Gympie shooter blitzes .303 event

Dave Hatherell from Gympie-Kilkivan, produced the winning score at North Arm with his 1943 Lithgow .303 rifle.Dave Hatherell from Gympie-Kilkivan, produced the winning score at North Arm with his 1943 Lithgow .303 rifle.Gympie-Kilkivan Rifle Club member Dave Hatherell put on a great display of precision shooting to win the ANZAC memorial .303 competition at Yandina on Sunday.

His possible 150 with 12 centre bulls across three ranges was a top performance, even with the modified scoring system used to make allowances for guns up to 100 years old.

Dave is a regular competitor and previous winner of the popular event which has been hosted by the North Arm Rifle Club since 2006, with the support of north coast RSL clubs.

He demolished the strongest field yet of 39 competitors, using a modified 1943 Australian made Lithgow rifle.

Event organiser Bob Bull produced an impressive array of handmade trophies and prize money for the competition he has built leading up to the 1914 ANZAC centenary celebration next year.

 

 

 

The day produced a great atmosphere and as could be expected there were plenty of hits and misses with the age of the rifles and some of the ammunition produced,

Weather conditions were near perfect for the 30 shot contest staged over 300, 400 and 500 yards.

Les Pedersen from the Darling Downs Rifle Club shot 143.13 with a modified .303 and was awarded the trophy for most centre bulls though his tally was equalled by fellow Darling Downs member Jim Breeze.

Queensland Military Rifle Club member Nathan Fennessy was a close third overall, winning the service issue division with 143.12.

The Military Club won the team competition with the Tewantin-Noosa B team winning the RSL event.

Tewantin locals John Philpot and Wendy Wearing caught up at the North Arm .303 shoot. John’s rifle was a 1943 model made in Lithgow.Tewantin locals John Philpot and Wendy Wearing caught up at the North Arm .303 shoot. John’s rifle was a 1943 model made in Lithgow.  Graham Hanbridge from North Arm shot in the .303 competition at Yandina on Sunday with a 1916 Enfield rifle.Graham Hanbridge from North Arm shot in the .303 competition at Yandina on Sunday with a 1916 Enfield rifle.

Among the interested spectators at the North Arm .303 shoot were Astin Cooke, Adele O’Neill and Rhiana Cooke, all from Yandina.Among the interested spectators at the North Arm .303 shoot were Astin Cooke, Adele O’Neill and Rhiana Cooke, all from Yandina.
Ian Skipworth from the Qld Military Rifle Club on scoring duty at Yandina on Sunday.Ian Skipworth from the Qld Military Rifle Club on scoring duty at Yandina on Sunday. Vicky Kosovich from Tewantin on the 500 yard range at North Arm.Vicky Kosovich from Tewantin on the 500 yard range at North Arm.
Andrew McArthur from North Arm is all concentration on the 500 yard mound on Sunday with his 1942 US-made Savage rifle.Andrew McArthur from North Arm is all concentration on the 500 yard mound on Sunday with his 1942 US-made Savage rifle.
Nathan Fennessy from the Queensland Military Rifle Club in Brisbane took the trophy for the best service rifle aggregate score at North Arm on Sunday.Nathan Fennessy from the Queensland Military Rifle Club in Brisbane took the trophy for the best service rifle aggregate score at North Arm on Sunday. Winner of the Cooroy Hotel trophy for most centre bulls at the .303 shoot at North Arm was Les Pedersen, Darling Downs, congratulated by event organiser Bob Bull.Winner of the Cooroy Hotel trophy for most centre bulls at the .303 shoot at North Arm was Les Pedersen, Darling Downs, congratulated by event organiser Bob Bull.
 George Sedgewick from Caloundra RSL presented the trophy for best aggregate with a scoped rifle to Caleb Pearce, Darling Downs.George Sedgewick from Caloundra RSL presented the trophy for best aggregate with a scoped rifle to Caleb Pearce, Darling Downs.
Terry Pearce was one of a number of Darling Downs Rifle Club members who travelled to the Sunshine Coast for the .303 shoot on Sunday.Terry Pearce was one of a number of Darling Downs Rifle Club members who travelled to the Sunshine Coast for the .303 shoot on Sunday.