North wins shoot
GOONDIWINDI shooter Roger North scored 299/300 to win the Southern Downs District Club Rifle Association prize shoot at Risdon Range at the weekend. The event was hosted by an association which includes Southern Downs, Pratten, Warwick and Goondiwindi clubs. Association president Trevor Badcock said the shoot attracted 99 shooters, including 17 from The Armidale School. "It was hard work but the weather was great," Badcock said. "We catered for 70 at dinner on Saturday night and had 80 for breakfast on Sunday." North competed in rifle shooting between the ages of 16 and 24 until he got married and then worked hard to put his children through their education. After a gap of three decades, he returned to the sport in 1998 and won the association shoot on Sunday on his eighth attempt. "In the old days, we competed with a 303, we now use 762 rifles," Badcock said. "The rifles are better but the targets are smaller." At the weekend, North hit bullseye with every shot at 300, 400 and 500 yards before dropping one point on Sunday at 600 yards. "I regret my break from the sport a bit but have come back all right," North said. He rated his performance at the weekend as his best in an association shoot. His best career performance is 27th in a Queen's Shoot in Sydney in the 1960s. North is a member of the Queensland veterans team.