All eyes on prize as Taipans strike at Lake Gillear

QUEENSLAND Taipans hit the target at a national veterans’ rifle shooting event at Lake Gillear.

The Taipans collected a grand aggregate trophy on Sunday after a three-day Australian Veterans Rifle Shooters competition.

They edged out South Australia Red Sea Dragons and Victoria Blue for the Kosi-Ford Trophy.

The competition attracted 50 shooters from around the country.

Target and F-class shoots kick-started the South West District Rifle Association-hosted event on Friday.

Queensland won the masters shoot on Saturday with a score of 356.21 and Bordertown’s Bob Jacobs, representing South Australia, was the highest scorer with 74 of 75.

South Australia Red Sea Dragons collected the Don Cook award for Sunday’s target rifle shoot with 950.74.

They defeated Victoria Blue (950.70) and Queensland (947.63).

South Australia Blue competitor John Samuel was the top-scorer with 195/200.

South Australia Red made it a victory double on Sunday, winning the Rob Richards-Mousley F-class section with 450.25.

Its teammate, South Australian Blue, was second with 450.17 and Victoria third with 441.11.

Australian Veterans Rifle Shooters president Gordon Harrison said it was a strong competition.

“It (the standard) was very high. Age is not a barrier for shooters.

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