, Val Wadsworth 294.19, Rex Schroder 291.11, Amy Hatcher 290.17, John Chauval 289.11, Leon Griebel 287.8, Chris Burgess 286.10. Total 2924.144. Composite: Herman Jansen van Vuuren 292.13, David Dick 291.13, Richard Evans 287.9, Sue Cresswell 285.9, Eddie Love 282.9. Total 1437.53. Junior: Bradley Palatchie 197.9, Nicole Irvine 190.4, Jody Jansen van Vuuren 183.2. Total 570.15. Grand total 4931.212.
Open 2956.158. Composite 1434.38. Junior 572.15. Grand total 4960.243.
Points for NDC: Taranaki Tigers 11 Marlborough Suns 4.
- The Marlborough Express
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