Sutherland Shire Smallbore
Sutherland Smallbore Rifle Club is situated in a picturesque grove located at Newland Place, Yarrawarrah, NSW, only 33 kilometers south of the centre of Sydney.
The Sutherland Shire Miniature Club, as it was then known, was established in 1939 by a group of Diggers and patriotic citizens. The club held its first official competition shoot in 1940 indoors over 12 yards in the old Miranda produce store. The following year the Club moved to the Fowler Potteries claypit at Miranda (now the site of the Westfield shopping complex) where competition was conducted outdoors over 25 and 50 yards. Following sale of the claypit to Westfield in 1958, the members established the present range at the site of an abandoned shale quarry at Yarrawarra.
The Club boasts the largest membership of any smallbore club in Australia. Its members comprise male and female shooters from juniors through to veterans, including a few World Cup and Commonwealth Games representatives - all dedicated to the promotion of safe smallbore (.22 rimfire) rifle shooting.
Tuesday EveningCompetition shooting takes place on our 15 berth, 50 metre range (The Joe Clements Rifle Range) each Tuesday night commencing at 7:30pm until 9:30pm. Competition includes graded championships from D Grade through to A Grade. The best 20 from a possible 40 shoots count for the championships. The program also includes team, handicap, novelty and social shoots.
Sunday MorningPractice shooting takes place on the same range each Sunday morning at 10:00am until 1:00pm. Juniors (school age) and others who cannot attend on Tuesday nights may shoot competition scores on Sundays with the prior approval of club management.
Types of Shooting
Most shooting is based on the UIT (Olympic style) prone discipline using purpose built target rifles. However the Club also caters for the growing interest in both Sport Rifle (i.e. field rifles) and benchrest shooting.
Some members are also venturing into 10 metre air rifle (.177 calibre) shooting and the club is currently looking at ways of installing the necessary facilities to grow this interest.
Social, Club Level, Interclub and Representative Level Competition
Many of our members enjoy shooting socially or competing at club level. In addition, our members are among the most competitive in Australia and compete as individuals or represent the club at prize meetings, interclub, state and national levels. A number have represented NSW and Australia.
The club belongs to the members and endeavors to meet the requirements of all, irrespective of their level of interest or the level at which they wish to compete.
Like to give the Sport a Try?
If you do not have the appropriate Target Shooting License and would like to try the sport then you can apply for a Temporary Club Membership. Application forms are available at the club but you will need to bring some proof of identity. The temporary membership fee is quite modest and may be deductible from your initial annual membership fee should you be interested in and be invited to permanently join the club.
New members will be advised of range safety and etiquette and will receive coaching in the basics initially. Further coaching will be by mutually acceptable arrangement with a senior member.
Club rifles and other equipment is available at a minimal charge to new members initially. Members are then encouraged to secure their own.
The Club also conducts Firearms Safety Awareness Tests for applicants for the NSW Shooter's license.
Interested and Like to Know More?
If you would like to know more about target shooting then contact the Club Secretary, alternatively visit our range during the above hours.
9th July 2000 - The Joe Clements Memorial ShootShooters from Nowra and Sutherland clubs gathered to shoot in a competition in memory of Sutherland club stalwart Joe Clements who "left the range" in June 1999.Joe completed in the club's first competition shoot as a junior in 1940, was the club's first representative at the Metropolitan Miniature Rifle Clubs Champions Shoot and in 1967 was the clubs first state representative. Joe competed with the best in Australia at the time and top scored along with the likes of Brooks, Ward, Frederick, Dove, Astley, Rule and the Gowland family. For many years Joe was the backbone of the club and served as Treasurer and general giver of advice to many a new shooter. In keeping with the day competitors used the old style 12 mm targets giving some excellent results to many shooters. The occasion was held in brilliant weather and shared with wives and children of the Club's members.
5th August 2000 - The Sutherland Mini Enduro ShootA mini-enduro competition was hastily arranged on Thursday 3/8/00 for Saturday 5/8/00. Shooters from Legion, Nowra and Sutherland clubs attended and proceeded to shoot an English match (60 shots) in the morning followed by another in the afternoon.During the break the club provided a sausage sizzle and the background for many a fine yarn.
21st September 2000 - Sydney OlympicsA strong contingent from Sutherland Club were on hand to support Australian representatives Warren Potent and Tim Lowndes in the 50m prone rifle event.Members from Legion, North Rocks, Moss Vale, Springwood and Manly Clubs were also there in numbers.
5th November 2000 - The Illawarra Open Championship ShootThe club will again be hosting the Illawarra Open Championship shoot.The competition will be conducted in the form of an English Match event with a mixture of both new and old style targets.
Come and enjoy a truly great day at our range. Family members most welcome.
SMALL BORE RIFLE SHOOTING - A GREAT SPORT