Donna Negus wins on her home range!
A huge congratulations goes to Donna Negus on her maiden Queen’s win, on her home range nonetheless. Donna kept the family tradition going, winning 2019 after Steve won in 2018. Donna finished with a score of 492.41. Congratulations to Mahlon Reid from Boddington 214 in F Standard (570.30), Matt Paroz from North Sydney in F Open (594.42) (second year running) and Darren Bradley from Griffith District in F/TR (579.33).
The ACT Rifle Championship, incorporating the RA Rolph lead up and the ACT Queen’s Prize, was held in Canberra at the McIntosh Rifle Range from 13 – 17 November. The 2019 Queen’s Championship in Canberra yet again proved that this has to be one of the hardest rifle ranges to compete on and the largest turn out in the country for the year. The lead up saw 119 competitors and the Queen’s hosted 184. 2019 was the 50th anniversary of the McIntosh Rifle Range.
For junior entrants there were 12 shooters that attended and shot extremely well; Adam Beale won his first TR-A badge. Although not shooting the event, Jacinta Bradley (Shooting Australia Junior Female Shooter of the year) helped hand out some prizes. These juniors are the future of our sport and we need to assist and nurture them into the future. Thank you to the parents/coaches/mentors who are putting in the work to teach and encourage these young people.
Congratulation to all the winners from the Shooting Australia Awards of Excellence:
- Jacinta Bradley – Junior Female Shooter of the year
- Chris Schwebel – Junior Male Shooter of the year
- Donna Negus – Senior Female Shooter of the year
- Steve Negus – Senior Male Shooter of the year
- Australian Under 25 Rifle Team – Team of the year
- Ipswich and District Rifle Club – Club of the year
The ACT can boast the running of a competition that hosted shooters from every state and territory where people came from far and wide in the anticipation of taking out the top prize. While there were some exceptional results, there were also some disappointed and confused (at the conditions) shooters at times. Despite the competition experiencing significant dust thanks to drought and high winds, a good time was seemed to be had by most entrants who gritted their teeth (to keep the dust out) and had a go.
All disciplines and ranges were conducted on the Kongsberg electronic target system, with TR and F Class shooters shooting side by side. The system performed exceptionally throughout all five days of individual competition, given the amount of rounds fired into them in a short period of time. This year we purchased some additional targets and monitors to cater for the overall number of shooters we are getting during the Queen’s. Ten-Eleven to a target and a program that includes 100 scoring shots during the Queen’s and 65 in the RA Rolph was a testament to the system and the efforts of Graham (Dad), Dean and Helen and their dedicated target team, putting in the hard work of preparing the targets.
The ACTFBTR association would like to extend a special thanks to our Chief Ranger Officer Peter Hulett and our Butts Officers – Derek Boughton and John Owens.
The range was prepared to an exceptional standard by the two clubs (Bungendore and Canberra); with the drought conditions, we suffered a little bit with the dust.
The all important electronic targets were put through their usual standard of high maintenance, including test firing for accuracy (thanks Chris, Dave, Stuart and Graham (Dad)) and our resident target fairies were on hand to ensure it all ran smoothly (thanks Graham, Helen and Dean). There was one small hiccup that was not at the target end but was related to a monitor that we were able to rectify and all targets were put back online; which was a relief to all with our high attendance, especially for Peter Hulett our Chief Range Officer.
The clubhouse and surrounds were neat and tidy and the bar was stocked with cold refreshments and happy smiling bar staff, which was a pleasure after a hard day on the range.
The Gungahlin Lions Club supplied the meals for the event which was greatly appreciated. They were run off their feet on Saturday night with over 80 dinners and were still able to keep their happy outlook. In the end they raised well over $4000, which will go along way to help the Lions club and the community. Thank you Garry and your team.
The stats team of Dean Chamberlain and Helen Gilbert did a fantastic job of ensuring the results were uploaded as quickly as possible. They were well assisted by Will Chamberlain and his apprentice offsiders in Cedric May and Yvie Chappell. Between them, with Sandy Moore’s assistance, the cards didn’t stop flowing into the office.
The presentation ran smoothly and with a happy relaxed MC, Stephen Sharp for the leadup and Piers Cambridge for the Queen’s, it made it a pleasure to sit and listen to the results and applaud the eventual winners.
These types of events could not be a success without the assistance of sponsors and donors. Mt Majura Wines provided an entry prize which was won by Daniel Sly of Canberra.
On the Range
One of our diligent members, Stephen Sharp, provided a summary of conditions for each day which we have included below to highlight the extreme conditions experienced over the five days.
The RA Rolph:
Wednesday – shooting commenced at 0830. Conditions were very dry and dusty, with the temperature a cool 11°. The wind blew in from the North West at a blustery 20-25Kmh. By 1100, winds gusted to over 30Kmh from the West, swinging back to the North West by mid-afternoon. The maximum temperature for the day was a mild 20°. The strong gusts continued all afternoon. Mitch Bailey was the only shooter to go through the day clean (in any discipline); a whopping 4 points in front of the next position.
1st Day Rolph winners:
|TR A Grade||Mitchell||Bailey||Holsworthy Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||175.20|
|TR B Grade||Andrew||Heard||Murray Bridge||SA||169.15|
|TR C Grade||Peter||Mitchell||Port Macquarie Rifle Club||NSW||165.11|
|F Std A Grade||Mahlon||Reid||Boddington 214||WA||198.12|
|F Std B Grade||Joseph||Jason||Concord Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||192.9|
Thursday – the temperature at 0830 was a mild 14°. A brisk Westerly breeze greeted shooters. The (yet again) blustery wind again increased from about 20Kmh to 30Kmh by midday, gradually swinging to the North West during the afternoon. Savage drop offs and flare ups occurred throughout the day. Maximum temperature for the day was 25°. An indication of how difficult conditions were, was that only one possible was achieved in any discipline for both of the 15 shot, 800M ranges; that was to Peter Maher with a 75.6.
2nd Day Rolph winners:
|TR A Grade||Mark||Buchanan||Roseville Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||148.13|
|TR B Grade||Sandi||Moore||Mosman Neutral Bay||NSW||145.8|
|TR C Grade||Bill||Pryde||Spalding||SA||131.7|
|F Std A Grade||Mahlon||Reid||Boddington 214||WA||168.3|
|F Std B Grade||John||Young||Ungarie Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||158.3|
|F/TR||Mark||Fairbairn||Cannon Hill RSL||QLD||173.13|
Lead Up Badge Winners as sponsored by Heron Security and Sport.
TRA– RA Rolph
|1||Mitchell||Bailey||Holsworthy Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||321.33|
|3||Donna||Negus||Bungendore Rifle Club||NSW||317.26|
|4||Stephen||Williams||Bathurst Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||316.22|
|5||Mark||Buchanan||Roseville Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||315.25|
|8||Alex||Davies||West Wallsend Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||313.28|
|11||Mike||Chad||Port Macquarie Rifle Club||NSW||310.27|
|13||Mark||Wilson||Canberra Rifle Club||ACT||308.20|
|14||Graeme||Bright||Bathurst Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||307.24|
|15||Graham (Dad)||Aitchison||Canberra Rifle Club||ACT||307.24|
TRB – RA Rolph
|1||Sandi||Moore||Mosman Neutral Bay||NSW||312.20|
|2||Barney||Neilsen||Southern Highlands RC||306.16|
|4||Ann||Chinnery||Marian Rifle Club Inc.||QLD||302.20|
|5||Harro (Gordon)||Harrison||Murray Bridge||SA||301.25|
|7||Richard||Brodie||Goulburn Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||298.14|
TRC – RA Rolph
|2||Peter||Mitchell||Port Macquarie Rifle Club||NSW||281.16|
|3||Christopher||Bourke||Canberra Rifle Club||ACT||270.9|
FSA – RA Rolph
|3||John||Kent||Fashions Mount Wellington||NSW||350.16|
|4||Dave||Phipps||Canberra Rifle Club||ACT||350.16|
|5||Peter||Johnstone||Marrickville Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||350.14|
FSB – RA Rolph
|1||Joseph||Jason||Concord Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||345.15|
|2||Bob||Harvey||Marrickville Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||340.10|
|3||John||Young||Ungarie Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||338.7|
FO – RA Rolph
|3||Stephen||Lazarus||Cairns Rifle Club Inc.||QLD||376.22|
|4||Tim||Nugent||Cessnock Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||374.27|
F/TR – RA Rolph
|1||Mark||Fairbairn||Cannon Hill RSL||QLD||374.23|
|2||Dennis||Formiatti||Canberra Rifle Club||ACT||370.16|
|5||Stephen||Sharp||Bungendore Rifle Club||ACT||361.20|
The ACT Queen’s
Friday – Day one of the Queen’s started as pretty much a mirror of the previous day – dry, dusty and windy. The temperature at 0830 was 16° and the wind about 20Kmh from (you guessed it) the North West. Just to spice things up, gusts reached over 40Kmh by midday and continued near this level for the rest of the day. Maximum temperature was 25° at around 1300. The tough conditions resulted in no possibles being recorded at 600M in any discipline.
The individual Queen’s Day 1 winners were rewarded with 500 Winchester Primers as donated by Winchester Australia.
|TR A Grade||Nick||Cock||Grafton RC||NSW||173.21|
|TR B Grade||Damon||Livermore||Sydney Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||169.13|
|TR C Grade||Anthony||Fassilis||Bankstown Chatswood||NSW||164.8|
|F Std A Grade||John||Simons||Broken Hill||NSW||198.9|
|F Std B Grade||Warwick||Sides||Ungarie Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||191.8|
|F Open||Matt||Paroz||North Sydney Rifle Club Inc||NSW||208.13|
The Tiverton Cup Teams Match started immediately after the individual matches. Reasonably high scoring persisted. Winner of the Tiverton Cup in TR from a maximum field of 9, as sponsored by Robert Courtney was for the fifth year running:
- West Wallsend – Grasshoppers: 194-17
- Ben Picton 48-6
- Brett McCauley 48-5
- David Brown 50-4
- Alex Davies 48-2
- Non Shooting Coach: John Maguire
The F Class version of the Tiverton Cup required two F Standard compliant shooters and two F Open compliant shooters. A field of 5 participated with Russell Le Maitre of Group Solutions Gunsmithing Services providing the medals to:
- NSW Blue: 233-14
- Richard Bailey 59-8
- Robert Eagers 55-0
- Tim Golden 59-2
- Darren Bradley 60-4
- Non Shooting Coach: G Warrian
Saturday – The second day of the Queen’s began a little milder than the first. Alas, this was not to last. The temperature at 0830 was 15° with a Northerly breeze of about 10Kmh. For something a little different, a gentle North Easterly briefly appeared at around 0900. This was followed by the usual swing to the West by 1000 which intensified to above 30Kmh by early noon with a distinct swing to the North. Maximum temperature was a mild 24°. Possibles were pretty scarce at the second 800M; three were recorded in TR, and two in F Open.
All medallists in the Queens Day 2 aggregate who were in attendance received the product of our neighbour and sponsor, the Mount Majura Vineyard.
|TR A Grade||Donna||Negus||Bungendore Rifle Club||ACT||198.18|
|TR B Grade||Peter||Spencer||Canberra Rifle Club||ACT||192.18|
|TR C Grade||Anthony||Fassilis||Bankstown Chatswood||NSW||184.12|
|F Std A Grade||Mahlon||Reid||Boddington 214||WA||230.16|
|F Std B Grade||Joseph||Jason||Concord Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||214.10|
|F Open||Ben||Ferrara||Lithgow Rifle Club Inc||NSW||236.19|
Sunday – At last some calm weather! Conditions were finally more typical of mid-November in Canberra. The temperature was about 14° with scattered clouds. The wind, a benign 5Kmh from the West. This condition briefly switched to a Southerly of 10Kmh then drifted in from the North at a readable 5Kmh. A mild westerly of about 10Kmh blew in at around midday and conditions remained pretty stable until the end of the series at about 1330. The maximum temperature for the day was in the low 20’s. Scores on the final day improved significantly.
The individual Queens Day 3 winners were rewarded with 500 Winchester Primers as donated by Winchester Australia.
|TR A Grade||Mitchell||Bailey||Holsworthy Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||125.21|
|TR B Grade||Ethan||Hewett||Southern Highlands Rifle Club||NSW||123.10|
|TR C Grade||Anthony||Fassilis||Bankstown Chatswood||NSW||121.10|
|F Std A Grade||Craig||Weaire||Nagambie||VIC||149.12|
|F Std B Grade||Kevin||Schwebel||Holsworthy Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||146.6|
|F Open||Stephen||Lazarus||Cairns Rifle Club Inc.||QLD||150.19|
Many thanks to our long standing member Chris Bourke for again playing the piper and to Group Solutions Gunsmithing and Corella for providing access to the set of seven Hardy Engineering rifle barrels that were again won by each Queen’s Prize winner.
The very generous sponsors who partnered with Group Solutions Gunsmithing and Corella to supply the barrels, make all the difference between an ordinary event and a highly attractive event. They are each noted in the following badge lists.
Queens Prize Badge Winners
Target Rifle – A Grade – Queens Prize
The Target Solutions – Kongsberg E-Targets
|1||Donna||Negus||Bungendore Rifle Club||ACT||492.41|
|2||Jim||Bailey||Holsworthy Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||491.55|
|3||Jim||Jeffery||Lyndhurst Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||491.52|
|4||Mark||Buchanan||Roseville Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||491.48|
|7||Mitchell||Bailey||Holsworthy Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||489.46|
|8||Alex||Davies||West Wallsend Rifle Club||NSW||489.45|
|9||Michael||Millen||Mosman Neutral Bay||NSW||489.45|
|10||Scott||Brindley||Explorers Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||489.43|
|11||Brett||McCauley||Narromine – Dubbo||NSW||488.48|
|13||Steve||Negus||Canberra Rifle Club||ACT||486.39|
|15||Adam||Beale||Roseville Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||484.46|
|17||Andrew||Sims||Port Jackson Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||483.47|
|18||Chris||Money||Canberra Rifle Club||NSW||482.38|
|19||Neil||Gibbins||Mosman Neutral Bay||NSW||482.38|
|20||Tony||McGuigan||Mosman Neutral Bay||NSW||482.34|
Target Rifle – B Grade – Queens Prize
Chris Maher and Donna & Steve Negus
|1||Peter||Spencer||Canberra Rifle Club||ACT||480.39|
|2||Damon||Livermore||Sydney Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||478.42|
|3||Ann||Chinnery||Marian Rifle Club Inc.||QLD||476.37|
|4||Ethan||Hewett||Southern Highlands Rifle Club||NSW||476.29|
|5||Adithep||Phaktham||Concord Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||472.26|
|6||Raymond||Wilson||Katoomba Rifle Club||NSW||471.36|
|7||Sebastian||Hodge||Newington College Rifle Club||NSW||470.34|
|9||Laura||Brindley||Explorers Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||467.27|
|12||Harro (Gordon)||Harrison||Murray Bridge||SA||464.32|
Target Rifle – C Grade – Queens Prize
Piers Cambridge and Peter Spencer
|2||Christopher||Bourke||Canberra Rifle Club||ACT||453.22|
|3||Richard||Aitchison||Canberra Rifle Club||ACT||451.25|
F Class Standard – A Grade – Queens Prize and The Trindall Belt
Malcolm Challen and Rae Foot
|4||John||Kent||Fashions Mount Wellington||NSW||565.23|
|5||Dave||Phipps||Canberra Rifle Club||ACT||563.33|
|6||Bruce||Rowlands||Lyndhurst Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||560.22|
|7||Malcolm||Sharp||Lyndhurst Rifle Club||NSW||558.36|
F Class Standard – B Grade – Queens Prize
David Higgins and Shaun Wingrove
|1||Warwick||Sides||Ungarie Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||543.14|
|2||Joseph||Jason||Concord Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||542.28|
|3||Bob||Harvey||Marrickville Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||535.13|
|4||Thomas||Doxford||Nowra Rifle Club Inc||NSW||532.24|
|5||Anthony||Daniel||Bungendore Rifle Club||ACT||531.14|
|6||Kevin||Schwebel||Holsworthy Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||529.16|
F Class Open – Queens Prize and The Phil Dovey Belt
The Dovey Family
|1||Matt||Paroz||North Sydney Rifle Club Inc||NSW||594.42|
|2||Stephen||Lazarus||Cairns Rifle Club Inc.||QLD||591.58|
|3||Tim||Nugent||Cessnock Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||591.52|
|4||Ben||Ferrara||Lithgow Rifle Club Inc||NSW||584.45|
|5||Adrian||Siebel||Hornsby RSL Rifle Club||NSW||583.48|
|6||Jacko||Bending||Canberra Rifle Club||VIC||583.36|
|7||Richard||Bailey||Goulburn Rifle Club||NSW||580.38|
F/TR – Queens Prize and The Wilson Belt
Dennis Formiatti and Stephen Sharp
|3||Anthony||Pedersen||Canberra Rifle Club||ACT||567.24|
|4||Stephen||Sharp||Bungendore Rifle Club||ACT||566.31|
|6||Mark||Fairbairn||Cannon Hill RSL||QLD||561.25|
|Junior Badge in Queen’s||Helen Gilbert||Adam Beale||Roseville||484.46|
|Ladies Trophy for TR||Graham Aitchison||Donna Negus||Bungendore||492.41|
|Veterans Trophies – FS in ACT Queen’s||Trevor Kingston and Stuart Thomson||Mahlon Reid||Boddington||570.30|
|Veterans Trophies – TR in ACT Queen’s||Peter Robinson||Jim Jeffrey||Lyndhurst||491.52|
|Super Veterans Trophies – FS in ACT Queen’s||Trevor Kingston and Stuart Thomson||Mahlon Reid||Boddington||570.30|
|Super Veterans Trophies – TR in ACT Queen’s||Peter Robinson||Rob Cadden||Central||486.35|
|Junior Badge for Grand Agg||Helen Gilbert||Adam Beale||Roseville||789.66|
|TR Queens Junior Trophy||Andrew Sarri and Mark Wilson||Adam Beale||Roseville||484.45|
|FSTD Queens Junior Trophy||Andrew Sarri and Mark Wilson||No Qualifier|
|FOPEN Queens Junior Trophy||Andrew Sarri and Mark Wilson||No Qualifier|
|FTR Queens Junior Trophy||Andrew Sarri and Mark Wilson||Rohan Barlow||Pacific||568.27|
J G McIntosh Grand Aggregate Badges – Donated by BRC and CRC, Tartan Supplied by David & Robyn McIntosh
Target Rifle – A Grade
|1||Mitchell||Bailey||Holsworthy Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||810.79|
|2||Donna||Negus||Bungendore Rifle Club||ACT||809.67|
|3||Mark||Buchanan||Roseville Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||806.73|
|4||Alex||Davies||West Wallsend Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||802.73|
|7||Scott||Brindley||Explorers Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||796.64|
|9||Stephen||Williams||Bathurst Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||790.59|
|10||Adam||Beale||Roseville Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||789.66|
Target Rifle – B Grade
|1||Ann||Chinnery||Marian Rifle Club Inc.||QLD||778.57|
|2||Sandi||Moore||Mosman Neutral Bay||NSW||776.49|
|3||Peter||Spencer||Canberra Rifle Club||ACT||773.54|
Target Rifle – C Grade
|2||Christopher||Bourke||Canberra Rifle Club||ACT||723.31|
F Class Standard – A Grade
|2||John||Kent||Fashions Mount Wellington||NSW||915.39|
|3||Dave||Phipps||Canberra Rifle Club||ACT||913.49|
F Class Standard – B Grade
|1||Joseph||Jason||Concord Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||887.43|
|2||Bob||Harvey||Marrickville Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||875.23|
|3||Warwick||Sides||Ungarie Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||874.24|
F Class Open
|1||Stephen||Lazarus||Cairns Rifle Club Inc.||QLD||967.8|
|2||Tim||Nugent||Cessnock Rifle Club Inc.||NSW||965.79|
|1||Mark||Fairbairn||Cannon Hill RSL||QLD||935.48|
|3||Stephen||Sharp||Bungendore Rifle Club||ACT||927.51|
More photos are available at https://fotenx.smugmug.com/Sports/Target-Rifle-Shooting/2019-ACT-Championships/ Thanks to Bill MacFarlane for hosting and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ACTRifleChampionships/.
To finish off we conducted a question and answer session with the 2019 Queens winner:
5 MINUTES OF WIND WITH DONNA NEGUS
What made you choose target rifle shooting as a sport? We spent every weekend out at the rifle range in Sydney, as my father Barry was a member of Sydney VDC (now Holsworthy RC), my sister Barbara and brother Kevin both started shooting, my mother never shot but was always there writing down scores and supporting us. It was inevitable that I would take up the sport.
What is your most memorable moment in the sport? Meeting Steve, being able to do a sport that we both love. Watching Steve winning the World Championships and being part of the winning Palma team. Having Barb and Kevin in Canberra to celebrate my win.
What makes you laugh? Kath and Kim!! (Trude and Prue)
What annoys you? Not much really, only if you put your gear on top of mine! Haha. Personal space you know!!
What inspires you? Being a part of the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane and watching Jim Bailey win his silver medal.
What cheers you up when your scores are down? Knowing I can chat to fellow competitors and gain advice from them. Or, shot at Trentham NZ and we can cheer each other up!
What do you like to eat and drink when competing? Drinking plenty of water and having my Salads for lunch.
What do you do outside shooting? Watch my kids play their sports – Belinda, soccer and Jack, rugby.
What is your favourite rifle range? Well I’d have to say Canberra now, haha, having said that I do like shooting on Belmont, Brisbane.
What would you like to see improve in our sport? More development with the younger shooters in all states.
What do you aspire to in our sport? Helping others achieve what I have been able to.