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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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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