31 July 2016
It was a day unlike most at ‘Stewartdale’ Ripley. Picture perfect, the sky was clear and the sun shining. Barely a breeze to lift the tired wind flags which were flown in preparation for what was to come. Ipswich and District Rifle club was to hold their annual Open Prize meet. Top shots, 73 in total, from all around began to congregate anticipating the contest ahead.

Before long the range was crowded with nervy competitors and the jovial chitter of friendly conversation, the calm before the storm. Soon enough it was down to business. Sights set, gear ready. The first keen riflemen clambered the mound and fired the first shots. Boom! Crack! The day was underway.

Conditions seemed mild to most but there was a fitful flick of flag flashing every few moments. It was enough to matter if you weren’t paying the due attention. As the day continued conditions didn’t seem to change significantly. The clear conditions and heat of the sun made mirage the
greatest test. It wasn’t until perhaps later in the afternoon when the flags left their lethargy to dance a little more.

As quickly as it began the last lonely shots rang out and the days competition was done. The congregation gathered as the afternoon waned for a coldie and a catchup. An enterprise for Electronic Targets was to thank for the club’s cake stall which provided a welcome treat after a day of close competition.

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Perfect scores in long range rifle shooting are hard to come by.

And capturing an image of that perfect target was not an option until the recent introduction of electronic targets.

Cannon Hill Rifle Club member Mark Fairbairn achieved the feat during the Natives Club Prize Meeting at Belmont range in Brisbane on June 18.

Shooting at 500 yards, Mark put all 10 shots in the centre of the bullseye.  He was competing in the F Target Rifle Class for scoped rifles.

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Matt takes Natives title

Matt PozzebonMatt PozzebonMatt Pozzebon has come back to Queensland in fine form, snaring the Natives Prize Meeting Les Perrin Grand Aggregate.

He dropped just one shot to post a winning score of 299 with 41 centres across six ranges on June 18 and 19.

Matt, who is the current US Open champion, had been working in the Hunter Valley in NSW but has returned to studies at the University of Queensland, re-joining the Uni Club.

The Natives event attracted a strong field including a contingent of New Zealand shooters in Brisbane for a two day F Class teams match against Australia ahead of the National Queens.

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Ashley in Darling Downs clean sweep

Ash Bidgood - Darling Downs winner.Ash Bidgood - Darling Downs winner.Crows Nest rifle shooter Ashley Bidgood continued his run of fine form with a comprehensive win in the Darling Downs Open at Goondiwindi on May 21 and 22.

He beat a strong field from across southern Queensland and northern NSW to sweep the Percy Gartner Memorial on Saturday, the Darling Downs District Rifle Association Open on Sunday and the two-day aggregate.


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