Hatherell a top shot
GYMPIE shooter Dave Hatherell was feeling sharp on the range to claim the Anzac .303 Memorial Shoot at Yandina last weekend.
Hatherell, a member of the Gympie-Kilkivan Rifle Club, won the event for the second consecutive year, dropping just a single shot in the three range competition using modified targets.
Spectators looked on impressed as Hatherell charged towards victory, blitzing the field using an Australian-made 1943 issue Lithgow rifle with a modified peep sight.
The Gympie competitor’s 149.18 included a near perfect 50.9 at 400 yards.
Held in good conditions, except for a light shower and the presence of wind on the last range, the 30 shot event included distances of 300, 400 and 500 yards.
Hatherell is now contemplating a third successive win should he be able to return to defend his title next year.
The Anzac .303 Memorial Shoot was hosted by the North Arm Rifle Club and was supported by a consortium of Sunshine Coast RSL clubs.
Coming in second and third were Darling Downs visitors Les Pearce and Chris Grams in the modified rifle class with aggregates of 145.13 and 144.10 respectively.
Winning the Service Rifle class was Rod Wood from the Queensland Military Club, edging out Pacific Rifle Club member Garry Henderson on 130.7.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Orr was the best of the Woombye Light Horse troopers, shooting 112.3 while Yandina competitor Neil McBride won the bench rest class with an aggregate of 146.3.
Service Rifle: 1 Rod Wood, Qld Military Rifle Club, 142.10, 2 Garry Henderson, Pacific, 130.7, 3 Grant Larson, North Arm, 116.2.
Modified Rifle: 1 Dave Hatherell, Gympie-Kilkivan, 149.18, 2 Les Pedersen, Darling Downs, 145.13, 3 Chris Grams, Darling Downs.
Light Horse: 1 Jonathan Orr, 112.3, 2 Bill Saunders, 102.2, 3 Thomas Young, 91.
Bench Rest: 1 Neil McBride, Yandina, 143.6, Graham Hanbridge, Yandina, 127.8, 3 Bruce Bingham, North Arm 96.2.