Ashley masters Muckadilla

Muckadilla President Bim Langton with the competition winner Ashley Bidgood.Muckadilla President Bim Langton with the competition winner Ashley Bidgood.Top Crows Nest shooter Ashley Bidgood mastered the challenging conditions at Muckadilla for a convincing win in the Western District Rifle Association Championship at the weekend.

Ashley took his third competition event for the season with an aggregate score of 345.29 over seven ranges with 11 shots on the last range.

A number of shooters in contention coming into the last long range on Monday fell by the wayside with mirage and fluky wind taking its toll.

The Muckadilla range has a fearsome reputation among shooters which was well reflected in the scores.

Results to come.

 

Competitors gathered from across central and southern Queensland for the popular three day event shot over distances from 300 to 900 yards.

Ashley finished six shots clear of Toowoomba’s John Gilliland and Des Voght from North Arm who both finished on 339. John had a superior centre bull count of 30 to prevail over Des who shot 21.

Ipswich shooters Andrew Mayfield and Ken Lobwein finished fourth and fifth respectively on 337.27 and 336.20.

Australian representative shooter Ben Picton from Mungindi made up a lot of ground after a horror start at 300 metres to place sixth with an aggregate 334.28. He shot strongly on Sunday to win the mid range aggregate over 500, 600 and 700 yards.

A 15 shot sweepstake on Saturday was won by David Brown from Crows Nest-Goombungee on 70.6 from Andrew Mayfield on 70.4 and Des Voght on 70.1

Gold Coast shooter Terry Hanckel was a convincing winner of the B Grade competition with a seven range aggregate score of 340.24. Fellow Gold Coaster Mick Kyle took out the F Standard class aggregate with a score of 406.27

 

Aaron Sells and his father Graham from Chinchilla enjoyed the shooting action at the Western District Championship at Muckadilla at the weekend.Aaron Sells and his father Graham from Chinchilla enjoyed the shooting action at the Western District Championship at Muckadilla at the weekend. Fred Hewitt put up a good showing for the local Muckadilla Rifle Club, dropping just a single shot for a close second in the A Grade short range aggregate shot over 300 and 400 yards on Saturday.Fred Hewitt put up a good showing for the local Muckadilla Rifle Club, dropping just a single shot for a close second in the A Grade short range aggregate shot over 300 and 400 yards on Saturday.
On scoring duty at the Western Districts championship was Daniel Briskey, Crows Nest-Goombungee.On scoring duty at the Western Districts championship was Daniel Briskey, Crows Nest-Goombungee.  Gold Coast shooter Terry Hanckel was in good form at the Western District Championship, winning the short and mid-distance aggregates in B Grade.  His scores included a possible 50.4 at 400 yards.Gold Coast shooter Terry Hanckel was in good form at the Western District Championship, winning the short and mid-distance aggregates in B Grade. His scores included a possible 50.4 at 400 yards.
 Mungindi shooters Jack McPhee and Gary Doyle at the Western District championship at the weekend. Jack was a close third in the F Standard short range aggregate.Mungindi shooters Jack McPhee and Gary Doyle at the Western District championship at the weekend. Jack was a close third in the F Standard short range aggregate.  Enthusiastic young Ipswich shooter Patrick Mayfield accompanied his father Andrew to the Western District Championship at Muckadilla at the weekend.Enthusiastic young Ipswich shooter Patrick Mayfield accompanied his father Andrew to the Western District Championship at Muckadilla at the weekend.
 Neil Austin from Crows Nest-Goombungee was keeping an eye on the targets during shooting action at Muckadilla at the weekend.Neil Austin from Crows Nest-Goombungee was keeping an eye on the targets during shooting action at Muckadilla at the weekend.
Part of the family cheer squad at Muckadilla, Melissa Brown and Anita Bidgood, Crows Nest-Goombungee. Part of the family cheer squad at Muckadilla, Melissa Brown and Anita Bidgood, Crows Nest-Goombungee.
Rob HendersonRob Henderson
 Gerald and Marlene RennickGerald and Marlene Rennick

Results to come

The shoot also received news coverage in the Western Star and the Balonne Beacon newspapers.