Ipswich club duo John McAndrew and Ken Lobwein.
Ipswich club duo John McAndrew and Ken Lobwein. Supplied

Winner earns Ipswich reward

ALBERT District Rifle Club member Shane Abood broke through for his first Open Prize win, beating a strong field at Ipswich last Sunday.

Abood, who has been a regular competitor for more than 10 years, earned his victory the hard way.

He narrowly defeated state representative Ashley Bidgood from Crows Nest.

He had to post the day’s best score, a possible 50 with eight centre bulls on the final 800 yard range to edge out Bidgood.

Both only dropped a single shot over three ranges to post aggregates of 149 with 17 centre bulls and 149 with 16 respectively.

The Ipswich Open attracted a field of 79 competitors from Queensland, NSW, Tasmania and Western Australia.

Best of the Ipswich club members was Rob Rush who opened strongly with a possible 50 at 600 yards. However, with two dropped shots, he finished seventh in A Grade on 148.10, just ahead of another Ipswich competitor Ken Lobwein on 147.17.

John Kippen finished fourth in B Grade with 143.19 while Elyse Morrison won the under 25 Aggregate with 142.09.

Shooting conditions were variable from ideal to a fluky breeze and light rain making some results the luck of the draw.

An outstanding 800 yard 50.5 performance came from Beaudesert shooter Stephen Small, who won the B grade on countback.

C grade winner Colin Jones, from Natives Rifle Club, also shot a 50.4 on the final range.

The F Standard scope class, which attracted 23 competitors, was won by Brisbane Central’s Ernie Mace.

Brisbane Rifle Club member Chris Bell took out the F Open scope class.

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