Mungindi shooter takes western trophy

Ben Picton and Jack McPhee were part of a strong team from Mungindi at the Western District championships at Muckadilla on the weekend.  Ben won the A Grade aggregate trophy for the first time.Ben Picton and Jack McPhee were part of a strong team from Mungindi at the Western District championships at Muckadilla on the weekend. Ben won the A Grade aggregate trophy for the first time.

The Western District Rifle Association championship trophy stayed in the west this year, but slipped over the border with Mungindi shooter Ben Picton at the weekend.

Ben finished on top after a tussle with repeat winner Colin Cole from North Arm on Sunday.Their scores were locked together going into the final range at 900 yards, but Ben pulled away to record an aggregate 250.18 to Colin’s 247.19.

The competition was shortened to a two day event over five ranges with 11 shots on the last after the loss of the May Day public holiday.

Organisers were happy with the turnout to the popular shoot on the challenging exposed western range despite the forced changed of format.

Gary Doyle made it a double for the small Mungindi club when he took out B Grade and new member Heather Jamieson capped off a great weekend for the club placing second in C Grade at her first competition event, behind Crows Nest veteran Nev Bidgood.

Ipswich shooter Andrew Mayfield was third in the A Grade aggregate, a shot ahead of top competitor Ashley Bidgood from Crows Nest.

The strong F Standard scope competition was won by another veteran Emile Daniel from Natives, shooting bench rest. In the F Open event Mark Fairbairn from Cannon Hill Rifle Club was a clear winner.

The next event on the rifle shooting circuit is the Darling Downs competition which will be shot at Warwick on the weekend of May 18 and 19.

Carol Brown from North Arm and Beth Caskey from Pittsworth caught up at the western championships at Muckadilla at the weekend.Carol Brown from North Arm and Beth Caskey from Pittsworth caught up at the western championships at Muckadilla at the weekend. Heather Jamieson has only been shooting with Mungindi Rifle Club a few weeks, but she is a fast learner, placing a creditable second in C Grade at her first competition event at Muckadilla.Heather Jamieson has only been shooting with Mungindi Rifle Club a few weeks, but she is a fast learner, placing a creditable second in C Grade at her first competition event at Muckadilla.
Former Queensland Rifle Association President John Johnstone from University presents Gary Doyle from Mungindi with his prize for winning B Grade at Muckadilla.Former Queensland Rifle Association President John Johnstone from University presents Gary Doyle from Mungindi with his prize for winning B Grade at Muckadilla. Western district championship organiser and Muckadilla club treasurer Marlene Rennick kept a close eye on competition on Sunday.Western district championship organiser and Muckadilla club treasurer Marlene Rennick kept a close eye on competition on Sunday.
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 Cannon Hill’s Mark Fairbairn had a good weekend at Muckadilla, winning the F Open scope class event.Cannon Hill’s Mark Fairbairn had a good weekend at Muckadilla, winning the F Open scope class event.
 Olivia and Sid Hart from Southern Downs were among competitors who took on the Muckadilla range at the weekend.Olivia and Sid Hart from Southern Downs were among competitors who took on the Muckadilla range at the weekend.
 Muckadilla Rifle Club members at the weekend shoot, Rob Henderson and Fred Hewitt who was the club’s top finisher, placing ninth.Muckadilla Rifle Club members at the weekend shoot, Rob Henderson and Fred Hewitt who was the club’s top finisher, placing ninth.
 Darling Downs competitor Rob Wardrop keeps a close eye on the targets at Muckadilla on Sunday.Darling Downs competitor Rob Wardrop keeps a close eye on the targets at Muckadilla on Sunday.
 A family of emus made themselves right at home on the Muckadilla rifle range on Sunday.A family of emus made themselves right at home on the Muckadilla rifle range on Sunday.