Oamaru target shooter Adrianne Sherwin will be in familiar surroundings when she represents the South Island women’s and veteran’s teams at the annual North Island v South Island matches in Rangiora this weekend.
Four matches – open (men and women combined), women, junior and veteran – are on the schedule.
There is plenty on the line for male and female shooters with 15 spots open for a New Zealand selection to take on an English home counties selection on the second day of competition.
Those who miss out on the New Zealand selection are chosen for other teams to shoot against each other.
Sherwin, who shoots locally for Oamaru Railway, is no stranger to the South Island women’s team, having also gained selection in 1998, 2002, 2014 and 2015.
She will be joined on the veterans’ team by fellow Oamaru shooter Murray Reeves.
Sherwin said she gained her selection through a “process of elimination” following several competitions.
In Rangiora, competitors shoot a single, double and single with the aim of achieving perfect scores of 100.10 in the single shoot or 220.20 in the double.
She expects she will have to be at her best across all eight targets to gain New Zealand selection.
“If you shoot in the 390s out of 400 and shoot well every time, you’re selected … you always go with 110.10 in your mind or 200.20 shooting double.”
The weekend’s competition, at the Ashley Smallbore Rifle Association range, is one of the biggest on the national target shooting calendar.
The competition was last held in North Otago since 1994.