BEST TEAM IN THE STATE

Dunks, Halver­son hap­pily sur­prised with cham­pi­onship win in Beaudesert

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY matthew.mcin­er­ney@apn.com.au

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.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

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.

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