John Radford again proved a step ahead of the field when he claimed the Northern Region Inter-club Rimfire Benchrest Aggregate Championship.
John Radford again proved a step ahead of the field when he claimed the Northern Region Inter-club Rimfire Benchrest Aggregate Championship.

Five in a row for Radford

COFFS Harbour shooter John Radford won his fifth Northern Region Inter-club Rimfire Benchrest Aggregate Championship in a row when he narrowly defeated Australian teammate Joy Harrison by seven centre dots in the final round at Armidale on Sunday.

This competition is decided from shoots at eight different regional venues and takes in the top four scores from each competitor.

The 76-year-old world champion came from behind to snatch victory on the very last target and once again astounded other competitors with his ability to "pull out all stops" to win when it matters most.

Peter Nicoll, from South West Rocks, was third in the Armidale round, while Nic Ward, from Glen Innes, was third in the championship aggregate. Both Nicoll and Ward are also national representatives.

The championship is the largest regional benchrest rimfire shooting competition in Australia and the Northern Region looks set to have strong representation at the 2015 World Rimfire Titles in Brisbane with all four current representatives from Northern Region likely to feature in the nine-person team again as Australia looks to defend its title.

Coffs Harbour went one-two in regional shooting's "Holy Grail", with Ian Thompson second, while Ward was third, Harrison fourth and Grafton pair John Mathews (5th) and Bob Blacklock (9th) both finished in the top 10.



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