Jock Sullivan with Irene Byrnes, daughter of Stafford Burey, who presented the trophy in his memory to A-grade aggregate winner Rob Bondfield.
Jock Sullivan with Irene Byrnes, daughter of Stafford Burey, who presented the trophy in his memory to A-grade aggregate winner Rob Bondfield. GORDON COLLIE

Bondfield a favourite this weekend

AFTER winning the hotly contested Western District Rifle Association May Day Shoot at Muckadilla, Warwick marksman Rob Bondfield is one of the favourites for the Southern Downs Open Prize Shoot this weekend.

Tomorrow, the Percy Gartner Memorial Shoot will be held as a forerunner to the Southern Downs District Association Prize Shoot. The district includes the Warwick/Southern Downs, Pratten and Goondiwindi clubs.

The 25th anniversary of the popular Muckadilla annual event was celebrated in style with 68 shooters converging on the tiny community for three days of shooting on the May long weekend.

More than $10,000 in trophies, prize money and sponsorships were available at the event, which included a C-grade feature to encourage newcomers to the sport.

Bondfield, a member of the Southern Downs Rifle Club, was presented with the Stafford Burey Memorial Trophy for winning the A-grade grand aggregate contested over seven ranges from 300 to 900 yards. He is a regular winner of prize shoots.

Bondfield won by a single point, scoring 350.29 to defeat Ashley Bidgood from Crows Nest-Goombungee on 349.35. Karen Cole from North Arm was third.



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