BEST TEAM IN THE STATE
Dunks, Halverson happily surprised with championship win in Beaudesert
ONE IS widely recognised as one of the best in the state. The other is a rookie when it comes to pistol shooting.
But combined, Julie Dunks and Mark Halverson made up part of the championship-winning Isis District Smallbore Rifle Club team at Beaudesert earlier this month.
To say they didn’t expect the award is an understatement.
Club president Larry Dunks said members left soon after the completion of their events, and weren’t around for the presentation.
They could have still been waiting for the award to arrive in the post had it not been for the close shooting community.
Dunks said shooters were a close group, and they met each other regularly at meets across the state.
He received the award at the Rose and Rodeo Open in Warwick a week after the state championships at Beaudesert, and the delay has done anything but take the shine off the achievement.
Halverson hooked into pistol shooting about two months ago after injury meant he could no longer comfortably compete in rifle events.
The Beaudesert shoot was his first in a competition, and he admitted he had a lot to learn before he made his way up the ladder.
“I didn’t go as well as I had hoped but it wasn’t bad,” Halverson said.
“I was put off a bit by the other shooters. I haven’t really been in that situation where everyone around you is shooting at the same time.”
Halverson said he also had to work on his balance, but with practice he could easily improve his marks.
Mrs Dunks finished fourth after the rounds but improved her position to second in the final.
She finished on 189.2 points, under 10 points behind Sydney Olympic Games bronze medallist Annemarie Forder (198.9 points).
“I don’t mind coming second to her,” Mrs Dunks said of Forder.
Mrs Dunks followed her second-placed finish at Beaudesert with an overall win at the Rose and Rodeo City Open at Warwick.
“I competed in everything and won the standard and sport,” Mrs Dunks.
“I finished fourth in the air pistol but had enough to win on aggregate.”
Isis District Smallbore Rifle Club have been busy on the home front, with the new air pistol range to open on October 31.
The range will allow the club to host night meets and diversify their program.
FIRE UP: Isis District Smallbore Rifle Club members Mark Halverson and Julie Dunks. The pair, along with Clive Dingle and Kevin Chandler, led Isis Rebels to win the teams event at the state championships in Beaudesert earlier this month.