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Bundaberg – Burnett RC OPM

The Bundaberg – Burnett RC OPM got underway today.

Well done to all who travelled North from SE QLD. You made the right decision.
It was freezing out here this morning in SEQ.

Photo evidence gave us an insight to a hearty competition breakfast on the range to prepare for the day’s events.

Conditions were perfect at the start of the day, a little bit fickle in the middle with a slower change in the afternoon. Results at the first 500y were very close indeed for all classes. The fickle wind either side of midday separated the field a bit and they closed in again at the end of the afternoon with some excellent scores all round.

It would be fair to say that this is another of the tightest optical fields we have seen contested. Whilst there were 7 FS-A competitors, they were being chased by no less than 15 FS-B members. F-Open was stacked with another surfeit of 15 contenders, including Brian Hansen from Ipswich & District who snared a third on the first and a second on the fourth. Well done Brian.

F-TR was well represented by familiar names with the SEQ reps giving the locals a tough contest.

It is possible that they might only have been separated by afternoon tea by their affection of fresh prawns on ice. I’d be happy to take that particular test.

Results link

The forecast for tomorrow is for different conditions for day two on the Bundaberg Range.

Best of luck for tomorrow to those with their eyes on the prize.

DDDRA Percy Gartner Memorial Prize Shoot and DDDRA OPM 2019

Three members of the Ipswich & District Rifle Club made the trip over the Main Range to contest the DDDRC 2019 OPM.

Ken Lobwein represented in TR-A, David Nicol in TR-C and Brian Hansen in FS-B.

The Risdon Rifle Range, hosted by the Southern Downs Rifle Club (SDRC) just South of Warwick, packs a significant bit of punch of both History and challenge for the aspiring Full Bore competitor. Although the 700 and 800 yard mounds of days past now lie frustratingly close behind the club house on what is now private property, the SDRC has lost none of its vigor and determination.

This writer had always promised himself that he’d be at the next OPM to be held at Warwick, if not before. So the decision of the DDDRA to hold the 2019 OPM at the Risdon Rifle Range was a fortuitous ‘alignment of the stars’ and, as it turned out, coincided with a spectacular full moon.

The morning drive over the Gap was remarkably beautiful. The cool dawn air, with windows down and bird-song of the Australian King Parrot echoing through the tall-wood, set a relaxing tone for the day. Driving onto the range and meeting up with fellow competitors from far a-field who had arrived and camped on the range the previous day and awoken ‘fresh’, set a competitive edge.

Arriving at the Darling Downs District Rifle Association Open Prize Meet it was immediately clear that all of the district clubs involved had come together in a tightly cohesive group presentation providing the competition field with no less than 8 modern electronic targets and progressive uploads of results to the NRAA results records for us to check-in on and contemplate.

There was a very respectable and satisfying turn-out of competitors from both Queensland and New South Wales rifle clubs leading to a good and tight competition across all categories and grades.

Of course, the Risdon Rifle Range has its own historically established reputation for being unpredictable and ( ha ha, ho hum ) it did not disappoint the field on this occasion. The, often, heavy cloud cover was speeding overhead leaving a very turmoiled wind beneath it in the shooters view and even an early shower to-boot. Contrary to at-least one opinion, it is more fair to say that the flags were not quite ‘lying’, but rather that even the flags did not have enough information to fully tell the truth.

We must call out the exceptional performance of Ash Bidgood. Continuing his outstanding level of performance, from winning the Queens Prize to representing in Team Australia in NZ, Ash put together another demonstration of his skill-craft for us again this weekend. From 60 shots to count, Ash scored every shot inside the bull and 36 of those inside the V, raising his performance above all others. For all grades and categories it was both a pleasure and an excitement to watch and witness. For those of us who were at times at a loss to what the wind was doing, it is re-assuring to know that ‘it IS possible’ and we should keep on enjoying the sport while we improve our skills and techniques.

In TR-A, Ken had technical issues on day 1 but was able to overcome them on day 2 to recover with finishing agg score 247.9
In TR-C, David won the 600y on day 1, finishing agg 2nd and won the 300y on day 2 again finishing agg 2nd, but taking out TR-C1  finishing 1st in the 2-day agg score 278.10
In FS-B, Brian consistently posted good results against a very experienced field taking TR-B4 on day 2 agg with finishing score 336.17 (only 6 points behind FS-A1)

It was a terrific and challenging weekend.

The DDDRA are hoping to have Risdon Range host the 2020 OPM, pending advisement.
We look forward to the chance, the challenge and the fellowship again in 2020.

Well done to Mia Lowe, Goondiwindi, who was justly awarded the Merve Pacholke Memorial Encouragement Medallion to a raucous applause.

Many thanks to the SDRC, DDDRA and also to Tracy Dobie – Mayor Southern Downs Regional Council – for the prizes and presentations.

ANZAC Day Service 2019

All QRA members are invited to attend the first ANZAC Day service to be held at the Complex’s Armistice Centenary War Memorial, on Thursday 25 April 2019.

The service will be held at 10.30 am at the War Memorial adjacent to the primary entrance of Belmont Shooting Complex at 1485 Old Cleveland Road.

Parking will be available and attendees are requested to follow the directions of traffic control officers.

Yours sincerely,

John Johnstone OAM Chair Commemorations’ Committee – QRA Museum

Champion of Champions and City V Country 2019

Last weekend saw the 2019 Champion of Champions Competition and the City v Country Teams Matches contested on the Duncan Range at Belmont.

QRA Champion of Champions Comp 2019:

Congratulations to Rob Rush finishing 4th in TR-A just 2 points and 2 centres from the leader after 3 stages.

QRA City V Country Teams Comp 2019:

After the CofC, a fierce competition then ensued across the mounds over the Saturday afternoon and Sunday as the Country teams took on the City teams.

At the end of the contest:
Country TR Team 1 bested City TR Team 1 by 10 points and 1 centre to take the TR win for a Country win.
Country F-Std White were able to take Country F-Std Maroon by 4 points and 6 X’s to consolidate a Country win.
Country F-Open White manage to perform an over-take at the long to pass Country F-Open Maroon for a Country win.

City F-TR put up an outstanding effort to beat Country F-TR by 21 points and 7 centres for a City win.

Congratulations to the three IDRC F-Std competitors who represented IDRC in the “Country F-Std White” team which won the day in F-Std.
Brian Hansen 218.09
Glenn Rush 217.06

Damien Tansley 216.05