Memorable first shoot at Gatton

Crows Nest shooter John Gilliland won the Gatton eventCrows Nest shooter John Gilliland won the Gatton event

 

The first experience of Gatton Rifle Range was a memorable one for many shooters on Sunday, March 13.

The Gatton-Glenore Grove Club hosted its first invitational event -- 15 and 10 shots at 600 yards -- in challenging conditions. There was a flukey wind, sometimes almost calm and with a gust strong enough to buckle a flag pole. Plus a rain interruption for good measure.

Despite the weather, there were some splendid scores with Crows Nest shooter John Gilliland notching a possible 25 bulls with 13 centres.

Despite the weather, there were some splendid scores with Crows Nest shooter John Gilliland notching a possible 25 bulls with 13 centres.

He won by a single shot from Darling Downs competitor Rob McMaster. Ipswich shooter Rob Rush finished third, coming home strongly with a possible 50 with 9 centres.

Gatton local Ron Bowman won C Grade and Nick Ellis from Crows Nest took out C Grade.

In strong scope class competion, Glen Rush from Ipswich won F Standard while Graham Sells from Dalby-Tara took out the F Open.  

Craig Clark from Gatton with Les Pedersen Darling DownsCraig Clark from Gatton with Les Pedersen Darling Downs 
 Gatton local Col Greenwood aims up at 600 metresGatton local Col Greenwood aims up at 600 metres
 Gatton local Roy Olm shot in F StandardGatton local Roy Olm shot in F Standard
 Peter Hayden Gatton with Darby Matthews Darling DownsPeter Hayden Gatton with Darby Matthews Darling Downs
 Natives member Brian Pickles keeps score at GattonNatives member Brian Pickles keeps score at Gatton
 Nick Ellis from Crows Nest won C Grade at GattonNick Ellis from Crows Nest won C Grade at Gatton
 Peter Hayden with bent flag polePeter Hayden with bent flag pole
 Ray Perry Gatton with Moses Hannel BeaudesertRay Perry Gatton with Moses Hannel Beaudesert
 Rob Rush from Ipswich shot a splendind 50.9 at GattonRob Rush from Ipswich shot a splendind 50.9 at Gatton