Mark almost breaks Canberra jinx

Five Roseville shooters attended the Canberra Queens Prize held over 19 to 21 November 2010. Mark Buchanan also shot the RA Rolph Aggregate lead up shoot.

Mark won Day 1 of the Rolph Aggregate with a possible 200.24 winning the final 600m match with 50.8 in the process. Mark scored 147.19 on Day 2 coming second at 700 metres with another 50.8, but dropping 2 points at 800 metres to finish second in the Rolph Aggregate with 347.43 to Spencer Dunstall on 348.40.

Results of the Queens Prize were as follows.

Mark Buchanan.
First Stage
300 50.8 4th
500 50.9 1st
600 50.5 3rd 150.22. Winner of the First Stage.
Second Stage
700 50.9 3rd
800 50.5 11th
800 47.4 65th 147.18 27th
Third Stage
500 50.8 9th
600 50.6 8th 100.14 3rd
Queens Aggregate 397.54 5th.

Rolph Aggregate 347.43 2nd

Grand Aggregate 744.97 2nd

Mark was in superb form throughout the meeting with only sighting problems at the last 800 metre range depriving him of a perfect score and victory in all three aggregates.

James Martin shot consistently well to shoot 146.7, 146.10 and 96.8 for 388.25 to finish 45th. James started Day 2 with 50.4 and 50.3 but finished with a 46.3 for 146.10.

Ian Hutchinson shot 145.17, 143.14 and 95.10 for 383.41 to finish 59th. Ian’s Aggregate scores disguised the fact that he shot 50.5 at 300, 50.7 at 500, 50.7 at 800, as well as a 49.6 at the final 500.

Andrew Martin started with a 50.6 at 300 and shot 141.10, 141.7 and 93.7 for 375.24 to finish 83rd. Andrew and James had the best picnic hampers on the range, much to the envy of their fellow club mates! Andrew complaining that he only had prawn sandwiches on Day 3!

Tim Walter brought up the rear shooting 142.11, 136.6 and 93.4 for 371.21 to finish 86th. Tim had a 600 medal in his grasp in the first stage, but a magpie on shot 9 gave him 48.6, with 50.6 winning the range. Tim also preferred Andrew’s target at the first 800 and fired a shot on that target.

Spencer Dunstall therefore won the Rolph, the Queens and the Grand Aggregate shooting 348.40 and 399.50 to finish with 747.90. It is interesting to note that Mark’s centre count was 7 more than Spencer’s and 12 clear of the next best centre count, Geoffrey Grenfell, on 85.

Bad luck Mark. So close. Best to put that rifle away for special occasions!

Text and photos – Tim Walter

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