Natives aggregate and Keith Affleck Belt winner Brian Carter TePuke NZ resultNatives aggregate and Keith Affleck Belt winner Brian Carter TePuke NZ resultKiwi visitor snares Natives titles

New Zealand shooter Brian Carter made a bold showing to win the 2017 Natives Prize Meeting.

The two-day event attracted a class field of shooters leading into a big week of competition at the Belmont Range.

Following the final Commonwealth Games trial, and the President’s lead-up, the National Queens Prize will be shot from this Friday through to Sunday.

Brian, from TePuke Rifle Club in the North Island, is also taking part in a NZ Commonwealth Games selection trial and the National Queens at Belmont.

 

In more favourable weather conditions on Saturday, eight shooters headed by George Edser completed possible 150s in the Carina Leagues Club short range match over 300, 500 and 600 yards.

When the weather blew up on Sunday, making 900 yards especially tricky, the Kiwi visitor flew home with the only possible in the Berger Bullets long range aggregate for the day.

Brian won the Natives’ Les Perrin Memorial Grand Aggregate, two shots down with a a score of 288 and 35 centres, from Crows Nest competitor Ashley Bidgood on 297.39 and University’s Matthew Pozzebon on 296.30.

The top 10 shooters then competed for the Keith Affleck Belt over 1000 yards with Brian Carter again victorious on 49.6 from Brisbane shooter Geoff Grosskreutz.

Natives member Rudi Mueller won the B Grade grand aggregate and Sebastian Hopkins from Gold Coast the C Grade.

Dave Boreham from North Arm took out the F Open Grand aggregate which also included a possible 180 on Saturday.

Mariners member Andrew Blaiklock won the F Target Rifle Grand Aggregate and Western Australian visitor Mahlon Reid the F Standard.

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