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RIP - Vern Neal

Posted by Helen Morgan

Past Kaituna Blenheim club member Vern Neal died on Wednesday 28 October.  Vern was a Kaituna member for about 50 years.

He was renowned as a tough long-range shot.  One of the last shoots that he had at Kaituna was a possible at 900 yards in the Tui Black Shield match.

At one Nationals he won the B grade long range title outscoring the A grade winner.  With his skills in the wind, he was often given the coaching job. In the early 1980's he coached a club team, with a number of  B graders, to the win in the club teams match at the Nationals.  Vern also did a term as a National Selector.

Away from shooting Vern was a farmer, with a hill country grazing property about 10 km north of  the Kaituna Range.

He is survived by his wife Barbara, 4 children, 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.

Under 25 Team 1988

Vern as Captain / Coach of the 1988 U25 Team to Sydney.

Under 25 Team after match 1988 2