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Saturday 31 July 2021 was a welcome opportunity to resume formal competition, after another painful period of restricted movement. 

Individual competition took place toward the 2021 club championship for each class, determined by the “best” 300 yds, 500 yds and 600 yds scores on the defined competition days. Series One is now complete, and Series Two will be slotted into the calendar after regional team events are concluded. 

One of East Central’s top shots, Des Coulter, is pictured at right after his shoot detail providing some advice on fine tuning a newer member’s Hunter/Sporter Class outfit. ECDRA is close to being able to field a team in regional competition in this class which is growing in popularity.

has been affected more than other club members by the turmoil of the Covid crisis. East Central’s tag is The Mountain Marksmen, but Des’s mountain (Mount Dandenong) was behind the “Ring of Steel” for way too long. Saturday’s shoot was the first opportunity he has had to contest a Club Competition this year.

They do say the tough get going when the going is tough, and Des put in the best F Open Class 500 yds score for the year so far (60-7). Congratulations to one of our keenest members.

Current leaders at each distance are:

F Open – 600 yds Terry Gee (60-4), 500 yds Des Coulter (60-7), 300 yds John Maccioni (60-7) out of 60-10 maximum. 
F Standard – 600 yds Rosco Davis (56-4), 500 yds Rosco Davis (59-3), 300 yds Roger Piggott (58-3) out of 60-10 maximum.
Hunter/Sporter – 600 yds Zac Economou (50-8), 500 yds Zac Economou (50-10), 300 yds Graeme Kerr (50-9) out of 50-10 maximum.

Shooters are reminded that next Saturday is the Pennant Final v Karramomus at Karramomus range. Covid rules are that spectators are not permitted, 10 shooters at a time on the mound is the maximum, and masks must be worn except when competing.

Readers are encouraged to check out the ECDRA Facebook page for information about the club and the sport.