Ashley Bidgood opened the 2012 shooting season with a possible 150 to win his Crows Nest-Goombungee Rifle Club Annual Prize Shoot on Sunday for the second year in a row. 

He was the only competitor not to drop a shot in the field of more than 70 shooters from Central Queensland to Northern New South Wales.

The match shot over 500 and 600 yards provided some flukey wind challenges, with the heaviest rain luckily falling during the lunch break.

Ashley is one of the State’s top shooters who be in the Country team to take on City in April and is in the Queensland team which this year will compete in the national championships in Adelaide.

Another seasoned campaigner Rob Bondfield from Southern Downs headed a group of four shooters who dropped a single shot.

Rob, who posted the best single range score for the weekend, a 50.9, beat Colin Cole a member of North Arm Club by 18 centre bulls to 14, with Brisbane shooter Mijo Brdjanovic a close fourth with 13 centres and Alan Cronk from Murwillumbah with 12.

Alan took out the 15-shot Sweepstakes on Saturday with a possible 75.9 which gave him a winning weekend Grand Aggregate score of 224.21.

Cameron McEwan from Dalby-Tara Rifle Club narrowly took out the F Open class for scope rifles with a score of 176.13 from University’s John Tracey on 176.10.

Evergreen Albert District shooter Dick Blocksidge was a clear winner of the strong F Standard competition.

Dick got his first taste of rifle shooting at Crows Nest 60 years ago as a 13 year old.

The next event on the rifle shooting calendar will be the South Burnett District Annual Prize Meeting at Wondai on March 24 and 25.

Crows Nest results February 2012

A Grade: 1 Ashley Bidgood, Crows Nest, 150.18, 2 Rob Bondfield, Southern Downs, 149.18, 3 Colin Cole, North Arm, 149.14, 4 Mijo Brdjanovic, Brisbane, 149.13, 5 Alan Cronk, Murwillumbah, 149.12.

B Grade: 1 Glenn Ellis, Toowoomba, 147.13, 2 Bret Harling, Jandowae, 146.10, 3 Ron Bowman, Gatton, 146.8.

C Grade: 1 Geoff Grant, Brisbane, 135.7, 2 Aidan Carling, Brisbane, 134, 3 Allan Hannel, Beaudesert, 133.5.

F Open: 1 Cameron McEwan, Dalby-Tara, 176.13, 2 John Tracey, University, 176.10, 3 Chris Bell, Brisbane, 176.8.

F Standard: 1 Dick Blocksidge, Albert District, 176.9, 2 Roger Dahl, Qld Police, 172.12, 3 K. Long, Pittsworth, 169.8.

Sweepstakes, 15 shots

A Grade: 1 Alan Cronk, Murwillumbah, 75.9, 2 Dennis Bidgood, Crows Nest-Goombungee, 74.7, 3 Max Bidgood, Crows Nest, 73.6, 4 Ashley Bidgood, Crows Nest, 73.5, 5 Cathy Smith, Brisbane, 73.3.

B Grade: 1 Glenn Ellis, Toowoomba, 73.6, 2 William Heaton, Beaudesert, 73.1, 3 David Neely, Pacific, 71.4.

C Grade: 1 Geoff Grant, Brisbane, 69.3, 2 Aidan Carling, Brisbane, 68.3, 3 Allan Hannel, Beaudesert, 62.

F Open: 1 David Reddan, Toowoomba, 84.5, 2 Anthony Berry, Beaudesert, 84.3, 3 Tim Pilcher, North Arm, 84.2.

F Standard: 1 Colin Sutton, Goondiwindi, 85.4, 2 Dennis Brown, North Arm, 82.2, 3 Brian Pickles, Natives, 82.1.

Grand Aggregate

A Grade: Alan Cronk, Murwillumbah, 224.21, 2 Ashley Bidgood, Crows Nest, 223.23, 3 Mijo Brdjanovic, Brisbane, 221.18, 4 David Brown, Crows Nest, 220.13, 5 David Phippard, Murwillumbah, 219.19.

B Grade: 1 Glen Ellis, Toowoomba, 220.19, 2 Bret Harling, Jandowae, 216.15, 3 David Neely, Pacific, 214.17.

C Grade: 1 Geoff Grant, Brisbane, 204.10, 2 Aidan Carling, Brisbane, 202.3, 3 Allan Hannel, Beaudesert, 195.5.

F Standard: 1 Colin Sutton, Goondiwindi, 254.10, 2 Dennis Brown, North Arm, 247.11, 3 Beth Caskey, Pittsworth, 244.8.

F Open: 1 Tony McKenna, Grafton, 258.18, 2 Anthony Berry, Beaudesert, 258.16, 3 Tim Pilcher, North Arm, 258.13.

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