Shooter aims to win top prize
TOP Warwick shooter Rob Bondfield won the grand aggregate at the South Burnett District Rifle Association Annual Prize Meeting on Sunday.
He took the Gordon Iszlaub Memorial Trophy for the second year in a row from a field of 49 shooters over 300, 400 and 500 yards in the competition hosted by the Wondai Rifle Club.
With only a light breeze to contend with, Mr Bondfield was heading for a possible 150 score until he dropped a point on his very last shot for an aggregate 149 with 15 centre bulls.
Mr Bondfield and Biloela shooter Charles Arrowsmith both had possible 100 scores after the first two ranges, but Mr Arrowsmith dropped two shots on the last to slip to fourth on 148.14.
Pittsworth’s Brian Long capped a consistent performance with a possible 50 on the last range to snare second with an aggregate 149.13, ahead of John Caske from Natives Rifle Club in Brisbane, who shot 148.17.
The good form of leading country shooters augers well for the annual City-Country rifle match, which will be held at the Belmont Shooting Complex in Brisbane this Sunday.
The annual Club Champion of Champions will be decided on Saturday with Ashley Bidgood from Crows Nest-Goombungee Rifle Club to defend the prestigious trophy he won last year.