Natives Club member, Michael Halpin, repeated his success in the National Championships by winning the C grade Queens and Grand Aggregate in the QRA Championships. Michael’s shooting and consistency has improved significantly in recent time leading to another milestone win. B Grade look out!
Josh Pratt, who has been a shining light in C and B Grade competition in the last couple of years, was justifiably promoted to A Grade for the QRA Championships. Josh , at 15 years of age, has consistently performed way above any expectation for someone of his tender years and experience. Not intimidated by competing against some of the best marksmen in Australia, Josh finished 4th in the Duncan Series, 7th in the QRA Queens and 4th in the Grand Aggregate! As an indicator of Josh’s wonderful performance in his first foray in A Grade it is appropriate to compare his scores with James Corbett, the greatest marksmen in the modern era of fullbore target rifle shooting. In the Duncan Series, Josh finished 3 places ahead of James while in the Queens James finished in 3rd place only 2 points ahead of Josh in 7th place. In the Grand Aggregate, Josh was 4th only one place and one point behind James!
Congratulations to Josh on his fine performance in his inaugural competition in A Grade! The Big Boys better watch out!
|Aggregate:||A Grade:||1st||Colin Cole, North Arm||297.3|
|B Grade:||1st||Blade Lacey, Maryborough (Vic)||294.3|
|C Grade:||1st||Peter Hannaford, L’ton VDC||279.16|
|F-Std A:||1st||Nick Williamson, Gemfields||350.24|
|F-Std B:||1st||Linda Sweet, Port Jackson||335.15|
|F-Open||1st||Adrian Siebel, Hornsby RSL||347.2|
|F/TR:||1st||Mark Fairbairn, Cannon Hill RSL||346.23|
|A Grade||1st||Ash Bidgood, Crows Nest|
|B Grade||1st||Blade Lacey, Maryborough (Vic)||490.47|
|C Grade:||1st||Michael Halpin, Natives||480.36|
|F-Std A||1st||Nick Williamson, Gemfields|
|F-Std B:||1st||Brian Hansen, Ipswich||557.18|
|F-Open||1st||Adrian Siebel, Hornsby RSL||591.45|
|F/TR:||1st||Daryl Barlow, Ipswich||586.42|
|A Grade||Ash Bidgood, Crows Nest||795.97|
|B Grade:||Blade Lacey, Maryborough (Vic)|
|C Grade:||Michael Halpin, Natives||755.53|
|F-Std A:||Nick Williamson, Gemfields||939.6|
|F-Std B:||Brian Hansen, Ipswich||889.31|
|F-Open||Adrian Siebel, Hornsby RSL||938.65|
|F/TR:||Daryl Barlow, Ipswich||921.58|