Queensland will provide more than half the firepower in an Australian team doing battle for one of the country’s oldest sporting trophies in Barbados this year.

Queensland members of the Australian Team at BelmontQueensland members of the Australian Team at Belmont

The historic Australia Match for supremacy in long range rifle shooting will be contested after the West Indies Championships in May.

Defending champions Great Britain will again be hard to beat, competing against teams from Australia, Canada and the Channel Islands.

The Australia Match was first contested as the Empire Match in Sydney in 1907 and the imposing silver trophy has a permanent home at Australian shooting headquarters, the Belmont Range in Brisbane.

The British took the honours when the Match was last shot as part of the World Championships in Brisbane in 2011.

Queensland Rifle Association President Rod Bickel will manage the team with Rob Rush one of two coaches.

QRA shooters in the team are Bill Baker, Tim Berry, David Gardiner, Darren Enslin and his wife Gillian and Kim O’Loghlen.

The 40 shot match over ranges from 300 to 1000 yards will be held in Barbados on May 18.

The Australian team has competed in all 45 matches, winning the trophy 17 times.

The team assembled in Brisbane for a practice over the Australia day long weekend, making the best of the wet conditions, shooting under cover using electronic targets at the 300 yard range.

Jim Jeffery, NSW, with top 10 shot groups scored during the practice sessions.Jim Jeffery, NSW, with top 10 shot groups scored during the practice sessions.

 Gillian Webb-EnslinGillian Webb-Enslin