Sunday, September 13, 2015 - Submitted by Ryan Darnley
Josef Rezek of the Adelaide Adrenaline made it look easy in the Haigh & Hastings Shooting Accuracy competition, sealing a win for Team Schlamp.
Rezek’s final round time, likewise, was the third fastest time of the afternoon, clearly showing the first round was no fluke.
Despite looking to be a relatively simple contest from an onlookers’ perspective, the foam targets placed at the four corners of the goal proved rather challenging.
Almost all of the competitors straight out missed the net at least once and many dinged the pipes as they attempted to hit the target, proving it’s never as easy as it may look.
The first elimination round saw Stephen Blunden of the CBR Brave come closest to Rezek’s time of 17.12 seconds, posting a time of 19.50 seconds.
Unfortunately for Blunden, Rezek was an All-Star teammate and thus the third best time of 21.50 seconds in the heats, posted by Matt Armstrong of the Melbourne Ice, advanced to the final round.
Rezek admitted to nerves prior to the challenge.
“I was pretty nervous, because I didn’t want to be the guy who is standing there for two minutes still trying to hit it,” he said.
This clearly didn’t happen though as the Adrenaline player’s slower, calmer approach of taking his time to line up a shot proved successful delivering a 20.37 second time in the final, whilst Armstrong could only post a 29.67 time.
Delivering accurate shooting appears to be a case of practice makes perfect for Rezek.
“I don’t think I do anything special, but back when I was young in the Czech Republic, I’d be shooting 200 pucks a day; that’s maybe the way to do it,” he said.
With the win, Team Bales moved to a 7-5 lead at the end of three rounds.