Grenfell wins fourth champions of champions rifle title in a row

TOP GUNS: Champion of champions senior title winner Geoffrey Grenfell, from Bendigo Rifle Club, and junior winner Blade Lacey, from Marong Rifle Club.

TOP GUNS: Champion of champions senior title winner Geoffrey Grenfell, from Bendigo Rifle Club, and junior winner Blade Lacey, from Marong Rifle Club.

BENDIGO'S Geoffrey Grenfell has captured his eighth target rifle champion of champions title.

Grenfell earned the accolade during a hectic weekend of individual and teams competitions at Bendigo's Wellsford Rifle Range.

The win was the Bendigo Rifle Club shooter's fourth in a row.

The junior title was won by Marong Rifle Club's Blade Lacey.

Grenfell joined with Greg Tomorad, John Kiefer, Malcolm Bennett and Brad Sandlant to win the target rifle five-person team event.

Bendigo's five person target rifle team:  Malcolm Bennett, Brad Sandlant, Greg Tomorad, Geoffrey Grenfell and John Kiefer.

Bendigo's five person target rifle team: Malcolm Bennett, Brad Sandlant, Greg Tomorad, Geoffrey Grenfell and John Kiefer.

Saturday was devoted to the F class champion of champions events and target rifle teams, all shooting at each of 600, 700 and 900 yards. 

Conditions were gentle for the first range, 600 yards, but then became very tricky for the coaches at the longer ranges.

Sunday was the turn of the target rifle champions and F class teams. 

Again Wellsford lived up to its reputation of being a very challenging Range. 

Added to this was the concern that the rain would arrive before all matches were finished. 

F Class champion of champions winners were shared across the State. 

They included Don Laughton (Gippsland DRA), in F-TR, Max Groves (Goulburn Valley DRA) F open, and John Eland (Metropolitan DRA) F standard. 

The F standard Junior sash was awarded to Liam Hall of South Bendigo Rifle Club.

The teams events were hard fought with Ovens and Murray District Rifle Association and Gippsland District Rifle Association both winning two events.

Results

Target rifle 10-person team

1. Ovens & Murray DRA 1420.105

2. Wimmera DRA 1415.93

3. Goulburn Valley DRA 1413.110

Target tifle 5-person team

1. Bendigo DRA 705.49

2. Castlemaine DRA 705.34

3. Gippsland DRA 700.37

F class standard 10-person team

1. Gippsland DRA 1623.71

2. Metropolitan DRA 1586.58

3. Inner West DRA 1552.47

F class standard 5-person team

1. Ovens & Murray DRA 844.40

2. Western District DRA 838.40

3. Goulburn Valley DRA 827.33

F class open 5-person team

1. Gippsland 862.49

2. Bendigo DRA 858.38

3. Western District 839.33

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