31 July 2016
It was a day unlike most at ‘Stewartdale’ Ripley. Picture perfect, the sky was clear and the sun shining. Barely a breeze to lift the tired wind flags which were flown in preparation for what was to come. Ipswich and District Rifle club was to hold their annual Open Prize meet. Top shots, 73 in total, from all around began to congregate anticipating the contest ahead.

Before long the range was crowded with nervy competitors and the jovial chitter of friendly conversation, the calm before the storm. Soon enough it was down to business. Sights set, gear ready. The first keen riflemen clambered the mound and fired the first shots. Boom! Crack! The day was underway.

Conditions seemed mild to most but there was a fitful flick of flag flashing every few moments. It was enough to matter if you weren’t paying the due attention. As the day continued conditions didn’t seem to change significantly. The clear conditions and heat of the sun made mirage the
greatest test. It wasn’t until perhaps later in the afternoon when the flags left their lethargy to dance a little more.

As quickly as it began the last lonely shots rang out and the days competition was done. The congregation gathered as the afternoon waned for a coldie and a catchup. An enterprise for Electronic Targets was to thank for the club’s cake stall which provided a welcome treat after a day of close competition.


The winners were announced and the day drew to a close.

Congratulations to the day’s victors who put together some fabulous performance. Perhaps none more impressive than sharp shooter Matt Pozzebon from University of Queensland who took the top gong in Target rifle A with an impressive possible over the three ranges. Second and third went to Ash Bidgood (Crowsnest) and Geoff Grosskreutz (Brisbane).Target Rifle B and C were taken by local shooters Gary Morrison and Josh Pratt while in the F standard, A was won by national champion and local Glenn Rush and B to Mal Lubach of Albert District. Julie McEwan of Dalby-Tara won F-open and Mark Fairbairn from Canon Hill won FTR. 

Special thanks to all volunteers without whom the event could not have been the success it was. You know who you are.

For more information about Ipswich Rifle Club or how to donate to the club’s Electronic Target Fund please visit the website:

http://ipswichrifle.qldrifle.com/

By Timothy J Boase