Juniors to super veterans, new shooters to world champions shared the mound over the last 5 days and competed for the sweetest prize of all: the very first NRAA KING’S PRIZE.
Steve Negus (TRA), Reilly Pitt (TRB), Craig Ryan (TRC), Henk Doggen (FSA), Darryl Patti (FSB), Frog Lowe (F OPEN) and Josef Ekkerd (FTR) have their names etched in history!
Our QRA shooters excelled winning TRB, TRC, FSA, FSB, F OPEN & FTR. We are so proud of all who competed.
Steve Negus, Reilly Pitt, Craig Ryan, Henk Doggen, Darryl Patti, Frog Lowe and Josef Ekkerd
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The ‘battle’ lines were drawn in FSA between Henk Doggen and Andrew McKillop however, Goondiwindi shooter Al Griffiths certainly showed great form while his fellow club shooter and QRA junior Mia Lowe filled the Top 4!
Henk set the stage from the 300 with a great 60.8 at 300 yards however Mia showed true class in the first 600 yards with a 90.12 (only beaten by seasoned veteran Mahlon Reid with a 90.13). NSW junio Byron La Fontaine pushed through in the second 600 to nudge out veteran Bob Pedersen and Henk Doggen.
The stage was certainly set for a great finish but the weather had other ideas. Day 2 saw Henk finish having only dropped a point: Al Griffiths in second, Andrew McKillop in third and Mia Lowe in fourth.
FSB saw Darryl Patti continue his masterclass winning all but 2 ranges. He battled back after a slow start at the 300 yards with 2x possibles at the 600 yards. John Preece who was second at the QRA Queen’s cemented his second place while super-veteran Dick Blockside rounded out the three. He certainly left the range with a smile after a brilliant 58.2 at the last 1000 yards.
As always it’s a tough gig in F Open with centres being the only separator on most occasions.
Jenni Hausler started proceedings at the 300 yards with a magnificent 60.10! With the rain settling in during the 600 yard shoots, Dave Boreham put in a great shoot to take the first with a 90.14. That 6 was 1mm outside the ring! Brett Bunyan followed that with a 90.13 in the second!
Day 2 started with only 2 people clean: Dave Boreham and Dave Reddan. However, the 2 longs were about to change that.
Frog Lowe, the SA FS Queen’s winner once again proved consistency wins the major events. Having not even placed at any of the ranges, he finally got the 1000 yards and the Championship! Brett Bunyan and Jenni Hausler took the minor placings.
We have some of the best FTR shooters in the country who call the QRA home and they were ready for a great competition.
Josef Ekkerd set the stage for his mighty win at the 300 yards and cemented it at the 900! His consistency across the King’s saw him a single point in front at the end of the day. Close Rival Frans Knox took out second while Rodger Hannemann roundeed out the three: both only a single point behind.
Belmont Shooting Complex
The Queensland Rifle Association fosters target rifle shooting and firearms training through our clubs. Different classes of rifle shooting are conducted by our Clubs under the Standard Shooting Rules (SSRs) of the National Rifle Association of Australia (NRAA).
Belmont Shooting Complex
Small club whose members have many years experience in the sport of fullbore shooting bot target rifle & F Class and will always provide the assistance required to potential new members in order to grow to our sport and open it up to others.