Top first contest year for Mitchell

Isis Town and Country - - Sport -

TOP shot Scott Mitchell has come a long way in his first year of com­pe­ti­tion ri­fle shoot­ing, win­ning his first open F stan­dard scope class trophy at the fi­nal prize meet­ing of the sea­son in War­wick.

The Childers man trounced a top field to win the ag­gre­gate over three ranges at the Dar­ling Downs Ri­fle Club event.

The Bund­aberg Ri­fle Club mem­ber fin­ished with a score of 175 from 180 in the 30-shot com­pe­ti­tion over 300, 500 and 600 yards.

Goondi­windi’s Gary Haeusler was sec­ond, one shot adrift, with Beth Caskey from Pittsworth two shots back in third place.

More than 80 shoot­ers from across south­ern Queens­land and NSW took part, almost half of them shoot­ing in scope events. Con­di­tions were fine, but with a chal­leng­ing mirage.

One of the state’s top open sight shoot­ers, Ash­ley Bidgood, held his splen­did 2014 form to se­cure another tar­get ri­fle A-grade trophy, pip­ping Bris­bane’s Ge­off Grosskreutz.

Ash­ley dropped a shot at 500 yards to fin­ish on 149 with 15 cen­tre bulls, ahead of Ge­off Grosskreutz on 148.17 and Al­bert Dis­trict’s Shane Abood on 148.13.

Bris­bane shooter Craig McGowan took out the F open scope com­pe­ti­tion by a shot.

South­ern Downs mem­ber Gra­ham Ea­gle won the F Stan­dard B-grade ag­gre­gate. Young Crows Nest shooter Bren­dan Parkins se­cured the Tar­get Ri­fle B-grade trophy and Shane Kao from Dar­ling Downs the C-grade.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

TOP SHOT: Scott Mitchell from Childers won the F stan­dard scope class.

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