Spoils shared in hunter class shooting titles

Placegetters Ken Wheeler and Phil Jones after the SSAA State Championships.
Placegetters Ken Wheeler and Phil Jones after the SSAA State Championships. Gerard Walsh

ROCKHAMPTON shooter Ken Wheeler was one of the major winners at the Sporting Shooters Association of Australia State Hunter Class Championships which finished at Risdon Range on Monday.

Wheeler won the light two-gun event with an aggregate score of 982.33.

In the two-gun heavy class, Gladstone shooter Michael Truscott won with 989.30.

Wheeler travelled to Warwick for the first time since 2009 state championships and said the key to shooting success was to keep on going and not give up during a competition.

He doesn't practise regularly, mainly keeping his eye in at monthly club shoots in Rockhampton.

Wheeler said the championships were held in varying conditions.

"There was a cold snap and a strong wind on Friday and it was hot on Monday," he said.

Brisbane club member Phil Jones won heavy centre fire with 497.20 and was second in light centre field with an aggregate of 494.14.

Jones moved to The Summit and has competed in world championships in bench rest shooting in New Zealand, South Africa and United States.

He is number 24 in the Hall of Fame and has a best of 20th at international level when he competed in New Zealand.

In individual events, Warwick SSAA club president Mal Smith was eighth in light centre fire and light rimfire.

The championships attracted a field of 28.

Warwick branch benchrest captain Steven Kasper said the club was delighted with the success of the championships.

"The social activities went well but the weather was a mixed bag which added to the challenge faced by the shooters," Kasper said.

"The flags and velocity meters were going all over the place on Friday. We lost two tails off our flags from the wind."

The Warwick branch is likely to again host the same championships in 2014 but will host three zone and regional matches next year.

Topics:  hunter class championships, risdon range



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