Crows Nest winner Colin Cole from North ArmCrows Nest winner Colin Cole from North ArmNorth Arm shooter Colin Cole powered through the shimmering heat to win the first rifle shooting competition of the year held at Crows Nest on February 11 and 12.


Colin missed just one bullseye over three ranges at 500 and 600 yards for an aggregate score of 149 with 18 centres.


He beat a top class field from southern and central Queensland and northern NSW under oppressive conditions with enough fluky breeze to be challenging.


Biloela visitor Charles Arrowsmith was a close second two shots down and also with 18 centre bulls. Natives competitor Kim O’Loghlen, was third, 2 shots down with 11 centres.


Crows Nest member John Gilliland won the B Grade aggregate and Gatton shooter Gerard Loughran the C Grade.


There was strong competition in scope rifle classes with North Arm’s Denis Aarons prevailing in F Open and Dave


Hatherell from Gympie winning F Standard.

 


A two-range sweepstakes event on the first day was narrowly won by top local shooter Ashley Bidgood over Colin

Cole. Both missed only one bullseye with Ashley ahead 10 centres to six.


The next event on the Open rifle shooting circuit will be a one day competition at Gatton on March 12.

Ashley Bidgood and Dennis Brown Crows Nest resultAshley Bidgood and Dennis Brown Crows Nest result
Crows Nest members Ray ONeill and Trevor von Hoff resultCrows Nest members Ray ONeill and Trevor von Hoff result
C Grade winner Gerard Loughran Gatton resultC Grade winner Gerard Loughran Gatton result
F Open winner Denis Aarons North Arm resultF Open winner Denis Aarons North Arm result
Kev Allen Gatton and Shan Kao Darling Downs resultKev Allen Gatton and Shan Kao Darling Downs result
Lee Robinson Beaudesert with Lowell Tillack Goondiwindi resultLee Robinson Beaudesert with Lowell Tillack Goondiwindi result
Paul and Margy Kerlin Clermont resultPaul and Margy Kerlin Clermont result
Rick Vlietstra with his father in law Nev Smith a Crows Nest veteran resultRick Vlietstra with his father in law Nev Smith a Crows Nest veteran result
Tim Riddle and Mick Franz North Arm resultTim Riddle and Mick Franz North Arm result