With a score of 498.61, Peter Thurtell was only 3 V Bulls ahead of his rival James Corbett with Albert District’s Brendan Parkins a close third with 496.41.
Bill Ballantyne took TR/B with Tina Thornhill from Central in third place.
Kevin Chatfield took F Std A with Glenn Rush taking third, Dianne Jonker F Std B, Lowell Tillack F Open with Daryl Barlow taking out F/TR from Mike Samuels.
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.
He shot a possible 50 on the final challenging 1000 yard range to finish the Queens with 498.61. Victory was only secured when perennial champion James Corbett from Benalla dropped two shots on the last to also finish on 498, but with 58 centres.
Young Jandowae shooter Brendan Parkins had a splendid week finishing third in the Queens with 496.42 and fourth in the Grand Aggregate.
Central member Gordon Duncan was fourth in the Queens and top veteran shooter.
Goondiwindi shooter Lowell Tillack was a convincing F Open Queens winner with a record aggregate 599.62.
The first-time Queens winner had his single miss at 1000 yards. He said the stray shot was at 12 o’clock so he couldn’t blame the wind.
Lowell shot target rifle for many years then F Standard before moving to F Open a couple of years ago. He was pleased with a decision to use two rifles for the first time, 6mm for the shorter ranges and stepping up to 7mm for the longer ranges.
His wife Daphne “coach and nutritionist” also enjoyed the win.
Ipswich shooter Darryl Barlow completed a huge week with victory in the FTR Queens and Grand Aggregate. He was also a member of the unbeaten Queensland FTR team in the national teams championships.
Ravenshoe shooter Kevin Chatfield won the F Standard Queens from Brett Bond of Orange who also snared the Grand Aggregate.
To mark the Anzac Centenary year, a group of local shooters created interest by completing the Queens using .303 rifles.
Brian Long from Pittsworth shot 419.13 to win from Dave Hatherell, Gympie Kilkivan on 410.13.
Belmont Shooting Complex
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