Canberra Queens and Leadup

It was dusty. It was confusing (flags pointing one way, mirage flowing the other way). It was well organised. It was surprisingly stable at times and gusty at other times. You know it is a strange time when our bearded gunsmith from North Sydney Club who normally finishes a detail in 2-3 minutes flat lingers on the mound, gets a 3 minute warning and still pauses on his shots almost not finishing in time. Did we mention the dust? Such was the 2019 Canberra Queens!

But Roseville had some great successes as you will see

Mark Buchanan (shooting TR-A) ….

  • Rolph Series: it’s a tough day at the office when a 50.06 at 500m gets you 5th! But Mark also landed a 2nd place at 800m (74.10), a 1st place daily Agg, resulting in a 5th place overall in the leadup
  • Queens: it’s another tough day at the office when a 50.04 at 500m gets you 14th! a 3rd place at 600m (50.08!!), a 2nd place at 800m (50.06!), a 2nd place daily Agg, and a 4th place badge in the Queens overall
  • Grand Aggregate:  3rd place badge

Adam Beale  (shooting up a grade in TR-A) …

  • Rolph Series: top Junior competitor
  • Queens: a 2nd place at 500m (50.08!!), a 2nd place at 600m (50.06!), a 1st place at 800m (50.06!) and 15th badge in the Queens overall, plus top Junior competitor
  • Grand Aggregate: 10th place badge and top Junior competitor

Janet Beale (shooting FTR)

  • Grand Aggregate: 10th place and learned a lot about the fickleness of Canberra’s McIntosh range when you regularly seem to land the windy / changeable time on the mound after periods of relative calm (as commented on by John Maguire). And what about that changeable mirage!

Special congrats to Adam for achieving his first A-Grade badge in a Queens against some fierce competition!

Janet Beale

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