THE Wingham Rifle Range had a strong representation of club members competing in the prestigious Queensland Queens competition.
Representatives performed well, but the outstanding performance was by junior Lyndon Thurtell.
Lyndon won the 300, 500, 600 first stage of the Queens with a score of 191 out of 200, then on second day won 900 and was second on the day with 186 out of 200.
On the third day he won the 1000 yards and the 3rd stage of the Queens by 8 points. Competiting against juniors and seniors from all over Australia, Lyndon took out the prestigious Queens C Grade by 11 points, and that included a shot on a wrong target which incurred a penalty of 5 points.
A remarkable effort from this young shooter.
Locally, the competition was from the 500 yards range with conditions being less than ideal, haze drifting across targets from bush fire smoke and electronic targets playing up, delayed the start of shooting which was frustrating for competitors.
Tony Moon easily won the A Grade with a very good first round of 50.5 and second 49.6 for a total of 99.11
B Grade was a very tight finish with Barry White 97.6 turning the tables on Max Purnell who finished on 96.7 and close behind Chris Barnard on 95.8
Wilf Wright took out the F Class Open with a fine display of shooting. Wilf finished with a score of 118.10 only dropping 2 points. F Class A Grade was won once again by Tony Galati who competed in between his rural fire fighting duties.
His two very strong rounds totalled 115.6, followed by Mike Rogerson on 113.4 and Tracey Anderson with 103.2. Bev Rogerson returned to competition after a long delay due to injury, but was only able to complete one round for 48.
F Class B Grade was again won by Tony Fish on 101.2, then Ronan Moon who had a good second round of 51.2 for a total of 99.2, followed by Declan Moon on 94, Bryce Telfer on 93.2 and Todd Barnard with 75.1.
The handicap trophy was won by Chris Barnard. Next week is 1000 yards.