Hot shots take aim at the Childers Cup

Isis Town and Country - - SPORT -

MORE than 100 nom­i­na­tions were re­ceived for this year's Childers Cup Com­pe­ti­tion held at the Isis District Smallbore Ri­fle Range.

Or­gan­is­ers say the shoot­ing con­di­tions were very good with fine and mild days and very lit­tle wind giv­ing the shoot­ers an op­por­tu­nity to post some im­pres­sive scores.

In the sil­hou­ette match a shoot-off was re­quired to sep­a­rate first and sec­ond in A grade be­tween John Patzwald and John Pep­prell, who both shot pos­si­bles, and Terry Harrold was nar­rowly beaten by Shannon Peters for third spot.

In the prone match on Satur­day Robyn Samp­son, from Commercial Club Bris­bane, top scored with an im­pres­sive 589.35 and would have been a con­tender for Tar­get Ri­fle Cham­pion if she hadn't for­got­ten to bring the scope for her benchrest ri­fle.

This left John Patzwald, Roy Muller, Barry Sturgess and Bill Sim­mons to bat­tle it out over the weekend with Patzwald prov­ing to be the hard­est to beat af­ter shoot­ing 600.52 in benchrest on Satur­day and even­tu­ally win­ning all three cham­pi­onship cups.

Paul Unger top scored in benchrest on Sun­day with 600.48. Barry Sturgess shot 599 both days and Julie Dunks posted a PB with 592.41.

The Isis club dom­i­nated the ju­nior com­pe­ti­tion this year with Jake Terry the top scor­ing ju­nior in the 80 shot sil­hou­ette.

Cal­lum Hick­ling was sec­ond, Thomas Cook third and Matthew Rayner fourth.

Jake and Cal­lum also put in good per­for­mances in the 50m prone and bench rest matches to go head to head in the bat­tle for the ju­nior cup.

Af­ter two days of shoot­ing, Cal­lum Hick­ling fi­nally came out ahead to be awarded the best ju­nior shooter this year.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

TOP SHOT: Childers Cup Com­pe­ti­tion win­ners Cal­lum Hick­ling, John Patzwald and Jake Terry.

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