Greg on target in wind
SHOOTING: Greg Roulston has been shooting for 10 years and almost made it four top-10 finishes at state championship level at the weekend.
The Yangan shooter was in fact 11th in International Rimfire Benchrest but said it was the strongest field he had been part of.
“There were five shooters competing who will represent Australia in the world championships in Portugal this year,” he said.
Roulston was 11th in a field of 40 in the IRB State Championships at Risdon Range.
He shot 1446.60/1500 to finish 20 points behind the winner Bill Simmons from Ipswich on 1466.51.
Roulston just competes locally so only has the chance to go for a top-10 finish at state championship level when the competition is at Risdon Range.
He was happy with his score, particularly in windy conditions.
“It was windy on Friday and more windy on Saturday,” he said.
“The wind can cost some shooters 10 points out of 250.”
Yesterday the wind was light for the first two relays (group of 10 shooters) in heavy rimfire benchrest before the wind blew up and made it harder for the later shooters.
Roulston shoots twice a month and sometimes one of his three boys heads with him to the range.
After being heavily involved in sailing, Roulston took up SSAA shooting a decade ago and soon his sons were competing in the monthly junior rabbit and crow shoots at the Warwick club range.
Today will be the final day of the championships with light rimfire rifle.
Warwick branch secretary Marilyn Kelly said the club already had weekly shoots but was hoping to expand to have a mid-week shoot.
“We also plan play to start some centrefire shoots on a Sunday afternoon after our regular Sunday shoots,” Kelly said.
Regular competitions are at 8.30am each Sunday at Risdon Range.