Winning Team & Winning Shooter


On Friday, August 2nd, four Scout Groups, each with a team of six shooters from the Torlesse zone, got together for the annual Zone Smallbore Competition, held at the Darfield Rifle Range.

This competition began in 1953, under the Selwyn District zone name and ran until 1968. In 1984 the competition restarted again and in 1997 was renamed the Deans’ District Shooting Competition, with another name change in 2008 to the current Torlesse Zone Shooting Competition.

This year the competition was won for the second year running by Darfield Scouts with a score of 502.6. Darfield provided the highest overall top shooter for the fourth year running with a score of 93.3, out of a possible maximum of 100.10, shot by Liam Barnhill. Darfield also had the top scoring shooter in a sling shot by Ryan Booth of 91.3.

West Melton Scouts came second place with a score of 489, Hororata Scouts third with a score of 458 and Redwood Scouts, who entered for the first time, with a score of 368 came fourth.

It was reported to be a fantastic night all round and Scouts know it wouldn’t have been possible without the support of Craig Benbow of the Darfield Smallbore Rifle Club.