The Namibian Hunting Rifle Shooting Association participants travelled over the weekend to the farm Walmaine in the Gobabis District to shoot in the second leg of the NHRSA competitions for the year 2017.
After the six ranges were set up on Friday evening heavy showers and winds caused a one-hour delay on Saturday morning as some targeted flew away. All participants including a record number of entries in the Penkoppe class (shooters under the age of 11) there were six different ranges.
The first range was Stein buck on 160m with a hay bale and at a distance of 150m the participants aimed at the Impala standing with three-leg shooting sticks. On the third range the Oryx were waiting at 200m with short synthetic shooting sticks in a kneeling position. In the Range 4 with long synthetic shooting stick was the short Gong, between 150-250m. The long gong range with 180325m was range 5; there the shooter had a wood cross on a trailer.
The last range number 6 was zebras over a water hole at 175m lying. After a long day of shooting the winners of the day were as follows: Penkoppe under 11: First: Joubert Engelbrecht, second: Hanre Cocklin,third: Christiaan Engels Junior: First: Jean de Schmid, second: Christiaan de Schimd Ladies class were as follows: First: Cornel van der Westhuizen, second: Karola Woortman and third: Niela Engels. In the men class Francois Marias Jnr walked away with his second win of the season, second place place was Johan Engelbrecht with the third place being taken by Johannes (Wittes) Marias.
In the seniors category, the first place was taken by Johannes Gert van der Wath, second place by Louw van Zyl, third place by Andre Toit. The veterans category saw the first place being taken by Francois Blaauw, second place by Hermann Kessler while Casper Janse van Rensburg landed on the third. The overall Winner of the competition was Gold Medal Francois Marais Jnr, Silver Medal Johan Engelbrecht, and Bronze Medal Johannes Gert van der Wath.
“Herewith we would like to thank all our sponsors that support us, without them the competitions are not possible. A big thank goes out to Pupkewitz, Agra Gobabis, Butt Archery Supplies as well as the owner of WalmaineMr W Kinear for allowing us to host the competition on his farm,” said the Namibian Hunting Rifle Shooting Association.