Biloela shooter takes .303 centenary title
Crack Central Queensland shooter Charles Arrowsmith was a convincing winner of the ANZAC Centenary Memorial .303 match at North Arm at the weekend.
The trip from Biloela with his 1940s Long Branch rifle proved fruitful as he shot a possible 150 on the opening day using a modified scoring system.
On Sunday two dropped shots pushed Charles into second place behind Brian Long from Pittsworth, but placings were reversed for the grand aggregate trophy.
Darling Downs identity Ted Long first took up rifle shooting competition in 1948 and he is still going strong as he approaches his 90th birthday in April.
He has been a lifelong member of Pittsworth Rifle Club, following his father Percy into the sport which he pursues with his other passion, playing golf twice a week.
“I didn’t take up golf until I retired at 73,” Ted explained during a rain break in the City-Country shooting championship in Brisbane at the weekend.
Ted and his wife of 67 years Hazel have been regular visitors to shooting headquarters at Belmont range where he is proud of his achievement of only missing two Queens Prize competitions.
Ted said his best shooting years were in the 1970s, when he won his sole Queens Prize trophy at Mackay.