National Servicemen’s inter-branch rifle shoot at Kurrimine Beach

The group who participated in the Nashos FNQ Inter-branch shoot held last Saturday at Kurrimine Beach range, including trophy winners.

THE COMPETITION was intense as seventeen shooters competed in the National Servicemen’s Association FNQ Inter-branch rifle shoot last Saturday, hosted by NSAA Innisfail/Babinda/Tully branch at Murdering Point Road, Kurrimine Beach, in overcast conditions.

The Tableland branch had eight shooters, Innisfail, six shooters, and Cairns had three.

Competition rules were established for .22” weapons before the commencement of the shoot by range officers, which were as follows: Rifle/Benchrest @ 50m 10 rounds fired over 10 minutes = 100 points; Rifle/Standing/Supported @ 50m 10 rounds over 10 minutes = 100 points; Rifle/Sitting/Unsupported @50m 10 rounds over 10 minutes = 100 points and Pistol/Standing/Unsupported @ 25m 10 rounds over 10 minutes = 100 points. The highest possible score = 400 points.

Only National Servicemen (non-association members included) were eligible to win the Top Marksman trophy made by Tableland Branch Patron Ray Byrnes.

All scores, including those of guests, were considered for each branch average.

Ron Hewer from the Tableland branch retained his top ranking from the previous Tinaroo shoot held in May and won the FNQ Nasho Marksman Trophy, after he recorded the highest total score of 359.9 points.

Former trophy winner Lawrence Calleja (Innisfail branch) was in second place with 356.7 points, whilst in third place was Ray Byrnes (Tableland branch) with 339.9 points.

Tableland branch shooter Brendan MacRae regained the Friends of Nashos trophy from Adam Russo, who previously won it at the Tinaroo shoot with 352.6 points. In second place, was Adam Russo (Cairns branch) with 331.11 points, and Terry Edmondson (Tableland branch) in third place with 248.5 points.

The Encouragement Trophy was awarded to Bob Barkworth (Tableland branch) with 143.2 points.

Branch scores were as follows: Cairns in first place (an average score of 292 points) for their three shooters; in second place: Tableland (an average score of 290 points) for their eight shooters; and in third was Innisfail with an average score of 274 points for their six shooters.

After the event, Rob Saunders (Innisfail) thanked Kurrimine SSA for use of their facilities, and for the Scorer Wes Matthew and Range Officers Alex Tessieri and Kevin Leuton.

A display of military memorabilia by Alex Tessieri created extra interest on the day and a social barbecue was enjoyed by all, followed by the trophy presentations.

The date for the next inter-branch event is the NSAA Tableland shoot on Saturday, November 13, at Ravenshoe.

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