The Townsville D.R.A. & Marksmen Rifle Club Prize Meeting was held on 11th May after a two year absence due to Covid, with organisers not knowing what sort of numbers to expect. However 68 shooters were in attendance which made it worthwhile. The weather was excellent with benign wind conditions causing it to be unusually hot for this time of year. Scores were not that great with the humidity obviously having an effect. A huge amount of work preceded the shoot and the range was an absolute picture and Captain Bob Hawkins and his members are to be heartily congratulated. Shooters stomachs were well taken care of with Lisa and her helpers supplying hot meals all week, what a marvelous effort these ladies put in!
Thornburgh College old boy Charlie Arrowsmith, Mariners took 1st place with 150.16, 2nd was Geoff Wellburn, Pacific 150.11 and two time Queen’s winner Jason Kuchel, Tville was 3rd with 149.20.
NQRA Chairman Marty Eiteneuer of Marian was 1st place with 147.13, the old war horse Bob Hawkins, Tville placed 2nd with 147.10 and Douglas Pollock, Tville 139.10 was 3rd.
Young tyro Sampson Gee from Darwin showed his father how to do it by winning with 142.11, Peter Camm, Pacific was 2nd with 140.8 and Ian Errington, Natives placed 3rd with 138.8.
The man who knows every blade of grass on the range, John Lorimer, Tville 1st place 177.10, 2nd place Carl-Fredick Lohne, CQld Ts, 175.13 and recent Clermont champ Dennis Russell of Cairns 3rd with 173.9.
Arafa Jirayu from Monto who just about has two shots in the air at the same time was 1st with 171.5, the lovely Gail Christie 2nd place 170.15 – yes 15Xs, and Stephen Barkworth, Atherton 3rd with 170.7.
Lowell Tillack from Goondiwindi streeted the field with 180.19, Jordan Drew, Cairns came 2nd with 178.12, and Mark Azzopardi from Cairns was 3rd with 177.18.
David Huckett from the reestablished Ayr club was 1st with 173.6, Karl Vorderwinkler, Cairns came 2nd with 172.12 and young Eric Christie in his first attempt at FTR, 3rd 171.7.
A reminder that all range scores and gradings can be accessed on the NRAA web site.