News-Letter 2018 / 2019

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Published on: December 29, 2018

Dear Auckland Shooting Club Members!

The time is here, to reflect on our traditional Swiss shooting activities of the past year. It has been a year of highs and lows. We have had some hard out working-bees to further improve the butts, shooting hut and its surroundings. For the first time we had Non-Swiss shooters shooting along side us with their own rifle and ammunition. The club has decided to go back to the traditional Saturday and Sunday format after one season in order to better facilitate the increase in club membership and Non-Swiss shooters. As always one of my highlights of the season is to welcome the Hamilton shooters on our range. Sadly, we also had to say good-by to two long standing members of the Auckland Swiss Shooting Club.

 

First let’s reflect on our yearly traditional shooting championship.

The numbers are as follows:

Event Number Of Shooters Change Since Previous Year
Obligatorisch 57 Shooters +11 shooters
Feldschiessen 57 Shooters +11 shooters
Einzelwettschiessen 43 Shooters +12 Shooters
Swiss Abroad 43 Shooters +12 Shooters
Swiss Abroad Nachdoppel 22 Shooters  -10 Shooters
Completed Competitions 43 Shooters +12 Shooters

I am pleased to report that this year we had an increase of participating members, mainly due to the celebration of the 50 years anniversary of the “Swiss Farm Shooting Range”, where we opened the range to new potential members. It is great to see that there is still an interest in one of our forefathers sporting and leisure activities. I am looking forward to the years ahead to further strengthen our membership numbers. So please, if you know a Swiss person or a person with Swiss inheritance then point them in the right direction or just bring them along.

Our traditional Swiss Shooting Competitions have produced some strong winners. Here they are:

Main Competition:

Rank Name Score Medals
1 Thomas Matysik.385 Points.Winner of the gold medal &V&T Mason Trophy
2 Henry Werffeli 367 Points Winner of the silver medal
3 Andrea Matysik 366 Points Winner of the bronze medal

Thomas Matysik further underlined his dominance in the championship and has scored 15 points more than the year before. I recorded an increase of 3 points were Andrea Matysik dropped 3 points. I am sure that Andrea will be doing everything to unsettle her brother or myself to move herself to the top again.

Ladies Competition:

Rank Name Score
1 Andrea Matysik 366 Points
2 Selina Storchenegger 359 Points
3 Anilise Fitz 347 Points

Once again Andrea Matysik confirmed her spot in the Ladies competition. Anilise and Selina swapped places for second and third. Keep it up ladies and hopefully we will soon have a few more challenging for the top spot.

Junior Competition:

Rank Name Score
1 Daniel Bublitz 350 Points
2 Kathrine Haque 340 Points
3 Thomas Fitzi 337 Points

After many years of Hamilton dominating, Auckland finally were able to claim the top spots in the Junior competition. Our two shooters came via last years anniversary shoot and are quite new to the sport. Both shooters have already done very well at the anniversary shoot, so I am not at all surprised to see them as far up in the scoring list of our traditional competition. I predict that they will further improve and challenge longstanding shooters in the top position soon. Thomas Fitzi will have another year in the junior division before he too will move up to the higher division. Hopefully the Hamilton Club will be able to find and encourage some other junior shooters to take part in the competition, so that they can once again challenge us, so the trophy can travel south past the Bombay Hills.

 

Championship Medals Sponsors:

The main championship medals have been sponsored by Peter and Andrea Matthis for the next 5 years, thank you for your contributions.  It is great to have you two as sponsors to support our Swiss Shooting traditions for years to come.

 

Field-Championship Medals

I had the pleasure to process the scoring cards for Lorraine Vine-Belami, Neil Kaiser, Steyn Krugger, and Bruno Epp for their bronze medal and Walter Zuber for his bronze and silver medal. Those

Medals are a personalised edition and are issued by the Swiss Shooting Federation.

Congratulations to all of you for your achievements.

To all other shooters, please check if you have 8 green cards and 8 white cards. (Anerkennungs-Karte). By now some of you will have a collection and should be eligible for a medal.

 

Working-Bee’s 

Due to the continuous erosion from the weather, we were forced to fix the retaining wall at the front of the shooting hut. Fully aware of the enormous task it took a bit of time to plan to organise the materials and coordinate people and machinery at a suitable weekend. The job was undertaken by some very dedicated members of the shooting section over two weekends in March and April 2018. Some heavy machinery had to be brought in to drill the foundation for the poles. They were lifted in by the digger, everyone then got busy filling the holes with concrete. Since we had the digger on site, we also took the chance to stabilise the bridge leading over to the 50m small bore targets. To the Team: Ueli Hess with his digger, Ernst, Andre, Adrian, Neil, Daniel, Caleb, Tobias, Lukas, Michael, and Matthew. Thank you very much for your hard work and determination.

Another working bee had to be organised in October because all the targets needed a makeover. The job was undertaken by a small team. The upgrading of the targets has now been completed and we are ready for the upcoming season.

I also would like to thank Ernst and Melissa for organising lunch for every working bee.

 

New .223 Rifles

Two new rifles are presently being built and hopefully they will be ready when the new shooting season starts. First, we had our mind set on only one rifle, but the Hamilton Swiss Club has come to the party with a very generous donation which gave us the option to order two identical rifles. These rifles will be fitted with the same target sights as the first edition .223 target rifles.

I would like to thank the Hamilton Swiss Club for their generous donation.

 

Eidgenössischen Schützenfest/Swiss Federation Shooting Competition 2020  

The next big shooting competition based in Switzerland will be happening in 2020, it is now time to put the planning into motion. Please let me know if you are interested in travelling to Switzerland to participate with our New-Zealand team. We need to select the appropriate rifle, as shooting off sandbags is not permitted unless the shooter has reached senior stage, meaning the shooter is 60 years or older in the year of participation.

Participation in Switzerland also means training; therefore, I will organise training days as soon as I know the course of fire. Last time we met about 10 times to fine tune positions, aiming, trigger control and releasing the shot.

 

Swiss Abroad Shooting Competition

I have just received a letter from Switzerland, informing us that the Auckland Swiss Club has won the worldwide Swiss Abroad Shooting Competition in 2017 with a very good average of 88.032 points.

With the letter I also received a box of medals. Every shooter who participated in the Swiss Abroad competition 2018 will receive a medal. A couple of days later I received another parcel containing prizes for every shooter who took part in the Swiss Abroad Competition in 2017.

The organising club: SG Wilhelm Tell in St. Gallen Switzerland has also now issued a new medal design and Auckland was first up to be represented on the medal.

 

Obituaries:

On a sadder note

This year we lost two long standing club members.

Hans Enzler passed away on the 23. February 2018, aged 91. In Hans I lost a mentor, a close friend, a very generous person and a person with an enormous passion for shooting and hunting. It never got boring with Hans as he always had a story to tell from the days when he was the first ASC Riflemaster and he had many other tales up his sleeve as well.  Hans had a great vision and thanks to his determination the Auckland Swiss Club, especially the shooting section became a reality. His support and advice over the years have helped me to further develop and modernise the shooting range and its surroundings and to build up club memberships. It has been an honour to have him as a mentor and friend. I shall never forget him.

 

David Page passed away on the 27 May 2018, aged 89.

The moment I met David I knew he was a special person in his own right. I liked his straight forwardness. He was not afraid to speak up. In David too, we have lost a great story teller, a person with a vast knowledge about anything to do with shooting, and a dedicated club member.  I am definitely going to miss him too as he had a great sense of humour, I will never forget him. Our cheeky and teasing conversations will be sadly missed.

Rest in Peace David

 

Shooting dates for 2019 are as follows:

Dates Event
23 & 24 February Obligatorisch
23 & 24 March Feldschiessen POSTPONED
13 & 14 April Einzelwettschiessen
25 & 26 May Hamilton Day (Only for Swiss-Shooters from south of the Bombay’s)
08 & 09 June Swiss Abroad Competition

All shooting starts at 10 am

 

Wishing you all: A Merry Christmas and Happy NewYear

News-Letter 2017 / 2018

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Published on: December 20, 2017

Dear Auckland Shooting Club Members!

 

The time is here again, were I am trying to remember all the happenings of the previous shooting year where we generally shoot our traditional four competitions. However, this year we also celebrated the 50 years existence of the “Swiss Farm Shooting Range”, with a shooting competition on two weekends in November.
First let’s reflect on our yearly traditional shooting championship.

The numbers are as follows:

Event Number of shooters change since previous year
Obligatorisch: 46 shooters - 9 shooters
Feldschiessen: 46 shooters - 9 shooters
Einzelwettschiessen: 31 Shooters - 9 Shooters
Swiss Abroad: 31 Shooters - 9 Shooters
Swiss Abroad Nachdoppel: 32 Shooters +13 Shooters
Completed Competitions: 31 Shooters - 9 Shooters

The club has lost further ground in membership participation, the downward trend has continued for many years, except in 2015 where we had an increase in membership. It is a worrying sign but there may be light at the horizon. I will elaborate in further detail below.

Our traditional Swiss Shooting Competitions have produced s some strong winners. Here they are:

Main Competition:

Rank Name Score Medals
1. Thomas Matysik 370 Points Winner of the gold medal &V&T Mason Trophy
2. Andrea Matysik 369 Points Winner of the silver medal
3. Henry Werffeli 364 Points Winner of the bronze medal

For years Andrea has dominated the championship only to be beaten by her brother by one point. I don’t believe that Andrea’s domination is over and believe she will return stronger in the years ahead.
Ladies Competition:

Rank Name Score
1. Andrea Matysik 369 Points
2. Anilise Fitzi 364 Points
3. Selina Storchenegger 250 Points

Congratulations to these three shooters. Anilise is a new promising shooter for Hamilton I hope she will be returning to further compete as she could be a serious contender for the top prize.

Welcome home Selina, it’s good to have you back in the team. I am sure you will do all that is possible to climb up the scoring sheet.
Junior Competition:

Rank Name Score
1. Kevin Gretener 361 Points
2. Thomas Fitzi 328 Points
3. Joshua Kaiser 320 Points

Once again, the Hamilton junior shooters have come out at the top like so many years before. Thank you for coming up with your parents and participating in a challenging weekend of shooting the complete championship. I have got to admit, it is not an easy task to complete the whole competition in just two days. Congratulations to you all. Hopefully in the upcoming year, we from the north of the Bombay Hills are able to further fine tune our skills and be a strong contending force once again.

Championship Medals Sponsors:
Peter and Andrea Matys, Thank You for donating the championship medals for the next 5 Years!

It is great to have you two as sponsors on and support our Swiss shooting traditions for years to come.
Field-Championship Medals
This year I had the pleasure to process the scoring cards for Melissa Lanz for her personalised bronze medal from the Swiss Army. Furthermore, I also processed the scoring cards from Hans Vetsch for his gold medal. Congratulations to both of you for your achievements.

To all other shooters, please check if you have 8 green cards and 8 white cards. (Anerkennungs-Karte). By now some of you will have a collection and should be eligible for a medal.

 

Working-Bee’s 
Generally, there are always the same people attending the working bees, the others have a busy lifestyle. It does however look that members prioritise their own needs first. I and my helpers would love to see a bit more comradery displayed in regard to working bees. So, to the people that have found their way to the club for working bees, I would like to wholeheartedly thank you for your commitment and help. The range and ground would not be on such a high standard without your outstanding help.

I would like to thank Ernst and Melissa for their great culinary feast they provide for every working bee.

 

Test firing or sighting in rifles:
Over the last few years some of the members have requested to test fire or sight in privately owned rifles that are not used for our traditional shooting. This request is usually made on the day on the range when I am and my helpers are eager to pack up and go home. Generally, once home my shooting weekend continues with storing and locking up shooting gear and processing scores and administration. Due to time constraints, there will be no more test-firing or sighting-in of privately owned rifles on official shooting dates. However, there will be an opportunity for test-firing or sighting-in of privately owned rifles at the end of a working bee. To make it clear: The person wanting to do the test-firing or sighting-in must have been an active participant at the working bee.

 

50-year anniversary and jubilee shoot:
Right from the start of 2017 some of the shooters have started to put our thoughts together on how to celebrate the Auckland Swiss Club Farm 50th year of existence.

We put a lot of time into the planning the day. A massive thank you goes out to Sandra Hess and her crew, they have done an absolutely awesome job in planning and organising the day. Also, a great thank you to Peter Deutsche for his wide variety from official administration and the all-important link to the Swiss Embassy in Wellington. His thoughts and input really smoothened the organisation on the day. Another great supporter has been Ernst Lanz being the coordinator between the shooting side and the day activities, furthermore he too was at the forefront helping for a smooth operation on the days of the jubilee shoot. I also would like to thank other helpers on the day, especially the Kaiser Family, the Blaser Family, Andre Belami, Steyn Kruger, Daniel Wiederkehr and Peter Matyis and my administration team: Erika Lanz, Selina Storchenegger and Jennifer Kaiser. It was a awesome and great team effort by everyone.
Part of involvment was in finding sponsors from as far as Switzerland. For a month, I have written to various companies and kindly asked for the donation of merchandise, vouchers or for over the counter products that the companies where well known for. Our main Swiss Sponsor was: Victorynox with pocket knifes worth $2500.-.  Other companies that donated goods were: Truttman Shootingsport, Swiss-Cheese association, Grunig-Elmiger Sportsrifles, Ballenberg openair museum. Our New-Zealand sponsors were: Hans and Sylvia Enzler, Heidi Müller and Kembler Plumbing products. A massive Thank-You for your great support. Another donation came from my brother in law and my sister in Switzerland which generously send all the accumulated donation to New-Zealand.

We had a great turnout of new shooters with some really noticeable scores.

We hope they return next year to compete in our regular competitions and improve their overall shooting skills.

There were 17 junior participants:

Rank Name Score
1. Daniel Bublitz 80 Points
2. Joshua Kaiser 76 Points
3. Kathrine Haque 75 Points

There were 15 female participants:

Rank Name Score
1. Selina Storchenegger 91.1Points
2. Alethea Bünter 82.1 Points
3. Melissa Lanz 79 Points

There were 27 participants in the male category 

Rank Name Score
1. Andy Guet 94.1 Points
2. Gaudenz Gisler 89 Points
3. Caleb Rosamond 86.3 Points

Looking ahead to shooting season 2018 and beyond:
The “Any Sights-Any Rifle” competition is buried and will no longer able to be continued, as dedicated helpers were hard to be found, personally I feel it would not be fair to put the already dedicated helpers under more attendance and helping pressure.

Presently we are in discussion to open up the range to other interested shooters. They would be competing alongside us in two different categories (open sights and telescopic sights) but will be using their own rifle and their own ammunition, shooting the same program as we already do.

Therefore, the shooting weekends will be again Saturday and Sunday, total numbers of shooting weekends will be 5 including the Hamilton-Weekend.
In June 2018, I will be traveling to Switzerland to participate in a shooting event in Weiningen where I grew up. If anyone is interested in joining then please let me know, this is a very unique and truly Swiss experience and I get plenty of enjoyment from attending.
The next big shooting competition based in Switzerland will be happening in 2020, it is now time to put the planning into motion. Please let me know if you are interested in travelling to Switzerland to participate with our New-Zealand team. We need to find the right selection of rifle to use, as shooting off sandbags is not permitted except if the shooter is 60 years or older in the year of participation.

Participation in Switzerland also means training; therefore, I will organise training days as soon as I know the course of fire. Last time we met about 10 times to fine tune position, aiming, trigger control and releasing the shot.

Shooting dates for 2018 are as follow:

  • 24 & 25 February:  Obligatorisch
  • 24 & 25 March:      Feldschiessen
  • 28 & 29 April:        Einzelwettschiessen
  • 26 & 27 May:        Hamilton Day (Only for Swiss-Shooters from south of the Bombay’s)
  • 09 & 10 June:       Swiss Abroad Competition

All shooting starts at 10 am
Wishing you all: A Merry Christmas and a Happy New-Year 

Riflemaster of the Auckland Swiss Club: Henry Werffeli

News-Letter 2013 / 2014

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Published on: December 28, 2013

Dear Auckland Shooting Club Members!

Once again it is time to reflect on the past shooting season and put the findings and thoughts on paper. The Auckland Swiss Club’s shooting Section Membership presents itself as following:

Section Number of Shooters Difference
Obligatorisch 54 Shooters -/+Shooters
Feldschiessen 54 Shooters -/+ Shooter
Einzelwettschiessen 44 Shooters -2 Shooters
Swiss Abroad 44 Shooters -3 Shooters
Swiss Abroad Nachdoppel 44 Shooters -30 Shooters
Completed Competitions 44 Shooters -3 Shooters

Obligatorisch and Feldschiessen participation have stayed at the same as last year. There is a slight drop in the other 2 completion. The big decrease came in the Nachdoppel Competition. It may just been time available that not more have been shoot. I use the Nachdoppel opportunity as good and competitive training exercise. The medal count on this competition is entirely calculated on participation but not on scored points. With 30 competitions less than last year there will be about 10 medals less to hand out.

Our traditionally Swiss Shooting Competition also produces winners. Here they are:

Main Competition:

Rank Name Score Trophies
1 Robert Frischknecht 378 points Winner of Gold Medal & V+T Mason Trophy
2 David Fitzi 378 Points Winner of the Silver Medal
3 Henry Werffeli 375 Points Winner of the Bronze Medal

Since the competition format has changed in 2008, the 2013 is the 3.highest final score. As you can see the first 2 position could only be separated by age. I am sorry to say it is a Swiss ruling and not made up by me. I have found myself in the very same position many times when I was still shooting in Switzerland……I used to say: “Too young to win”.

Lady’s Competition:

Rank Name Score Trophies
1 Melissa Lanz 368 Points Winner of the Lady's Trophy
2 Erika Lanz 345 Points
3 Alexandra Beskid 341Points

Melissa’s Score is 2 points up from the Lady’s winner of last year. In actual fact it is the 2. highest Score since the new championship format in 2009

Junior Competition:

Rank Name Score Trophies
1 Martin Fitzi 347 Points Winner of H.&H. Leuenbergers's Junior Trophy's
2 Kevin Gretener 334 Points
3 Mathew Kaiser 325 Points

All 3 top junior shooters scored lower than last year winners. However Kevin Gretener increased his personal score by 12 points. Well done.

Summary:

Scoring this year was down again. Our submitted medium club result is quite down from last year’s. I actually recalculated it twice over to make sure that I got it right. The 2013 shooting season has been marked by some noticeable changes. The first time in the clubs history there was more GP90 ammunition used than the GP11, mainly due to the fact that more and more privately own PE90 are used by club members.

Any Sights Any Rifle:

Any Sights any Rifle had its first entrants in 1998. Over the years we have had a steady increase in participant’s numbers. Due to the numbers of participants of last year Daniel and I decided that we would like to further modernize and mainstream this event. With the help of David Latham we created an online booking system which works a treat. We have also extended the 2 weekend competition to a 3 weekend event. After all the powder smoke has settled it was time to go over the books and reflect.

Total Competition shoot =206

Top Score: 1. Shane Willis: 200.11, (New Range Record) 2. Suzy McCall 200.09. Over the 3 weekends I have seen some very high scoring. The first 14 position had a score of 196 points and more. You can check the Any Sight, Any Rifle, scoring list or the traditional Swiss Shooting Championship on the Auckland Swiss Club Web-Site, Subfolder “Shooting”.

Nominated Points and Round Robin (knock out) Competition and the Round-Robin-Shooting Competition

Both competitions have been canceled due to the third “Any Sight Any Rifle” weekend. I also felled that I wanted to give our neighbors a break from the shooting noise. Some of you will be aware that some rifle range related question has been asked by some of our neighbors which I would like to address in the near future.

Field-Championship Medal

This year I have processed the cards of Fritz Scheidegger, Arthur Winterton and Geroge Russenberger. Shortly they will receive their bronze medal for their efforts. Congratulations! For all the other long time members of the shooting section, just have a look – if you have 8 white and 8 green cards hand them in to me and I will send them to Switzerland next time.

Working Bee’s

There will be one if not two working bees coming up. Firstly we need to re-face all the targets. Further I would like to do some work at the shooting hut in regards to noise and sound pollution. I was able to get hold of some free acoustic rated product and would like to insulate the roof space of the shooting hut.

Loraine, Daniel, Andre, and myself have measured noise level during a shooting exercise in and about the shooting range as well down by the neighbors. Findings: Noise levels are still below of what the Riverhead Deerstalkers range has to maintain. The noise level inside the hut was between 125-135 decibels, down at the neighbors the readings were between 42-45 decibels. Luckily I also have one of our club members taking an active interest and helping out and making suggestions. Thank you Neil!

Clarification of the use of a .223 Rifle used by other than Junior or Lady Shooters.

History:

Originally the .223 rifles were introduced for our junior and lady shooters to take part in the Swiss Shooting Competition as handling the karabiner was too unfamiliar to them and as a result they would not take part or were severely handicapped.

Part of my job as Riflemaster is also to promote our National shooting sport. Therefore we built the .223 rifle to give junior and lady shooters a chance to take part in our Swiss Shooting competition. It also gives junior and lady shooters a fair chance to compete with us, the more accomplish shooters.

Present Situation:

Over the years the .223 rifles have been increasingly used by other than junior and lady shooters.

This has created an unfair advantage to those shooters over the ones using the karabiner

Previously I did not see a problem giving the .223 rifle to a less accomplished shooter.

However the situation has now changed and therefore the ruling on the .223 rifle needs to be clarified.

Clarification of ruling:

As of the shooting season 2014 the following rules will apply when the .223 rifle is used by other than junior and lady shooters.

  • Junior and Lady Shooters will always have priority on the use of the .223 rifle.

  • Any non Junior and Lady Shooters will be exempt from being recipients of any Interclub Championship Medal or Championship Trophy if they shoot with a .223 rifle.

  • The scores will still be recorded and processed as normal for all non junior and lady shooters that are using the .223 and will still receive the medals and scoring cards awarded by the Swiss Shooting Federation.

 

PE90

We are still no further with the club owned P90, mainly to the wording of the rules of semi automatic rifles. Strictly speaking one can only shoot a semiautomatic rifle that has his or her name registered to that rifle. I also have a understanding from further up the line that a other shooter could use a privately owned rifle as long the owner is coaching the shooter and is not more than one meter away from the rifle. Please note non registered shooters are not permitted to carry the rifle to and from the shooting position. This rule will be strictly enforced.

The club has entered a tricky situation were rifles are privately owned but not club owned which will restrict some shooters. These rifles naturally carry a big price tag till they are finally here and not all the new owners will freely let them to be used by others, which is quite understandable.

Eidgenoessisches Schuetzenfest 2015: Raron/Visp,Wallis, Switzerland.

Date 11.06.1-12.7.14, Swiss Abroad Day: 27.June 2014

Yes, the big one is coming up and it is time that we get organized. It will be held in the beautiful Rhone Valley on an old army airport in Switzerland.

Anyone interested please let me know of your intension early as quite a lot has to be organized.

I will be organizing a training program for you to attend. (Mandatory! Henry’s Law) You would also need to book for the accommodation as I have only limited space available at my Sisters and Brother in laws holiday home in Buerchen. Right in the centre of that village is a nice sport hotel mainly used by the winter sport enthusiast. I think that this could be quite a good option as usually hotel beds are rare closed to the shooting centre. Looking forward to hear from you!

Thank You!

I would like to extend a big: “THANK YOU” to all the help I have received from you on the day on the range over the past shooting season. I could not have done it without you all.

I especially would like to mention a non shooter and thank him for the endless hours he has put into the new online booking system. I think that you have created an outstanding online booking system.

Thank You! David.

Shooting Dates for 2013 are as follow:

Competition Name Dates
Obligatorisch Competition 15 + 16 February
Feldschiessen Competition 15 + 16 March
Einzelwettschiesen 12 + 13 April
Hamilton Day 24 + 25 May
Swiss Abroad Competition 14+ 15 June
Any Sights Any Rifle Competition 20+ 21 September 1.Weekend
Any Sights Any Rifle Competition 11 + 12 October 2. Weekend
Any Sights Any Rifle Competition 01 + 02 November 3. Weekend
Round Robin Competition 22. November

To all of you and your family, on behalf of the Auckland Swiss Shooting Club, I wish you all a Wonderful and Prosperous 2013

Riflemaster of the Auckland Swiss Club: Henry Werffeli

NEWSFLASH:

Round Robin Competition will now be conducted on the: Saturday the 18.01.2014, starting 10am

Annual Shooting News-Letter 2012 / 2013

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Published on: January 29, 2013

Dear Auckland Shooting Club Members!

Now that all the shooting is done, it is time to reflect on the past shooting season and put the findings on paper. The Auckland Swiss Club’s shooting Section Membership presents itself as follows:

Category This Year Variation
Obligatorisch : 54 Shooters -2 Shooters
Feldschiessen: 54 Shooters -2 Shooter
Einzelwettschiessen: 44 Shooters +4 Shooters
Swiss Abroad: 44 Shooters +4 Shooters
Swiss Abroad Nachdoppel: 44 Shooters +25Shooters
Completed Competitions: 44 Shooters +4 Shooters
 

I am very pleased with this year’s participation even though I had great hopes to stabilise the declining numbers in the compulsory Swiss Army program. A good indicator of the numbers is the increased participation at in the Einzelwettschiessen and the Swiss Abroad Competition. 

A Competition also produces winners. The 2012 trophies winners are:

Main Competition:

Position Name Score Prize
1. Marcel Lanz 373 Points Winner of Gold Medal & V+T Mason Trophy
2. Ernst Lanz 370 Points Winner of the Silver Medal
3. Christian Neubauer 368 Points Winner of the Bronze Medal
 

After Luke Schmutz (2008) and [edited] (2010) it was now Marcel Lanz’s turn as a junior shooter to outscore all of us. It was a great internal family battle as on the very last shooting opportunity of the year Marcel kept his nerves to push his dad off the throne.

Lady’s Competition: 

Position Name Score Prize
1. Andrea Matysik 366 Points Winner of the Lady's Trophy
2. Selina Storchenegger 358 Points
3. Lorraine Vine-Belami 346 Points
 

This year’s ladies competition was not as close as last year’s one and Andrea seems to have a firm grip on the trophy. But every year the competition starts at zero again so it will be interesting to see who is able to challenge Andrea for the title.

Junior Competition:

Position Name Score Prize
1. Marcel Lanz 373 Points Winner of H.&H. Leuenbergers's Junior Trophy's
2. Orlando Werffeli 360 Points
3. Philip Morgenthaler 352 Points
 

All 3 top junior shooters scored higher than last year which is certainly a very encouraging sign. I also would like to mention Orlando’s achievement; in his last year as a junior shooter he shot his whole program with the K-31’s big caliber rifle. Well done.

Summary:

The scoring was generally down except for the junior competition but I think the bad weather with its shifting wind conditions had a big role to play. Weather conditions have to be taken into the equation and I just hope that in the upcoming shooting season we will be more favored by the weather god’s.

Participation has once again been down, this year by two shooters. For a long time it looked that we may break even with last year or even do better, especially as the “Hamiltonians” came up with big numbers. At the end we were just short.

I would especially like to thank all the shooters from Hamilton and the wider region. When considering their traveling time, you do display a lot of commitment and I certainly know that it is not an easy task to stay focused on shooting, as socializing amongst club members is as important and to be honest the Swiss Farm accommodation is no Hilton or the comfy bed at home. It is also great to see that there is junior shooters interest in your club. You all have my deepest admiration. Thank You.

Any Sights Any Rifle:

Any Sights any Rifle had its first entrants in 1998. Over the years we have had a steady increase in participant’s numbers. Last year Daniel and I decided that the organization and the running of this competition needed to change in order to accommodate all shooters that have shown interest. Over the last two years the new system has proven its valve. Last year (2011) we went for the first time over 100 participants, this year the record was exceeded with 158 shooters (2012). Pretty much all records were tumbling except one, the range record (200.7) shoot last year by Andrew Wakker still stays intact. For any serious contender an extraordinary effort is required to beat this. I even thought about building a new canon in order to increase my chances at it…… The 2012 competition was won by Debbie Wakker supported by a Swiss-Clause as Christian Neubauer had scored 197.7 points as well.

Due to the enormous success Daniel and I have now decided that next year we will throw in another weekend.

Nominated Points and Round Robin (knock out) Competition:

As every year in November we meet for the Nominated-Points and Knock-Out Competition.

Two shooters indicated early on that they did not just come to make up numbers.

After all shots were fired and calculations were done it came apparent that Melissa Lanz and Terry Mason were in fact on a dead heat as both had scored their nominated points. So another round was called for the two shooters, this time 5 shots were fired and then the shooter had to nominate their accumulated scores. At the end Terry Mason was declared the winner.

The Round-Robin-Shooting Competition is a rather short competition.

With only 2 sighting shoots and 6 counting shots there is not a great recovery space for a previous bad shot, so full concentration is asked for.

Right from the start, the scores were really even and continued till the final round.

At the end of the game Melissa Lanz got her revenge from the previous loss and outscored Terry Mason by 4 points. The little final was won by Henry Werffeli over Marcel Ruedi, last year’s winner.

Field-Championship Medal

This year I have only processed the cards of Andre Belami. Shortly he will receive the bronze medal for his efforts. Congratulations! For all the other long time members of the shooting section, have a look – if you have 8 white and 8 green cards hand them in to me and I will send them to Switzerland next time.

Working Bee’s

Unfortunately a heavy rainstorm had a huge impact on the shooting range; mainly the road down to the bridge but it also affected the foundation of the bridge. After seeing the damage it became apparent that something needed to be done in the shortest time possible as another storm could have taken the whole bridge away. I would like to thank everyone that got involved in building another foundation. It was a great display of team work.

At the same working bee some dedicated club members dug and installed a new drain in front of the door. I am glad that no one needs to get muddy shoes anymore before stepping into our little sanctuary.

I can honestly say I really appreciate all your hard work. Great Job’s! Well done!

Members:

Sadly Heinz Leuenberger has announced at the last Hamilton-Day that he is giving up shooting due to poor eye-sight and the cold weather conditions in May. It is something we all have to face at one point in our life and I fully understand. I would like to thank Heinz for the many years in participating as an active member of the shooting section. We will miss him as he was competitive till the last shot was fired and also very helpful in running the range in taking scores.

At this point I would like to encourage all members of the shooting section to further search for Swiss people whom would like to be part of something traditional. We have a great coaching team and would be only too happy to pass our knowledge onto new shooters. Please be assured any new shooters are always welcome.

PE90

We are still trying to solve a few issues around the P90 and its E-cat regulation as it is quite complex. Please note it is still a work in progress and hopefully I am able to tell you more about it soon.

Thank-You

With Marcel’s departure to Whangarei a very committed club member departed.  Over the years Marcel has taken a lot of work off my shoulders and was a great help in helping to maintain the shooting range. For all your hard work I herewith would like to Thank-You very much Marcel. We all hope that you still keep being an active member of the shooting section.

I also would like to thank Daniel, Ernst and Melissa for their great help in running the range.

Christian, Thank-You for your work and expertise in getting the new .223 rifle tuned up. Great Job well done!

Thomas, Thank-You for helping out with your digger. We could not have done without you and the digger. Thank-You!

To all the others who provided a helping hand during the year: Thank-You too!

Shooting Dates for 2013 are as follows:

Name Dates
Obligatorisch Competition 16 + 17 February
Feldschiessen Competition 16 + 17 March
Einzelwettschiesen 13 + 14 April
Hamilton Day 18 + 19 May
Swiss Abroad Competition 08 + 09 June
Reserve Day 22 + 23.June
Any Sights Any Rifle Competition 05 + 06 October 1.Weekend
Any Sights Any Rifle Competition 19 + 20 October 2. Weekend
Any Sights Any Rifle Competition 02 + 03 November 3. Weekend
Round Robin Competition 16 November
 

To all of you and your family, on behalf of the Auckland Swiss Shooting Club, I wish you all a Wonderful and Prosperous 2013

Riflemaster of the Auckland Swiss Club :  Henry Werffeli

 

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