Three members of the Bega Rifle Club took part in something of a competition road trip recently.
David Durrant, Russell Palmer and Colin Twigg were invited to contest a meet at Lyndhurst last Sunday, but were also scheduled to compete in Cooma and Canberra on the Saturday.
Twigg said timing all three events including travel was “threading the needle” so the weekend involved a packed lunch to eat in the car.
“These club open prize meets are nationally graded and you come across some of the hottest shots to measure yourself against,” he said.
“But one of the allures is that while you know you'll have stiff competition, you don't have the intensity of the State Queens shoots, it feels more like a friendly club meet.”
However, he did say it’s still a lot of focus and preparation once you’re firing down range.
Twigg said the weekend belonged to Durrant, who took out the top spot at 300 yards in Cooma and then headed up the field at 400 yards in Canberra.
He topped the effort by taking out the first round in Lyndhurst, but more importantly scoring the aggregate score there for the weekend to secure the top prize.
Russell shot well, finishing second in Cooma, third in Canberra and took out the B grade aggregate at Lyndhurst to propel himself back into the A grade draw.
Twigg shot a third in Cooma for the locals to claim all the spoils, a second in Canberra, but didn’t place as well at Lyndhurst.
Twigg said all the touring shoot meets provide good feedback and knowledge to share with the club.