Club competitors plenty to aim for

MEMBERS of the Ipswich and District Rifle Club have endured a busy month of July ahead of individual preparations for the 120th annual Queens Prize Meeting.

Key activities commenced with the club hosting its annual presentation night for the 2009 championships season. They concluded with a strongly contested Open Prize meeting on July 25.

A highlight of the presentation night was club president Jim Rush presenting Ray Edbrooke with the honour of life membership in appreciation of his long-standing commitment to the club’s activities.

Life member recipient Ray Edbrooke (pictured front) is with fellow life members Eric Nunn, Ken Lobwein, Rob Rush and Jim Rush.

The Open Prize competition was strongly contested with 79 entrants travelling from as far as Western Australia and Tasmania to contest the titles.

Aggregate winners of the grades were Ernest Mace (Central Rifle Club) – winner F-Class Standard; Cathy Smith (Mariners Rifle Club) – Highest Lady Aggregate; Shane Abood (Albert & District Rifle Club) – winner of A grade; Colin Jones (Natives Rifle Club) – winner of C grade; Chris Bell (Brisbane Rifle Club) – winner of F-Class Open; Elyse Morrison (Ipswich Rifle Club) – Highest U/25 Aggregate and Ron Bowman (Gatton Rifle Club) – winner of B grade.

Club members have set their sights on contesting this month’s 120th Queens Prize, the premier event hosted annually by the Queensland Rifle Association.

Anyone interested in full-bore competition shooting can contact the club via idrc@live.com.au, or visit www.ipswichrifle.qldrifle.com.



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