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North Arm winner Ashley Bidgood Crows NewsNorth Arm winner Ashley Bidgood Crows NewsAshley scores trophy double at North Arm shoot

Some of the most challenging wind conditions played havoc with scores at the North Arm Rifle Club and Lilley District Prize Shoot at Yandina, the last Open event for 2016.

Swirling gusts had shooters constantly cranking their sights in an often vain attempt to try and stay on target with even the best challenged to stay on top.

Ashley Bidgood from Crows Nest scored a competition double, taking out the Lilley Open and the two day aggregate in a close tussle all weekend with local member Colin Cole who secured the North Arm Open trophy.

The six-range winning aggregate with 11 missed bulls posted by Ashley reflected just how tough conditions were, making slow progress for the big field of 80 competitors at the two-day event on October 29 and 30.

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The Third Billy Sing Marksman Shoot, was held at the Clermont Rifle Range on the 1st and 2nd October 2016.

Saturday morning saw a very cold start with 3.8 degree temperature, warming up over the weekend to 36 degree on Sunday afternoon.

The competition was shot over 8 Ranges 2 X 300m, 4 X 600m, 2 X 700m.

Reading wind and mirage changes with only one wind flag half way along each range, proved extremely challenging.

Shooters travelled from Bundaberg and Mackay, and enjoyed a very competitive event along with wonderful meals, and friendship.

Great thanks must go to the sponsors of the Billy Sing Marksman Shoot, Glencore Coal and Clermont Butchery.

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Standout results in windy border contest

A Grade winners at Goondiwindi Charles Arrowsmith Biloela and Colin Cole North ArmA Grade winners at Goondiwindi Charles Arrowsmith Biloela and Colin Cole North ArmTop shooters Colin Cole and Charles Arrowsmith came to the fore in the Border Championships at Goondiwindi which drew a class field of more than 90 competitors, the biggest in years.

Rain sweeping around the west on the weekend threatened to dampen spirits, but it was the gusting winds blowing down the range that confronted visitors from Victoria, NSW and across Queensland and blew out many scores.

With fading light on Saturday afternoon, the last of four ranges over 600 yards was shortened to seven shots with three full ranges completed on the Sunday.

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