Standout results in windy border contest

A Grade winners at Goondiwindi Charles Arrowsmith Biloela and Colin Cole North ArmA Grade winners at Goondiwindi Charles Arrowsmith Biloela and Colin Cole North ArmTop shooters Colin Cole and Charles Arrowsmith came to the fore in the Border Championships at Goondiwindi which drew a class field of more than 90 competitors, the biggest in years.

Rain sweeping around the west on the weekend threatened to dampen spirits, but it was the gusting winds blowing down the range that confronted visitors from Victoria, NSW and across Queensland and blew out many scores.

With fading light on Saturday afternoon, the last of four ranges over 600 yards was shortened to seven shots with three full ranges completed on the Sunday.

 

Colin Cole from North Arm dropped just one shot to win the opening day with a score of 184 with 21 centres and went on to secure the grand aggregate for the weekend.

Charles Arrowsmith from Biloela turned in a strong performance to win the second day, dropping just one shot to score 149 with 13 centres.. His effort included a fine possible 50.4 under pressure on the last range.

Goondiwindi’s Ben Picton placed third in the A Grade aggregate while another local club member Russell Saxby won B Grade.  Darling Downs member Les Pedersen won C Grade.

Bowen visitor Jim Bloomfield edged out Dave Hatherell from Gympie to win the strong F Standard scope competition.

Cannon Hill members Brent Knudsen and Nikki Slee were successful in the F Open and F Target Rifle scope classes respectively.

Full results of the Border Championship on September 3 and 4 are available on the National Rifle Association website, www.nraa.com.au

Crows Nest shooter Neil Austin at GoondiwindiCrows Nest shooter Neil Austin at Goondiwindi 
Dave Hatherell Gympie and Darryl Barlow Ipswich second and third in F Standard at GoondiwindiDave Hatherell Gympie and Darryl Barlow Ipswich second and third in F Standard at Goondiwindi 
 Marty Duffield Brisbane Aaron Gunn Warialda and Col Sutton GoondiwindiMarty Duffield Brisbane Aaron Gunn Warialda and Col Sutton Goondiwindi
 Meichelle and Brent Knudsen Cannon Hill. Brent won the F Open at GoondiwindiMeichelle and Brent Knudsen Cannon Hill. Brent won the F Open at Goondiwindi
 Rick Vlietscra and Scotty Duncanson from Crows Nest at the Goondiwindi shootRick Vlietscra and Scotty Duncanson from Crows Nest at the Goondiwindi shoot
 Riley and Jessica Crawford Gympie at the Goondiwindi shootRiley and Jessica Crawford Gympie at the Goondiwindi shoot