Colin Cole North Arm scored an 11 shot possible at 900 yards at MuckadillaColin Cole North Arm scored an 11 shot possible at 900 yards at MuckadillaColin masters Muckadilla – again

North Arm shooter Colin Cole mastered the challenging Muckadilla range with a superb three day exhibition on the Labour Day long weekend.

He missed just one bullseye over seven ranges, inlcuding 11 shots at the final 900 yards.

His aggregate 354 with 39 centres left the field in his wake as he cleared out to claim yet another Western District Rifle Association title by seven shots.

The move back to Muckadilla’s traditional three-day format proved popular with a strong field of 60 shooters, including several interstate visitors.

The open Muckadilla range gave a glimpse of its fearsome reputation when the wind blew up on the second day, sending the tumbleweeds rolling and playing havoc with scores.

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North Arm top shot Peter Richards QMRCNorth Arm top shot Peter Richards QMRCImpressive Anzac scores at North Arm

In an outstanding display of .303 rifle marksmanship, Peter Richards and Dave Hatherell missed just a single bullseye each when they went head to head in the popular Anzac shoot at North Arm on Sunday, April 17.

Peter, a member of the Queensland Military Rifle Club, edged ahead with 9 out of 10 centre bulls at 400 yards and clinched the three-range contest 149.22 to 149.19.

The annual event which is well supported by Sunshine Coast RSLs was shot in blustery conditions which challenged many shooters, even with the modified scoring system in use.

Peter, who was part of a large QMRC contingent, shot with a rare Canadian Ross Mark three 1916 vintage rifle for the first time.

 

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A photo of the Veterans at Bendigo recentlyA photo of the Veterans at Bendigo recently

 

Members of the QRA Veteran TR teams at Bendigo immediately after the Masters 15 shot match at 900yds on Sun 10 Apr 2016. From the left;

Geoff Wellburn (Pacific), Colin Jones (Central), Henry Mischlewski (Coach, Central), Bill Read (Uni of Qld), kneeling, Peter Compton (Capt., Gold Coast), Peter Scovell (Natives), John Caske (Coach, Natives), Don Thompson (Natives), Helen Griffiths (Pacific), and Phil Kraut (Uni of Qld). Absent: Herman Woolschott (Brisbane).

 

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Rodney Prayle - new QRA president.Rodney Prayle - new QRA president.

Maryborough shooter Rodney Prayle is the new President of the Queensland Rifle Associaiton.

Rodney was elected to succeed the retiring Andrew Mayfield at the QRA 2016 annual meeting.

He first started shooting at Warialda in NSW about 18 years ago, quickly rising through the grades and gaining representative caps along the way in Australian teams competing in Barbados and the USA.

He has been a member of several Queensland State teams since moving to Maryborough in 2002 where he purchased a cane farm.

He has served on the QRA Council for more than a decade and been a Board member for the past four years.

Rodney has been a strong supporter of QRA club shooting on the Prize Meeting circuit and was again a member of the 2016 Country team.

He said it was an exciting time for the sport in Queensland with preparations well under way to host shooting at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane.

“We’ve seen a lot of activity at the Belmont complex which will improve facilities for all shooting disciplines.”

“Rifle shooting is entering the electronic target era and we’ve seen the rise and rise of scoped rifle shooting which is a sign of the times,” Rodney said.

The QRA has just made its first capital investment in land for a new rifle range on the Darling Downs and is prepared to invest in other localities to secure a long term future for the sport.

He expects to be a more frequent visitor to Brisbane in his new role, but said the Association was fortunate to have excellent staff in place and top class facilities for shooters.