Geoff wins prize

RANGE RULER: Bendigo's rifle-shooting ace Geoff Grenfell celebrates his Australian Queen's Prize victory in Brisbane. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

RANGE RULER: Bendigo's rifle-shooting ace Geoff Grenfell celebrates his Australian Queen's Prize victory in Brisbane. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

BENDIGO'S full-bore rifle shooting champion Geoff Grenfell was again top marksman at the Australian Queen's Prize championship.

Grenfell marked his final major hit-out before next month's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow by capturing back-to-back national titles.

His tally of Queen's Prize victories now stands at 10.

After many rounds of hot competition on the Brisbane range, Grenfell led the grand aggregate on 919.116 rom Wingham's Peter Thurtell, 918.106, and Ash Bidgood from Crows Nest on 918.100.

Grenfell was the top shot among a field of 181 from across Australia.

He capped the three-day contest by scoring 99 bullseyes in the 100 shot match.

He also won the Royal Kaltenberg Cub, a 15 shot match at 1000 yards contested by the top 20 shooters in the Queens Prize.

Grenfell and Canberra's Graham Aitchison both scored 14 bullseyes. The Bendigo champion won the title in a shoot-off.

"These championships were a key to Games preparation," Grenfell said on Monday. "I'm rapt to have won."

"It's been an intense build-up," he said of practice at the Wellsford Forest range near Junortoun.

A yearly winner in the Bendigo Advertiser Sports Star of the Year, Grenfell was inducted to the Hall of Fame last March.

Proudly supported by Prime 7 and Bendigo Bank, Sports Star is in its 50th year, which makes it the longest-running award of its type in the country.

A gold medallist in the pairs at the 1994 Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada, Grenfell is gearing up for a third Games campaign.

He will team with Benalla's James Corbett in the pairs event on the Dundee range where they will aim at targets from 300m, 500m, 600m, as well as 900 and 1000 yards.

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