Albert and Mungindi young guns duel at Warwick

Shane Abood Albert and DistrictShane Abood Albert and DistrictThe final prize meeting for the year attracted a hot field of Queensland and NSW rifle shooters to Warwick on Sunday with Shane Abood from Albert and District breaking through for a strong win.

Conditions were benign early with an electrical storm interruption late in the day during the Darling Downs Rifle Club event.

Shane and Mungindi shooter Ben Picton both finished with possible 30 bullseyes in the three match event over 500 and 600 yards, with Shane edging ahead with 17 centre bulls to 13.

Consistent young Jandowae shooter Brendan Parkins had a superior 19 centres, but had to settle for third placing after missing a bull at the last range.

North Arm shooters Des Voght and Peter Birch won B and C grades respectively.

Goondiwindi’s Michael Hieronymous posted the highest score in a strong F Standard scope class competition from B Grade, missing just three shots to finish with 177.14, ahead of A Grade winner Henk Doggen from Beaudesert on 177.11.

Gatton shooter David Reddan won the F Open scope class and Mark Fairbairn from Cannon Hill took out the F Target Rifle event.



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Standing L to R - Jim Breeze, Dave Hatherell, Rod Wood, Brian Long [winner], Les Pedersen, Nathan Fennessy  Kneeling L to R – Peter Richards, Col Hall, Glenn Skipworth.Standing L to R - Jim Breeze, Dave Hatherell, Rod Wood, Brian Long [winner], Les Pedersen, Nathan Fennessy Kneeling L to R – Peter Richards, Col Hall, Glenn Skipworth.

The 303 branch of rifle-shooting has been steadily growing from near-death since the advent of 7.62mm, to the present when new life was breathed into it by Bob Bull who organised a series of annual 303 shoots at North Arm each April leading up to 2015, to honour the ANZACs, including his own father who was a cameleer in Palestine.


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Narrabri young gun takes Goondi title

Goondiwindi A Grade winner Andrew Wilson NarrabriGoondiwindi A Grade winner Andrew Wilson Narrabri

Young Narrabri shooter Andrew Wilson brought his world championship form to the Goondiwindi Border Prize Meeting at the weekend.

Andrew prevailed by a narrow margin after going head to head with North Arm Rifle Club member Colin Cole over two days of competition.

Both shooters missed just a single bullseye over seven ranges from 300 to 600 metres with Andrew hitting three more centre bulls to win 349.41 to 349.38.

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Peter Thurtell a narrow Queens winner

Peter Thurtell - 2015 QRA Queens WinnerPeter Thurtell - 2015 QRA Queens Winner

Wingham shooter Peter Thurtell, a fixture at top level shooting for a number of years, has broken through for his first Queens Prize in Brisbane.

Peter took out the 125th QRA Queens, against hot competition in a big field of more than 300 shooters at Belmont and also secured the Queens-Duncan Grand Aggregate.

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