Downs shooter wanders west for win
ROB Bondfield has flown the Southern Downs Rifle Club flag as far as Perth in one of the most successful years of his career.
Bondfield has been competing in shooting since his school years at The Armidale School (TAS) in 1970 when he was part of the TAS rifle shooting team.
He has shot off and one for 30 years after taking a break when his three children were growing up.
This year, he was sixth overall and won the veterans class in the Queens Shoot in Perth, his first win in the most prestigious shoot held each year in each state.
Earlier this year, he was 19th in the Queens Shoot in Brisbane.
At national level, Bondfield was 12th overall in the Queens at Belmont in Brisbane three years ago, a performance he rates alongside his sixth in Perth as career bests.
Bondfield said the aim always was to win a Queens overall.
"I want to keep on improving," he said.
"My son James won a national title as a junior and wants to compete but is travelling too much at present in his job as a helicopter pilot in Malaysia and Indonesia to think about it." While the highlight of the year might be major events, Bondfield still enjoys club shoots each Sunday at 9am at Risdon Range.
"Club numbers are pretty stable, we generally get 10 each week," he said.
"The hot weather makes it tough but we have a mobile shade shelter which is moved between ranges."
The Darling Downs Rifle Club is holding its annual shoot at Risdon Range on Sunday. The Darling Downs club is shooting at Risdon Range since the range they used was closed down by the Australian Army as being surplus to requirements.
Prospective members can call Bondfield 0408 378 724.